Friday, September 25, 2015

Review: UberChic Beauty XL stamper, XL sticky stamper, and Luxe stamper

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Hey guess what!?! UberChic Beauty just released (like literally minutes ago) a variety of new stampers. They sent me three to test out: an XL stamper that isn't sticky, and XL stamper that is sticky, and a Luxe stamper with an awesome fancy handle.

I did a video comparing the stampers to each other and to both the Creative Shop stamper and what I'm calling the Winstonia-esque stamper (because that's where I sourced it in my last comparison video, see below; UberChic has also just released their own version of this style, as well); I also tested all of the stampers with an 'easy' polish and with a 'difficult' polish, so you can find the stamper that best fits your needs:

I'm going to go over the same information here, but there are some aspects of the stampers and the stamping that are easiest to see in the video, so definitely take a look at that if you have time.

Before I start the comparison, let's take a look at what I received:

UberChic Beauty Non-Sticky XL Stamper:

I received my stampers in limited edition tins; there are a limited number of these available, and once they're gone, they're not coming back:

Engraved lid--very classy!

Love that they come with a scraper

All nestled snug in their tin. :)

I think the tins are pretty nifty (yes, I said nifty); if you live in a multi-animal home like me, anything that keeps another layer of protection between your stamper and pet hair is a good, good thing--but I think these are also pretty cool for storing other things in too, including stamping plates. I'm thinking my Messy Mansions might fit in here...

Notice also that each stamper comes with TWO stamping heads, one light and one dark--this makes me extremely happy. It allows you to have excellent visibility no matter what color your stamping polish is; it also gives you an extra head for when you're making decals or doing reversed stamping. (And extra stamping heads aren't cheap--I paid $7 for my replacement Creative Shop stamper head!)

The non-sticky XL stamper is a lot like the Creative Shop stamper at first glance:

UberChic Beauty XL non-sticky stamper vs. Creative Shop stamper

UberChic Beauty XL non-sticky stamper vs. Creative Shop stamper

The handle design is basically the same; but, the stamping head does look different and performs differently (more on that later). The Creative Shop stamping head is flatter and has a different texture.

UberChic Beauty XL Sticky Stamper:

This one comes in a gold tin...sigh...

And I love this little touch. :)

The UberChic XL sticky stamper is pretty much the same as the non-sticky stamper, except the stamping head is a little squishier and a LOT stickier:

UberChic Beauty XL Sticky stamper vs. Creative Shop stamper

Finally, I received the UberChic Beauty Luxe stamper:

Is that Tiffany blue?? Not officially, but it reminds me of it...perfect for the Luxe. :)

UberChic Beauty Luxe

The Luxe has a slightly smaller head than the other two, and is non-sticky. And of course, the main difference here is in the handle; if the big handle on the others isn't comfortable for you, this handle tucks nicely in your hand and gives excellent control when stamping.

For all of these stampers, I simply washed them in dish soapy water and patted them dry. I did NOT prime them, and I don't believe you should need to, either.

Comparison of features

Okay, let's get on into the comparison. From left to right, we'll be comparing the Winstonia-esque stamper, the one that used to be the XL stamper back in the day; the UberChic Beauty Luxe stamper; The UberChic Beauty XL sticky stamper; the UberChic Beauty XL non-sticky stamper; and the Creative Shop stamper:

UberChic Beauty stamper comparison

UberChic Beauty stamper comparison

There are three main differences we are looking at here:

1) Size: The XL non-sticky and the XL sticky have abut the same stamping area as the Creative Shop stamper; the Luxe is a little bit smaller, and they are all larger than the Winstonia-esque stamper.

2) Texture: Obviously the XL sticky is stickier than the XL non-sticky; the Luxe was a little bit more sticky than the XL non-sticky, but nowhere near as much. My hope when I received these was that the XL stamper would pick up polishes that are a little more finicky and give my Creative Shop stamper some problems, while also giving me a large surface area. We'll see what happens below...

3) Handle: I know some people don't like the handle on the Creative Shop stamper; if you're one of them, the Luxe stamper is for you. I'd never stamped with this style of stamper before, and found it really comfortable. I also felt it gave a bit more control.

So how do they stamp?

The most important thing about a stamper is whether or not it can stamp, pshaaaa! So I tested each of these five stampers with two polishes; one that I know stamps pretty easily (Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Night Flight) and one I know creates an issue for some of my stampers, including my Creative Shop Stamper (Eat Sleep Polish Sheets of Empty Canvas). Let's take a look at how they performed (all tests are with UberChic plate 5-03; it has fine, detailed lines that make it tricky, especially with finicky polishes):

Winstonia-esque stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight:

Winstonia-esque stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight

This is why this is my previous go-to stamper. Absolutely flawless. Of course, it has a smaller surface area, so I'm looking for something that has the bigger head.

Creative Shop Stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight:

Creative Shop stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight

Also perfect. A little color warping, but that is only with paper, I don't see that showing up on my nails.

UberChic Beauty XL Non-Sticky Stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight:

UberChic Beauty XL non-sticky stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight

Lovely--perfect image, no problems here.

UberChic Beauty Sticky Stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight:
UberChic Beauty XL sticky stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight

Perfect! Hopefully this will hold up with the finicky polish...

UberChic Beauty Luxe Stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight:

UberChic Beauty Luxe stamper with Sally Hansen Night Flight

Also perfect! Wow, we're on a roll. So much awesomeness to choose from!

What about with a more tricky polish?

I love my Creative Shop stamper for the huge surface area it gives me, but I've found that it's a little bit picky about who it likes to hang out with. Some polishes, well, it just doesn't want to have anything to do with them. So one of the reasons I was very excited to test out these stampers was to see if one of them (particularly the XL sticky) would give me the larger surface area and still pick up the tricky polish.

For this test I used Eat Sleep Polish Sheets of Empty Canvas. Let me be clear about this--I don't mean to say this polish is bad and shouldn't be used for stamping. I LOVE it and use it as my black stamping polish when I'm doing reversed stamping and decals because it doesn't bleed. As you'll see, my Winstonia-esque stamper picks it up pretty darn well. But, it's a matte-finish polish, so it dries quickly; even the best stampers can be challenged by it, and some stampers just plain don't like it. Pair that with a finely-detailed image, and you can forget it. So, I'm still looking for a truly XL stamper that will work with it. Let's take a look:

Winstonia-esque stamper with ESP SoEC:

This is the stamper that works best with this polish. As you can see, it's not 100% perfect, but it's darn close; the flaws are small and don't really make a huge difference when you're not looking at a magnified image. As opposed to...

Creative Shop stamper with ESP SoEC:

Yes, I promise you, this is the best swatch I can get. Most often it picks up nothing at all with this polish, or only a very fine shadow of a line or two. 'Nuff said.

UberChic Beauty XL Non-Sticky Stamper with ESP SoEC:

I have to be honest--I didn't expect this stamper to do a good job with this polish, since it's similar to the Creative Shop stamper. But that difference in texture and shape in the stamping head apparently makes a big difference--this is extremely impressive. It's just as good as the Winstonia-esque stamper, and possibly even a bit better.

UberChic Beauty XL Sticky Stamper with ESP SoEC: This kind of quality with a tricky polish? Amazing. I'm sold. I need back-ups, stat!

UberChic Beauty Luxe Stamper with ESP SoEC:

I've never owned a stamper with a handle like this before, and as you can see, the first try didn't go perfectly. But because I'm not experienced with this type, I tried again:

Better, right up there with the Winstonia. A few tiny flaws, but nearly perfect. Give me a session stamping with it and I have no doubt I'll get a top-notch image in no time, even with this super tricky polish. sum up... 

I'm extremely impressed with the quality of these stampers. They all pick up typical stamping polishes with no learning curve, and no priming--just a quick wash with dish soapy water. And while I would have been happy if only the XL Sticky had picked up the tricky polish, they were all really successful with it--despite being new to me. So:

  • If you have the same issue with tricky polishes, any of these will do, but the XL sticky will work best and most easily. 
  • If you don't like the larger handle, the Luxe can give you a larger surface area, and still work well with trickier polishes, with a little practice. In fact, I really liked the extra control it gives.
  • These stampers live up to the high-quality I've come to expect from UberChic Beauty, and I believe you'll be extremely happy with them.

These stampers and a few others just went live on UberChic Beauty's website this morning; check them out here. 

Happy stamping--I'm gonna go pick up huge areas with picky polish using my new XL sticky stamper!



  1. Do you have the MoYou London XL Marshmallow Sticky stamper? It's sooo soft and sticky, and the only stamper I've ever tried that works for my seriously curved nails. So I wanted to ask if you can compare the sticky UberChic one to the MoYou London one in terms of softness...

    1. I don't, I'm sorry! I can say that the UberChic is pretty darn squishy. :)

  2. Awesome review and comparison of these stampers. Its so helpful to see. I'm totally bookmarking this page :)

    1. Thank you so much! Thank means a lot, I'm glad it was helpful. :)

  3. I love your video reviews! This a great comparison.

    1. Thank you so much!! That's so nice to hear, I really appreciate it! :)

  4. Thank you for such a comprehensive review! I love all your reviews. And I ordered the sticky stamper! I have the 'non-'sticky one and was trying to find out the difference between them so your review was perfectly timed! And I pinned this review for future reference..... ;-)

    1. Yay, I'm so glad to hear that! It feels good to know it helped. <3 <3 <3

  5. I ordered these as soon as I saw this video...TYSVM


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