Usually it is done the other way around, glossy painting on a matte or mattified polish, but I realised my matte top coat (p2) is not matte enough but gives more of a satin finish, and also lightens the color too much. I also had the problem that none of my clear polishes or top coats worked, not one of them gave enough shine when applied as thin stamping (and I’m still not able to freehand some delicate pattern). I tried pretty much every clear polish I had, even tested black polish, regular and stamping, but to no avail – has anyone out there tried this look and can give me a suggestion which polish might work?
So I decided to give matte stamping on glossy polish a try, and it worked ok, but again I wasn’t too happy with the p2 matte top coat. I’m not sure if this is an issue with matte top coat in general, but it gave off small white dust/crumbs, and left somewhat rough edges along the pattern. I could fix it a bit by rubbing some oil over the nail and polish it off, but you can still see some of it on the picture above.
Luckily, this is only visible on close up, at regular viewing distance it looks as classy as I imagined it to be and changed the more gothic vibe of black polish to something elegant. 🙂 I surely will do this again, and I’m still not done trying glossy stamping on matte polish, but I think I really need a different matte top coat either way. I read a lot of good reviews about essie Matte About You, has anyone of you tried it and can confirm this?
Base coat: Sally Hansen Miracle Cure
Main color: essence colour & go 144 black is back
Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri
Stamping: p2 matte victim top coat with Bundle Monster BM-314