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Shiny black nail polish to matte black

  1. Nov 27, 2014 #1
    If you polish your nails black and then hold them over hot steam they turn from shiny black to matte black. Why do you guys think it does that?
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  3. Nov 27, 2014 #2
    With only that to go on, I'd say surface erosion that scatters the reflected light.
  4. Nov 27, 2014 #3


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    How long does the effect last? Is it permanent?

    If temporary, then all that's happening is vapour
    is condensing on your mails in tiny droplets.

    If long-term, I would posit that your mails are absorbing moisture (and possibly the polish as well), causing them to expand, and destroying the mirror polish. I'm not sure whether - once the moisture off-gasses and returns to dry - the gloss would return.


    A bit of Googling indicates that matte nails are a big trend these days. That suggests the effect is permanent (or it would be useless).

    So, yes, steam heats the polish and then mixes moisture with it (the words 'bubble-up' and 'smudge' were invoked), interferes with the glossiness that you get when first laying down the polish and letting it dry.
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  5. Nov 27, 2014 #4


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    I don't know. Matte top coat tends to go shiny (well, less matte) after a few days due to wear.

    Comments I never thought I'd make on PF!
  6. Nov 27, 2014 #5


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    You'n'me both! :w

    Just glad no one was peering over my shoulder while I browsed the WikiHow '47 ways to apply nail-polish for that sexy look'.
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    What makes you think that no one was? :D
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