Hello sweeties! For my last February NCC look, I decided to attempt a stamping decal. I tried it once before and it was only a so-so result. I have some larger stamping images that I’ve always thought would be perfect as a decal, so of course it was high time I tried this technique again!
So the application came out a little crooked and didn’t line up perfectly across all nails and the face of the Koi fish smeared a little, but I’m really happy with the end result!
Painting the decal was easy enough, but transferring from the stamper to my nail was definitely more difficult. I watched YouTube videos like crazy, but that transfer remained hard!
I also took a closeup to show off the sparkle that Zoya Remy & China Glaze Fairy Dust gives:
And now, time for a mini rant… I used a stamping polish from Mundo de Unas. I purchased a bunch from them awhile back when I first got into stamping and heard amazing things about how they perform in stamping. And that’s right – they stamp better than anything I’ve tried so far. BUT they stink SO bad… like give you a headache/ eyes tearing bad. And this one had a lump of congealed polish at the tip of the brush that wouldn’t go away. Also, I’ve heard time and again about the controversy on MDU not releasing their ingredients based on their agreement with their production team. With all of that, I plan on not using them ever again and trying to get rid of the ones I own. If you know of anyone who is obsessed with MDU and has no sense of smell, let me know 🙂
- Base color: Barry M Damson… this is a GORGEOUS bright cornflower blue that has an amazing formula!
- I dabbed Zoya Remy over Damson with a piece of saran wrap… Now I previously have worn Remy on its own, and I didn’t think it was a bad stainer. But when I dabbed it on with saran wrap, it naturally was messy and got all over my skin. AND my skin was tinted blue until I scrubbed it with some toothpaste! So I recommend being careful with Remy since it’ll stain your skin.
- Topper: China Glaze Fairy Dust… to give the background an almost shimmery/ sparkly water feel.
- Stamping plate: Messy Mansion MM29
- Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Orange (13)… great color and fantastic to stamp with, but see all the above issues!
- Koi details:
- Illamasqua Purity… a beautiful almost flesh-toned light peachy orange.
- Formula X Uber… a darker red-orange polish. This one was a little thin for detailing, but it ended up alright.
- Rica Whiteout… my go-to white for nail art
- Top coat: an old drugstore top coat… I think I used NYC’s top coat.
- I stamped the image onto two stamper heads, cleaned up excess, and then dabbed on the above polishes for the detailing. I let that dry for awhile, then painted the top coat over. Once that was all dry, I peeled it off the stamper head and placed it on the nail (obviously not perfectly) and generously coated it with more top coat.
If you have any suggestions on how to make the stamping decal work easier, let me know!! Have you tried it before? What are your thoughts on Mundo de Unas?
Check out more animal manis from the NCC ladies: