It’s another colour coordinated post today. It’s the battle of the purples. I have SO many purple/lilac/violet polishes that I could do this a few times over. I will stick to the 4 for today though 🙂
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.
China Glaze – Grape pop
This one shows up beautifully on the white and is visible on the black. More than I expected it to. For some reason I actually prefer this over the black than the white. The image transferred very well on the black but on the white it seemed a little patchy so I think the black base is just a little more forgiving. It seems to stamp really well on the thinner lines but it is one I will try again in future to see if I can get good stamping.
China Glaze – LOL
Ah this polish is gorgeous. It shows up beautifully on the white and the black but of course the holo really only shines on the black. For some reason my ring finger looks a bit smudged but all in all it stamped pretty well. I did have a Color Club – Eternal beauty (a purple holo) before and I think that one stamps better. You can see it here or under the “swatches” tab above. Anyway, it stamped ok. In my case I have another holo that stamps better but if you don’t then I do think this one is workable. I mean for me my index is perfect! I want to make an observation about stampers so keep a look out for that at the end.
Sinful Colors – Amethyst
Amethyst shows up really well on the white and also quite well on the black. Again, except for my ring finger it stamped really well. It’s one of the better ones so far. Definitely one that is workable and I will try again.
Sinful Colors – Fig
In this case I once again prefer the stamping over black than the white even though it does show up really well on the white. The stamping just doesn’t look as patchy on the black. Fig also seems to have a bit of a metallicy look on the black. I don’t know if I will give this another shot.
Ok so I mentioned the stamper earlier in this post. Since I started these posts I have accumulated a few different stampers. I started off with the Essence stamper that worked absolutely fine for me. I then started hearing about different types of stampers like squishy, squishy soft, squishy firm, xl etc. I picked up a different stamper from Moyou and even though it is softer than the Essence and definitely stickier it is exactly the same in in every other aspect. I then also got an XL squishy stamper which is bigger and softer than the other two. I have done a few tests to see if the different stampers react differently to the different polishes and I can’t see a difference yet so I am assuming it doesn’t. The only difference I can really see is the ease of use. If at any point I think it does I will let you know. For now I don’t think it matters which stamper I use to do these posts. Do you want me to mention which stamper I use anyway?
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,