Monday, February 11, 2013

Best Red for Stamping


I sprang my knee this weekend, so I had a lot of sitting time.  I decided to go through my red polishes to figure out the best red for stamping.  Sounds easy, but with so many reds it took longer than I thought. I was more interested in red over black because most reds stamp pretty good over white.




I was really disappointed with Konad Red, but not surprised because I've tried to stamp over black in the past.  The Nabi Red Wine magnetic wasn't bad but was a mess to clean up.

A couple of close-up swatches.




I put my favorites on the nail wheel and added Konad Red for comparison. I was very impressed with the old school SH Chrome but it comes across more pink than red over black. The best from my collection would have to be Sally Hansen Racin' Red followed by Jessica Cinderella Red and then Nanacoco Jazz Lovers.

And here's another view of today's mani. I used Sally Hansen Racin' Red over Finger Paints Black Expressionism with the Bunny Nails image plate.  I also tried nail glequins for the first time made famous by The Nailasaurus.

I hope this was helpful to those who love to stamp. Thanks for stopping by :)






25 comments:

  1. Great post, I never would have thought to use Nabi Wine for stamping!

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    1. It stamps pretty well but I didn't like the clean-up. It was like eraser shavings left behind.

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    1. Yes it does stain. Nail polish remover just smeared it around. I used a scrub brush with soap and water to get off the rest. There's still slight staining though, but nothing obvious.

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  3. Lovely effects <3 I am just so horrible in nail art xx

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  4. Thank you for this great post, I am looking for a good red, you made my choice simpler :) thanks

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  5. The stamp is gorgeous and I love how you went that extra step and showed us which reds go best with this stamp! Gorgeous and very helpful!

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    1. Thanks. I wasn't sure if anyone would like this post or not. Glad it was helpful.

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  6. Oh my goodness, awesome post. I know how hard it can be to find a red that shows up over black, I was on a quest myself! I bought Konad red & the Jessica polish but was disappointed by the results. (I can link to my test pics if you allow links?) Finally I found No Miss "Palmdale Paprika" ~ pricey, but it works! I'm tempted to buy "Racin' Red" to see which works better.

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    1. I know, it's kind of nerve wrecking. I've never heard of Palmdale Paprika. I'll have to look into that one. Glad you found one that works.

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  7. Awesome post that was needed. You nailed it girl!! Now I have to find Racin Red :)

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    1. Thank you! It should be pretty easy to find. Enjoy!!!

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  8. This is a great post! Funny how Konad Red barely shows!

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  9. Amazing post! I guess that I need to pick up Racin' Red. Thanks for doing the leg work.

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  10. This is such a cool idea! I need to find an emerald-y green that goes well with black, so it looks like this may be a good idea to find the perfect combo!

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    1. That would be fun. Jumpin' Jade (no 22) looks great over red. I'm not sure what it looks like over black though.

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  11. Hi Enamel Girl! I am looking for the Sally Hansen Racin' Red and not finding it- I found Insta-Dri Rapid Red- is that it?

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  12. Hi Enamel Girl! I am having a hard time finding a polish called "Sally Hansen Racin' Red." I am finding "Sally Hansen Rapid Red." Is that the same?

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    1. Hi Melissa. I just checked my bottle again. Its a Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polish in Racin' Red. I can't remember how long I've had it (probably a couple of years) but it's still available on Ebay. Racin' Red number 01. I'm not sure how Rapid Red compares. HTH.

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    2. Thanks! I will see what I can find! :)

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    3. Melissa, I have Rapid Red and it stamps extremely well, especially over lighter colors. It is not as vibrant over black as the Racin' Red appears in these photos, it looks closer to the Pure Ice Siren on the swatch wheel. Hope this helps! :)

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