Sorry this post is a little late. I was hoping I could publish it from my phone while I was out but alas.
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.
I am doing 4 light purple / lilac polishes today.
Essence – Break through
I ws a little surprised. I really thought this one would stamp like a champ. And even though it stamps well it is sheer which leaves a patchy uneven image. It’s barely visible on the black but is visible on the white. It’s not my favourite.
Tip Top – Manic minds
This is much better. Firstly, I was trying a ‘new’ topcoat (It’s not new new but I haven’t really used it yet in the almost year its been on my shelf). It dragged the stamping quite a bit on this one which makes it look horrible. Strangely, I used the same topcoat on all 4 polishes and this is the only one I had a dragging problem with. Anyway, this polish stamps really well. It’s visible on the black and the white and the image is crisp and clear (before the topcoat smudged it :/ )
Essence – Oh my glitter!
This is a light colour so I didn’t expect much but yet I think it out performed Break through. It is also very light on the white but it is visible on the black. In fact, the glitter shows up beautifully on the black and I actually really like how it looks. It’s not the best stamper ever but for a specific look you can definitely use it on dark colours.
China Glaze – Gothic lolita
This is just beautiful. It stamps really really well and shows up beautifully on the white and the black. I might actually like it more on the black than the white. Great stamper!
Gothic Lolita is definitely the winner for me with Manic minds a close second. Which one is your favourite? What do you think? 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,