Friday, 24 August 2012

Stamping with Essie Mirror Metallics Fall 2012: Part I

Today's post is on Essie's Mirror Metallics collection which I wasn't too excited about till I tried it for stamping. The collection has five metallics: Blue Rhapsody, Penny Talk, Good As Gold, No Place Like Chrome, and Nothing Else Metals. I got the first four during the Shoppers Drug Mart BOGO sale last month and I want to show you guys how amazing these are for stamping! As stand alone polishes, I have heard they are a streaky mess so I won't get into the individual swatches.

Blue Rhapsody is a metallic blue polish. I stamping with it over Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Co-Bolt Blue and it stamped well in the first attempt for each nail. The stamp is from Konad plate M73.

Essie Blue Rhapsody over Sally Hansen Co-Bolt Blue

Here's Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Co-Bolt Blue by itself. It is a dark cobalt blue metallic with a lot of pigmentation. Formula is great and I needed 2 coats for opacity. A lot of people don't like the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri paddle brush but I actually kind of enjoy using it. Co-Bolt Blue does stain a LOT so cleanup took me twice as long as usual.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Co-Bolt Blue

Penny Talk is a copper metallic, just like a penny! I did a french mani with a fishnet pattern. The stamping results were the same as with Blue Rhapsody and I stamped with Konad plate M57 over OPI German-icure

Essie Penny Talk over OPI German-icure

Overall, I am quite glad I got these polishes for stamping. I am not a fan of coloured metallics so I don't think I'll be wearing these alone anytime soon. What did you guys find these better for - stamping or stand-alone manicure? Thanks for reading :)

- The Manicurette


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