After trying out different stamping polishes from Ya Qin An, I decided to test an electric blue color this time. The color is bright and absolutely stunning! It’s a true royal blue worthy of the Duchess of York.
18 mL of goodness: Ya Qin An Stamping Polish #8
Now honestly, I’m not sure what the color is called because other than the brand, all the writing on the packaging and the bottle is in Chinese. I’m only referring to it as #8 because that’s the number assigned to the color on the Born Pretty Store website (see the end of the post for the item link). Maybe one of my kind readers would like to translate what everything says in the comments?
The bottle comes packaged in a box. This shot shows the instructions that are printed on the back. Thank goodness for pictures!
I’m guessing that the label on the bottom lists the ingredients and maybe the exact name of the color. I also see numbers (2018.7.1) which could be the expiration date. I’ve had old bottles of polish stay in good usable condition for years, so I wouldn’t take that expiration date too seriously, but according to the label, this bottle will be ok for nearly two years.
I love the cube shape of the bottle because it provides a sturdy base that can’t be tipped over easily.
The brush is a normal sized one, and it works fine for stamping because hardly any polish gets used on the plate anyway. One stroke of polish should be more than enough to cover whatever design you wish to use.
As with any good stamping polish, the color provides excellent coverage in one thin coat and looks just as good on your nails as it does in the bottle. I used a pattern from plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store for the stamping below.
The top shot is shown without top coat while the bottom shot is pictured with top coat added. Base colors from left to right are White Hot from Sephora by OPI, Torque by Formula X for Sephora, What’s A Tire Jack? from Sephora by OPI, and one coat of Ya Qin An #8 stamping polish.
You can see that the polish shows up beautifully over both light and dark base colors. The fact that I could swatch one coat of polish on my pinky and get perfect, even coverage shows that the formula is well made. Also, unlike other opaque stamping polishes, the polish is not overly thick. This means that if you want to use Ya Qin An stamping polish as a base color, you can do so easily for a quick dry, one coat manicure.
The only complaint that I have is that over white polish, the blue color develops a little bit of a purple halo effect around the stamped design a few minutes after top coat is applied. I tried to take a macro shot of it, but it surprisingly did not show up in the photo.
Several minutes after the top coat was applied, the blue polished developed a purple halo around some of the edges of the stamped design. You can see a tinge of it toward the cuticle area, but it did not photograph well.
It was also interesting to note that when I cleaned my stamping plate, the cotton ball turned the same purplish hue. I guess that’s how strong the pigments are in this polish.
You can see the purple tone bleed more clearly in the double stamped plaid manicure below.
If you look at where the blue and white stamping overlap each other, you will notice that there is a third color that appears as a result of the color bleed off the blue polish.
The purple halo effect is very subtle and only seems to happen over white polish, so be warned. Overall the quality of this product is extremely high and I have no reservations in recommending it to my friends. The proof is in the stamping!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamping polish (retail price is $8.76 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!