I have a review to share with you today. The Born Pretty Store sent me a few of their products to share with you. One of the products I received was their DIY nail art stamping kit. This kit contains a stamper, scraper, and plate holder, along with 5 plates to get you started. I prefer not to use a holder for my plates as I find it easier to hold the plate down on a piece of paper, but some may prefer using the holder. The scraper was ok but I preferred my usual one (which is very similar to this one so it’s probably just because I’m used to it!).This shows a comparison between the Born Pretty Store stamper and two other stampers I have. The middle one was from Ninja Polish, and the small pink one was my original stamper, from Planet Nails. You can see that the head of the Born Pretty Store stamper is more rounded for its size compared to the others. I would have preferred a slightly more flattened head as my nails are quite curved so this makes it a little harder to roll the stamper across effectively, although you could get used to the shape. I would find it difficult to reach the edges of my nails with this one but others who are better stampers than me would probably have no problem. The second thing was the firmness of the stamping head. The red stamper from Ninja Polish is what I have been thinking of as a ‘firm’ stamper. It is firm and needs to be rolled across the nail, but it is hollow on the inside so with a firm pressure it can be intended, as you see in the picture above. My pink stamper was similar – firm but indentable. The Born Pretty Store stamper, by contrast, was downright hard. There is no indenting this stamper head. Again, some people may prefer the harder one or it may just take a little getting used to, but I preferred the softer one as I feel like it enables me to pick up the images better.
For my nail art, I haven’t done anything too fancy, but just tried to show you a few of the different images:All of these were the first stamp so you could see how I coped with the stamper. I could have probably done better in a few tries with some of the images. The flower on my middle finger is a little pale to see but you can see that it stamps the lines crisply. The only thing is that one of the petals is not stamped because I struggled with the curve of it.
Fine lines stamped great, but the difficulty I had was with images with thicker areas. I felt as though the stamper did not pick up the polish as well as it could have in these regions – for example the hearts on my pinkie look a little patchy. The image was scraped fine but some polish was left behind on the plate. The little guy on my ring finger is supposed to be a turtle – he didn’t come out great here but I love him so you’ll be seeing him again soon! Overall, this stamper does work acceptably and if it was the only one out there, I’d tell you to rush and buy it. However, there are others available and the Born Pretty Store has several others to choose from. I would be inclined to choosing a softer one. I hope to try some of the other stampers from the store soon so I can let you know which I prefer. That said, it is a great starter kit and some of the images on the plates that come with it are very cute!
If you decide to try anything from the Born Pretty Store, remember to use the code KGG10 for 10% off your purchase!
Have you tried stamping before? What kind of stamper do you prefer?