Jellyfish Ocean Manicure

Happy summer, everyone! Who is looking forward to going to the beach? I have to live vicariously through my memories of previous summers for now because I’ve been ridiculously busy this month with gigs, so I brought the beach to my nails with this jellyfish design.

I started by painting my nails with Recall from Born Pretty’s Flower in Sunshine Series. It’s a beautiful mermaid turquoise green color with a pearl pink sheen and holographic sparkles.


To create an ocean effect with some depth, I sponged on dabs of Diva into the Pool from Nicole by OPI.


For more contrast, I added a few dabs of Queen for a Night from Finger Paints. This was also a good choice for me because it alludes to the Queen of the Night character from Mozart’s opera The Magic Flute, which I am currently playing!


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Review of Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4 (White)

One thing that I’ve realized about doing stamping is that even though you may generally love a brand’s stamping polish, not all their colors as work as effectively as others.  I’ve experienced this with white stamping polish in particular.

This lacquer from Born Pretty Store had some good reviews, so I was eager to try out this product, especially because I have been disappointed by white stamping polishes distributed by two other companies.


Bare bones packaging- a single sticker names the brand of the polish but does not list anything else.

This polish came shipped in bubble wrap, so there was no danger of it being broken in transit from Singapore.  There is no box for it, and it is labeled simply with the name of the company on the bottle.  No ingredients are listed, and my bottle also did not have a color name or number marked on it, but it is pretty obvious that it is white.  I know from the website that this is #4 in their collection.

I have other Born Pretty products that come in the same type of bottle, and they all say they contain 15 mL of fluid.  This is a good size amount and is more than what you get in a bottle of Konad Special Nail Polish (11 mL) or b.m.c. nail lacquer (13 mL).


The brush in the bottle is a standard size.

The formula is very thick, which is great for stamping.  A downside is that there is no mixing ball in the bottle, so it is a little hard to shake up the contents if they start to separate.  I haven’t had this happen with this bottle yet because I’ve been using it so often, but I have seen polish separation occur in other colors of Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish.  You can remedy this situation by purchasing mixing balls yourself and adding one or two to the bottle.

I had no problems transferring designs with this polish, and it performs beautifully under all circumstances as you can see below.


Top picture is without top coat, bottom picture is with top coat using plate BPL-005 from Born Pretty. Base coat colors from left to right: Pale is the New Tan from Sephora by OPI, Diva Into the Pool by Nicole by OPI, What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI, and Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish #4. The pinky is swatched with only one coat of polish, and it has near perfect coverage.

This white color is remarkable because not only is it visible on top of light colored polish, but it contrasts over black polish perfectly.  I’m in love!  Gone are the days of having to paint your nails white and limit yourself to stamping with dark colors.  This polish goes above and beyond when it comes to stamping.

As a regular nail color, the formula is decent and can be used as a one step nail polish.  The texture is a little uneven due to the viscosity of the polish, but it works if you are in a hurry.  The polish dries quickly no matter how you use it.


I used this polish for a purple and white mani with excellent results.


It also performed beautifully to makes stripes for this coral and white mani.

As a stamping polish, Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish blows the other competition away.  I was really impressed with the quality of this product, and the swatches speak for themselves.  You won’t be disappointed, so grab a bottle for your next stamping adventure!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

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 your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!