Good question. Nail polish, besides being totally sexy, is very much like the paint on our cars. They differ in chemical composition, and its basically the way it dries. Enamel dries from the outside, or ';skins';, then hardens as the drying agent evaporates. It will dry to a slick, glossy finish with good surface preparation. Lacquer dries from the inside, and leaves a dull finish, until its buffed to a high gloss.
You can produce great results with either one, the trick is getting good surface prep first, then paint, and finish with clearcoat.On nail polish bottles, what's the difference between nail enamel and nail lacquer?
the enamel put a harder coat on it and last longer than the lacquer will.it tends to last longer to.On nail polish bottles, what's the difference between nail enamel and nail lacquer?
I think they're the same thing, just different marketing strategies to get you to pay more for the same product.