Todays post is going to be a teeny bit different but only because I am adding something. This is for today only so I hope you don’t mind too much.
f 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 of 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.
Last year some time my husband bought me the Madame Zingara sequin nail kit.
I hadn’t really used it much since then but recently acidicice picked up this kit as well and she asked me to use these four polishes for stamping. I thought I may as well show you the colours as well as the stamping. They don’t have names so I will just be referring to them as their colours.
Madame Zingara – Silver
This is 2 coats with no topcoat. It is a very light, almost sheer silver and I didn’t really like it much at first but the more it dried the better it looked. So if you have this, let it dry, it will look better. It is by no means a favourite silver but it’s wearable. Probably as a base under nail art.
As you can see the stamping didn’t go so well. Over the black it shows up but the stamping isn’t very crisp at all. I also struggled to pick up and transfer the smaller lines of the image on my index. I would probably stick to using this as a base colour and skip the stamping.
Madame Zingara – Purple
This purple is a jelly. This is 3 coats with no topcoat. It is a gorgeous colour packed with tons of shimmer. I had a few bubbling issues with this but I am not sure if the extreme heat we have had has anything to do with it. It is a little sheer at first but build up well. Application was ok. The bottles are quite tiny – and so the brushes too – but I din’t struggle too bad.
Yeah, I am a little surprised. Even though this polish is hardly visible at all on the black it does stamp really beautifully. The lines are crisp and clear. No missing pieces. The colour looks a teeny bit ‘washed out’ but considering how sheer this polish is in one coat I think it did really well. Only suitable for stamping on lighter colours of course.
Madame Zingara – Pink
This is also a jelly and this is also 3 coats with no topcoat. This one is even more sheer than the purple but does build up decently. I still have very slight VNL after 3 coats but nothing too bad. The shimmer in this one is so gorgeous. I really like this one.
As you can see, the fact that it is even more sheer than the purple is evident here. Even though the stamping is crisp and clean the colour seems much more washed out. Which is a pity. It barely shows up the black and in certain lights only you can see hints of the shimmer. (like on the middle of index) Application is similar to purple – ok.
Madame Zingara – White
As I can’t stamp on the white with the white I did a little combination here. On my ring and middle are 2 coats of the white with no topcoat. I actually really like this white. It applies quite well and isn’t streaky or patchy at all. I only needed 2 coats and even on the first one it was smooth and applied well. I’m impressed.
On my pinky and index I stamped over the black using the white. It stamped ok. It struggle a little bit with the thin lines on the index and there are a few spots on the pinky but it didn’t do too badly. It does however look a bit faded white so it might not be as stark white as a stamping polish would be.
So this got me thinking. Do you want to see a swatch of the polish with the stamping in the future? Like I have done here? Let me know.
What do you think of these? The polishes and the stamping. 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.
Thanks for reading,