The Effects paints have been developed to create realistic looking effects to painted miniatures. Effects paints are usually the last you will paint onto a miniature as some of them are glossy (Blood, Slime and Wet Mud for instance). There are 9 Effects paints also covering Mixing Mediums & Varnishes. This is a very matt acrylic water based varnish. Give one or two thin layers. Shake well before use.