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NOTW: Dollar Store Stamping Experiment

Hello, there! A couple of months ago, I picked up a set of 6 7-ml bottles of nail polish by a brand called Mariposa at my local Dollarama. I haven’t used them very much, despite the fact that the colours are very shimmery and rich, with almost a foil finish. In fact, I’ve only used them once before for my stained glass nails. I was curious about how well these would work as stamping polish, so I decided to find out for myself and was very pleasantly surprised!

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I stamped over a base of two coats of Sally Hansen CSM in On Pines and Needles, using two of the Mariposa polishes (I can see no colour names anywhere on the bottles, but I used the purple & green ones).

The stamping plate I used is one of the first I ever bought — KM-01 (link not for the same seller I purchased from). I rather regret buying this plate because it is a dupe of the beautiful DRK Nails Designer 1, which I didn’t know at the time. Now I cannot say in all honesty that I generally care very much whether I’m purchasing a dupe on Ebay or Aliexpress, and do not go to great lengths to find out. However, I absolutely love DRK Nails plates and wouldn’t have bought this trio (which includes another DRK Nails plate and one from Pueen) if I had known.

The image I stamped is the one from the top left corner. I didn’t care for the glossy version of this manicure very much and think it benefited greatly from a matte top coat (surprise, surprise!). I love how nicely the shimmery Mariposa polishes show up over the dark base. Here’s a close-up:

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Let me know what you think of this manicure in the comments! Check out my other nail art adventures in the nail art gallery or under the nail art tab, or follow me on Instagram (@altercontroldelight) which I use exclusively for nail art.

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