I’m back with another Color Club stamping plate review.These are courtesy of Color4Nails who stock them and ship internationally. There will be one more post after this, coming next week. Let’s take a look!
I’m going to mention this in every post in case people missed the first one. There’s been quite a lot of mixed reviews on these plates since they have shallow etching. They are more difficult to work with and require some specific instruction.
The way I made these work for me is by scraping away less polish than I usually would. By working quickly and scraping just once, and essentially leaving “too much” polish on the plate, you get a great transfer from these plates. Your stamper won’t pick up the excess so don’t worry about not having a clean scrape.
That being said, the two plates in this post were significantly harder to use than the others I have previously tried. I had issues with both of these plates, but especially with the English plate. I couldn’t get a single perfect pick-up, no matter the polish/stamper combo. Just a fair warning!
First up is the English plate. Which as I mentioned gave me a lot of trouble. The images are tiny and quite fine, so add that to the fact that they have shallow etching… Yeah, these were tricky to say the least. I did get a semi-decent pick up (after a handful of failed tries) and ended up filling in the rest of the image with a detail brush that the stamper didn’t pick up. Just so I could have something to show you. I think the plate is fun and offers a ton of possibilities but I really feel like Color Club should fix the etching.
For my first mani I took inspiration from this beautiful design by my friend Paulina from Paulina’s Passions. The middle nail spells LOVE though the font is not as easy to read as I would like. The “V” was kinda weird (see the plate above) so I tried to change it using some detail brushes.
On my pointer I’m wearing piCture pOlish Pharaoh, on my pinkie it’s piCture pOlish Blush. On my middle and ring finger I have Cirque Colors Carpe Diem as my base. For the design on my ring finger I used striping tape and Blush and Pharaoh. On my middle finger I used Color4Nails x Celestial in Onyx to stamp. Finished with top coat.
For my second mani I wanted to do something different and spell “WHATEVER” on my nails. The font, although beautiful is not easy to read so these didn’t exactly turn out like I had hoped. Not my favourite mani I’ve done. Again I had to fix a lot of the letters as they didn’t pick up cleanly from the plate. “Whatever” is exactly how I feel about these LOL.
As my base I’m wearing piCture pOlish Posey. Stamping was done using Color4Nails x Celestial in Onyx, finished with top coat.
The second plate is called Skull and has basically all skull images. I can’t say I was thrilled to receive this as skulls are not really my style but I can see this appealing to a lot of people. Sadly I struggled with pick-up with a lot of these images so I would not recommend this plate.
For my first mani I used the tiny skull print, fifth from the bottom right. I quite liked this repeating skull pattern, that looks like dots from a distance. Only when you get up close you see that they are skulls. Picking this up was a bit of a nightmare, I got a semi-decent stamp on my ring finger but my middle was not so lucky. So many gaps!
On my pointer and pinkie I’m wearing piCture pOlish Vegas and on my middle and ring I have Celestial Cosmetics Incendiary. Stamped using Color4Nails x Celestial in Onyx, before finishing with top coat.
For my final mani I decided to create a very feminine design, and something you wouldn’t normally associate with this plate. I initially wanted to use the second image from the top left but I couldn’t get it to pick up whatsoever so ended up using the fourth from the top left.
The shade on my pointer and pinkie is NCLA Laurel Canyon Lolita. I also used Cirque Colors Carpe Diem. To stamp I used Colour Alike B. an Ice Coffee and finished the mani with wide silver striping tape from the So Nailicious Boutique. Finally added top coat.
You can purchase these Color Club stamping plates via Color4Nails. I would personally give both of these plates a miss because of the etching quality, however the others I’ve tried previously are definitely worth looking into!