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I used a squishy stamper and I think it would've been better to use a firmer one to get sharper lines. BUT I kinda like that it's messy -- it's that whole "bad girl playing with the stamping pad at work" thing. ;) (yeah, ok, I'm a nerd, but to be fair, I'm in grad school for library science so I have a bit of leeway there!)
For the base colour I used one coat of Julep's "Maria" & stamped with Konad's black stamping polish. I DID try reversing the colours on my thumb using Julep's "Jet" as my (black) base and stamped with Julep's "Maria" -- it turned out really well but looked exactly the same as the other nails, so I didn't bother taking pics of it. LOL. I used Pueen's stamping plate Pueen03 (image below). I topped with Seche Vite.
Under LED desk lamp.
Indoors, bright daylight (no direct sun), near windows.
Outside, bright daylight (no direct sun).
Outside, direct sun (well, sunset-ish).
Pueen03 stamping plate.
Overall I love how this turned out. Yes, it's smudgy, but like I said before, I kinda like that it's not perfect! I like the fine lines of this chevron pattern, I think it suits my tiny nail beds better than some big blocky or super jaggedy image. It IS a bit like a migraine aura so I don't think I could keep this on my nails for long (already took it off), don't want to trigger anything!
Where to buy this stuff?? Julep polish can be purchased from their website -- though the shade "Maria" isn't presently available (I got it as part of the "Oprah's Favourite Things" collection/jewelry box last year). Konad stamping polish is pretty easy to get your hands on. The Pueen stamping plate can be purchased individually or as part of a set from Pueen's website or other distributors (I bought mine from Nail Polish Canada).
NB: I purchased these items myself. I have NO affiliation whatsoever with the polish/product makers or websites discussed in this post.
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