Saturday, December 20, 2014

Born Pretty Store - Stamping Plates

A while back I received a set of stamping plates from Born Pretty Store. I'm actually sort of unfamiliar with stamping, as I just haven't gotten the opportunity to use any plates. I tend to do freehand designs or just go for some glitter when I do nail art, but I finally got to see what it's all about!
Product sent for review. All opinions are my own. 

Born Pretty Store had released this set of stamping plates, plates BP01-BP10. Unfortunately BP01 was sold out when I got mine, so I just have BP02-BP10.  Still, there are plenty of plates with plenty of designs to choose from! The patterns range from butterflies to Sailor Moon, and from peacock print to stars. They're a little difficult to photograph directly since they're so reflective, but here you can see some of the patterns that each plate has:

I decided to test run a couple of patterns from two different stamping plates for this review. I used a poinsettia or snowflake design from plate BP09, and a leafy pattern from plate BP05 (further below). First up, BP09! 

I'm pretty new to stamping, so you can see some flaws in my work. However, I think it turned out better than I expected! I only tried stamping a couple times previously, but didn't have any good results. However, this worked great on the first try! 

I started off by painting all nails with two coats of Zoya Livingston. I then waited for all nails to dry completely. After they were dry, I used a white Konad polish on the plate, scraped off the excess (with a stamping plate scraper), and then firmly pressed my stamp onto the pattern. I quickly took the stamper and then rolled it across a nail to try and get the pattern to wrap with my curved nail. It worked great!

I did each nail individually (you sort of have to!) and really was getting the hang of it by the end. I did my right hand last, and I think it actually turned out better! The only flaw I can see with this design is that some spots weren't filled in all the way. I'm unsure if the plates weren't etched deep enough, or if it was just user error since I'm sort of new at stamping. 

Since I had great results with an actual stamping polish like Konad, I decided to try something else when I tried out the BP05 plate. I started off by painting all nails with two coats of China Glaze Holly-Day and then waited for it to dry completely. I then used Zoya Brooklyn for the stamping, using the same method as above. 

While Brooklyn isn't the most opaque gold polish, I love how it turned out! It isn't too solid or stark against the green, and makes it look more like printed wrapping paper. Since the gold is metallic, it actually shows up a little better in person and really catches the light at some angles. I feel like this pattern filled in better than the BP09 pattern I used though. 

Either way, I am very please with the results! I am so happy to have some nice stamping plates finally, and ones that I actually got to work! If you would like to purchase stamping plates from Born Pretty Store, they have these and then plenty more to choose from here: They also have lots of other great nail art supplies!
If you order, don't forget to use code BCL91 for 10% off too!
Product sent for review. All opinions are my own. 

1 comment:

  1. Stamping does seem to have a slight learning curve to it. I've found that the stamper makes a difference too. I've tried a white squishy stamper and it works much better as it stamps without having to roll it making full nail images easier. I still have trouble with the images that have a lot of space like the poinsettia you tried as I guess either the plates are etched too shallow or I am scraping off too much polish as I get patchy and empty spots like you did. I have found that polish makes a difference too and Konad works best for me but I have also had great results from the metallic polishes like Essie's Penny Talk.


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