Hi everyone. I have yet another Born Pretty Review for you today! I’m on a roll, right? This will be the last one for a while, so I hope you enjoy it! It’s no secret that I am a huge stamping fan and I am so impressed with Born Pretty Store’s stamping plates. When I first started out they seemed to be hit or miss, but now I every single plate I use that I have received or purchased from them is awesome. I have previously reviewed Born Pretty Store plates here and here. I also use a stamper I purchased from them myself. This is the one I use:
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.
Let me show you the plate I received to review. 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 stamped all of these images onto a piece of paper using Sinful Colors Black on Black. What you see below are my first attempts at picking up and stamping the images. I didn’t redo any of them so that I could illustrate how easy this plate is to use. After applying the polish to my clean plate, I used an old plastic gift card to scrape the excess polish from the plate at roughly a 45 degree angle. I pressed down directly with the stamper, as it is nice and squishy I didn’t need to roll it over the images to pick them up. The results:
This plate is going to come in super handy for awareness manis! It is one of the reasons I chose this plate. I’m so over trying to freehand awareness ribbons it isn’t even funny 😉 Of course I couldn’t just show you the plates, I created a mani using the heart/club image:
I started off with a Tip Top base coat to protect my nails. I painted 2 coats of Sally Hansen Hard-Core Party on all of my nails. This is a beautiful light pink creme. It could have used an extra coat, but I knew I was going to stamp over it, so I stuck with 2. I painted 1 coat of essence space queen over Hard-Core Party. Space queen is a holographic glitter topper suspended in a clear base. The photos do it absolutely no justice. It is gorgeous! I used essence crazy fancy love to stamp the image on all of my nails and sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.
It’s actually quite funny, while I was creating this mani loadshedding kicked in and I had to finish it off in the dark! Our power provider had switched from stage one to stage 2 unexpectly, so I was a bit surprised at the sudden outage…I was a bit peeved to be honest. Considering that these were done squinting, I don’t think they turned out too bad. I took a pic of my working conditions:
Anyway…I just received a pile of stamping plates that I ordered from BPS and I can’t wait to try them all out. Have you ever tried Born Pretty Stamping plates? Let me know in the comments below 🙂
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