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Nail Trend Alert: 2012 Is Officially the Year of Textured Polish

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Illamasqua's new "rubber" polish
Illamasqua's new "rubber" polish

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Crackle polish? So last year. The emerging trend in nail polish in 2012 is unusual and surprising texture (and, interestingly, it seems to be the British brands who are leading the way.) This week, Illamasqua started selling ten shades of their new "rubber" polish on Sephora.com. The polish takes all the awesome intensity of neon but gives it a textured twist. We like.

What other cool textures are changing the game in nails? We've got four more for you.

Upstart brand Ciate made one of the biggest beauty splashes of the year with their new "Caviar" manicures. The look is created by layering tiny holographic glass beads over wet polish. The effect is cool, if a little heavier than usual.

After the success of the caviar mani, Ciate brought in a new contender: the velvet manicure. This one also required a topcoat, but it was less messy than the caviar version. The 'velvet' gave nails a super luxe look.

Nails Inc pioneered the now-ubiquitous magnetic polish, but they updated their invention this year with 'fishnet" polish. Using the same magnetic technology, this one provided a texture that looked like fishnet stockings with marbled color underneath.

The only non-Brit of the group, GOSH is a cosmetics company from Denmark. They created the "studded" topcoat to make nails look like Alexander Wang shoes. Unfortunately, this stuff is hard to find in the US, but bloggers like Nailasaurus have been able to do some cool demos.

What textures will we see next? Here at Racked HQ, we're holding out for a Corduroy mani just in time for fall.
· Illamasqua's Rubber Soul [Beauty Counter]
· The Caviar Manicure Is the Next Nail Trend - Here's How to Do It [Racked]