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Holographic Polishes 101: Nailing It

Operations associate, Loren, has a thing for nails- and we can’t blame her. We love reading about new finishes and fun techniques, so we thought we’d give her a weekly slot on our blog to wax poetic about all things manicure (and pedicure!) related. Check back every Thursday for Nailing It, Birchbox’s dedicated polish series.

Some of you may be familiar with holograms already—almost every driver’s license or ID has a holographic sticker on it. The reason that I bring up the fun, 3D-style images now is that I’m seeing a trend in spring polish collections, and I can’t help but dedicate this post to one of my favorite lacquer effects: Holographic nail polish.

Holographic polish was popular last spring, and now this season many of our favorite polish companies are playing with holographic glitter. It’s not as intense as a full holo manicure would be, but holo-glitter can add an unique and ethereal effect to a regular manicure. I gave it a try early this week when I painted my nails with Butter London’s Knackered from their spring 2012 Collection. I loved the intergalactic look and couldn’t stop staring at the mini, reflective particles!

Other holo-glitter polishes that I’m dying to try this season include Zoya’s Chloe from their Fleck Effect Collection, China Glaze’s Techno from their Electropop Collection, and OPI’s Save Me from their collaboration with Nicki Minaj. The holographic flecks in all of these colors create gorgeous, eye-catching manicures. Zoya’s Chloe makes nails look like tiny opals, and OPI’s Save Me gives fingertips an iridescent glow.

If you’re not a huge glitter fan and still want to try out the holographic polish look, check out a few of my favorites: OPI My Private Jet, Gosh Holographic, and Nubar Absolute. Milani also has a great collection of holo polishes called 3D Holographic, which you can find at your local drug store.

I don’t know about you, but I think it’s going to be a holo-riffic few months! Will you try any of these holo polishes?


Dying for more nail trends? Find Loren’s great color, application and style tips here.

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