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Definition of Iridescent

  1. Iridescence (also known as goniochromism) is the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes. Examples of iridescence include soap bubbles, butterfly wings and seashells, as well as certain minerals. It is often created by structural coloration (microstructures that interfere with light). Pearlescence is a related effect where some or all of the reflected light is white, where iridescent effects produce only other colours. The term pearlescent is used to describe certain paint finishes, usually in the automotive industry, which actually produce iridescent effects.

    Iridescence is reflective and glittery, but only one color, so it appears to glow. So a yellow iridescent item will reflect and appear to glow, but will only be yellow.


Added to the Nail Glossary on April 14, 2019

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