Hi everyone! I have another Born Pretty Store stamping plate review for you today 🙂 After trying out the other plate I was sent for review, I couldn’t wait to give this one a try too! You can read my previous review here. The plate I’ll be showing you today has beautiful flowery patterns on it and can be purchased here. These are the images you will be able to stamp using this plate:
So pretty! I chose to try out the bottom two images in the manicure I’ll be showing you. You will be able to see that the very thin lines and the thicker lines both stamp beautifully. I used my squishy stamper which I purchased from Born Pretty Store myself, it looks like this:
You can purchase it here*. I really love this stamper! I went from struggling my bum off with a relatively firm stamper, to great success with this squishy stamper. My nails are soft and bendy, so if I put pressure on the nail with a firm stamper while transferring the image, my nails give way and the image doesn’t transfer completely. This stamper head is big enough to cover my entire nail, the squishiness of the head also means that the image is stamped over my entire nail with the right amount of pressure, so even into the cuticles on the sides as the stamper gives way instead of bending my nail. I do need to prime the stamper head regularly though, but it takes me less than 30 seconds and is totally worth it.
When you receive the plate it has a blue protective film over it to protect the plate during shipping. It looks like this:
Before you start stamping you need to remove the film. It removes really easily, you can just run your fingers over the edge from bottom to top and it will lift. Don’t do this while your nails are wet as the film is quite clingy and will ruin your nails! The plates also have backing which helps dull the edges of the plate so that you don’t cut yourself while handling them. I wipe down all my plates with acetone before each use. I noticed that the images on this plate seemed quite deeply etched (which is a good thing!). With my other plates the cotton round just glides across the plates, whereas you can “feel” the images on this plate when swiping over them. I’m sure this makes it easier to pick up images as shallow etching can make things really difficult.
On the day I set out to do this manicure I received a very long awaited parcel from Mei Mei Signatures with polish that my a friend had sent me as a gift. My parcel took 4 months to get to me because of the crippling postal strike that we had and when I finally laid my hands on it I *needed* to use one of the polishes I received. Let me show you what I came up with:
I started off with my usual Tip Top base coat to protect my natural nails. I painted 3 coats of Pretty & Polished My Friend Dahlia on all of my nails. My Friend Dahlia is a dusty, medium pink polish with a very soft holographic shimmer. This polish is AMAZING. It practically applied itself. I still had some visible nail line after 2 coats so I felt a 3rd was necessary. It dries to a satin matte finish which is beautiful and it also dries faster than any polish I own. After painting 2 coats of base coat and 3 coats of My Friend Dahlia, I test stamped 3 times from the plate and I was able to stamp my nails without any smudging. I used Sinful Colors Black on Black and the image on the right to stamp my pinkie and index nails. I used the image on the left of the plate to stamp my middle and ring nails. I sealed everything in with a coat of Seche Vite.
Once again, this plate has impressed me! I had no problems picking up the images and both the thicker and thin lines stamped well. I must admit that I had never bought plates from Born Pretty Store before as they had received mixed reviews in the past, but they have definitely stepped up their game and I won’t hesitate to purchase plates from them now. I really enjoyed wearing this mani. I also think that these images would be really nice to try and leadlight with, but that isn’t something I’ve done yet, perhaps it is time!
What do you think of this plate? Have you tried Born Pretty Store plates before? Please let me know in the comments below!
As always, thanks for reading!
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