When Born Pretty contacted me and asked me to review one of their products I was overwhelmed by the variety of products that they offer! From tools to decals – they really have everything! I finally settled on trying the Star Plaid Pattern Nail Art Stamp Template. I chose this particular template because 1) I love stars and 2) I thought the variety of patterns plus the stars offered a lot of versatility on one stamping plate.
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When you get your plate the front and back is covered in blue plastic – this is to prevent scratches when shipping and is standard across all plates I have used before. I usually leave the plastic on until right before I use a plate for the first time – not only for protection, but because it helps me keep track of what I have and haven’t used yet! This plate is bigger than other plates that I own, so it didn’t fit in my plate holder. The size of the plate means that there are more images on it, but it did make scraping slightly more difficult since I didn’t have the correct size holder.
It’s hard to photograph a blank plate because they are VERY shiny – Born Pretty, like many other shops, provides a black and white image of their templates so you can actually see the designs when viewing them online:
via Born Pretty
They also have instructions for how to use a stamp plate:
- Apply base coat or regular polish on the nail.
- Apply the nail polish to desired image within a plate.
- Using a scraper angled at 45 degrees, scrape excessive polish off quickly and firmly from inside to outside.
- Immediately press the stamper with a gentle rolling motion to pick up the design. The image is transferred to the stamper.
- Stamp the image on your nail with a gentle rolling motion. The image is transferred to your nail.
- Repeat the above steps for all of your nails.
- After stamping nail art, apply top coat for lasting wear.
Here I am using the plaid pattern as the base for my nail art. It is very important that you move directly from the plate to the roller to your nail as quickly as possible, otherwise the design will dry on the roller and not apply straight to your nail (in other words, don’t stop to take a picture!).
Stamping can be a messy project, but because of the small amount of polish that is actually transferred to your nail/finger, clean-up is usually pretty easy.
I usually clean the plate with nail polish after a couple of transfers, and depending on the image/project I clean the stamper after each use or each couple of uses. It’s important that you let the polish remover dry completely before you apply the next coat of nail polish to the plate or the stamper, otherwise it can ruin the image.
You can use pretty much any polish you want with stamping plates with the exception of glitters/confetti and the like. The transfers dry fairly quickly so its very easy to layer images on top of each other.
As you can see in this picture – layering is super easy. I did experience some smearing with this particular silver (Revlon Perfumerie’s Spun sugar) but nothing super major.
To finish off the punk rock look I sunk some black stars and gold studs into the first layer of topcoat before I sealed and clean-ed up everything.
So there you have it – stamping plates are super fun and super easy!
The stamping plate was provided by Born Pretty for review purposes. All opinions of their product are my own.