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Would You Wear… Holographic Nail Polish?


Holographic nail polish
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From glitter and metallic to matte and foil finishes, nail polish trends seem to be getting more and more outrageous.

The latest rage in the nail polish world is painting your tips trippy holographic colors, as shown above. In case you’re fuzzy on the difference between metallic and holographic, the former is a color that shimmers, while holographics take shine a step further by having other colors buried underneath, which you can see in 3D, reflected in various lighting.

Though not a “true holographic” polish, Essie’s “For the Twill of It”, a duochrome, has a similar look to many holographic polishes and is arguably the most popular drugstore color on shelves for fall 2013. Whether your want a true holographic polish or a more subtle duochrome look à la Essie (more on the differences here), we’ve narrowed down our favorite holographic-look nail polishes below:

Holographic nail polishes
Product Information: 1. Layla, 2. Butter London, 3. Urban Decay, 4. Urban Outfitters, 5. Zoya, 6. OPI

Would you wear holographic nail polish?

Or is this look too dramatic for your taste? If you love this trend, how would you wear it? Have you tried any of the colors above? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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17 Responses to “Would You Wear… Holographic Nail Polish?”

  1. 1
    October 15th, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I really love this new collection. I think it’s really fun and very daring. Nice work. I can’t wait to get me some.

  2. 2
    October 15th, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    for the twill of it and peace, love, and opi aren’t holos though; they’re multichromes

  3. 3
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    I need to try this. Right now.

    I think it’d look amazing with liquid black leggings and an oversized grey sweater, or some other basic outfit.

  4. 4
    October 15th, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I would so try these I always love trying new nail polishes!

  5. 5
    October 15th, 2013 at 3:01 pm

    Omyword, yes. I am so buying the Essie one!!!! Love it!

  6. 6
    October 15th, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    Essence Chic Reloaded looks very, very similar to the Essie and OPI, and it’s a fraction of the price and available at Ulta like the other two, so I recommend that.

    For a true holo, Urban Outfitters sells a few, and Color Club has a ton, which are sold at Ricky’s NYC. Sally’s Beauty Supply right now as the recent China Glaze holos on clearance.

  7. 7
    October 15th, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    In a NY minute! OPI and Layla look so beautiful!

  8. 8
    October 15th, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Essie for the twill of it isn’t a holographic, it’s a duochrome. The zoya, OPI, and Urban Decays aren’t holographic either – OPI is another duochrome and the Zoya has holographic glitters but isn’t a holo polish. Also, the Dior polish in the picture is a magnetic, not a holographic.

  9. 9
    October 16th, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I have to agree with all the ladies that are pointing out that the majority of the polishes you have listed are not holographic, but duochrome and the like. A good example of a holographic nailpolish would be something from the Color Club Holo collection like “Harp On It”. Usually I love your posts but I found this to be very misleading, Do more research if you’re going to post something!

  10. 10
    October 16th, 2013 at 6:21 am

    Chiming in to agree that most of the polishes listed here are not holographic, and the picture of a magnetic effects nail is highly misleading. Could the content/photos be updated to reflect true holographic polishes, or to change the title entirely?

  11. 11
    October 16th, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Hey guys, thanks for the awesome feedback! I apologize for not being clearer in the original post – we were referring to a “holographic look” of the multicolored metallic polishes that are popular this fall rather than true holographic polishes. That said, I wouldn’t want anyone to buy one of the polishes thinking they’d get a true holo, so I’ve updated the wording and the first image to clarify.

    As a sidenote, does anyone have a link to a good explanation of the differences between holos and duochromes, multichromes, etc.? I wanted to add a link in the post but most articles I’ve found don’t show the differences clearly.

  12. 12
    October 16th, 2013 at 11:19 am is a possible link you could use if you think it shows the differences clearly. She talks about 25 different types of nail polish finishes and holographic and duochrome are a part of it. Another thing you could do is describe the difference between the two and have examples like Chanel’s Peridot, China Glaze’s Bohemian collection, and Peace & Love & OPi are duochromes while Chanel’s Holographic, China Glaze’s OMG collection, and Color Club’s Halo Hues collection are holographic polishes.

  13. 13
    October 16th, 2013 at 11:36 am

    Marlene – Thank you! That’s perfect! I added the link to the post. I wish there was something on multichrome (I’m still not even 100% clear on what that is), but I think it gives a good look at the differences between the finishes.

  14. 14
    October 16th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Peace love and OPI color is gorgeous!! I love it, it’s in my top fave OPI colors!

  15. 15
    October 16th, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    holographic polish is nothing new

  16. 16
    October 20th, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Definitely yes! I like this sh*t a loooooot ^____________^

  17. 17
    October 23rd, 2013 at 5:57 am

    Zephyr – It can get confusing, but “Multichrome” refers to when a polish changes/contains multiple colors, like how Peace, Love and OPI (#6) is gray, blue, green, and purple. “Duochrome” is something that only shifts between two colors, like Chanel’s Peridot which contains gold and green. “Holographic” polishes contain particles that show the whole rainbow – whether it’s strong, full prism beams like the first photo of the Dance Legend polish or a Layla brand polish (#1), or the weaker, more “scattered” holo of Butter London’s Trustafarian (#2). A polish like Zoya’s Ivanka (#5) could be said to have “duochrome shimmer” because its base is green and it shifts blue on the sides of the bottle, but it’s a shimmer polish, definitely not holographic.

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