Eggshell vs. satin paint

Updated February 21, 2017

There are two essential choices when considering the best type of paint on your next home improvement project. While eggshell and satin are two popular paint grades, they have varying results.

Level of Sheen

Satin has a medium high gloss that adds extra shine to the room. Eggshell has no sheen when it dries; it leaves a flat, warm look on walls.


Satin finish produces an easily removed layer of paint. Eggshell, however, is significantly harder to remove or damage due to its exterior shell when it dries.

Common Uses

Eggshell paint is better suited for high traffic areas where paint may become chipped. Satin paint is more stain resistant than eggshell paint, working better in locations that collect grime. Many people opt for eggshell paint in their kitchens for this reason.


Eggshell can withstand a good scrubbing more than satin, but satin's grime resistance is going to make cleaning easier.


According to Ron Boyajian, the marketing manager of California Paints, eggshell is a great deal more popular among paint consumers. Boyajian attributes the success of eggshell paint to the fact that it's easily repaired and touched up. Satin paint needs an entirely new coat when damaged.

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