Today I prepared something which might be useful for you, my second Mundo de Unas stamping review. You can find my first review here. This time I decided to combine black&white swatches with bottle shots and polish names/numbers, so it's super convenient for you to use it as a reference. There are total 40 polishes swatched and for 27 of them you can find direct links to my blog posts where I used corresponding polish (look for links under macro previews). From bottle pictures you can see which polish separates easily. Metallics gold, silver and bronze separate really bad so I mixed them before taking picture. All pictures were taken under LED light lamp, so there is no variation in the light settings between them. I love my MdUs, yes they are smelly, but never smear and can be easily removed with sticky tape if you want to re-stamp image again.
Collage with 36 swatches of MdU polish.
Figure 1. White and pink. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. All stamp nicely. White is a perfect white polish for stamping. Pastel and old pinks are separating, but you do not have to mix polish before stamping, it works well anyway. Mexican pink can stain stamper, but stain goes away after some time.
Figure 2. Red.Click on link under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. No bottle for Tulip, because I gave it to my mom. Reddish is super vibrant and does not separate at all, I like it more than Red or Tulip. Copper separates a lot and requires mixing before stamping.
Figure 3. Orange. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Peach separates, but does not require mixing, while Neon orange needs to be mixed and stamps not very vivid. Geranium and Orange look almost identical, which Orange stamping more sheer.
Figure 4. Gold, bronze and brown. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Both Gold and Bronze have to be mixed before stamping, otherwise they do not work well.
Figure 5. Yellow. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Cream and Yellow stamp beautifully, while neon yellow is a bit sheer an might look more green than yellow.
Figure 6. Green. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Neon green, Lemon tree and Avocado all stamp beautifully and do not separate. Lemon tree is warmer than Avocado, but they are pretty similar.
Figure 7. Green and teal. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Dark green stamps perfectly and visible even on the black. Fijii and Aqua are quite similar, but Aqua shade is lighter, no need to mix before stamping. Forest is one of my favorite colors, it separates, but can be used without mixing.
Figure 8. Blue. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. All these blue colors are different and stamp beautifully. blue navy might not be very visible on black.
Figure 9. Purple and red. Click on link under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Violet gorgeous and vivid color. Red wine separates quite a bit and looks similar to Fiusha.
Figure 10. Black, grey and silver. Click on links under macro preview to see nail art done with corresponding polish. Black is perfect stamping black polish. Silver and Metallic purple need mixing before stamping and look very similar, which was very disappointing for me. Light grey is similar to silver, but without metallic finish.
Materials and Methods
- Julep - Nicolette (white base)
- Essie - Licorice (black base)
- Creative shop stamper
- Mundo de Unas - D8
Mundo de Unas is definitely on of the best stamping polishes, however there is an ongoing issue about it, because owner of MdU Sylvia does not share list of ingredient. Some people are concerned that unknown ingredients might be the cause of their health problems. I personally use MdU for almost a year and did not notice any heath related problems. Whatever ingredients are, amount of polish coming in direct contact with you is really small. First of all, stamping polish is always applied on top of several layers of another polish, never directly on the nail and topped with a coat. Second, if you want to minimize contact further use skin protection around your cuticle, it can be one of the multiple specifically designed products (I use Crystalline Nail Veil from color4nails, because it has tiny brush for precise application) or cheap solutions like latex pain or hair glue, which works fantastic ( I love to use it to protect large skin areas). Finally, let some fresh air in, I always work with my balcony door opened. Strong smell coming from any kind of polish and polish removers can accumulate and you might not tolerate it well. Stay safe and enjoy stamping, there is no need for drama.
You can buy this polish directly from MdU. It's cheaper but takes long time for delivery.
Or from US based store Llarowe.