A matte top coat really makes a metallic polish pop
Recently I went out for brunch to celebrate my upcoming birthday, and this matte metallic gradient stamping was the design I created. I went to B&H Buildings with my besties Lisa and Kim, for an amazing bottomless brunch with apple and pear mimosas.
Polishes and tools
Painted Polish Stamped in Clay
Sinful Colors Concrete Jungle
2true Aphrodite and Artemis
MoYou London Flower Power 08
Rainbow Connection angled clean up brush
My base is a super subtle marbled base, using one of the Sinful Colors Transforming Top Coats. I lightly swiped it over the wet second coat of Stamped in Clay.
To be fair, it was more obvious without the stamping! I swiped diagonally outwards from the cuticle to the tip on all ten nails. If I do this again I’ll use more contrasting colours or try not to cover it up….
You can definitely see the base better in my macro photos. After the base but before the stamping I added a coat of Seche Vite.
It’s easy to create gradient stamping once you’ve got a basic technique down. After you place your colours on the plate, scrape across a few times to blend them, before picking them up with the stamper.
Metallic polishes tend to dry quickly when stamping, so you might prefer to start with cremes if you’ve not tried this before.
These metallic polishes are pretty old in my stash. They smell a bit funky (they always did) but are perfect for stamping. I got mine from Superdrug, and there are a few different colours.
I stamped lighter but similar designs on my ring and index fingers, so they show the base better.
After another coat of Seche Vite, I topped this design with my Rimmel matte coat. I love matte top coat on metallic polishes, they really glow through and stand out.
If you’re using matte polish, you’ll need to top up every few days, as it absorbs oils and becomes progressively shinier!
Matte Metallic Stamping
This design is quite subtle, but it has a lot to offer on closer inspection. You could definitely amp it up by using a bigger colour contrast between the base and stamping.
A black base with a gold and copper stamp would look fabulous.
I had a fabulous vegetarian brunch of scrambled eggs, toast, field mushroom, hash brown, and confit tomato. What’s your favourite brunch spot? Tell me in the comments!