Those of you who stopped by yesterday know that I’m quite happy to have finally mastered nail art stamping! I’ve always admired bloggers who do awesome nail art, in particular, the lovely Cat of Stawberry Mochi. But I also kept hearing that there was a learning curve with this particular process, and since I’m not a pro when it comes to manicures, I was on the fence about the whole thing.
First Fauxnad manicure! This is a historic moment, people:
base color: China Glaze devotion, ring finger: Milani Nail Polish in Gems, stamp: Rimmel Black Satin
Before I get into the review, let me just say that the rumors are true. There is definitely a learning curve if you’ve never done this before. It took me three tries to get it right, and that’s not counting the 5+ times I spent trying to stamp when the plastic was still on.
Speaking of that…read the instructions!
I would’ve saved a whole lot of time if I had peeled the plastic off to begin with. I think it goes without saying that stamping is difficult if the polish isn’t actually going into the pattern.
The biggest difference appearance-wise between this plate and a standard Konad plate is that the edges aren’t filed down as nicely. They aren’t so sharp that they’ll cut your fingers, but just be careful when you’re handling it. That being said, I am ridiculously accident-prone, and if I didn’t hurt myself using this, you probably won’t either.
Application is also different. When you use a Konad plate, you’re supposed to roll over the image once you’ve scraped the excess polish off. With Born Pretty Store’s plate, you have to press down to get the image to transfer from the plate to the stamper. To get the image from the stamper to your nail, use a rolling motion. After I got the scraping part down, I didn’t have any other problems from that point on, so it’s fairly straightforward. Just remember to scrape with a 45 degree angle.
The plate I used comes in a kit, along with a stamper and scraper. The whole thing retails for $3.88, which is very affordable. If you recall my nail sticker review, this set is from the same online store. What’s cool about this site is that they offer free worldwide shipping, which you don’t see from a lot of places. In addition, they’ve provided me with a 10% off code to share with my readers (over in the sidebar, scroll down). I’ve spent some time surfing the store, and their prices are extremely reasonable. They carry all the nail art supplies you could possibly ever think of, so do give them a look :)
My rating: A+
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I am not affiliated with Born Pretty Store, and receive no compensation for the coupon code. I just thought it would be something nice to share with you guys!