Friday, April 26, 2013

Velvet Floral Stamping

The other day I was desperately in need of a mani change, but I was a little short on time. What to do? Grab a matte, of course! Mattes are great because they usually require very few coats and dry quickly. Plus, they look awesome, but that one is kind of a given.

I wore Zoya Posh for the evening, and then later decided to embellish it a little bit. I did something unexpected... I STAMPED! Can you believe it? I think I only have seven stamping posts since I started this blog.

I used an image from the Nailz Craze plate NC03. It was a gift from my dearest Michelle from Sonoma Nail Art, how sweet is she? There are some adorable designs on this plate; I definitely want to try out the matryoshka (nesting doll) image. I stamped the image using Sally Hansen Night Flight. Here is the entire look with the original matte finish.

Then, of course, I had to see what it looked like topcoated!

As much as I want to prefer the matte look, I think I like this best with topcoat. The shimmer in Zoya Posh becomes glowier, and the stamping becomes clearer and darker. Plus who can resist the high-gloss shine of Seche Vite? No one I say!!

Which way do you prefer this manicure? Matte or glossy?

Zoya Posh is an older shade that is unfortunately not on the Zoya website anymore. You may have some luck finding someone to swap for it or picking it up from a blog sale. Alternatively, you could get a pretty red and add a matte topcoat (like Essie - Matte About You).

Nailz Craze plates are sold in the Nailz Craze Etsy shop. You can also find the brand on Facebook.


  1. Such a beautiful manicure - I actually agree with you, I think it looks better with the top coat!

  2. So pretty! I like it with a top coat :)

  3. This is gorgeous! I like my nails glossy, I don't care for the matte look as much.

  4. What a gorgeous mani! I definitely have to try stamping over a matte polish, too.

  5. Lovely! I also prefer glossy over matte.

  6. This looks great matte or glossy! It's like a brocade of fine fabric, great job!

  7. gorgeous nails as always :) both version are super pretty, but I can't resist the high-gloss shine of seche vite

  8. ValiantlyVarnishedApril 26, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    I like it best with top coat as well - though I still love my matte finishes! Love the stamping image!

  9. Oh, very pretty! Both glossy and matt :)

  10. asdfkj;! that is absolutely stunning! Definitely prefer Posh topcoated, but the entire mani with stamping looks best matte. Your stamping is flawless! Simply beautiful :)

  11. Beautiful! I think I like it best glossy :)

  12. Wow! stunning! I like it matte and glossy! x

  13. Brijit Elouise -Brijits DigitsApril 26, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Gorgeous ! I love both finishes :)

  14. this is so beautiful!!

  15. that stamp image is gorgeous - i like both but prefer the matte - it gives it an old 'brothel wallpaper' feel like i am super drawn to!

  16. SO STUNNING! I like the matte version better. it stands out more for some reason!

  17. Both look great, but I truly love the matte finish. I must say it reminds me a great deal of crush velvet on matte satin or silk.
    ~Nail*ine It!

  18. Hi Michelle! Seche Vite is a tricky beast but it can be tamed! As the polish levels get lower in the bottle, it can thicken up and that can cause shrinkage. But if you add a little bit of polish thinner (sold at Sally), it'll fix it!

  19. Haha, brothel wallpaper, I love it!

  20. Simply amazing! some of the best stamping I've seen so far. Matte version looks more chic, I think :) x

  21. This is gorgeous! I love the matted version. It really looks like velvet. Gorgeous!!!

  22. Matte definitely it looks so spohisticated :D

  23. glassy is so much better for looks so flawless!

  24. I have a love and hate thing with matte / velvet finishes. But i love the both looks. The black stamping on the red looks sooo gorgeous!

  25. swatchedsecondcityApril 27, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Holy cow--I loooove this. I normally don't like matte looks that much, but I actually prefer the first version w/o top coat. Beautiful job!

  26. I love this! So beautiful! *_*

  27. Beautiful! I love both version but I think the top coated one is more durable ;-)

  28. Your nails are perfection. I am speechless and in awe.

  29. I think I prefer it matte, but it still looks great either way. This stamping image is lovely!

  30. I also like glossy the best.

    So clean and good job you have done! I like!

  31. I LOVE it matte, but I really like how the shimmer is so pronounced in the glossy version! :)

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