Wednesday, April 9, 2014

My Favorite Nail Art Polishes

I was sitting and thinking about what type of post to do next.  Mostly trying to determine what my next design should be.  Then I came to the conclusion that I wanted to do something different.  I have been posting so many reviews lately that I haven't been doing that many designs, or at least it hasn't felt that way to me.  So how about a truly informational post??  

Instead of presenting a new design, I am going to share my favorite nail art polishes. Let's get started!

The first true love of my collection was Milani White on the Spot.  

This was the first white polish I ever owned that wasn't streaky and darn near opaque in one coat.  It has been the base for so many of my nail designs.  Not only is the formula fantastic but extremely quick dry time makes it perfect for nail art, especially stamping!  Even though I have added some other whites to the list, White on the Spot will always be a favorite!

Staying on the same course, I have found that the majority of the Milani High Speed collection are fantastic nail art polishes.  They have worked their way into numerous designs and I really don't use them as much as I should.  Black Swift is my go to black stamping polish.  I also get perfect results with this black.  

Just look at these clean and crisp lines! And of course it was my accent in this design. 

And another example of the perfection of Black Swift!  You can't go wrong with this polish!

And in case you were wondering how it looked over darker colors.

If you are looking for somewhat cheap polish to start stamping or doing nail art you can't go wrong with any of the High Speeds.  You can find them in many different places; Kmart, CVS, Giant Eagle..etc.

OPI is another well used polish for nail art.  In all my blog post I have actually applied OPI to my nails the most. Either through swatching or nail art.  To me this is completely understandable because OPI was what started my love of nail polish and it is the polish that makes up the largest part of my collection.  The reason OPI makes fantastic nail art polish is that the formula with the majority of the lacquers is flawless!  I can't give specific names because I tend to just grab the colors I want for my design.  But I can tell you that I have been LOVING the Brazil Collection!  The cremes are perfect for any nail art, from stamping to free hand, and they are gorgeous!  Maybe you remember some of these OPI designs!

The next polish that has made numerous appearances in my nail art are the Essie Metallics.   The metallics are completely opaque in one coat, meaning you will always get perfect lines, either free hand or stamping.  If you are someone just getting started with stamping I always recommend using the metallics.  Learning how to stamp can be quite frustrating, however using a polish that guarantees results makes it a little easier.

And there are a few cremes that are amazing for nail art.  I have found that if you have an Essie that doesn't have a thinner formula they are usually good for your designs.  Stay away from the thinner ones, you don't want to deal with that frustration.

Of course these are not the only polishes that I use in my nail art, but like I said they are my most used and favorite.  Anytime I find an opaque in one coat polish, I add it to my nail art list.  These are the polishes you want to stick to when doing your nail art.  You will get good coverage in your designs and have less frustration or failure.

I hope you found this post informative.  I really enjoyed sharing my favorites with you!  It was nice to take a break and do something different.    I'd love to here about your favorite nail art polishes or your thoughts about mine!


  1. Great nail art favorites for polishes! I'll have to look into getting some of these.

  2. this is a great post! can i ask what is the stamping plate that you used for the pirate nails? :)

  3. All of these mani's are gorgeous!

  4. Thank you so much for this post! I just got started with stamping, and it's so helpful to know what polishes to look for.

  5. Loved this post! I bought Milani White on the Spot because of you! :) I love seeing all the polishes that you stamp with, it opens my eyes to the all possibilities!

  6. I can not tell you how nice it is to have you go through the polishes you like best for nail art or stamping (stamping especially!). I love the choices of polish you use when you do nail art. I like hearing from an experienced nail blogger such as yourself about your experiences with different polishes. I know that each posting often has a review on each polish, but sometimes it is nice to have an overall review on polishes of a certain type, the one(s) you find yourself reaching for the most out of a certain finish (like a discussion of metallics and which you like the best for stamping, etc.).

    The creativity you use in your manicures astonishes me. I do not see how it can not be exhausting to come up with different designs all the time! When I came into the fold of the polish obsessed and found the community of nail blogging, my (uninformed) expectations were of seeing a few polishes reviewed - to decide if I might be interested in purchasing some. LOL. Little did I know what an involved world of polish it was. How can there be such a quantity of beautiful polishes! And I am so delighted and thankful at the effort you, and others, make to present them to us.


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