So sorry for the late post today. I happily went off to gym and shopping and completely forgot to hit publish. I feel like a dummy. Let’s test some polishes shall we?
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.
To see all the Tuesday Stamping posts you can use the Tuesday Stamping tag in the tag cloud or you can go to the Swatches tab in the top menu and look under Stamping swatches. These are sorted by brand, then name alphabetically.
Today I am showing you 4 of the Essence Space stories polishes.
Essence – Across the universe
I didn’t really know what to expect from these polishes but this one might be the one I expected the least from. Imagine my surprise when I saw this over the black. It stamps beautifully but it isn’t really anything special on the white. It really shines on the black and it looks absolutely stunning. Probably my favourite!
Essence – Beam me up
This one stamps really well. It shows up well on the white but it doesn’t show off the holo as well. On the black the holo is much more visible but it seems more of a ‘speckled’ stamp than a solid line. It’s nice for the holo aspect but colour wise it looks better on the white. Not terribly wow though.
Essence – Intergalactic adventure
I thought this one would do a decent job. It does show up on the white and stamps decently. On the black the colour and shift shows up much better. Again, it work but isn’t fantastic.
Essence – We will spock you
This one barely shows up on the white. Simply because it is such a light colour on the white. The holo shows up on the black but not quite as strong as Beam me up. Again, it looks more speckled. As if the polish is made up of little glitter particles. Which isn’t how experienced the polish when I swatched it. I have many silver holos that stamp much better than this.
What do you think? Do you have a favourite? I don’t think any of them were a total win but Across the universe on the black is so stunning. It is one of my favourites ever. 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,