I mentioned my misadventures in stamping in my recent “New Year” post. So, I figured I’d kick things off with a post about that exact subject. I’ve been delving a lot more into stamping lately and trying to spice up most of my manicures with it. I have a special spot in my heart for Pueen stamping plates because the Love Elements set from them were the first stamping plates that I bought. Recently, I purchased the Stamping Buffet set from them to add to my growing collection. Boy! I am so in love with these plates.
The plate that I am the most in love with is Pueen 72. It has this amazing Hawaiian feel to it. I instantly feel summery when I use this plate. I’ve actually used it twice since getting the set at the beginning of the month. I love that this is a full plate design and that you can pick and choose the areas that you want from it. Every nail will be different but it still gives a cohesive look.
For my first mani using this plate, I started with a base of Essie In The Cab-Ana. I randomly found this at a discount store in downtown Vancouver for $5 and I really loved the summer nature of this colour. Application was decent but not amazing. It was a little on the thin side for my liking and pooled a little bit near my cuticles. Wear time on this was fantastic though! I didn’t end up stamping on top of it until after three days of wear.
When I did decided to stamp on top, I chose a bit of an odd combo. It was odd in my mind at least. I went with a stamping polish that I had bought last year from Mundo de Uñas. Mundo de Uñas is a company based out of Mexico that makes stamping polishes and sells accessories for stamping. It is run by a fantastic lady named Sylvia. Shipping is a little expensive but it’s made up for by the excessively reasonable prices that she charges for the polishes. The one I chose for the mani above is #31 (peach). The polishes stamp beautifully, even on the more detailed designs.
For my second mani using this plate, I used a base of Butter London Torch. My nails are shorter in this manicure because I broke my middle one last week down to the nail bed. It’s also why my middle one is not shaped evenly. I have mixed feelings about the colour. The subtle shimmer is lovely and it’s a very summery coral. I love coral for makeup but somehow I was on the fence here. Application was perfect on this. Butter London’s tend to run a bit thinner but I haven’t ever had any issues with pooling in my cuticles. It just means that these require three coats. Sorry about all my grubby fingerprints on the bottle. I really should have cleaned it up before I took this picture.
After a day of uncertainty as to how I felt about this colour, I decided to jazz it up with some stamping. I had just received a new stamper that I had bought on ebay and needed to test out. Since I know this plate stamped well, I immediately gravitated towards it. I used Mundo de Uñas polish again. This time I chose #1 (white). I cannot express how much this changed my feelings on my manicure. I want this one to last forever! My stamping is not perfect but it’s definitely improving.
What do you guys think about stamping? Have you tried it? I love hearing about other peoples experiences with stamping. It can be rough to start out but I’m so glad that I pushed through those times when I couldn’t get anything to work. I’m really starting to love making each and every once of my manicures just a little more special with it. I think I can only go up from here with my skills. I look forward to bringing all of you along with me on this journey into the world of stamping and hope you are excited to go there with me!