Here we are, Part 2!!
I've had an urge to stamp. I still wouldn't toot my horn as a stamping blogger, but I wanted to stop doing one thing: casually mentioning that polish would be perfect for stamping without stamping with it! Never again!
That's just lazy "if so, then" thinking.
Empirical is it for stamping.
So I have the set of densely packed Magnetix II by China Glaze and I thought I better have my way with them before I actually started to pack on assumptions about them.
First I tried them over white polish.
I honestly had the worst time with the large-area stamps. Like the ring finger above, I had to wrestle to get them off the stamper.
Gold Fusion and Positively in Love were the easiest and had the best coverage, followed by Get Charged and Con-Fused in equal measure. Finally Sparks Will Fly and Bond-Tastic brought up the rear.
My stamper is a squishy silicone one that I got in an old "stamping machine" set at Ross years ago. It fits in place of the rubber one on my Konad stamper. I kind of wonder if I need the rubber stamper instead? These seemed to dry very fast, which made actual adhesion to the nail a challenge.
Patience was tried. I repainted my nails many a time to get a new base, then I'd flummox a stamp because it would not stick.
All my assertions to myself about how great these would be as stamping polishes flew out the window.
Next I did a skittle or two of the Magnetix to see if they'd show up over their own darker colors.
|See how much like peacock Sparks Will Fly looks? So much for purple shift!|
Again, Gold Fusion comes out on top. Get Charged did a decent job, but Positively in Love didn't really stamp well at all. Con-fused and Sparks Will Fly did ok, though wasn't a real win. Bond-Tastic, well, not a lot of "tastic" to it, in fact.
So. I humbly retract all "I'm so smart" assertions about stamping polishes.
I admit I 50% bought this pack because I had stamped with an Essence magnetic polish in the past it had been so good.
I think the lesson here is that some do a great job and some don't.
I will be working on a page of stamping polishes and adding samples. It's a work in progress, but helpful I hope.
As far as the China Glaze Magnetix go, they are not even on the China Glaze web site, so they must have been a limited edition. Personally I won't be hunting down the first iteration.
These polishes can still be found around the web ranging from just over $2 to just under $10.
Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!