Monday, May 30, 2016

Esmaltes da Kelly Polishes

Beautometry has been one of my favorite stockists since I first started stamping last fall. They're the only place I know of where you can get amazing brands like Hit the Bottle stamping polish in my neck of the woods. Well when I picked up all of the new Hit the Bottle shades recently, Therese was nice enough to send me a few stamping polishes from the Esmaltes da Kelly line as well, another hard to find brand that they carry. I had never tried it before but I loved it so much, I have already picked up a few more polishes from this brand just since putting these swatches together! That probably doesn't surprise you at all! Onto the polishes...

All three of these polishes perform excellently as stampers and one coat lacquers. It was really great to have a stamping polish and coordinating accent nail color in one bottle. In the front we have Helix from the Nebulas collection, all gorgeous stampable holos; and in the back you have Chico and Max from the Love Animals collection, beautiful and unique cream shades. These bottles are obviously adorable but let me show you how they stamp. These are all first try pick ups with my generic clear stamper on my Bundle Monster Mini Lotus mat.

If I am going to have trouble with a stamping polish, especially a shimmer or holo one, it's going to be with my clear stamper so I am seriously impressed with these pick ups. I wanted to use negative space images because I know a lot of stamping polishes have trouble getting full coverage in the large open spaces that they have and again these did a fantastic job, even over black. I do think that Helix stamps better over something with some pigment, especially after you topcoat it and it really pops.

For the nail art I wanted to keep it consistent and show you in one mani how each polish works as a base polish and as a stamping polish. I also wanted to show you how negative space images performed as well as ones with fine lines. I discovered that MoYou London Tropical 19 had fantastic coordinating feather images perfect for these swatches! I also made sure that every stamp you see in the following manis was a first try pick up, just to give you an idea of the performance!

This is Chico in all his cute little monkey glory! You can see that beautiful one coat cream action as well as perfect crisp fine lines and full coverage negative space stamping. Such a unique shade in between terra cotta and peach. I really gravitate toward shades like this. The beautiful polish underneath it all is Femme Fatale Fairy Duster, the LE color of the month for April 2016, a recent Beautometry purchase.

Another perfectly "me" shade is Max, this dusty blue-leaning purple that reminds me of velvet. I had to pair it with another one of my Beautometry purchases, the sadly no longer existent Arcane Lacquer's Abandoned Labor. This olive green is seriously special and I believe there are still a few left if you're anything like me and need all the olives. Again you see nothing but perfect pick ups and one coat cream coverage. So in love!

Last but not least is the glorious Helix from the Nebulas collection over Powder Perfect Woodcutter. I seriously feel like I need all of these Nebulas now. You can see how it really fills in with a little color behind it and that holo is obviously gorgeous. I often have a hard time getting my holos to stamp, even designated stamping polishes, but this was all first try and all so flawless. I feel like Therese got inside my head and sent me the perfect shades to try out as these were all a blast to work with. Definitely make sure to follow Beautometry even if these aren't your cup of tea. They are known to have some of the best sales and I have scored some killer indies at drugstore polish prices. See you guys soon with another review.


  1. Justine! These swatches/stamping designs are just stunning! I'm so in love with it all. I want to copy them. My favourite is Chica, can you guess why??? :D But gosh Helix is amazing! Lucky you to be sent freebies with your htb purchase! ^_^ I'm seriously in love with these mani's Justine, you're a true artist <3

    1. Oh, you! Just too much sweetness I don't know what to say! Chico and Helix are my favorites too! Helix is definitely going to be my go to green holo polish, I mean WOW! I do feel pretty lucky hehe, for the freebies and friends like you!

  2. Thanks doll I'll sure be ordering some holos!

  3. Thanks doll I'll sure be ordering some holos!