Saturday, 28 February 2015

Stained Glass Polishes by Powder Perfect

These polishes are amazing! Powder Perfect set a new standard for lead lighting polishes. These stained glass polishes are available individually, as a full set or as a set of just primary colours. I have all seven colours to share. They are all fantastic colours and are super pigmented, yet still sheer. There is only one thing that I feel these polishes are missing, a green shade! It is easy enough to mix a green using the yellow and blue primary colours, but I am lazy. So I would have liked a leafy green shade to complete the collection. The colours include "Cerulean" (primary blue), "Tracery" (dark green/teal), "Charlemagne" (dark purple), "Cranberry Glass" (dark berry red), "Medieval" (bright primary red), "Flora" (neon pink), and "Illuminate" (bright primary yellow).

First up I had to try all of the polishes together. For this crazy looking design I started with a white base then stamped EDM10 over the top with black polish. I added a top coat to stop the black polish from smudging then I coloured everything in with the stained glass polishes and a dotting tool. It is not my best nail art, but for the purpose of reviewing the polish it was perfect. As you can see all of the colours are really bright and pigmented (especially that yellow!), yet still sheer enough to be used for lead lighting over stamping.

Lighting: In light box


Next up is just the trio of primary colours. Since these three colours are available separately I thought it would be beneficial to review these three as a somewhat separate collection in case anyone was curious in just the three colours. Overall the primary colour trio is fantastic! Everything you need is in three polishes. The colours mix together nicely to create a green shade. However, my purple didn't turn out as good as I would have liked. So if you love your purples, I would recommend getting the purple shade to add to the primary trio, then you're all covered. For my nail art I used EDM stamping plate 03.

Lighting: In light box


I was particularly drawn to the darker red and purple shades, so I did a special flower mani using these shades. For this I used stamping plate EDM13 over "Snow Me White" by Sinful Colors. For the petals I used "Charlemagne" (dark purple), "Cranberry Glass" (dark berry red), "Medieval" (bright primary red), and "Illuminate" (bright primary yellow) for the center. I finished it off with a matte top coat (going a bit mate crazy recently).

Lighting: In light box


I have been trying to create the perfect peacock nails since I started in nail art. I think I have come close. These shades are the perfect peacock colours. For the feather I stamped EDM04 and the glitter is Powder Perfect "She's Gone Orna-mental" from the December What's In-die Box? 2013. The stained glass polishes that I used for this are "Cerulean" (primary blue), "Tracery" (dark green/teal) and "Charlemagne" (dark purple).

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box

The glitter polish is so pretty and it reminds me of a beautiful peacock so here is a close up of the glitters.

Lighting: In light box


These stained glass polish are fantastic for lead lighting, but I was also interested in what else I could do with them. So I layered a few colours over "The Stars are Brightly Shining" by Powder Perfect (silver glitter flakie polish). Fantastically you can still see the glitter sparkling through the stained glass polishes. To me this really signifies something amazing that can be used for a wide range of things. On my ring finger I sponged some of the stained glass polishes over the sparkly silver base. They sponged on really well and blended with ease. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I thought about doing a glitter jelly sandwich, but I've done them before (and will do it again with these polishes soon). So this time I did a stamping jelly sandwich. I started with "Cherry Red" by Sally Hansen, then in white I stamped with NC02. Next I did a quick coat of "Medieval" to sandwich the stamping.

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


I finished off by stamping over it again with NC02. So, it is stamping over a stamping jelly sandwich. Pretty cool I think. 

Lighting: In light box

Lighting: In light box


Final words.... AWESOME!

-Bettina