Friday, August 3, 2012

Ulta Snow White Stamped

I'm not sure if any of you remember the Sunday Stamping gemstone manicure from a few weeks ago. I had mentioned then that it was my second attempt at a manicure for the challenge, since I didn't feel that the first one captured the gemstone look as I wanted. In any case, this is that manicure. I had attempted to create an opal base by layering flakes and even though the opal effect didn't show up well in photos, I still love the manicure...

For this manicure I started out with a base of Ulta Snow White and then added a coat of Barielle Budda-Ful followed by a coat of Pure Ice Oh Baby! Buddha-Ful is a milky, slightly pink base with blue/green flakies. Oh Baby! is a duchrome green/purple shimmer in a milky base. The purple of the shimmer rarely transfers to the nail (maybe over black) and the green shimmer over white is pretty hard to capture with the camera, but it is there in real life...

For the stamping I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Teal-y Fast and Dashica Beauty Shop stamping plate SdP-O. This pattern is one that has a mirror image available on the stamp so I used both of them and rotated the stamp each time for a different pattern on each nail. I just love the blue and white combo...

A few shots before the stamping to show the flakies/shimmer effect a bit...

A close up to see the flakes although the shimmer is still hiding from photos...

Here is a photo of the white opal I was hoping to capture. Not bad compared to the closeup photo if I do say so myself :)

Ulta Snow White is a pure white cream. It has a pretty nice formula with minimal streaking and was completely even and opaque by two coats. I just recently added this polish to my collection as I'm trying to find a pure white that won't bleed in nail art when combined with red. I have yet to test it out, but I have high hopes since I've seen it used in a red/white water marble done by someone else. Swatches here are with a top coat...

Swatch Details
Brand: Ulta
Collection: Salon Formula
Color Name/Number: Snow White
Number of coats: 2
Top Coat: Yes

Free of Formaldehyde, Toluene, Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. Beautiful and I love what you used to create the opal look

  2. Lovely! I admire your manicures so much! Your stamping is perfect.

  3. You have captured the opal effect bang on! And your stamping as usual is amazingly neat

  4. Wow! This really is art... SO pretty!!

  5. this is absolutely stunning! I love it!

  6. just awesome, maybe even better without stamping because that way we can see that gorgeous opal effect :-D

  7. The base is perfect and so is the stamping! Buddha-ful is my fav flakie

  8. So beautiful!!! It really looks like opals!

  9. Love the combination ! Don't get me wrong, it looks great with the stamping but I also like the white with the opal effect on its own. So pretty !

  10. Thank you for all your sweet comments. I'm glad you like the opal effect. The stamping did not cover it up in real life as much as it appears to in the photos. It was very hard to capture the effect. :D

  11. And another stamp I haven't seen before and the same goes for it, too.

  12. @Ana, I'm so glad you like it. Glad to introduce you to new stamps :)


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