Have you tried this kind of clear stamping head yet? Aside from the obvious ability to see your placement more easily, these neat stampers have some other advantages as well. LadyQueen.com sent me their clear stamper for review and I ran it through the wringer!
In the off-chance that you haven’t seen these types of stampers before, the head itself is clear and medium firm. The barrel of the stamper is open at the top so that you can look straight down through it while doing placement, allowing you to see exactly where the stamp is going to land on your nail.
This set comes with the stamp head, the barrel and a matching plastic scraper. The barrel is frosted, but not opaque. You get plenty of light to help you see what you are doing with your stamping.
I tried a few test stamps right out of the package and had some pick-up issues, so I washed the stamp head with dish soap and water. This seemed to do the trick! I recommend that you do NOT use acetone on this one – it will break it down and make it cloudy. Likewise, buffing with a magic eraser could potentially ruin the surface, which is supposed to be shiney.
I found that the stamper picked up cleanly – with a few caveats. I found that I needed to work very fast. The wetter the polish, the better the image I got. I also found that I got better images when I rolled the stamper, opposed to just stamping straight down. The stamper cleans easily with a sticky lint roller.
The other big benefit to this stamper (aside from making placement much easier) is that you aren’t in a time crunch once the image is on the stamp head. It will still stamp onto your nail even if a couple of minutes have passed. You can take your time with the transfer!
Finally, here are a few manicures I did using this stamper:
I used Londontown Lakur – Earl Grey as the base and dry brushed it with Zoya – Margo, Sinful Colors – Glazy Sunday and Nicole by OPI – Sea How Far You Go. I stamped this rose image on using Funky Fingers – Black Knight and Cici & Sisi – 23.
For this design, I used 3 creme colors from Make Me Cosmetics Collection – Promise Me Forever, Calm & Cute, Make ’em Wonder – to create a diagonal gradient. I stamped on top using Funky Fingers – Gesso and BM-XL01. This is the kind of pattern that can be tricky to place correctly when going in blind, but the clear stamper made it very easy.
For this mani, I sponged on 3 coats of L’Oreal – Because You’re Worth It then topped it with a coat of MDJ Creations – Fire By Night. I stamped with white using Cici & Sisi 05 – and stamped a second time using M Polish – You Are My Symphony. The clear stamper really came in handy here so I could place the second layer of stamping in a staggered placement.
Overall, I am quite pleased with how this stamper performs. My only complaint is that it is really firm and I have to press down very hard on my nail and then roll it to get the stamp over my entire curved nail. I’d prefer if the stamper head was more squishy so I wouldn’t have to press so hard. I also found I had to give my base polish a bit more time to dry because I had one fail where I stamped too soon and the pressure I was using to apply the stamp to my nail smeared my polish.
I do love how easy it makes placement. I always struggle when using stamps like dots or chevrons because placement is pretty important and this stamper takes all that guess work out of the equation.
This stamper is available at LadyQueen.com (#NA0365) or click here to be taken directly to the item listing! While you are there, check out the Lady Queen selection of nail art! Use my code KSSS15 for 15% off regular-priced items!
What do you think of this stamper? If you have one with a clear head, have you switched to it full-time over other stampers? Let me know in the comments below!