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Gel Stamping Polish: Finally a Solution for Gel Nail Art

gel stamping polish

We’ve been asking for gel stamping polish for years and brands are finally starting to deliver. There’s an endless list of regular stamping nail polish options but these brand new gel products make stamping on gel nails easier so our manicures can last longer. Stamping gels also create interesting nail art looks in blooming gel.

There aren’t many stamping brands with a gel option out right now but I’ll be adding more as more brands get on board.

What Are the Best Gel Stamping Polishes?

Black tubes of born pretty pigments Amazon Customer Reviews
  • In squeeze tubes
  • Trusted brand
  • In set or individually
Price: $28.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Black gel polish bottles with swatches Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Most like polish consistancy
  • Easy to work with
  • Very opaque
Price: $11.25 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Stamping polish with plates Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Includes eight stamping plates
  • Comes with stamper and latex
  • Five colors
Price: $15.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Pots of highly pigmented gel paste Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Wide range of colors
  • Includes metallics
  • Easy to work with tubs
Price: $26.00 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Mobray stamping with gel polish kit Amazon Customer Reviews
  • Six colors
  • Includes stamper and scraper
  • Quick delivery
Price: $9.99 Shop at Amazon Shop now Read our review
Our Unbiased Reviews
  1. 1. Born Pretty Stamping Gel 14 Color Set

    • Great opacity
    • Wide range of colors and finishes
    • In squeeze tubes
    • Trusted brand
    • Can buy individually
    • You only get eight milliliters
    • Each tube is boxed which is a waste of paper
    • Can be patchy over large areas

    I love Born Pretty’s regular stamping polish so I’m excited about their gel option. Their gel stamping polish comes in a squeeze tube to help wrangle the thick consistency. 

    They’re richly pigmented and stand up well in opacity tests. Their white is crisp over black without dulling. They handle intricate line work well but because they’re so thick, they do have more trouble with larger patches of solid color. If you start seeing patchiness just make sure you’re using enough product and that you’re scraping both vertically and horizontally to fully coat the plate.

    This set comes with 14 colors in a wide range including yellow, green, teal, baby pink, purple, blue, magenta, gray, bright pink, red, black, white, metallic silver, and metallic gold. 

    You can also buy each color individually, but when you buy them in a set you get a serious discount. 

  2. 2. Moyra Nail Stamping Gel

    • Consistancy is most like normal stamping polish
    • Easy to work with
    • You get more product with 10ml compared to 8ml
    • Great opacity
    • Nice color options
    • Not in a set
    • No metallics
    • Not as opaque as thicker brands

    Brand new onto the market, Moyra has come out with a nail stamping gel that has the consistency of normal stamping polish. I’m not sure how they managed it, but they did. I love that there isn’t as much of a learning curve moving from stamping with regular polish to stamping with gel polish because it behaves just like the stamping polish you’re used to.

    It applies with a nail polish brush so there are no brushes that need cleaning. They have a range of colors but not as many as other brands yet. I’m hoping they’ll come out with more colors as time goes on. Right now you can get colors like blackwhitegreygreen, and red.

    They have nice opacity and their white is crisp over black. It doesn’t have the same pigmentation and opacity as thicker ones but it will absolutely do the job.

  3. 3. Ur Sugar All-in-One Gel Stamping Kit With Plates

    • Five colors
    • Black, white, red, metallic gold, mettalic silver
    • Comes with stamping plates
    • Stamper and scraper
    • Liquid nail latex
    • Not that many colors
    • Paying for extras you may not need
    • May not like the stamping plate images

    If you’re new to stamping and want to get an everything-included set, check out this kit from Ur Sugar.

    It comes with everything you need except for your normal gel nail polish and a nail lamp. You get five stamping polishes, stamper, scraper, liquid latex for nails, and eight reusable stamping plates. For colors, they’ve included the standard essentials: white, black, red, metallic gold, and metallic silver.

  4. 4. Biutee 12 Color Gel Stamping Set

    • Wide range of colors
    • Easy to put excess back
    • Includes metallic gold and silver
    • Very opaque
    • Open tubs expose gel to light
    • Maybe too thick
    • Cannot buy individually
    • Needs to have tacky layer removed

    These nail stamping gels are about as thick as they get. They’re almost the consistency of a play-slime. You definitely need a tool to apply these like a brush or, even better, an orange stick or dotting tool because the consistency makes it slightly hard to get off of brushes. 

    The set comes with 12 colors including red, pink, purple, blue, teal, black, white, brown, metallic gold, and metallic silver. Their thickness gives them impressive opacity that you cannot complain about. They do perform best if you remove the tacky layer of your gel polish before trying to stamp onto your nails for some reason so just try to remember to do that and you’ll be set.

  5. 5. Mobray Stamping Gel Kit With Stamping Plates

    • Affordable
    • Black, white, red, yellow, gold, and silver
    • Comes with stamper and scraper
    • Includes two stamping plates
    • Stamping plates are a little bland
    • Paying for extras you may not want
    • May prefer a flexible scraper

    For a kit with extras try this Gel Polish Stamping Set from Mobray

    It comes with six tubes of stamping gel in the colors black, white, red, yellow, metallic gold, and metallic silver. You also get a clear stamper, firm plastic scraper, and two stamping plates. 

    Most folks tend to find learning to stamp on a flexible scraper is easier than a firm one, though a firm scraper can give crisper lines so if you’re brand new to stamping, keep that in mind. 

No more jelly sandwiches.

Before now, when you wanted to use the gorgeous images from your nail stamping plates on your gel nails you had to stamp regular stamping polish onto a gel base color and then seal it with a gel top coat. 

It worked but it wasn't as durable since the non-UV layer weakened before the gel. 

Why can't you stamp with regular gel polish?

Just like stamping with regular nail polish, they just don't hold up to what stamping demands on a polish. Normal gel is too sheer to show up when stamped. If you stamp white gel over black, it's going to show up a dirty grey--if you're lucky.

Because gel doesn't air-dry it tends to pool together. This is great for self-leveling but bad for intricate lines that end up warping and sliding into each other as the gel settles. 

This new gel stamping polish is specially formulated to hold up to stamping. It's super opaque, heavily pigmented, and thick--like really thick. This isn't for painting your nails.

Nail stamping gel behaves differently than other stamping polish.

For starters, when you get your stamping image on, you have to cure it, just like regular gel. 

You also don't have to work as quickly as you would with regular polish because it won't air dry. You can scrape and re-scrape your plate all you want. There's no rush. 

It's so thick that you're going to want to apply it to your plate with a nail brush. It's got more of a consistency like builder gel or acrylic. 

As always, if you are able, use hand protection as recommended by the FDA to less UV exposure.

UV gel nail stamping tips

If you're stamping with gel, it's even more important to use a liquid latex for nails product because the gel will get on your skin and you want to make sure all of the stamping gel is off of your skin before you cure it.

Also, if you're having issues picking up, try a sticky or marshmallow stamper.

Don't use your favorite stamper for gel because it can be harder to remove from your stamper and you may need to clean it with acetone.