Finishing Touch: How to tell the difference between the Jamberry Nail Wraps surfaces (tint, sparkle, glimmer, gloss, matte)

As you’ve noticed, Jamberry has a number of beautiful finishes, or surfaces, you can choose from.  Tint, Matte, Gloss, Glimmer, and Sparkle, to name a few!

Jamberry's New Official Image!

Jamberry’s New Official Image!

Each finish is different not only in the way it looks, but in its texture.  Jamberry gets their different finishes by printing onto different materials.  Some are thicker than others, some are more bendy and pliable.  General rule of thumb:  the thicker the material, the more heat you need to apply.

So in this post, I’m going to walk you through the surfaces, and their pros and cons!  (as well as show you a few pictures so you see how they look compared to each other)

Gloss.  This is the classic Jamberry finish.  Usually printed on clear or white, it is easy to work with and a has a consistent, shiny look.  Requires “normal” heat, about 4-5 seconds.  You’ll notice the wrap start to get bendy and pliable when you’ve applied enough.

Casual Friday -- printed on clear

Casual Friday — printed on clear

Channel your inner Elsa!

Channel your inner Elsa!

Glimmer.  This is printed on a metallic backing (you can tell if you look at the “wrong side” of the sheet.  It is a little trickier to work with for some, so be sure to get rid of invisible cuticles and heat it a bit longer (so perhaps 8-10 seconds).  However, it also tends to last a little longer than gloss, tint, or mattes, because its sturdier.  You are trading application ease for longevity here.  And its just gorgeous.  Who can argue with that?

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Rose Gold Accent nail with the March Hostess Exclusive (I wish I could find this wrap again… I love it)

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Icy Rose Polka with Rose Gold… and my favorite drink =D

Matte.  This is this thinnest wrap, and therefore the most delicate.  Very easy to apply, but you will want to be gentle with it.   And it has a non-shiny surface that most people only get by applying a matte top coat.  Requires less heat than the rest of the wraps.  I find this finish doesn’t last as long as the others, but I like to wear it from time to time to achieve specific looks for specific events… like halloween!

Candy Corn Matte

Candy Corn Matte

China Rose Matte

China Rose Matte

Tint.  One of my favorite finishes EVER.  It is slightly see through… and super easy to apply.  It requires less heat, and is very forgiving.  Plus, its LOVELY!  I wrote an entire blog post about it.

Haute Pink Tint

Haute Pink Tint

Tinted Classics

Tinted Classics

Sparkle.  This is the thickest wrap, and therefore requires the most heat. Give it a full ten seconds, or more… you’ll want to see it bending from the heat, but to keep it from curling on itself!

Don’t fear these sparkles, because they are GORGEOUS wraps, and totally manageable!  Most people hate sparkle nail polish because its hard to remove and it feels all rough from the glitter.  These are smooth, consistent, and gorgeous!  The best part, is that they are very sturdy, so if you get a good application they will last beautifully.

Jaded!

Jaded!

Rose Gold Sparkle paired with Botanical Gardens (gloss)

Rose Gold Sparkle paired with Botanical Gardens (gloss)

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