Stamped Navy and Silver Roses with Bundle Monster BM-XL07
This manicure is some stamped navy and silver roses, using Bundle Monster BM-XL07 and some silver tear-drop studs.
The base for this is Barry M Drive Me Navy, one of the new Sunset polishes. These are like the CND Vinylux or the OPI Infinite Shine polishes. They are a hybrid of gel and traditional polish that supposedly cures better the longer it is exposed to daylight and last a week to ten days. Well, I wasn’t particularly impressed. The polish has quite a thick formula. Barry M directs you to use thin coats, but this is difficult with a thick formula that drags on the nail. And as for lasting, well, mine chipped on my right hand on two nails within 24 hours (before I’d added the stamping and studs for this manicure), which was a huge disappointment.
I’ve read a lot of bloggers write that the Barry M Sunset top coat doesn’t smear stamping. But I tried it over stamping a few weeks ago and it did smear, so I’m not at all convinced on that and will be sticking to HK Girl as a stamping top coat.
Anyway, onto the positives about this manicure. The stamping plate is the “Green Thumb” XL plate from Bundle Monster, BM-XL07. The plate has lots of lovely floral images on it. These extra large plates include images from their previous plates, but which have been enlarged. When I first started stamping, those images were fine for me, but my nails have grown longer over the years and now I prefer the extra large images.
There are 30 different XL plates and they cost $3.99 each from Bundle Monster, or you can buy them in sets of ten plates (there are 3 sets) for $29.99 per set. (Plus there are another 20 plates in the Polynesia-themed collection that has just been released!)
The silver tear-drop studs are also by Bundle Monster. They come in a pack of three wheels: one with 12 different silver studs, another with 12 different gold studs and a final one with different sizes of clear rhinestones. A number of the gold and silver studs are quite unusual – or certainly I didn’t have them already. They include: square-based domes, small and long triangles, two sizes of oval, tear-drops, domed stars, large crescents, square pyramids, and three sizes of domed round studs. The rhinestones are strange though, because they are not flat backed, so I don’t know how I might use those. Any ideas anyone? But I think the set is good value even just for the two wheels that I will definitely use. It costs $5.25 (but seems to be out of stock at the moment).
In a previous post, I was keen to receive my new marshmallow-like, squishy and sticky stamper being sold by a member of the Facebook Adventures In Stamping group. I recall writing that I had my fingers crossed that I wouldn’t be disappointed with it. Well, it arrived. And I’m disappointed. I tried everything to get it to stamp well: different plates, stamping polishes, scrapers, methods of scraping (slow, fast, hard, gentle, different angles) and I’ve tried both pressing and rolling the stamper. But I couldn’t get a flawless pick-up like I’ve seen in others’ photos. Either they cheated with their pics, or I’m just not doing something right. Hey ho. Another stamper consigned to the Helmer drawer. I will stick with my trusty three: the original Konad, my hard red Fab Ur Nails stamper and my soft, transparent silicon one, also from Fab Ur Nails.
- Colour: two coats of Barry M Drive Me Navy
- Top coat: Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Top Coat
- Stamping polish: Barry M Foil Effects Silver
- Stamping plate: Bundle Monster BM-XL07
- Studs: Bundle Monster silver tear-drop studs
- Final top coat: Glisten & Glow HK Girl
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The Bundle Monster BMXL-07 plate and tear-drop studs were sent to me for review. All views expressed in this post are my own, honest and unbiased opinions.