Today we take a break from our regularly scheduled reviews of stamping plates (heh) to talk about these great little metallic foils in gold, silver, copper, and gold/blue that come in a set of twelve jars. Now, Beauty BigBang describes them as “12 Box Gold Silver Copper Metallic Nail Foils Paillette Chip Stickers Nail Decoration” but I would hesitate to call them nail foils since they don’t have a backing like the nail foils we are familiar with. Instead, I’d used the fine art world’s term: gilding foil. [edit 2/11/2019 – Yes, you could also call it gold/silver/copper leaf, but since it’s not made of gold/silver/copper, I would avoid using that term.]
J2476 (gilding foil)
You’ll note that I only took a picture of four jars. That is because you are getting three jars of each color to make up the twelve. Now this foil is very delicate and tears easily so you need to go light if you want big pieces. I’ve also found a few pieces of product outside the jars (see one pictured above), which I used when I could. For today’s full design I used nail foil glue to adhere the foil to my nail, but in the sample I simply used the still-wet base polish until it was too dry and then clear polish. Both worked just fine.
At first I tried picking up the foil with a clear rhinestone placement tool, but the tool blocked my view too much. I ended up using a toothpick instead with a little water to help it stick. So no special tools are needed to play with these foils. Although I do recommend breaking up the foil into all the pieces you need before starting for faster application.
I only used the gold foil in my full design so I wanted to try combining a few different colors in this one. It ended up so glitzy and cool-looking. I may have to revisit this idea again sometime.
Gilded Hearts. Background is Sinful Colors’ “Social Ladder” with gilding foil from Beauty BigBang’s J2476 (gilding foil) (press sample). Stamping done with B. Loves Plates’ “B. a Cherry Lollipop” using XY-T30.
Tea Party = Cake Party
#Glamnailschallengefeb also had a Cake prompt and I am all about the cake. In fact, I am so into cake and apparently the word “cake” that this is the second time I used some of these stamping images. Now I’d just finished painting the Tea Party design when Cake came up and I thought to myself: these two go together. Like…can you picture having a little tea party and not including some sort of treat with it? So, really…tea party = cake.
And so it goes…
- Base Polish:
- Sinful Colors’ Demi Matte “Chalk It Up” with a scattering of Beauty BigBang’s gilding foils (J2476) (press sample)
- Stamping Polish:
- Mundo de Unas’ “Dark Grey“
- Advanced Stamping Polishes:
- Bonita’s “True Diva“, Jenna Hipp’s “Say Yellow to My Little Friend“, Sinful Colors’ Demi Matte “Chalk It Up“, Smacker’s “Wickedly Stylish“, and Zoya’s “Jordan“
- Stamping Plates:
- Blueness-038 (“afternoon tea time”, cake, hearts, tea kettle), Qgirl-20 (tea cup, “cake”)
Normally when I see people using gilding foil they are accenting some beautifully abstract nail art. Not me! This felt a little far from that (haha) and I was worried that it would end up clashing stylistically. But I think it’s fair to say gilding foil works with cute too. Or maybe I’m so entranced with the thought of cake that I am missing something. Caaake.
And here’s my tea time, tucked away on my thumb where it will be in fewer photos. Which is fair because the prompt was for cake. 🙂
The foils worked great and I definitely want to use them more. For instance: I would like to see how well they work in an advanced stamping decal. It might also be interesting to see them in a pond mani or even combined with lead light.
Or…I could also paint one of those lovely abstract designs with a few bits of gold foil and freckles. It could happen. LOL
If you’re interested in playing with your own set of gilding foils (Beauty BigBang J2476) feel free to use my discount code (hermi) for 10% off your order. (Non-affiliate code). However, if twelve jars sounds like too much, Beauty BigBang also sells individual jars, which also come in colors like black and purple that are not in this set. I…may be reviewing some of those sometime in the future…
Meanwhile, the Valentine’s Day sale is still going on…
Thanks for hanging with me! Until next time, friends!