Friday, March 25, 2016

Review: Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0, plus stamping polishes!

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Hello!

Just when you thought stamping couldn't get any better because the clear stamper came in and rocked your world, here comes the crystal stamper 2.0 from Messy Mansion to blow your mind

Because the barrel is clear, so you can see through it and not just down it.

Oh, and--it has a lid.

Yes, those two things make a huge difference--the see-through barrel makes it almost impossible to mess up your placement, and the lid keeps your stamping head clean--the less you have to clean it, the longer it's gonna last. And for someone like me with five fur babies, anything that can keep dog and cat hair off my stamper is near magical as far as I'm concerned.

I made a video testing out how well the stamper picks up and applies; in the process I tested out two of Messy Mansion's stamping polishes, Chalk (their white), and Soft Gold (their gold). To see how their silver and black polishes did, click here.


Here's the video review I did of all the products for your viewing pleasure:






Let's take a look at how this stamper stacks up next to the frosted-barrel clear stamper:



Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0 vs. first generation clear stamper
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0 vs. first generation clear stamper

Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0 vs. first generation clear stamper
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0 vs. first generation clear stamper


You can see they're about the same size, and you can see that it's much easier to see through the barrel of version 2.0. Here's a closer look at the item alone:


Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0


Of course it comes with a scraper--this is a thick scraper and I love the control it gives me:



Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0

























And let's take a look at visibility through the barrel--first look at the old-school version:




Now take a look at version 2.0:

Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0

Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0


Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0
Messy Mansion Crystal Stamper 2.0

Not only is visibility on this excellent through almost every angle, the barrel allows the light through so you don't have to worry about angling the barrel correctly to get enough light.


Let's shift gears and look at the polishes. Stamping polishes need to be opaque and need pick up well, especially white, which often doesn't show up well over dark colors. I tested out Messy Mansion Chalk and Soft Gold:



Messy Mansion Chalk and Soft Gold
Messy Mansion Chalk and Soft Gold


Here are stills from the live test I did--you can see the precision and opacity:


Messy Mansion Chalk without topcoat
Messy Mansion Chalk without topcoat

Messy Mansion Soft Gold without topcoat

I didn't pick the best image to show details, and the gold reflected a bit--you can see it better in the video as I'm moving my finger around. But the point here is that it picked up the image well and covered well.

How does that white polish perform over dark colors? Here it is over black:



Check out that opacity! This stands up to dark colors even better than Konad White--just amazing.

And...it doesn't smudge...here are the two polishes with Seche Vite on top:


Messy Mansion Chalk with topcoat
Messy Mansion Chalk with topcoat

Messy Mansion Soft Gold with topcoat
Messy Mansion Soft Gold with topcoat

Absolutely no smudging! And you can see in the video that I wasn't super careful about going over the same area twice.

I'm absolutely sold on both the stamper and the polishes. The stamper has amazing visibility and an awesome lid to keep me from destroying my stamping head or getting pet hair all over it. And I love this line of polishes--they cover well, pick up well, super easy to work with. Win, win win!

You can find these products in Messy Mansion's store, and don't forget to follow them on Facebook for news and updates.

Happy Stamping!!
M.

27 comments:

  1. The crystal stamper looks awesome and those stamping polishes are so pigmented when you used it in my your stamping demo.

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    1. Yes!!! It's amazing how pigmented they are, and still don't smudge!!!!

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  2. These stamping polishes looks so good and it's definitely a win that it doesn't smudge!

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    1. Messy Mansion is now my favorite brand for stamping polish. Pigmented better than Konad and doesn't smudge? Sign me up!

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  3. Oh my gosh, I can't wait to own my 2.0 version!! Loved you review!

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  4. Wow! I may need to get this stamper!

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    1. If you have pet hair like I do, it's a must, lol!

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  5. I've been wanting to try out Messy Mansion products, and not that I'm getting more and more into stamping, I think I'm going to have to get an order in soon!

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    1. I adore Messy Mansion. And the clear stamper will change the way you see stamping! :)

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  6. Fantastic review! I always look forward to what you'll be talking about next. This stamper and the polishes all look really great.

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, that totally makes my day. You rock!! :)

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  7. Great review of what's seems to be a fantastic stamper. X

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  8. That is seriously impressive! I may have to pick one up!

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  9. As always, your review helps me make a purchasing decision! You've seriously my go to source for stamping info!

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    1. Yay! You totally just made my day. So glad I can help!! :)

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  10. I love my Messy Mansion clear stamper, version 2.0 looks great as well.

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  11. Wow; while it may not seem much, but an addition of that cap is just so clever. Also, these stamping polishes look amazing! (Yay, more intricate nail art from you!)

    P.S.: and an obligatory "great review as always". <3

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    1. Thank you, lol! And yes--OMG, it makes such a difference for me. I know I'm much clumsier than most people, but seriously, it has been a life saver!

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