Messy Mansion Stamping Polish & Carbon Stamper Review

Monday, September 19, 2016 4 Comments A+ a-

This post is going to be a very long one, so grab your coffee, sit back, and have fun! Back in July, I picked few items from Messy Mansion website to do a review on my blog. July and August was an extremely busy month with heaps of other nail mails received to do the review, but I'm glad I could finally get to play with Messy Mansion products. 

Before I go into review, here are the links to Messy Mansion store and SNS:

今日のポストはかなり長めなので、お茶でも飲みながらのんびりとお読みください。7月の終わり頃、Messy Mansionの製品レビューをやるためにサイトをチェックしていくつかのアイテムを選定しました。7月と8月は各社からnail mailが一気に届いて忙しく、少し時間が経ってしまいましたが、ようやくMMのレビューをできる運びとなりました。

レビューに入る前に、Messy MansionのショップとSNSへのリンクはこちら。

These are what I received. I actually have more in the mail, but I'll leave the other half in another post and concentrate on these items in this post. These are 2 sets of stamping polishes and Carbon Stamper set.


I'll show you the Carbon Stamper set first. Product page is here. Price is $12USD, and comes with 2 stamper heads, 1 holder and a scraper in a fancy organza bag.


Stamper heads are white and dark navy (almost black). You can switch between the two depending on the stamping polish colour.


Stamper head in holder measures about 3.6cm in diameter, so it's quite big. Holder is a matte black which makes it easy to get a good grip, and has a beautiful Messy Mansion logo printed at the bottom. Scraper is a credit card size, and is medium-firm.

スタンパーヘッドはホルダーに入った状態で直径3.6cmなので、かなり大きめです。ホルダーは艶消しブラックで滑ったりすることなく握りやすくなっており、底にはMessy Mansionのロゴが印字されています。スクレイパーはクレジットカードと同じ大きさで、硬さは中程度。

Stamper heads are pleasantly squishy, maybe about the same squishiness with my beloved Messy Mansion pink stamper. They are also relatively sticky. Below I'll show you the test swatch done with some Messy Mansion stamping polishes (which I'll show you later) and MM plates. Back of the stamper heads is a bit oily, so I went and washed them with water before swatching.

スタンパーヘッドはかなり柔らかめ。私の愛用Messy Mansionピンクスタンパーと同じぐらいと言っていいと思います。ベタつきもかなりあります。以下、Messy Mansionスタンピングポリッシュ(後でご紹介します)とMMプレートを使用したテストswatchをお見せします。スタンパーヘッドの裏が少し油っぽかったので、水で洗ってからswatchしています。

As you can see, the quality is amazing as with all other Messy Mansion stampers. I can see a tiny bit of bald spots on the white head, but not to the degree that puts me off using it of course. In fact, I already knew they work great - I sneakily used these stampers for the paper swatch for the hēhē plates!

ご覧のように他のMessy Mansionのスタンパーと同様、品質は良好。白のヘッドの方は多少のかすれは見られますが、もちろん使いたくなくなるレベルではありません。ちなみに、hēhēプレートの紙swatchのときにこのスタンパーをこっそり使っていました。なので今試すまでもなく品質がいいことは分かっていました。

Overall, I'm super excited about this stamper set. I only have a handful of bigger size stamper, and was desperately in need of more, especially this squishy. I know these are going to be my new favs.


Moving onto stamping polish. This set is called Artist collection. Product page is here, and the price is $50 for the set of 6. Each bottle is 15ml, and you can also buy individually for $10 each. The set comes in a box shown above.


And this set is called Hydrangea collection. Product page is here, and the price is $50 for the set of 6. Each bottle is 15ml, and you can also buy individually for $10 each except for the topcoat seen at the far right. Again, the set comes in a box shown above.


All the polishes in this Artist set are nice and vibrant, and they are good for those who want basic colours. Please see the pic above for polish names.


And this is Hydrangea set. Love these soft colours! I have most basic colours, but am lacking some soft ones like these. I'm curious to see what the topcoat is like also. I'll test it out later. Below I'll show you the swatch on nail stick in black and white. I used Carbon stamper for the swatch.


First up is Artist collection. Most of them are really dark colours in bottle, so I didn't expect them much to stamp over black but I'm surprised they are quite visible. Over white, they all look impressive.


And this is Hydrangea collection. As they are all lighter colours, they all look great over black. Dogwood Pink (pale pink) is a very subtle pink, so it's not very visible over white.

そしてHydrangeaコレクション。こちらはソフトな色合いのセットなので、黒の上での発色は抜群。Dogwood Pink(薄ピンク)だけはかなり白に近い色なので、白の上ではあまり見えません。

And here is the quick test of 'Top Notch' topcoat that comes with Hydrangea collection. Bottom left pic is before topcoat and bottom right is after topcoat. Application is smooth and it leaves the mani nice and glossy. I didn't time properly, but I could safely touch the surface after 5 minutes, so the actual dry time is shorter than that. What excites me most is that it doesn't smear the stamping. I exclusively use Glisten & Glow HK Girl topcoat for all my manis, because this is the only topcoat I have that doesn't smear stamping (aside from Seche Vite that I never use because of its shrinkage problem). Love it!

そしてこちらがHdrangeaコレクションに付属する'Top Notch'トップコートの簡単なテスト。左下がトップコート前、右下がトップコート後です。塗り心地はスムーズで艶の出方も良好。きちんと時間を測りませんでしたが、5分後には表面を触っても問題なかったので実際の乾燥時間はそれより短いと思います。何より一番感心した点は、スタンピングを引きずらないこと。私のトップコートの選択肢は今までGlisten & Glow HK Girlトップコートだけでした。というのも、手持ちのトップコートのうちこれが唯一スタンピングを引きずらないトップコートだから(縮みが激しいためもう使っていないSeche Viteは除く)。これからはこちらも併用していこうと思います。

So what do you think? I'm beyond excited about all of these polishes! Now I'd like to talk about formula and other important aspects of these stamping polishes: 
  • Messy Mansion stamping polishes are 5-free, vegan, and can also be used as a one-coat regular polish.
  • They are neither thick or thin, and application is nice and smooth.
  • No nasty smell. Smell is that of a regular polish. 
  • None of them show any separation (I have them over a month).
  • None of them stain my stampers.
  • Drying time is a bit on the slow side. You don't need to work lightning fast.

  • Messy Mansionスタンピングポリッシュは5フリーかつビーガン(動物由来の成分なし)。一度塗りでOKな通常ポリッシュとしても使用可能。
  • もったりしたり水っぽいということはなく、塗り心地はスムーズ。
  • 匂いは通常ポリッシュと同程度で至って普通。
  • どのポリッシュも分離は見られず(現在手元に来て1ヶ月以上経過)。
  • スタンパーに染みになるものもなし。
  • 乾く時間はやや遅い方。つまり、光の速さで作業しなくても多少時間を掛けることが可能。

I'll finish off this post by showing you some comparison swatches with other brand stamping polishes. Swatch is done on black paper this time. The brands to compare are Mundo de Uñas (review), Ya Qin An (review), and Pueen Super Intense polishes (review). A bit of information before doing comparison; I heavily use all of the above brand stamping polishes in my designs and they all work amazingly. Earlier this year when I was severely sick, however, my body chemical seems to have changed and now I can't stand the smell of some of them, namely MdU and Ya Qin An. I'm staying away from them as much as possible as they make me sick and give me migraine. I have to wear industrial mask when I have to use them, which is really sad. Another reason why I'm excited to have these Messy Mansion stamping polishes that are free from nasty smell. Also note that MdU is 2-free, as opposed to Ya Qin An (3-free), Pueen & MM (both 5-free). OK enough talk, let's see the swatches.

ポストの締めくくりとして、他のブランドのスタンピングポリッシュとの比較swatchをお見せします。Swatchは黒い紙の上で行っています。比較するブランドは、Mundo de Uñas (レビュー)、Ya Qin An (レビュー)、Pueen Super Intenseポリッシュ (レビュー)の3点。比較に入る前に少しお話しておきたいことがあります。これらのスタンピングポリッシュは私の過去のデザインでたびたび使用され、どれも素晴らしい品質です。ですが、今年前半に体調を崩してから体質が変わってしまったようで、一部のポリッシュの匂いがどうしても受け付けなくなってしまいました。具体的に言うとMdUとYa Qin Anがそうです。頭痛が起きたり気分が悪くなるので、復帰してからはこの2つのブランドはなるべく使わないようにしています。使う必要がある場合はガスマスクのような業務用マスクを付けています。そんな背景があって、嫌な匂いのしないMessy Mansionのスタンピングポリッシュが加わって非常に嬉しく思っているところです。また、MdUは2フリー、Ya Qin Anは3フリー、PueenとMMはどちらも5フリーであることも留意すべき点です。では前置きはこれくらいにして比較をどうぞ。

First up is green comparison. From left to right: Mundo de Uñas Green - Mundo de Uñas Military Green - Messy Mansion Forest. Excuse the blur in photo. They look pretty similar in bottle, but they look different over black.

まずは緑の比較。左から、Mundo de Uñas Green - Mundo de Uñas Military Green - Messy Mansion Forest。写真がぶれててすみません。ボトルで見る感じはどれも似ていますが、黒の上ではだいぶ違いがありますね。

Next is blue comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Blue You A Kiss - Mundo de Uñas Blue - Pueen Royal Blue. MdU looks almost like neon, and the other two are a bit similar but not dupes.

次は青の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Blue You A Kiss - Mundo de Uñas Blue - Pueen Royal Blue。MdUはネオンに近い青で、他の2本はかなり似ているもののdupeではありません。

Purple comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Royal Purple - Mundo de Uñas Purple - Ya Qin An Purple - Pueen Charmed Lilac. Sorry for not-so-great photo quality. Purple is such a difficult colour to photograph. MdU and Ya Qin An both stain my stamper, so I hardly use them. MM is the darkest in bottle, thus darkest over black.

紫の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Royal Purple - Mundo de Uñas Purple - Ya Qin An Purple - Pueen Charmed Lilac。紫は写真で正確な色を表すのが難しいので、上の写真はちょっと微妙です。MdUとYa Qin Anはスタンパーに染みが付くのでほとんど使いません。MMはボトルで見ても一番濃い色なので、黒の紙の上でも一番濃いです。

Red comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not - Mundo de Uñas Reddish - Pueen Exotic Red. I hardly come across a red stamping polish that stamps vibrant over black other than MdU Reddish, but this MM red is quite good even though it's a darker red in bottle.

赤の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Red-y Or Not - Mundo de Uñas Reddish - Pueen Exotic Red。赤のスタンピングポリッシュって作るのが難しいんでしょうか。MdU Reddish以外に黒の上でしっかり発色するものをあまり見たことないのですが、MMの赤はボトルではかなり濃い赤であるにもかかわらずなかなか健闘しているんじゃないでしょうか。

Orange comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Happy Now - Mundo de Uñas Orange. They look similar in the bottle, but quite different on black.

オレンジの比較。左から、Messy Mansion Happy Now - Mundo de Uñas Orange。ボトル上ではかなり似た色ですが、黒の上ではかなり違いが出ています。

Yellow comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Banana Bender - Mundo de Uñas Yellow - Mundo de Uñas Mustard - Pueen Bright Yellow. My MdU Yellow separates badly, so it doesn't stamp great any more even after I shake vigorously. MM and MdU Mustard are quite similar in colour.

黄色の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Banana Bender - Mundo de Uñas Yellow - Mundo de Uñas Mustard - Pueen Bright Yellow。MdU Yellowはかなり分離が激しく、しっかりボトルを振ってももはやきちんとスタンプしなくなってしまいました。MMとMdU Mustardはdupeと言っていいぐらい似ています。

Pale blue comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Hydrangea Blue - Ya Qin An Pastel Blue - Pueen Baby Blue. They are all different and beautiful. MM has a slight dusty hue which I absolutely love.

水色の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Hydrangea Blue - Ya Qin An Pastel Blue - Pueen Baby Blue。どれも異なる色でいい色ですね。MMのは少しくすみがかった青で素敵です。

Pastel pink comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Petal - Pueen Sweet Pink. These two are very similar, almost a dupe.

パステルピンクの比較。左から、Messy Mansion Petal - Pueen Sweet Pink。この2本はdupeと言っていいぐらい似ています。

Lilac comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Lilac - Mundo de Uñas Lilac - Pueen Charmed Lilac. No dupes here, yay!

ライラックの比較。左から、Messy Mansion Lilac - Mundo de Uñas Lilac - Pueen Charmed Lilac。こちらもdupeなし。

Lastly, light green comparison. From left to right: Messy Mansion Spring Green - Mundo de Uñas Avocado. MdU is very vibrant whereas MM has a dusty hue. This MM is unique in my collection and it reminds me of Matcha. Yum!

最後に、薄緑の比較。左から、Messy Mansion Spring Green - Mundo de Uñas Avocado。MdUはかなり鮮やかで、MMの方はくすみが入っています。こういう色持っていなかったので嬉しい。抹茶みたいで美味しそう♡

So there you have it! I have nothing similar to Dogwood Pink (very pale pink) so I didn't do the comparison. While I see some dupes, these Messy Mansion polishes are quite unique in my collection, and I know I'll be using them a lot in the future. 

Congratulations to those who have come this far. I don't know about you but I'm super exhausted... This post took whole two days to put together with all the swatching, taking/editing pics & writing in two languages, so I really hope it helps someone. If you are interested in any of the products in this post, be sure to check out Messy Mansion website

Dogwood Pink(ごく薄いピンク)は手持ちで比べるものがなかったので比較画像はなしです。いくつかdupeはありましたが、Messy Mansionのスタンピングポリッシュは手持ちに似たものがない色が多く、使い勝手がよさそうで嬉しいです。今後たくさん使っていこうと思います。

というわけで、最後までお読みくださった方、大変お疲れ様でした。私も非っっ常に疲れました・・・・。swatchから始まって、写真撮影と編集、二か国語での執筆に丸2日費やした自分、お疲れ。どなたかの役に立てば非常に幸いです。このポストで紹介した製品に興味がある方は、Messy MansionのWebサイトを覗いてみてください。

*Products sent for honest review


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20 September 2016 at 05:58 delete

Great post, I love when you compare between stamping brands.

Cassis P
20 September 2016 at 14:20 delete

Thanks Harper! Glad it was helpful^^

26 September 2016 at 02:10 delete

This stamping swatches are perfect. I hope it would be looking great on my nails ( I have round shape nails like ). Can't wait for your next posts.

Cassis P
26 September 2016 at 15:23 delete

Thanks for reading, hun!