Sunday, January 18, 2015

Morgan Taylor Best Dressed stamped mani

This was a mani using an untried polish that I got from a Secret Santa swap.  My Secret Santa was so awesome and picked out great polishes for me!  This is Morgan Taylor Best Dressed, a cherry red metallic polish that was pretty opaque in one coat.  More pics and info after the jump!

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Morgan Taylor Best Dressed stamped mani


I have a few things to say about this polish.  I love red.  I'm not a huge fan of colored metallics.  But this polish definitely grew on me.  I kept expecting to see other shades in this, since I've been wearing multi chromes and holos so much lately, but I kept finding a classy mani!  Lol


L-R: OPI Nail Envy, Morgan Taylor Best Dressed, Wet&Wild Black Creme, Essie No Place Like Chrome, KBShimmer Clearly On Top

So I started with a base of OPI Nail Envy, and one coat of Best Dressed.  It was a pretty good formula, but the brush felt huge!  It is flatter and a bit wider than I have been using and it took a little time before I wasn't painting all over my cuticles along with my nails.

Morgan Taylor Best Dressed - one coat, no topcoat
Since I have big nails, it wasn't too big a deal (other than my pinky) to keep the polish from my surrounding skin, but thank goodness for a good cleanup brush (I use the Sonia Kashuk #105 brush).

Morgan Taylor Best Dressed - one coat, no topcoat

Brush shot of Morgan Taylor Best Dressed

After my first coat I was a bit more careful with application of the second.  Then I topped it with KBShimmer Clearly On Top quick dry topcoat.  The shine in this polish was astounding!

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Morgan Taylor Best Dressed - two coats with topcoat

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Best Dressed in artificial light

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Morgan Taylor Best Dressed - two coats with topcoat

Such a rich, beautiful red!  I thought maybe I would matte this mani, so I tested on my thumb and decided against it.  It is pretty, but not what I wanted.

Morgan Taylor Best Dressed with matte topcoat

Next up, time for stamping!  This was my first time using plate #12 from the Cici&Sisi jumbo set 2.  Let me tell you how much trouble I had with it!  I was shocked!!  There were several images I couldn't get to pick up completely, and it wasn't my stamper or polish that was the problem.

Cici&Sisi plate 12 from jumbo set 2

So this was my second choice in stamping image, but I was okay with that.  I think it turned out nicely.  I think I'll still contact Cici&Sisi about this plate since I have had no trouble at all when using the rest of their plates in the first two jumbo sets.

I did some double stamping on my ring finger with Essie No Place Like Chrome and Wet&Wild Black Creme.  The rest of my nails are stamped with W&W Black Creme.  Topped it with KBShimmer Clearly on Top and that's all she wrote!

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Morgan Taylor Best Dressed with nail stamping

Have you had any trouble with your Cici&Sisi stamping plates?  Did you contact them about it? What was your experience?


26 comments:

  1. I've never used this brand of plate! Best dressed is pretty though

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    1. Thank you! I have two of their sets, Jumbo 1 and Jumbo 2, each comprised of six plates. Honestly, every image I've used so far in jumbo set 1 has been amazing. I'm impressed. Jumbo set 2, not so much, although I love the images very much. If you are into stamping and want some good plates for a decent price, I'd tell you to check their jumbo set 1 plates out. I hear good things about their third and fourth jumbo sets, but I don't own any yet.

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    2. I have so many unused plates right now, stamping is so frustrating for me

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    3. What's frustrating you? What plates are you using?

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  2. I've never used Cici&SiSi, but I love this look. Love layered stamping! I need to do more of that!

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    1. Thanks, Traci! I usually have nothing but good things to say about Cici&Sisi's plates, as they are etched so nicely and their stampers are pretty good too. The bad plate just shocked me a bit. I need to do more layered stamping too, I see so many instances where it looks beautiful!

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  3. Love the double stamping on this, and the matte over that polish is stunning. :)

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    1. Thank you! I was surprised at how pretty the matted version was! =)

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  4. This looks gorgeous! loved the red you have used here!

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  5. That Morgan Taylor is to die for! I have Cici&Sisi on my list of plates to get. Very pretty!

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    1. Thanks! I urge you to get them! They really make stamping (usually!) easy in my opinion.

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  6. The Morgan Taylor is just stunning both shiny and matte!

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  7. Lovely mani- that red is gorgeous!!

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  8. Not always a fan of metallic polishes, but Best Dressed is a stunner!

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    1. Same here, I was surprised just how pretty it is!

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  9. I love Morgan Taylor polishes. They are hard to find in NYC though. Your double stamping is stunning!!

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  10. I'm not really a red polish person but Best Dressed is stunning! I'm sorry to hear you trouble with the Cici and Sisi plate! I was considering picking up some of the individual plates but will probably hold off now especially since they redid some of the original designs. The end result is gorgeous nonetheless!

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    1. Thank you, Sumeet! I noticed that Cici&Sisi posted that they were updating their plates, glad I held off on the third and fourth set. The rest of my plates have been wonderful and make stamping easy, I was truly shocked that these images wouldn't pick up. I think it was just a bad etch.

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  11. I'm looking into getting a set of Sisi and Cici... Which are your favorites?

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    1. I love the jumbo set 1. Came with 6 plates, a stamper and scraper (which promptly got tossed because metal). Their stampers are little but work great. I bought mine from Amazon, but now they have them on their own website for the same price. My most used plate is 04.

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  12. I've never been into getting Morgan Taylor polishes for some reason, but this one looks exquisite!

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    1. This is my first MT polish and I think I'll add more to my collection based on the formula and pigment in this one. I have not seen them for sale myself, this one was a gift, but if I do I'll be buying more!

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