There are soo many polish finishes (finish not polish) I thought it would be handy to have a list of some of the more common ones. Feel free to add any I may have missed!
Creme Most popular polish finish (unless your a glitter lover like myself). Plain (boring) colour without any glitz, or sparkle added. Dries glossy and smooth. Think grown up job appropriate.
Metallic dries to a finish that's look like metal (think coloured stainless steel). Very shiny.
Matte dries, with no shine or sparkle at all. (strangely, I love it)
Suede dries matte, but(!) has a slight shimmer (best of both worlds).
Shimmer metallic meets creme and dries shiny.
Foil metallic base with very fine glitter. Dries smooth, sparkly and shiny. (watch out for visible brushstrokes). Feel slightly rough to the touch when dry.
Glitter reflective metallic pieces of varying sizes and shapes often in a jelly base. Gritty sparkly finish.
Duochrome changes colours when reflecting light. (Not Like The Movies )
Sheer transparent smooth glossy finish. Think French manicures.
Satin matte finish with a slight shine (shine not shimmer).
Iridescent luminous colours that seem to change when seen from different angles. (like Duochrome but different).
Frost opaque metallic or shimmer . Dries smooth and shiny. Very popular in the 80's.
Pearl satin with a touch of shimmer kinda glossy.