I hope you’re having a good week so far. I am still running around like a headless chicken but at least things are starting to settle down. I am having great fun sorting out all the arrangements for the Durban Polish Party and I hope it is going to be great fun!
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.
This weeks polishes were chosen by Thea from Madness Nails and she chose some stunners. Some are new to me so I haven’t even worn them on their own but at least now we will know what they stamp like. And I am impressed! Before I show you the nails though, just a little note. I am busy transitioning to a new camera and new light setup. I am still trying to get the hang off the camera and the light setup hasn’t arrived yet. I am hoping it will soon improve the quality of all my photo’s. Ok, onto the stamping!
Nubar – Reclaim
Reclaim is a green holo that I actually got from Thea for my birthday. It might be one of my favourite polishes of all time. I wasn’t too concerned about showing you the holo part of it because in the light I use the holo doesn’t always show BUT I was surprised that even on the photo you can see a little bit of the holo on the black. I completely smudged my pinky so the fact that it looks a little messy is all me. Reclaim stamps so well. Nice and crisp and the images transfer very well. With Reclaim, it would seem the holo doesn’t really show up on the white but it looks amazing on the black. I don’t know if this is because of the image stamped or because the white is too harsh. Even without the holo showing it does look great on the white as well.
My findings: Nubar – Reclaim is a great stamping polish and I can see a lot of holo stamping in my future!
China Glaze – No Plain Jane
This is one that I haven’t worn on it’s own yet. I absolutely love the colour of this polish. On the white it looks almost grey but it flashes to purple in some light (you can see this in the middle of my middle finger) and on the black it looks much more purple. It is actually quite a subtle stamping but it looks absolutely beautiful. I like that it can look subtle and light and then it surprises you with the flashes of colour in light. Images stamped really well, nice and clear and crisp.
My findings: No Plain Jane is a great stamping polish. Subtle in colour but very striking.
China Glaze – DV8
Another beautiful holo. As you can see it stamps beautifully! DV8 is such a beautiful blue holo and I am so happy to see it stamps so perfectly. And when I say perfectly I mean it. Just like with Reclaim, the holo doesn’t really show up on the white that much but on the black it just pops. You can even see it in the photo. Crisp, clear images with a great holo. You couldn’t really ask for more.
My finding: DV8 is great stamping polish. Probably one of my favourites so far.
China Glaze – Flip Flop Fantasy
First of all. Flip Flop Fantasy is a super bright neon. Of course my camera doesn’t pick up how bright it is and for some reason it seemed to affect the whole photo 😉 Trust me, this is bright! Other than that, it stamps absolutely perfectly! I slipped a little when stamping my pinky so there is a little bit of smudging that was my fault. I had my suspicions about the stamping ability of Flip Flop Fantasy but even I was surprised a little by the perfection. It shows up beautifully over the black and just as beautifully over the white. Probably the best stamping polish so far as far as crispness and clean lines are concerned. When I use this polish again I will be sure to have my proper set up so I can try and capture the true brightness.
My findings: Flip Flop Fantasy is an amazing stamping polish. Not only is the colour amazing but the stamping is perfect.
That’s it for today. I think Thea made some excellent choices and I loved them all. It even has me excited to start stamping with some of them 😉
What do you think of these? 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 would love to hear from you. Or if you want to choose the next 4 polishes let me know.
Unfortunately there won’t be a post tomorrow. I just have a bit much on my plate for the next day or so but I will be back with a great post on Friday and then it is time for Durban Polish Party! Have a good week lovelies.
Thanks for reading!