Gloss coat business cards are classic. If your business cards have a lot of color detail, then a glossy finish will help the colors pop out more. Gloss also adds an extra means of protection for your cards by making them less capable of tearing. If your business cards contain a head shot, the gloss finish will also add an extra boost in the color as well.
The possible downsides of gloss are that fingerprints are noticeable and the shininess can give off a glare making some details disappear. Also they can look a bit shabby if the design on the card is not the right fit for it. Make sure your design isn’t overpowering so your cards don’t end up looking unprofessional.
From business cards to automobiles and even nails, matte is becoming a popular finishing coat in this modern day and age. A matte finish gives your business cards a more polished and contemporary look. If you are going for a more minimalistic look, matte might be the best option. And with the matte finish, you don’t have to worry about the glare that a glossy coat gives or leaving fingerprint marks on it. A matte coat is also easier to write on if you have to.