Last Sips of Fall - Hermit Werds - blue to purple duochrome nail art with zippy yellow and orange bees and flowers
Last Sips of Fall

Beauty BigBang Review – XL-011 stamping plate

My final review for the latest batch of what Maggie from Beauty BigBang sent to me is Beauty BigBang’s XL-011 stamping plate. Now I was originally supposed to review this stamping plate along with the batch I painted in October, but there was a problem with one of the images. It was missing lines! So I contacted Maggie and she told me to hold off the review and they’d send me a new plate in the next batch and so they have. On the one hand, it sucked to have to delay my review. On the other, it’s always nice to see how a company acts when things go wrong and to have a weird kind of proof that I’m getting the same items that anyone else would (Jess from Nine Zero Lacquer has noted that sometimes what she gets as PR is not the final product, so it happens).

Now I’m sure they’d just send a new plate straight off to a paying customer, but I’m a reviewer so I had to wait. Such agony. πŸ˜‰ Now let’s take a look at the images, shall we?

Quality and Value

BeautyBigBang XL-011
BeautyBigBang XL-011

Did you recognize the tree that I used in all my stamping swatches yesterday? I really like that one and since it’s so big you can really change up how it’s positioned for a different tree on each nail if you like. I like both of the images with hoomans (BBB also has a stamping plate of all girls). Individually I like just about every image on the plate. But. Not one floral really matches another except for two single flower images on the side and that annoys me. I know I am picky in ways that others are not and I did find some similar flowers on this plate. Still. Those single flower/bee images on the side could have helped bring the whole plate together and it ended up just being more random.

Well, I still asked for this plate so you know I liked what I saw. Another example is the abstract kind of splatter-y floral pattern. That easily transitions to Christmas if you use the right colors. And the butterflies can be plucked from the full image and matched with most of the other floral patterns if you’re not into the bees.

Also, that alien 3D pattern…I am not sure why it was included on a floral plate, but I love it.

Test Samples

If you couldn’t tell that I love bugs, I think what I chose to use for my samples makes it pretty clear. Buuuugs.

BeautyBigBang XL-011 - test samples
BeautyBigBang XL-011 – test samples

Duochrome Butterfly. Background is Sinful Colors’ “Truth or LavenDare”. Stamping done with Mundo de Unas’ “Violet” and filled in with Beauty BigBang J6504TM-2A (press sample) and Sinful Colors’ “Black on Black”.

I tried to keep the the butterflies a little transparent except for the central one. It worked, but macro shots show all the flaws you can’t see at a glance from a normal distance, so… This sample also proved to me that the Mundo de Unas’ “Violet” polish just isn’t that great opacity-wise. I mixed it up real good this time so it wasn’t patchy, but it was still weirdly watery compared to my other mundos.

Duochrome Bee. Background is Jenna Hipp’s “I Cast a Spell on Blue”. Stamping done with Beauty BigBang J6504TM-3A (press sample).

Depending on the angle, the bee was sometimes hard to see which made me wish I could stamp a honeycomb behind it with the duochrome and then have it all solid colored on top while still loving it exactly the way it is. Duochrome polishes: so tasty and mysteries sometimes. Am I right?

Last Sips of Fall

Last Sips of Fall - Hermit Werds - blue to purple duochrome nail art with zippy yellow and orange bees and flowers
Last Sips of Fall

I answered three questions for myself with this nail art.

  1. Do the duochromes work well at filling in decals and that was a yes.
  2. How well does it work layered over another color and that was a blue-tifully. (Sorry, it had to happen.)
  3. Finally, can it make a textured polish look cooler and that was a heck yes! It was just like painting it over a black base, really. And since I have a few other unused texture polishes, I think I know what I’m going to do to cross them off my un-used list. πŸ™‚

If you’re curious what the texture polish I used as my undie looks like by itself, check out this cactus nail art from September.

Last Sips of Fall - Hermit Werds - blue to purple duochrome nail art with zippy yellow and orange bees and flowers
Last Sips of Fall

How awful of me. This feels more like a further review of the duochromes than the stamping plate. I used all single images for this design and the flower was big enough I could move its position around and make a matching nail art with different looking nails. Really, unless your nails are long and/or wide, there’s a lot of room to play around with some of the images and not have to have each nail look the same. I used the same bee as my sample since I felt the style of the flower called for it. If I’d used the two matching single flowers I probably would have used the more cartoon-y bee.

I’ve moved away from bottle shots since my short fingers really don’t pose all that well with them, but these bottles are fairly slim, so…

Last Sips of Fall - Hermit Werds - blue to purple duochrome nail art with zippy yellow and orange bees and flowers
Last Sips of Fall

You can really see that shift to purple on my thumb here…

Last Sips of Fall - Hermit Werds - blue to purple duochrome nail art with zippy yellow and orange bees and flowers
Last Sips of Fall

Final Thoughts

There are lots of really great images on this stamping plate that I’m excited to use, but it’s still not the strongest floral stamping plate out there if you don’t like mixing florals. I was also really happy to find that the duochromes not only look beautiful painted over colorful polish colors, but can layer over a textured polish without eliminating the texture. That opens up a whole realm of possibilities and not just with the duochromes.

If you’re interested in the stamping plate I reviewed today (Beauty BigBang XL-011) or the set of duochrome stamping polishes (J6504TM) (or the individual colors J6504TM-1A, J6504TM-2A, J6504TM-3A, J6504TM-4A, and J6504TM-5A) feel free to use my discount code (hermi) for 10% off your order. (Non-affiliate code).

Thanks again for sending these to me, Maggie. And for everyone else, here’s one last look at the duochrome set in all it’s glory with the tree image from today’s stamping plate:

Beauty BigBang duochrome stamping set J6504TM
Beauty BigBang duochrome stamping set J6504TM

Winter is coming…

It’s close enough to winter that most of the northern part of the earth’s nail artist community will be painting winter/Christmas nails so check out the new rectangle and circle sets for the season. I’ll probably be reviewing some of them next, but by the time I do it may be too late for you to get them for use during the season. :p

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