Leadlighting with Messy Mansion Stamping Plate & Revel Gel Polish

Leadlight stamped nails by Chickettes.com

This is my first time attempting the leadlighting technique, and I love how it turned out. Leadlighting is when you apply a sheer color over a stamp to add color and dimension.  The best part for me is that this was almost all done with gel polish except for the stamped image. Revel Nail recently launched a new Spring 2015 gel polish collection that consists of many sheer-based jelly and crelly (creamy jelly) polishes.  Some are so sheer that it made me want to try them out with this leadlighting technique.

For the two stamped nails, I started out with a white base using two coats of Revel Honor.  I used Mundo de Unas black stamping polish and stamped the floral pattern onto these nails using Messy Mansion stamping plate #MM46.  This is a new plate that they recently launched with nine floral patterns.

Leadlight stamped nails by Chickettes.comAfter stamping the pattern, I allowed the polish to dry for a minute and then used my Wistonia #00 brush to fill in the design with color.  I used four Revel Nail gel polish colors to liven up the design:  Los Angeles, Stockholm, Dubai, and Berlin (seen below).  After curing the painted design, I applied a coat of Revel Nail top coat over top to seal it all in.

Below are swatches of the Revel Nail colors that were used in this design.  All of these swatches have three coats of color.

Revel #49 Los Angeles is a bright pink crelly with a glowing shimmer.  You can still see a bit of VNL with three coats, but it has decent coverage and is a fun color for summer!

Revel Nail #49 Los Angeles - Chickettes.comRevel #53 Stockholm is a sheer neon green jelly.

Revel Nail #53 Stockholm - Chickettes.comRevel #52 Dubai is a sheer neon yellow jelly.  Stockholm and Dubai remind me of highlighter colors!  They’re both super bright and extremely see-through.  These colors work well over a white base if you want to hide some of that VNL and make the color pop a little more.

Revel Nail #52 Dubai - Chickettes.comRevel #55 Berlin is a cobalt blue crelly with small silver glitter flecks.

Revel Nail #55 Berlin - Chickettes.com

Messy Mansion Website:  http://www.messymansion.com.au

Revel Nail Website:  http://www.revelnail.com

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6 Responses

  1. Suzanne says:

    I am so in love with this design!!!

  2. Debra B says:

    That is really pretty! I’d love to see a tutorial on how to do this.
    Thank you for always having such fantastic swatches!!

  3. Cindi says:

    That turned out so beautiful!

  4. Alicia says:

    Pretty swatches! But I am eyeing on that Revel #49 Los Angeles. I like the color and the finish. Its a little thicker compared to the other colors. Love the design too!

  5. Anne says:

    Andrea, this manicure is beautiful!

  6. jolien says:

    so pretty