Saturday, May 13, 2017

Review: Moonflower Stamping Polishes!

(Press samples ahead!)

Hello!


Moonflower polish has just released some new stamping polishes for spring, and these have some pretty shimmer to their creme, that are also intended to be wearable, and the colors are definitely pretty enough for that!




From left to right, we have Moonflower, a white shimmery creme with a purplish opalescence, Lemon, Mango and Apple, all with a subtle shimmer to them. I love the idea of adding a bit of shimmer, especially to a white polish--stamping with white can be very stark, so if you want as softer more pearl-y look, this is a good option.


Here's the video review I made testing the polishes if you want to see them in action:




She warns that the polishes may come a little thicker than you like, so you may have to thin them a little depending on your stamper and plates. I first tested them out without thinning, to see how the formula worked as is. For my test I used an XL sticky stamper, and an image from UberChic Beauty 17-01. Here are the results:


Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Lemon, Mango, and Apple
Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Lemon, Mango, and Apple


Opacity: Good. These all show up over the black, and Lemon, Mango and Apple show up well over the white. The shimmer shows, and also gives coverage that's a little softer than full-coverage cremes.

Stamping quality: Moonflower stamped perfectly, but I had a little bit of difficulty picking up the fine-line details with the other three.

Resistance to smudging: I applied topcoat (Seche Vite) right after stamping these, and had no smudging whatsoever.


Because I had some difficulty with the fine lines, I thinned out the polishes as suggested. Then I tested them a second time using an image with more fine-line detail to make sure they would pick up well. I used three drops of Seche Restore each in Mango, Lemon and Apple, and then tested them again:


Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Mango, Lemon, and Apple, without topcoat
Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Mango, Lemon, and Apple, without topcoat

Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Mango, Lemon, and Apple, with topcoat
Moonflower polish in Moonflower, Mango, Lemon, and Apple, with topcoat


The first picture shows the stamping before topcoat, the second shows the images with topcoat.


Opacity: Still very good--I was worried that as I thinned the formula the coverage would decrease, but these still cover as well as in my first test.

Stamping quality: This time all of the polishes picked up the fine-line detail much better.

Resistance to smudging: I again applied Seche Vite right after stamping these, and again had no issues with smudging.


So, what do I think overall? I love having a stamping option that gives a softer look with a bit of shimmer--it's super cool to have a soft, romantic option for stamping in white especially. You may need to thin the polishes out a little; if you do, start with just a little bit of thinner and add more as needed. And, as long as you only swipe over the stamped image once with topcoat, you shouldn't get any smudging. And those colors! Soft enough to be called 'spring', but bright enough to take you into summer, too.


Here's a manicure I did with Mango (I'm completely in love with Mango!), over a base of Sugar Flor Calypso, using UberChic Beauty plate 16-02:

Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02
Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02

Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02
Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02

Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02
Moonflower Mango over Sugar Flor Calypso, with UberChic Beauty 16-02

I love these colors together, and I love how Mango shows up with a bright, pretty pop of color while still being subtle. Very pretty!!


These flowers are for sale now in Moonflower's shop, and you can also keep up with Moonflower around the internet:


FB fan group (Painted Moonflowers) - https://www.facebook.com/groups/260...


Happy polishing! :)
M. 

20 comments:

  1. Nice swatches of these stamping polishes. I like the manicure you created too.

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  2. I love the colors and that they can be worn as a full manicure color. They're slightly less opaque than I like for a stamping polish. I've got my eye on a few that I really need though! 😍

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    1. Yes, i love that versatility, too. I agree, the shimmer does alter the opacity.

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  3. Like that these can be used for painting and not just stamping. Some very pretty colours x

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  4. Like that these can be used for painting and not just stamping. Some very pretty colours x

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  5. I am naturally drawn to greens so Apple jumps out at me. But your manicure is gorgeous! I love monochromatic manis.

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    1. Can't wait to see what you do with them. :)

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  7. These look so pretty! I love the idea of a little added shimmer.

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    1. Me too. Sometimes you don't want just a plain stark creme. :)

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  8. I've been so impressed with these! They stamp so well!

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  10. That's so neat to have proper stamping polishes *with* shimmer. White especially looks nice.
    And your mani is of course so pretty, just perfect for a summer beach party!

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    1. Thank you so much...And now I want to go to the beach, lolol. ;-)

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  11. Great review. I added the green, orange, and yellow to my collection and I can't wait to play with them!

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    1. Can't wait to see what you do with them. :)

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