A dictionary of terms and phrases used by crazy polish bitches to talk about this stuff.
A, B, C, D, E, F, G
- Blurple – A portmanteau of blue and purple that infuriates Andrea, among others; also known as indigo. Example: China Glaze Bizarre Blurple http://4.bp.blogspot.com/…/China+Glaze+Bizarre+Blurple…
- Crelly – A portmanteau of creme and jelly; a polish somewhere between the consistency and opacity of cremes and jellies, making it somewhat thicker and more sheer than cremes, but thinner and more opaque than jellies. Example: KBShimmer Oh Splat! (https://www.kbshimmer.com/…/upl…/2013/03/OhSplatNail.jpg)
- Duochrome – A finish that, depending on how the light hit it, can shift colors. Usually between two colors, but can be more. Not a rainbow like holos are.
- Dupe – Shortened from duplicate. A nail polish that looks like another, usually already existing, nail polish.
- Franken – Combining 2 or more polishes to create either a duplicate of another, or a totally new creation. Avoids fire.
- Frosty – A semi-metallic finish, which often shows brush strokes. Example: Milani Wedding Dress (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/…/AAA…/Bs69pmtTkXg/s640/m36.jpg)
- Full Coverage Glitter – An opaque glitter polish that fully covers the entire nail in glitter without requiring undies. Example: China Glaze Blonde Bombshell (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/…/China+Glaze+Blonde+Bombshell…)
- Glitter Topcoat – A polish that is glitters suspended in clear basecoat; typically worn with undies. Example: Dollish Polish Spank You Very Much (http://1.bp.blogspot.com/…/Dollish+Polish+Spank+You…)
- Gradient – Manicure in which each nail is coloured with a smooth transition from one shade or hue to another. Examples: vertical – http://www.makeupwithdrawal.com/2013/04/a-england-gradient.html Horizontal – http://the-swatchaholic.com/?p=5790
H, I, J, K, L, M, N
- Holo – Short for “Holographic”. Creates a rainbow effect.
- HTF – Hard to find
- Hungry – A polish that requires many layers of topcoat to feel smooth to the touch, typically a glitter polish.
- Jelly – A semi-sheer polish with a thicker, more syrupy consistency; level of opacity varies and most jellies leave some level of VNL even with multiple coats. Example: China Glaze Ride the Waves (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/…/J_-5RmmJTq0/s1600/DSCN5046.JPG)
- Jelly Sandwich – When a glitter topcoat is “sandwiched” between layers of a jelly nail polish so it appears to be floating. Example: With heart glitter (http://3.bp.blogspot.com/…/3Q6U…/s1600/jelly-hearts2.jpg)
- Lemming – The act of lusting over a bottle of polish you cannot currently obtain.
- Nubs – Nails that have little to no free edge.
- Nubbinize – To file or cut down nails until they have little to no free edge, often caused by a break on one fingernail and a desire to keep all nails even.
O, P, Q, R, S, T, U
- Ombre – Manicure whereby each nail on a hand is painted a progressively lighter shade of the same colour. Example: http://the-polished-perfectionist.blogspot.co.uk/2010/11/ombre-manicure.html
- Skittle – Manicure where each nail is painted a different color.
- Skittlette – Manicure involving 2 accent nails and the remaining nails painted different colors. Can also go 2 accent, 2 another color, 1 another color. (This is the best definition I can find online. Still being discussed.)
- Undies/Underwear – An opaque polish worn beneath a glitter topcoat, effect topcoat, or sheer polish to give full opacity to the manu and/or complement a glitter topcoat.
V, W, X, Y, Z, Everything Else
- VHTF – Very hard to find
- VNL – Visible nail line; when the free margin (white tip) of the nail shows through nail polish; often occurs with sheer and jelly polishes. Example: VNL showing through a sheer polish https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/…/s400/samoan-sands.jpg