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Illustration: Eric Larsen
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The Shine Factor

Flat/Matte: A low-luster sheen that provides even coverage and helps conceal flaws but is hard to clean.

Eggshell: This soft sheen is easy to touch up and can be wiped clean without burnishing.

Semigloss: A slightly shiny finish that's glass smooth, durable, and washable.

Gloss: This light-reflecting sheen can take a beating but does highlight surface imperfections.
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