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Vendor Spolight: Shimmerz, Blingz, and Spritz

Reported by Jenny Barnett Rohrs

I love shimmer and shine and all that is glimmery, so I was very excited to try this line of paints and sprays. I received three different products to try, so I had my (very sparkly) hands full!

I tried the Shimmerz paints first. They are a water-based, semi-translucent, and…well…shimmery! As I opened the jar, I found that the colors had separated, but a quick stir with the toothpick blended them.

The consistency of Shimmerz is that of heavy cream. The sparkle, I found, consisted of pearl and iridescent particles that reflected the light beautifully. A similar product, Blingz, is described on the website as “Shimmerz on steroids”– more particles in the paint, some of them seemingly holographic, and the paint is a bit thicker, too.

Since they are watercolors, my first instinct was to stamp an image on watercolor weight paper with waterproof ink, and color in the image with a paint brush.

With water-based paints, you have the ability to layer the colors beautifully and blend them with just a little bit of water. They do have particles in them, and if applied thickly, the paint will obscure your outlines. I used both the Blingz and the Shimmerz on the crocus image, and they were easy to use and provided consistent color and coverage.

Next I tried some of the Shimmerz Spritz. After shaking vigorously to mix the product, I lightly misted three different colors on a sheet of watercolor paper.

I most gave up on one bottle– it started to clog after the 3rd pump! It also “oozed” a little through cap, making it a bit messy; but since it’s also water-based, a quick rinse cleaned it right up.

I found that the mists were semi-fine- which means I got mist PLUS some small spatter. Usually that’s fine with me, but when it got to be more spatter than mist, I just added a quick spritz from my water mister and the colors blended and evened right out.

My next experiment was to use the Shimmering Spritz over an embossed resist. (See “spirit” sample.”) I stamped the image using clear embossing ink and embossing powder on a brown sheet of cardstock- then I spritzed it using “Plum Pudding.”

As you can see, the stamped area is still a medium brown, but the exposed paper turned the most lovely, shimmery plum! I’ve seen shimmery cardstock in stores and it costs a dollar a sheet- so to be able to make your own would be very economical.

Just when I thought I was done playing, I decided to use the paint direct-to-rubber.

I used a cosmetic sponge to dab two different colors right onto my stamp and blended them a bit. Since these paints are on the thin (non-viscous) side, I wasn’t in love with this technique. It was hard to get good coverage on the stamp, and certainly it worked better with bold, crisp images. I liked the fact that it the paint showed up on both the black and white glossy paper I used for the “serenity” bookmarks…just another plus!

The website says it dries on non-porous surfaces, and I found that to be true- however, the coverage was poor on some StyleStones I tried to color- they turned out all blotchy- and the vellum I painted wrinkled so badly that it was unusable. Also, on some of these non-porous surfaces I found that the little sparkly bits actually flaked off. Just something to keep in mind.

Pros:

  • Consistancy in colors and coverage (especially if you’ve had problems working with watercolor cakes such as Twinkling H2O’s)
  • Very shimmery– oh, yes!
  • Love the Spritz- a little went a long way, excellent for backgrounds
  • Sold individually, build your own set

Cons:

  • Spritz can get messy, particles clog up the nozzle
  • Blingz and Shimmerz are on the pricey side for me- about $3.99 for a 1/2 oz
  • Consistancy not optimal for stamping
  • Limited use

Rating: Blingz and Shimmers: 7 out of 10
Shimmering Spritz: 9 out of 10

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Have you tried the Shimmerz products? Leave us a comment and let us know!


Giveaway time! Tell us how you add sparkle and shine to your projects and you will be entered to win a Shimmerz gift pack including 3 Shimmerz, 2 Blingz, and one bottle of Spritz. You have until Friday at midnight to enter. Good luck!!
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91 Responses to Vendor Spolight: Shimmerz, Blingz, and Spritz

  1. Stace June 23, 2009 at 1:36 pm #

    I am a Glimmer Mist fan, but a friend has told me once I try Shimmerz I’ll never go back. I’m awaiting some in the mail so we will see 🙂

  2. JPScraps June 23, 2009 at 1:57 pm #

    I done have anything to make my project sparkle & shine

  3. Sacha June 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm #

    So far all I’ve tried is applying glitter with liquid glue or heat and stick powder and stickles. Have heard lots of good things about shimmerz though and would love to give them a try.

  4. Christina June 23, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    I use glitter since that’s all I have right now.

  5. Michelle (mla1111) June 23, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    I love sparkle & glimmer…love shimmer, blingz, glimmer mists, copic spica glitter pens..love it all!

  6. craftypagan June 23, 2009 at 2:15 pm #

    I have some craftynotions sprays which are shimmery and I often add them to colour my lace trimmings to co-ordinate with my card (then heat dry) and for added some sparkle to flowers. Such fun! Rowena

  7. Ibis June 23, 2009 at 2:30 pm #

    Thanks, I loved this post. I love adding sparkle and shine to everything I do. Its usually a crystal or a shimery pen, but I just love trying out anything else shiny.

  8. isa dona June 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    I love glimmer Mist… thanks for the inspiration !

  9. alexandra June 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    I never use these products, love to try it !

  10. vitoria June 23, 2009 at 2:45 pm #

    I only use mist, but never glimmer… these products are fabulous

  11. the mustik June 23, 2009 at 2:46 pm #

    I love everything that shine… like the summer sunshine
    thanks for the chance

  12. Stephanie Hargis June 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm #

    I LOVE adding glitter to my cards! I have a few ways that I add it: glitter with glue, heat embossing, shimmerz, or stickles! I love the look that shimmerz has though! It’s a very subtle, yet beautiful look! Fantastic review!

  13. la zaz June 23, 2009 at 2:55 pm #

    love to try those techniques… I never used these products
    thanks for the chance to discover

  14. Regan June 23, 2009 at 3:05 pm #

    I like adding little sparkly accents to my cards, I have never tried these before!

  15. Angela W June 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm #

    I love shimmer and sparkle! I have so many Glimmer Mist, but I am in love with Shimmerz! I spray it on cards, paint my flowers, and paint my stamped images! LOVE IT!

  16. Jennifer June 23, 2009 at 3:22 pm #

    I’m a newbie. I usually add a little glitter glue to my projects.

  17. Scrapycandy June 23, 2009 at 3:28 pm #

    I’m a glitter fan and have used perfect pearls to stamp my own background paper. It looks like I need to branch out. Thanks for the info!!

  18. Anonymous June 23, 2009 at 3:46 pm #

    I use glitter because that’s all I have. The shimmerz look so very cool!

    lindastamps at gmail dot com

  19. Linda June 23, 2009 at 3:51 pm #

    I have one bottle of the Shimmerz spray and I really love it!!! I can get a very even light mist and the finished result is so shimmery and beautiful.

  20. Erika M. June 23, 2009 at 3:59 pm #

    I use bling alot to make my projects sparkle and shine. I’m also a big fan of stickles and embossing.

  21. hf52771 June 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm #

    I like using it on plain ribbon or lace!
    ~Heather

  22. Shay June 23, 2009 at 4:15 pm #

    I love adding glimmer to most of my projects for added dimension. This may be with metallic acrylic paint and I am only now experimenting with different mists and sprays. I would love to try out Shimmerz’s products. Thanks for the chance to win!

  23. Denise ~ Paper Ponderings June 23, 2009 at 4:28 pm #

    I’ve been trying a little bit of perfect pearls. I don’t like working with glitter, so I need something that doesn’t get in my hair, on my face, stuck on my clothes!

  24. ArcadeDweller aka Phyllis June 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm #

    I usually add sparkle with glitter or glittery glue.

  25. Jessica June 23, 2009 at 4:56 pm #

    I don’t (yet) have any Shimmerz products, so don’t have much ability to add shimmer/shine. I do, however, use a lot of glitter 😉

  26. Cheri Howard June 23, 2009 at 5:11 pm #

    I LOOOOOVE my Shimmerz and Blingz! I use them to paint images I’ve stamped rather than use markers or pencils. I also love to paint flowers for my cards – I can have any color flower I want! I also love how you can use Angel Wings or another pale color to paint a very thin layer to add sparkle without changing the color you’ve already used.

  27. Dana June 23, 2009 at 5:14 pm #

    I haven’t used the Shimmerz product yet…but I’m anxious to try!

    Right now I add sparkle the old fashioned way: 1)with paper that already has sparkle, 2)glue pen and glitter.

  28. huntla1 June 23, 2009 at 5:19 pm #

    I have used Tattered Angels glimmer mist and Twinkling H2O’s. I have never used these products. It would be interesting to see the differences.

  29. Michelle Adams June 23, 2009 at 5:25 pm #

    I have only tried one color of Shimmerz, and I love using it! It is PERFECT for painting angel & fairy wings, insect wings, etc. I used to use Stickles for these, but the Shimmerz is much better for most projects. I am eager to try more colors, as well as try the Blinz and Spritz! Thanks for the chance!!!

  30. sandie994 June 23, 2009 at 5:40 pm #

    I use glitter pens, stickles,or glitter w/glue. I do have one color of shimmerz and like it.

  31. Selena June 23, 2009 at 5:57 pm #

    Reading your explanation I am now ready to try my little pot of Shimmerz.

  32. ms.cheryl June 23, 2009 at 6:34 pm #

    I use stickles and glimmer mists. I like each of these but I can’t wait to try the shimmerz,blinz and spritz. Thanks, ms.cheryl

  33. Tamra B. June 23, 2009 at 6:52 pm #

    I use Glimmer Mist, glitter and stickles to add some shimmer, shine and glitz to the flowers and other embellisments I use on my pages.

  34. Erin Bassett June 23, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    I use Stickles & Glimmer Mist to sparkle up my projects.

    http://erinbassett.typepad.com

  35. Jill June 23, 2009 at 7:20 pm #

    I use glitter–Stickles and would love to try shimmerz.

  36. scrappypug June 23, 2009 at 7:22 pm #

    I have been wanting to try these… right now I use stickles and glimmer mist.

  37. Gloria June 23, 2009 at 7:33 pm #

    I just use stickles for most of my sparkle and shine. I would love to try your product

  38. Jenn June 23, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    I usually use Pearl Ex or Perfect Pearls, but I’d love to try this new product – you can never have too much sparkle, right?

  39. Amanda Ann June 23, 2009 at 8:00 pm #

    I use Stickles and Glitz a lot, but I have been wanting to try Shimmerz for a few months!!

  40. carpediem June 23, 2009 at 8:10 pm #

    I use stickles and glitter. Just bought some glimmer mist and would love to try the shimmerz! laura j

  41. Shelley June 23, 2009 at 8:34 pm #

    I love using my Schimmerz, especially on my flowers. It really makes them sparkle.

  42. Lisa L. June 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm #

    I have only tried the glimmer mist – I’d love to try the others though.

  43. Renee June 23, 2009 at 8:49 pm #

    I love to use lots of rhinestones…sometimes I use sequins as well.

    thanks for the great giveaway!

  44. Takisha June 23, 2009 at 9:57 pm #

    I’ve been using stickles but have seen the shimmerz used on other blogs and now i would love to try it.
    Thanks so much for the opportunity!
    Kisha

  45. DebbieLynn June 23, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    I love sparkle and since my girls do ballet I always want lots of glitz on my scrapbook pages. All these products are just wonderful for that.

  46. Shelby June 23, 2009 at 10:20 pm #

    I’ve been using stickles, but am getting pretty sick of always having to unclog the bottle! I’d love to try out the Shimmerz!

  47. Anonymous June 23, 2009 at 10:34 pm #

    I’m a fan of Glimmer Mist but I would surely love to be the lucky winner to give this product a try!
    ~~~ Mary Lib

  48. Tamikko June 23, 2009 at 10:48 pm #

    I know one person who has tried these and loves them. Can’t wait to try them out. I love sparkle and bling and they look like so much fun.
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  49. Kristi B. June 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm #

    I have not had the chance to try the Shimmerz yet. I use Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist, Maya Mist or make my own mist with powdered pigments. I’ve been really curious about the Shimmerz, so thanks for all the info! 🙂

  50. Tona June 23, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    I add sparkle & shine with Glimmer mist & perfect pearls.

  51. Nikki June 24, 2009 at 12:19 am #

    I’ve used Luminart h2o’s I only have 2 colors wanted to try it out 1st seeing I’m still new to this and Just been finding out about Shimmerz and they look like they would be so much fun to play with who doesn’t like to add sparkle to their projects 🙂
    Thanks for the Chance
    Nikki C

  52. Gvendalen June 24, 2009 at 2:55 am #

    Sorry, I not use Shimmerz, I not have this.

  53. Finja June 24, 2009 at 4:15 am #

    i love to use stickles on my cards or add a gem…
    Hugs Finja

  54. Кари Сол June 24, 2009 at 4:30 am #

    I a beginner – I no have anything, but I want very much …

  55. Lynda S June 24, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    Being a punch art traditionalist (b4 I discovered stamping) I loved using JAC PAPER with fine glitter/coloured sands etc. Since I started stamping…I love gem stones in brads, pearls adn GLITTER!!! Sometimes too much shine is not enough. Shimmerz…well may have to add it to the wish list. 🙂

  56. Penni June 24, 2009 at 5:14 am #

    I use glitter to add sparkle to my cards.

    Sometimes I make my own spritz using Cosmic Shimmer Powders and water in a small spray bottle, which is fun.

    Hugs
    Penni
    X

  57. Stampin_melissa June 24, 2009 at 7:34 am #

    I use glitter pens the most, I do like to use my Shimmerz when I really need to dazzle. I haven’t tried my Spritz yet, but I’m looking forward to trying it!

  58. patty w June 24, 2009 at 8:31 am #

    Great review!

    I’d love to be able to try these out. The only things I use right now are stickles, some glitter paint and some homemade glimmery mist (doesn’t work that well for me)

  59. Bogner's June 24, 2009 at 9:02 am #

    The examples made for this report are beautiful. I have tried using glue and glitter before, but the end image just isn’t what I had in my mind.

  60. Verna Mason June 24, 2009 at 9:26 am #

    I use a lot of Pearl Ex but have problems with it rubbing off. I’d love to try the Shimmerz and Blingz.

  61. Eva June 24, 2009 at 9:56 am #

    I love shimmery things on my cards, but I also like a little on my layouts, too. It just depends on the look I am looking for. Thanks for the chance of winning some of these yummy goodies!

  62. Erica Hettwer June 24, 2009 at 11:01 am #

    I’ve used stickles on my layouts and cards and loved them. I’d love to try the Shimmerz, Blingz and Spritz!

  63. Kim June 24, 2009 at 11:03 am #

    I’m a Glimmer Mist and Stickles kinda girl. I’ve just heard of Shimmerz. would love to try them out. Haven’t found anyone in this area that sells them.

  64. Carole RB June 24, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    Nice cards. I don’t use shimmer or shine on my cards because I don’t have any products to do this. Thanks for a chance to win. If I do win I’ll be able to add some bling to my cards.

  65. java diva June 24, 2009 at 11:19 am #

    I love my stickles! But I don’t like the drying time!

  66. Siri Fjørtoft, Fjørtoft Design June 24, 2009 at 11:29 am #

    I have been drooling over the Shimmerz blog ever since I started paper crafting, and I can not wait untill the day I can get my hands on some! I am using Glimmer Mist at the moment, but I´m not completely saticfyed with the colors. They are just not bright enough for me!! Thank you for the chance to wine some sparkle!!

    Siri

  67. Jenn June 24, 2009 at 11:32 am #

    I havent’ tried shimmerz, but I REALLY want to!

    I have glitter and glitter glue and a few other things for bling, but shimmerz looks so yummy!

  68. Corinna June 24, 2009 at 11:48 am #

    I usually add Stickles to bling out my projects, but I’d sure love to try some of this stuff!

    Corinna

  69. StampinCathy June 24, 2009 at 12:03 pm #

    Wow beautiful projects and love the shimmer and the tutorial was so easy to follow. I don’t own any Mist, but may this is the lucky post and I will. Hint! Hint!
    Thanks for a chance.

  70. BabeCaddy June 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    I do not own any Shimmerz product yet, so I usually use Stickles or fine glitter and I also have some metallic rubs, but I don’t use them very often.

  71. Crazy Creations June 24, 2009 at 12:50 pm #

    i love shimmerz i had to try as soon as i saw them .last night i bought the coffe color one and one shimmerz spray i have about 6 different colors and use them alot .i want every color ,they are great !!!!

  72. Else Slipsager Petersen June 24, 2009 at 1:40 pm #

    I also use glimmer mist and have not yet tried Shimmerz. it is not yet possible to buy in Denmark. But seeing all your wounderfull things that I need to get my hands on some.

  73. Taj White June 24, 2009 at 2:04 pm #

    Ok so i am excited and intrigued. I haven’t tried it before and would love to get my hands on some.

  74. Valerie Chmielak June 24, 2009 at 2:44 pm #

    I just got my first Shimmerz paint and I liked the way that it looked on my stapmed image

  75. Tamara June 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm #

    I’m not sure that I am sold on the Shimmerz and the blingz because I don’t like that you have to stir or shake them before every use. I really like the twinkling H20s, and have used them to paint with, direct to stamp, and other applications.

    I do *love* any kind of glimmer mist, and making my own glittery paper!

  76. Scrappy Rat June 24, 2009 at 5:54 pm #

    I love the look of these paints! They look richer than Sparkling H20’s and the colors are so bright! I’m a glitter addict but sadly, some of the crops I go to are deemed “glitter-free” because they don’t want sparkles all over their house (can you imagine?! Who wouldn’t want sparkles?!) These Shimmerz, Blingz, etc. seem like a way to curb the mess. Neat!

  77. musesmom June 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm #

    Thanks for the low-down! I’d like to try the spritz and blingz. Have some Shimmerz and like them!

  78. NANCY DARE June 24, 2009 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m very anxious to try these products out..I’m a glimmer mist user right now.

  79. The Mama Monkey June 24, 2009 at 7:56 pm #

    I love the look of this on the black cardstock! I wonder how this compares to Glimmer Mist?

    Right now I am a glitter girl and use mostly stickles.

  80. Lisa j June 24, 2009 at 8:13 pm #

    I have only tried the original and would love to try the others….I want all of the colors! Thanks for the giveaway!

    formeitsthree at yahoo dot com

  81. Expressions of a Creative Mind June 25, 2009 at 7:55 am #

    What a great tip to stir it with a toothpick, I usually just shake my pot up (I only have one). I would love to try more.

  82. Whimsical Creations June 25, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    currently I use glue and glitter. I would love to try these.

    =) melanie
    http://melaniescrafts.blogspot.com
    melanieadey at hotmail dot com

  83. .................... June 25, 2009 at 12:15 pm #

    Beautiful…I’d love to try Shimmerz…for now I use Stickles.

  84. arlsmom aka Lynda June 25, 2009 at 6:54 pm #

    Wow…great review! I use a lot of glitter glue and stickles to add sparkle…

  85. Leslie June 25, 2009 at 10:31 pm #

    Looks like a really neat product. I use lots of glitter, so this would be great to use too.

  86. R. Bungart June 26, 2009 at 12:33 am #

    Hi,
    I have never used Shimmerz products but I want to try this.
    I use glimmer mists.
    Greatings from germany
    Inge

  87. kellyjean June 29, 2009 at 10:23 am #

    Spritz a bit onto your envelopes. Fun! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  88. Ingrid June 29, 2009 at 3:41 pm #

    Nice cards. Thanks for the inspiration ! Fantastic idea!!!
    Thanks for a chance to win.
    Hugs,ula

  89. L'Hélène June 30, 2009 at 8:26 pm #

    I never tried Shimmerz. For the moment, I use Twinkling H2Os and US ArtQuest watercolor palettes. I can’t wait to try these!

  90. Rufus June 30, 2009 at 9:53 pm #

    I’ve used darn near anything I can get my hands on. Glitter, Twinkling H2O’s, Pearl Ex, among other things, but I haven’t played with any of these yet. Would love to try them!

  91. Live, Laugh, Love ~ Rubi July 1, 2009 at 1:59 pm #

    I do everything I can to add glitter to my page, from shimmer chalks, sticky diamonds, glitter glue, sparkled papers, and would love to use Shimmerz as well.