Nail Polish Lingo
When I first entered the indie nail polish world. I was ridiculously confused about the lingo used. Here you will find a cheat sheet to this world.
Crelly - A crelly is similar to a jelly but it has more pigment. The base is opaque like a creme formula and it has additives such as glitter. These are thicker formulas and are usually opaque in 2 coats.
Creme - A creme is a smooth, creamy, and relatively opaque nail polish. They do not have any additives in their base color. They dry to a shiny finish and are usually opaque in 1-2 coats.
Flakie - A flakie is a type of polish with flake additives. Flakes are a larger style of glitter, and they are randomly shaped vs other glitter shapes like hexagons or dots.
Holographic Linear - When holographic glitters that are densely packed in a nail polish. They create a prism effect is when the glitter fragments work together to create a whole rainbow effect. So, it looks like the whole nail is a rainbow.
Holographic Scattered - When the holographic glitters are more sparse in a nail polish and they do not line up to create a full rainbow effect. Instead each glitter piece shifts between colors independent to one another.
Jelly - A jelly is a type of nail polish that has a slightly pigmented base and additives such as glitter. It is pretty transparent and takes many coats to become opaque. The benefit of a more transparent base is that any additive will show up better with less base pigment.
Topper - Toppers are a style of polish that is best when painted on top of a colored base coat. Generally toppers are in a clear base and have glitter or flakes dispersed in it. Toppers usually still need a top coat if they are not labelled as a top coat.
5-Free - A nail polish that does not contain Toluene, DBP, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, or Camphor.
Confused about a word? Send me an email at email@example.com and I will add it to this definition list!