The finish is matte and very bumpy, sort of like the effect you get when you put too thick a coat of polish on and it dries with air bubbles. You can actually see small particles in the polish when you’re painting it on. The good news is that you don’t need to add a top coat–you’re good to go after the usual two coats. It takes a bit of extra work to get off–not quite as annoying as a glitter polish, but it definitely takes more elbow grease than a standard polish.
Verdict: We have mixed feelings on this one. The bumpy, sandpapery texture is a bit disconcerting, but it actually looks pretty cool in lighter, more subtle colors (both of these brands offer a dove grey). It’s definitely a look-at-me sort of manicure–the texture is really noticeable.