Today I have a review on the Creative Shop Space stamper, courtesy of What’s Up Nails, that is very long overdue. I’m pretty ashamed it’s taking me this long to review these. All will be explained, let’s take a look!
This is the Creative Shop Space Stamper! I’m sure if you’re into stamping you are familiar with the original Creative Shop stamper which definitely revolutionized the stamping industry. The creator has been developing a new stamper for months and this Space stamper is the result. The stamper heads are available in light or dark and each come in 4 varieties of shimmer colours. The shimmer is quite pretty but adds no function to the stamper head. The heads are very squishy and slightly sticky.
What’s different about these stamper heads is that they’re hollow underneath, as you can see on the right side. They have a glossy finish but don’t need priming though you are free to do so (using a magic eraser) sponge if you wish. What’s also different about them is the new holder, which has a couple of ridges to improve grip and more interestingly, a hole at the bottom (you can see it in the photo at the top of this post). This allows the stamper to sink into the holder completely, which I personally found rather inconvenient but you can simply tape up the hole to make a firmer stamper, which is how I like to use it.
I have to admit, the reason this review took me so long is that I had a lot of trouble getting used to this stamper. I could not get it to pick up easily. It definitely took a bit of practice and trial and error. It seems to be picky depending on the plate/polish combo you use and also the pick-up method. Here are some tips that work for me when trying out a new stamper:
- Try experimenting with light or firmer pressure when you pick up on the plate, light helps for me.
- Try using a rolling motion and pushing motion, rolling usually works best for me.
- Try different plates/polish combinations, sometimes this can make a significant difference!
- Try scraping as few times as possible, once or twice at most. Leaving more polish on the plate can help, if you scrape away too much, the polish will dry quickly and you won’t be able to pick up a good image.
There are two other issues I had which is that your nail edge can leave indents in the stamper head, this I found very frustrating as I did not use a great deal of pressure to transfer the image to my nail. I also noticed that the image doesn’t always cover all the way up to the edge of your nail and around the cuticle. It’s a good stamper but not what I was hoping for as I definitely struggled to get it to work for me. I feel like I can say I’m an experienced stamper, so I personally wouldn’t recommend this one as it takes some getting used to. However please keep in mind this was my experience and yours may be different.
I couldn’t leave you without some nail art using this stamper! I started with two coats of Bundle Monster gel in Blue Venom (keep your eyes peeled for some swatches coming soon!) on all nails. On my middle and pinkie I stamped using an image from MoYou London Tropical 05 plate and Messy Mansion Soft Gold. On my pointer and ring finger I’m wearing 2mm gold square studs from Born Pretty Store.
You can purchase the Creative Shop Space stamper via What’s Up Nails. Use my code VERYEMILY10 for 10% off all nail vinyls. What’s Up Nails also stock some of my favourite brands including A England, Floss Gloss, MoYou London (used in this post), Mont Bleu products, and more!