Tuesday 30 October 2018

Topcoat Stamping Test

Topcoats best for Stamping 

Hey all, back to school again, the clocks went back over the weekend here in the UK, so winter is definitely on it's way! Plus it's so much colder :(
A bit of a different post today, but one I've been wanting to do for a while but just never had the time.
I wanted to test some different shop bought top coats for ladies on a budget, that can be used to seal a stamped design mani.
You can watch my video to see, but here are the topcoats I used and how they worked over black and white stamping. 
 Admittedly this post is for UK ladies, but if any of my international friends can find them that's great! I prepared nail tip with black and white polish, then stamped also with black and white from Born Pretty Store, not to single out a particular brand of stamping polish, but I do have trouble with these. I floated each top Coat over the stamped image, so let's check out my results...
Mint London, on first look no problems with the white stamping, but slightly smeared the black.
Essence Quick Dry was a total fail, as it smudged both black and white.
Miss Sporty Disco Tech, again a flop with both colours.
Sally Hansen Super Shine, a very runny consistencey but no smearing or smudging :)
Primark Holler and Glow, the cheapest from the lot at only £2! Much thicker consistency and worked perfectly!
Lastly Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat, made especially for the miracle gel colours, but I just wanted to see if it would work, and dry and it did absolutely perfectly.
My finding leave to to believe that a thick consistency gel effect top coat would work well to not smear or smudge a stamped mani, as there is nothing more annoying. If you can get your nails on the Primark Holler and Glow in Seal the Deal, I'd recommend it.
Hope you enjoyed this post and found it helpful.
Stay safe and much love.....


  1. What a great post. I always have problems with top coats smearing my stamping so sometimes I don't top coat!

    1. Yes I'm the same, that's why I wanted to do this post x

  2. Great post with very useful information.

  3. Such a useful post! I hate smearing my stamping!

  4. These posts are always so helpful. I almost always use indie top coats but I did come across one a couple weeks ago that smeared awful.

  5. Ugh. Smears are the worst after all that hard work. I spray my nails with aerosol hair spray before top coat and it works really well. I still try to use ample polish, though, so as not to drag. Super helpful post!