Over the last couple of weeks I had seen Annette from Rainbow Connection mention the new Virtuous Polishes that were coming in. I decided to ignore this as I am certain I have enough polish - oh yeah!! but then she mentioned that they were good for stamping, so I had to take a look!
I don't have many polishes actually for stamping - the ones I have are mostly metallic finishes, and I love stamping with holos but the idea of stamping with really bright neon shades really appealed to me. I am not really into bright shades for the whole nail, but combined with something else I thought I could be persuaded and, having just got my hands on one of the Moyou London Kaleidoscope plates it seemed the obvious combination.
Rainbow Connection are selling mini Virtuous polishes as a set of 7,the Women of Valor, a veritable rainbow of neon shades so I ordered the full set. Once they arrived I was delighted I'd gone for the set - they may be the only bright polishes I have but they are so cute and pretty, I am sure I'll be trying them all very soon (even the yellow).
Having said I would pair a bright polish with something less bright I changed my mind and went for Queen Ester and Naomi, purple and teal - I love those 2 colours together and couldn't wait to see if they would look good using the Kaleidoscope plate.
I painted my nails with Queen Ester to start. The polishes dry to a matte finish, which I believe helps them to be even more neon, but also means they dry very quickly. As a result my application wasn't perfect, I'll need to bear that in mind next time so if they look a bit streaky or ridged that is my fault.
I had already test stamped all of them so I knew they'd be fine but again as they dry so quickly you need to be bit quicker stamping onto the nail once you've picked up the image. I tend to hold the stamper and look at the image, turn it round a few times while deciding which finger I might put it on - not a good plan - pick up the image and straight onto the nail worked far better! I stamped with Naomi, and it stamped perfectly, excellent coverage over the purple base.
The upside of drying quickly is that they clean up really easily, sellotape picked up almost all the mess.
I love the end result - I think the colours work perfectly with the image I chose, the light wasn't brilliant for taking photos but I took loads anyway!
|Virtuous Polishes Queen Ester and Naomi |
and Moyou London Kaleidoscope 06