Zoya Sunsets Summer 2016 | Do They Watermarble or Stamp?

Zoya Sunsets Watermarble 1
If you’re a Zoya fan, watermarble whiz or a stamping fiend, then I’m sure you’ve been following the Zoya Sunset Summer 2016 collection closely. I sure have. They are listed on Zoya’s site as “one-coat cremes” and a vast majority of the swatches show that this is largely a true statement — so why wouldn’t they stamp? Plus, that same opacity quality makes them a good candidate for quality watermarbling designs without the use of an undercoat. I was lucky enough to borrow this set from a very good friend of mine.  I’m pretty sure she has no idea how much of the clear bottle she’ll see when I hand them back to her after all of my experimenting. View Full Post

Insider’s Guide to Nail Blogging: Getting Started

Insider's Guide to Nail Blogging

Hello and welcome to my blog! Today I’m launching something new here on smackerlacquer: nail polish blogging tutorials and guides.  There’s so much going on behind the scenes in every direction and it can be very overwhelming in the beginning, or at least that’s how I felt for my first year of blogging (pro tip: it doesn’t stop!).

Yes, of course, a blog can be started in a matter of minutes for free, you just snap a few pictures with your phone, badda bing badda boom and you’re in business…right? Some of you may love the simplicity of that, but I know many more of you want more out of your blog. I know I did and still do. Although I started a blog and kept on blogging because I genuinely love the creating-sharing aspect of it, I quickly figured out the professional-style blog I wanted was going to be a lot of work, and I wasn’t willing to deal with all that if no one was going to pick up what I was putting down.

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INM Out the Door Nail Lacquer | Review & Nail Art Roundup

INM Out The Door Nail Lacquer Review

INM products provided for review

I’ve been working these INM Out The Door Nail Lacquers for quite some time. I’m sure you’ve seen of these looks and some of my comments on past posts, but here they are as a collection! I received a rainbow of colors from INM, which is an absolutely wonderful brand. These are all great polishes and I have some new nail art to show off for you to see.  View Full Post

How To Use Your Rubber Nail Art Stamper!

Born Pretty Store Rectangle Green Stamper

Stamper was originally provided for review. Nothing else to disclose.

If you’re like me, you’ve likely pushed right on past the rubber stampers, probably barely even registering that they exist. The soft squishy silicone stampers have taken over and don’t forget the clear stamper revolution. I’m here to convince everyone that a rubber stamper in your nail drawer, bin, desk caddy, wherever it is that you keep your nail art supplies is worth it!

What is a Rubber Nail Stamper?

First of all let’s put a little rumor to rest: silicone is “rubber.”  Silicone is a synthetic rubber, there are many types of synthetic rubber and they all have specific properties. I don’t know what the rubber nail art stampers are made of, but I’m fairly sure it’s also a synthetic rubber.  As for which stampers I’m specifically talking about that are rubber: the green rectangular stamper. There may be others, but this one is definitely not silicone. It’s very firm and dense.

Sally Hansen Color Foil Minted Metal Stamped

Stamped perfectly with rubber nail art stamper using Sally Hansen Color Foil Minted Metal. 

Pueen Special Edition Encore stamping plate.

Why would anyone bother with a rubber stamper when silicone stampers are soft, squishy and everywhere? I’ll tell you why:

  • RUBBER NAIL STAMPERS are less expensive. 

Most rubber stampers cost $4-$5 at most and there are so many rip-offs on the market  you can get the green one almost for free. All those squishy stampers can cost upwards of $10 a piece, plus replacement heads.

  • RUBBER NAIL ART STAMPERS are durable. 

Rubber stampers are far more chemical resistant to acetone than silicone – you can soak it in a bowl of acetone if you’d like. Silicone’s number one chemical resistance property is that it can be eaten away by solvents such as acetone. Plus, I feel like the squishier a stamper is, the more delicate I have to handle it. They come with lids and people keep them in home made cases and such, but these rubber nail art stampers? They’ll survive a beating, toss those puppies in your big bad nail art drawer and be done with it.

  • RUBBER NAIL ART STAMPERS don’t collect lint and junk.

This one is really limited to sticky stampers, which drive me nuts how much they pick up any little tiny thing floating in the air.

  • RUBBER NAIL ART STAMPERS work with polishes that silicone repels like Sally Hansen Color Foils.

Rubber stampers have different properties than silicone stampers (see above) and chrome polishes work like a charm with it. My little green stamper was the answer to all my prayers when I was troubleshooting my Sally Hansen Color Foils.

 

Sally Hansen Color Foil Purple Alloy Stamping

 

  • RUBBER NAIL ART STAMPERS work great with regular polish or very long drying polishes.

Silicone stampers don’t always do well with standard polish, they tend to smush up the design in my experience.  Rubber nail art stampers have a way of grabbing those wetter polishes and keeping it neat on the surface for a perfect stamp on your nail. The longer the hang-time, meaning the longer the polish takes to dry and how long you have to get the image stamped to your nails, the better the rubber nail art stamper works and usually the worse a standard squishy silicone stamper works.

 

Rubber Nail Art Stamper Polishes

 

  • RUBBER NAIL ART STAMPERS will pick up tricky, very fine lined images. 

Once you find a stamping polish that works really well with your green rubber nail art stamper, you can start working on the very fine-lined stamping images.  Below is an example of how my green stamper picked up the fines lines so much better than my ultimate, all-around, go-to favorite stamper (knock-off/identical to Winstonia’s). Another image shows my stamper with the same polish and image and obviously does in fact work with that combo.

 

Rubber Nail Art Stamper

 

What’s the down side you say? If they’re so great why isn’t everyone using them? 

The main reason they’ve fallen out of favor is because of how dense and firm they are compared to the silicone stampers. This can be a big issue for some people with curved nails. (Although I can attest to the fact that it is not that big of a deal.) I’ve had success rolling my them on nails or just biting the bullet and pressing down really hard. It’s not ideal and not terribly comfortable, but for the fail-proof image grabbing it’s worth it.  Rubber stampers are also generally pretty small, they are just wide enough for my nails.  There isn’t room for much error.  It doesn’t work with every stamping polish. Polishes with short hang-times — basically any polish like Konad or Born Pretty Store, that formula, will not work with the rubber nail art stamper.

Tips and Tricks: The best way to stamp with your rubber stamper!

Overall, I don’t tend use my rubber stamper as my primary stamper because of how firm it is, but I use it quite often as a trouble-shooting option because it tends to work when other stampers don’t.

Stamping polishes.  Sally Hansen Insta-Dri, Sally Hansen Color Foils, Bundle Monster stamping polishes and any regular nail polish that stamps well.

Picking up the image.  I’ve found that a light roll over the image with a very light hand picks up the images the best. You can also press straight down, but sometimes I find that the very middle of the stamper that bore the brunt of the pressure won’t be perfect.

Placing the image on your nail.  Pressing straight down is the most fool-proof method. It can sometimes be uncomfortable, but you’ll get the best image. I’ve also had a lot of luck rolling it on my nail, but I’ve also smeared the image more often.

As for buying this green rubber nail art stamper, there are so many options, most of them very cheap and accessible. You can also head over to the Born Pretty Store and buy the exact same one I have. It was originally provided to me free for review and you can get 10% off if you use my code: QBG10. Shipping times can be very long because it ships from China.

Do you have a green rubber stamper in your drawer, did you ignore it? Are you now convinced to try it? Let me know in the comments!