Powder Perfect has come out with stamping polishes. Yes, you read that correctly. Another indie has joined the fray, and we are all the better for it. I have put off buying stamping polish for a myriad of reasons...among them chiefly "oh they aren't any different than just super opaque creams" and "but I don't want to buy leaded paint from Mexico". After this test, I can happily say that at least one of my reasons is now off the table. Read on to find out which one.
(promotional samples ahead)
Before we start, let's talk about how terrible I truly am at stamping. Now, before you protest, let me say this: I am not downplaying my skillz because I want you to fawn over me with praise. I am not great at stamping. It is a fact. I have exceedingly little experience with stamping, and I have not (until the last few months) put any effort into improving my skills. For the most part, I chalked it up to something I would never master and moved on...I figured it just wasn't for me. As it turns out, using piss-poor tools was what was ruining my experience. Who knew, right? So I am writing this review not from a "Doctor Professor Nail Polish Lady" but from a regular human who has never been 100% happy with her stamped art.
And for science, I used only the stamping polish here. They make decent bases, and I didn't have any staining issues. I tried to make these work with my MoYou clear stamper, but it just wouldn't work. Instead I used my trusty old squishy marshmallow stamper. It just works better for me, at my skill level. I also used a plate from Born Pretty Store: BP-L002. I chose a plate that I have had decent luck with in the past, just so I would have a bit of a baseline.
Ok, let's get this party started!
Golden over Black and White
Orange over Black and White
Silver over Black and White
White over White and Black
I know, this is a weird review. I know. But there isn't a whole lot that can be said about these that the pictures can't show better. And there is only so many ways I can say "omgyouguise". As a noob, I found these to make a huge difference in the final stamped product. For the first time, I actually got my nails to look like I envisioned...which is worth every single penny on earth.
These retail for $10.50 a pop in the US Shop, which I think is a steal for polishes that not only stamp but apply smoothly as regular shades...in one coat.
So yeah, tl;dr is buy these. Immediately.
October 2016 update!
Do you want 10% off of these polishes and all the supplies you need to make a kick-ass stamp-icure? Enter "BEAUTYSTAMP" at checkout in the Powder Perfect shop. I don't think it's an affiliate code, so we are all good there! It is good until January 2017.