I haven’t reviewed a stamping polish in awhile, mostly because I’ve been sticking to some tried and tested favorites a lot lately. I’ve come to love the stamping polishes from Born Pretty Store for their pigmentation and easy transferring ability, so when I saw that they now carry shimmery shades, I wanted to try one immediately!
This polish is color #54 on their website and is described as pearl white, and that’s exactly what it looks like- white with a gorgeous pearly shimmer to it. The formula is a very thick one that is hard to shake up. There isn’t a mixing ball inside the bottle as far as I can tell, so you will want to add some if you have some available.
The brush is a nice size both for painting your nails directly and for application onto stamping plates. The bristles are very flexible and spread nicely.
The square bottle holds 15 mL of polish, which is more than the amount in your typical bottle, especially when it comes to stamping polishes. The cube like shape means that the bottle will fit nicely inside a box or drawer along with other Born Pretty stamping nail polishes, saving space.
As for application, I would not recommend this particular color as a one coat varnish. A lot of stamping polishes can be used to get opacity quickly with the added benefit of the formula drying fast, but because of the thick viscosity of the fluid, the application looks a bit clumpy even with one coat.
Not surprisingly, because the stamping polish applied so thickly on top of my nails for the photo above, those nails also took a longer time to dry completely although the surface was dry to the touch very quickly. As tempting as it is to use this as a substitute for white nail polish, I don’t think I will use the item in this manner again because of the lackluster results.
On the other hand, I do give it high marks for its complete opacity. When used as a stamping polish, the color stays true to what you see in the bottle even over a black base.
One downside is that because the polish is so thick, fine details don’t get picked up. If you compare the stamping above to the original plate design below, you can see that the lines in the center of the flower petals aren’t as fine, and the little dots of pollen around the centers of the flowers also did not transfer. I tried to thin down the polish with some nail polish thinner but didn’t make much headway with that because the bottle was so full of polish that it didn’t leave enough room for much thinner.
As a disclaimer, I have found that shimmer polishes in general have a harder time getting picked up by stampers, most likely because the shimmery pigment particles are larger and dry quicker. On the whole, I do find that thinning down the polish gets the stamping to transfer better, so I will have to try to do that some more with this stamping polish once I get some more room in the bottle to do so.
On the other hand, large lined images don’t have any problem with this polish. I used a stamping plate to produce the French tips below. You can see that the tips are very opaque, the color is true to what you see in the bottle, and the lines are sharp.
As long as you’re not using this to pick up detailed images, this polish works very well. I would suggest using some nail polish thinner with this shade to make the formula more manageable. Part of me feels like dividing this polish into two separate bottles and filling up the empty space with thinner just to see if I can get twice the polish with the same solid opaque results. With such good color payoff, it’s worth a shot, right?
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamping polish (retail price is $10.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy polishing!