pearl·​es·​cent | \ˌpər-ˈle-sᵊnt \

Definition of pearlescent 

: having a pearly luster a pearlescent lacquer

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pearlescence \ˌpər-​ˈle-​sᵊn(t)s \ noun

Synonyms for pearlescent


iridescent, nacreous, opalescent

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Examples of pearlescent in a Sentence

the sedan comes in an array of colors, with either a metallic or pearlescent finish

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Reflective finishes bring a subtle, pearlescent glow to a room. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Designer Barry Dixon on Decorating a Capitol Hill Row House," 9 June 2011 For those of us already thinking of duping the look for summer soirees, Nelson notes that a white or pearlescent beige pencil or liquid eyeliner could work in lieu of the concealer trick. Erika Stalder,, "Kristen Stewart's "Pearl Liner" Hack Will Only Cost You $5," 16 May 2018 The Medium Angled Shading Brush will set you back $25.00 while the dual-ended fluff brush is $35.00 On to lips: Padma's collection features six shades ($17.50 each): Sunset Rose is a creamy brown with pearlescent accents. Sara Spruch-feiner, Allure, "Padma Lakshmi's New M.A.C. Collection Has a Red Lipstick for Every Skin Tone," 11 Jan. 2018 The walls were painted in a barely there pearlescent-and-matte wide horizontal stripe, pulled from the colors in the marble. Christine Pittel, House Beautiful, "Inside a Bathroom Inspired by a Historic Ocean Liner," 13 Feb. 2015 Then, dust a beige-pearlescent shadow (model Lucie Pustova is wearing a mix of shades nos. 2 and 3 from the same compact) along the crease to create depth. Amy Gallo Ryan, Cosmopolitan, "How to Fake Bright Eyes After a Big Night," 1 Oct. 2015 According to its website the company produces metallic effect pigments and pearlescent pigments. Kaylee Remington,, "Crews battling fire at ECKART in Painesville," 8 July 2017 Dust white pearlescent shadow across your eyelids and a beige-pearlescent shadow along the crease. Amy Gallo Ryan, Cosmopolitan, "How to Fake Bright Eyes After a Big Night," 1 Oct. 2015

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First Known Use of pearlescent

1926, in the meaning defined above

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