A Guide to Every Type of Nail Polish, From Crème to Matte

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Deciding on your next coat of polish goes beyond color—there’s also texture, shine, and finish to consider. Recent years have seen a rise in nail polish styles, including contemporary twists on classic styles. Whether you consider yourself a beauty maven or are simply curious about what’s available for your next trip to the salon, learn more about each of the major types of nail polish. Here’s a brief guide to the 10 main types of nail polish to help you pin down your next signature look.

Up next, a guide to every type of lipstick out there.