Sunday, June 07, 2015

My first leadlight manicure using OPI Sheer Tints

petal stamping design

When I received this stamping plate from Born Pretty Store in the mail, I knew I wanted to do a so called leadlight manicure with it. You first paint your nails white before stamping on a pattern with black polish. You then take a sheer jelly polish to fill in different parts of the stamped design. Because your color is so sheer, it will not cover the black lines you stamped on before. Sounds simple and it actually is simple - the hardest part for me was to get a decent stamping, hehe.  


For my base I went with two coats of Barry M Gelly in the color Coconut, a pretty off-white creme polish. I applied one layer of Glisten & Glow HK Girl top coat and made sure the base was completely dry before stamping over it with Essence Stampy polish in black and a design from Born Pretty Store plate BP-55. I then took all four OPI Sheer Tints to color in different parts of the design. Finally, I added another layer of HK Girl to finish off this leadlight manicure.


Some of the intricate lines from the petal design did not transfer perfectly onto the nails, but I do not mind. I think it looks even better this way not looking the same on each nail.
On my dominant hand I stamped another pattern from the same plate, just because I really wanted to test this plate. Because the lines are a bit thicker, this design transferred better. So yes, I did go out with two different design on my hands, but because every nail was colored in a bit differently, you did not notivce right away.


Being extremely sheer, the OPI Tints are made for this kind of nail design. The only downside is the consistency. Because the Sheer Tints are meant to be top coats, they are very thick, get stringy and dry fast. I will add some thinner to the bottles next time I do nail art with them. I am also curious to try the new OPI Colorpaints, which are thinner and more pigmented than the Sheer Tints. 

Overall, I am really happy with my very first Born Pretty Store stamping plate. Since they are pretty affordable ($2.99 for the round ones), I will get more, soon. If my leadlight manicure made you want to try such a stamping plate, you can safe 10% on your order with my code KYL91.

Let me know what you think of this manicure! Have you tried the leadlight technique yourself?


  1. Looks great, I love how pastel everything looks :).

  2. Leadlight manicures are fun to do and yours looks amazing :)

  3. Thanks a lot! they are fun indeed, but next time I have to find other jellies to work with. I am not happy with the consistency of the Sheer Tints and they are too sheer for my liking.

  4. Thanks Deborah! I wish the Tints had a bit more pigment so the color showed up better. Next time I will use some other jellies.

  5. Oh no. Now I finally have an excuse to buy the OPI tints.

    These look phenomenal - I'm actually going to dig through my stash, maybe I have a jelly that would work...?

  6. Actually if you have a nice jelly I'd say try this before buying the Sheer Tints! These are so thick and have only minimal color. I would recommend the new OPI Paints instead. They are jellies with more pigment and I was told they even work for water marbling :-O Plus, they have a wider range of colors to choose from. I need to order some soon!


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