**This post is a few hours late but the blog had to be shut down for a few hours. It is back up and all problems sorted. I do apologise.**
Last week I asked if you liked it if I grouped the 4 polishes by colour. Quite a few of you said yes and some of you said you liked the variety so I will do both 🙂 Today is the battle of the reds. Mostly because I don’t have many so this would probably be the only time I can do a full 4. Let me get to it.
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 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.
Essence – Do you speak love?
It has been a while since I’ve stamped with an Essence. Perhaps because I am just so used to them doing so well. Do you speak love? is no exception. It doesn’t show up very much on the black but it’s quite a dark red so wouldn’t have expected it to anyway. It does show up beautifully on the white. I think it stamps really well too. It does have slight – very slight – patching on some spots but all in all I think it does great! I like it!
Essence – Fame fatal
Not only is this one of my favourite reds but look at that stamping. Again, barely shows up on the black (no surprise) but does show up beautifully on the white. The stamping is nice and crisp as well. Unfortunately it dragged in a few spots when I added the topcoat (and on some of the others as well) but I don’t think it affects the ability to see how well it stamped.
NYX – Matte red
For some reason this red looks more orange in the photos than the red it actually is. No matter though because it does stamp really well too. This red shows up the most out of all the reds even though it still isn’t showing up much at all. It does show up well on the white and stamps really well too. I am always worried about adding topcoat when I stamp with a matte polish but I just gave this one some extra time and it seemed to fare well.
Sinful Colors – Georgio
As you can see it’s a pretty dark red so I wouldn’t expect it to show up on the black at all. It does show up really well on the white though. I think it stamps pretty well too. There are a few minor patchy bits but I think all in all it didn’t fare badly at all. It’s quite a dark colour though so I guess some would not be surprised.
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.
Thanks for reading,