I hope you’re having a good week so far. Everything just feels so rushed on my side but I know things will settle down soon. In the mean time, it is time for part 3 of Tuesday Stamping posts. If you have read any of these before I suggest you skip everything and just go straight to the photo’s. If you’re new to the blog or haven’t seen these yet then I suggest you go take a look at Tuesday Stamping #1. I explain most of it there but will I also give a brief run down in this post. So if you’ve read it, scroll over the first bit off text 😉
Basically, this is how I am going to do it. I am going to be stamping over black and white. White will be the lightest colour you ever wear and black the darkest. What better way to see how a polish works over dark and light colours. Now, obviously, not many will actually want to stamp OVER black but it will be a good way to find out if a polish will show up over dark colours. If it shows up on black you can be pretty certain it will show up over everything. That does mean that if it is noticeable but not very, it will probably work much better over say a purple or a blue. I will try to address this with each polish I show you as well.
I will also be using the same plate for all the stamping to make sure there will be continuity. I chose a stamp that had some images with thin lines, with bigger spaces, with some detail etc. That way you can see if a polish will stamp crisp lines when they are thin or if it will smudge when the image has bigger spaces. I decided to go with Pueen11. I will be using the 4 full nail images on this plate.
I will show you 4 of my ordinary polishes with every post. If you want to see more or less per post please let me know. I will use 4 random polishes each time until I have worked through all the polishes I have (excluding glitters of course) and I will show you everything, whether it stamped well or not. I will also be showing you my first attempts at all of them. Sometimes it happens that you move the stamper a little bit when you stamp onto the nail. Or you waited just a second too long and the whole image doesn’t transfer. Or you press too hard and get the shadow stamping. Usually if this happens I would remove it and stamp again. It also happens that a polish looks so promising and after you’ve stamped you think, ah this could look better if I tried it once or twice more. I will not be doing any of that. What I stamp first try is what you get. I just feel that you can get a better result if you keep trying but the mark of a good stamping polish is how well it works straight off the bat.
Ok that is basically it. If you want to know ALL the details or how you can get involved in these posts then I really suggest you go back to the first Tuesday Stamping post. The 4 polishes for today was chosen by Siobhan from For The Love Of Nail Art and she really wanted to challenge me. I was worried at first but I am never one to shy away from a challenge and the results were very interesting. So, challenge accepted!
Sinful Colors – Endless Blue
This is one of my newest polishes. I mentioned it here. I am not surprised that this one stamps quite well. It is a very pigmented polish. On the white it shows up very well. The smudged shadowing on my middle finger is absolutely my fault. What surprised me a little was that it did show up on the black. It wasn’t super bright but it does show up. Which means of course that it will show up on a colour quite well. I can already imagine it over a lighter blue.
My findings: I think this is a great polish to stamp with. It shows up well on the dark and the light colours and stamps quite crisp and clear. Definitely going onto my ‘suitable for stamping’ list.
Zoya – Chyna
To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from this one. Textured polishes seem to dry fairly quick and the as soon as it starts drying the texture starts to show up. I was surprised by how easy it was to stamp with. It transferred quite well onto my stamper and quite easily onto my nails. You can see on the white that the colour looks a bit washed out. I suspect there just isn’t enough polish left behind to really make the colour pop but it did stamp quite well. On my ring finger the thin lines are quite clear. On my middle finger though, the pattern almost seems a little messy. It does show up well on the black but the patterns aren’t very clear. So you can see there is something there but it isn’t too obvious what. I think if you used a single, perhaps bigger, image it might show up much better on the black. This is with topcoat. Before adding the topcoat I wanted to see if the texture showed up. It is slightly textured. I wouldn’t leave it without topcoat because the texture isn’t really enough to show it off.
My findings: Surprisingly, stamps ok. I am not sure if I would use this to stamp with often but if I wanted something special I would definitely use this. Because it has the glitter it does look gorgeous.
Essence – Me & My Lover
I was just as worried about this one as I was about Zoya – Chyna. I was again surprised by how easy it was to stamp with. I guess I really underestimated the textures 😉 It shows up quite well on the white. It doesn’t have the washed out look but it isn’t quite as bright as the polish is when wearing it on its own. The missing pieces on my ring finger was more than likely my error as I realised last minute I never checked if the polish was dry enough before stamping. Luckily it was. On the white, there doesn’t seem to be much glitter pay off. On the black however, the glitter shows up really well. On the black it doesn’t look as red but has more of a gold tone because of the glitter. This polish however does show the pattern much better than Chyna did on the black. A good place to compare this is on my index finger. The texture on this one without topcoat is barely there.
My findings: Definitely a surprise for me. I think this is a great one to use over a darker colour, especially for something striking but still subtle (does that even make sense?)
China Glaze – Of Coarse
I was a little more certain of this one because I know the polish is very pigmented and doesn’t have the glitter (although the above clearly proves it wasn’t a real problem). Of Coarse shows up really well on the white and the thin lines on my ring finger are nice and crisp. The middle finger pattern doesn’t look as crisp but considering how well all the others did I am sure that it is not due to the polish. It also shows up beautifully on the black. Both pinky and index fingers have nice crisp patterns. The texture on this one without topcoat was there but still not extremely textured. I didn’t love the look of it without topcoat though but you might feel differently when you try it.
My findings: I am impressed with this one. It might not be much of texture stamping but the colour does look great. If I didn’t have another blue to stamp with I would definitely use this.
That’s it for today. These polishes were really exciting to try. I really wasn’t sure what the outcome would be and all in all I think it was quite good. Even though I might not use these to stamp with often, at least now we know what the results would be. What do you think of them? Do you want to see any of them stamped over a specific colour? Do you have an idea for a stamped design you would like me to do? Do you have any suggestions for changes or additions you would prefer on these posts? I hope you enjoy these stamping posts. I am having so much fun doing them.
Thanks for reading!