Review: Born Pretty Store Stamper

Some items used in this post have been provided for review.

Hi everyone!

Today I am reviewing the Double Sided Stamper from the Born Pretty Store for you. I’d been wanting a new stamper for a while, so I was excited to try this one out. Here’s how the stamper looks when you receive it:Painted Fingertips | Born Pretty Store Stamper ReviewExcuse the dust on the stamper head – that was from my handbag, it did look clean when it arrived. It is a stamper holder with a large, squishy white side, and a small firm red side, and also comes with two scrapers. The stamper is not as squishy as my Ninja Polish stamper which would be more of a ‘marshmallow’ squishy, and is also not as sticky. It is still squishy though and I am hoping the material will prove to be more durable since my Ninja Polish stamper is slowly disintegrating on the back side. Only time will tell on that one. Let’s take a look at what I created with it and then I’ll tell you about my experience:Painted Fingertips | Delicate Double stampingI was so happy with how this came out! I started off with a base of Tip Top Hap-Pea and decided I wanted to stamp using Born Pretty Store plate QA88 (which was provided for a previous review) and Tip Top Rich Brick (which was a gift from the lovely Siobhan of For the Love of Nail Art).

Since this was the first time I would be using the stamper, I knew it might be necessary to prime it. This is often the case with squishy stampers. I could see that the stamper head had a very shiny finish, a sure sign that it needed to be primed. The shine simply needs to be gently buffed away to prepare the stamper to be able to pick up images. I used a fine nail file to gently buff away the shine and used some tape to remove any residue. Painted Fingertips | Delicate Double stampingUnfortunately, as I tried to start stamping, the stamper barely picked up the image! I thought I may not have primed enough so I buffed a little more, but when I tried again it still barely picked it up. I wasn’t ready to give up as I had only heard good things about this stamper in the past. Luckily, I remembered reading in a stamping group that it sometimes helps to wash a new stamper with soap and water. I decided to try that and thoroughly washed the stamper with ordinary dish soap. Like magic, it could pick up the images perfectly! Painted Fingertips | Delicate Double stampingI stamped random parts from plate QA88 on each nail using Rich Brick. After a few stamps, I started struggling again so I gave the stamper another wash and it worked fine again. It’s not much extra effort and I’m hoping it’s properly primed now and will work well from now on. Once Rich Brick was stamped, I realised it’d look great with the addition of some white so I double stamped with a white stampy polish and random parts from the same plate. I used an older scraper I had just because I am used to it, but it is similar to the scrapers that came with this stamper. This was my first successful double-stamped look! Painted Fingertips | Delicate Double stampingOverall, I am really happy with the stamper so far. I don’t mind that it needed to be primed because that’s once-off for a lot of great stamping! If you’d like to try it, you can purchase the stamper here and don’t forget to use the code KGG10 for 10% off on your purchase!

  • http://siobhansblog.tumblr.com/ Siobhan

    I still want a marshmallow stamper

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      You need one!

  • Cheyenne

    Almost gave up trying to stamp until I came across this stamper! I love it 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      It’s great! I can’t wait to test it on some more plates 🙂

  • http://www.ongleterre.com/ Eva

    I also have this stamper and it never picked up the images, but now I think I’m going to try the water + soap trick! I do have another BPS stamper, a rectangular green one and I love it 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      I really hope it works for you! It made a HUGE difference when I did it. Let me know if it works! 🙂

  • http://glowstars.net Vic

    Beautiful!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • The Dalai Lama’s Nails

    I never knew that about the soap and water! Great tip 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      It almost seemed silly, but I am so glad I tried it!

  • http://paintednubbs.blogspot.com/ Ashlee(PaintedNubbs)

    I love your double stamping look. I have the same stamper from BPS and it’s the one that I always reach for! I’ve only had the buff and wash it once and that was close to a year ago so hopefully you’re all set now. 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! Yes I’m guessing it should be fine now, and I’m loving the stamper so far 🙂

  • http://www.lovevarnish.com/ Deborah – Love Varnish

    Funny how a good wash helped in the ened! And the look you created is just gorgeous.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • Color Me So Crazy

    I am so happy you mentioned the part about washing it. I would soo panic if I buffed it still didn’t pick up. I really like this design. It look beautiful!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks! I was really relieved when the wash was all it needed 🙂

  • http://southernsparklenailart.blogspot.com/ Southern Sparkle Nail Art

    I love the look you created!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!

  • http://heydarlingpolish.blogspot.com/ Hey, Darling Polish!

    These are so pretty! I love the pattern that you used!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! It’s a gorgeous plate!

  • ValiantlyVarnished

    Love the double stamping and color combo!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thanks!

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    This is cute! I’m looking for a new stamper, I still use an old Konad one

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      Thank you! You should definitely try out one of the squishies. It was a total game-changer for me!

  • http://www.lightyournails.com/ Simona @LightYourNails!

    I am glad you compared it to the Ninja Polish stamper because I am also using that one and I need a backup for it. However I don’t think this might do the trick for me, too complicated to prime/wash whatever! My Ninja one was ready right from the package! *sighs*

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      They have quite a different texture. This one isn’t sticky like the Ninja one and it’s a tad firmer. While I press the Ninja one directly onto my nail, it seems easier to use a slight rolling motion with this one, but it’s still definitely soft enough to help you reach the edges of your nails easily.
      I don’t think the priming should put you off, it’s 10 minutes of prep and then your stamper is good to go. Only time will tell but it does feel more durable than my Ninja one as well. If you like the super squishiness of the Ninja one then this one might not be right for you though (I’m not sure yet which I like better)

  • http://manicuredandmarvelous.com Roselynn787

    Although this is the style of the one I have, I don’t think I got my original one from Born Pretty. I’ve been seeking for a backup, but it’s a shame about having to prime it. Not that it’s a big deal, I was just hoping to find one that’s ready to go without it. Thanks so much for the review!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      The priming is pretty quick, so if it’s what you’re looking for it’s worth it.

  • http://www.lavishlayerings.blogspot.com/ Jenny Gilmore

    I love this design! I got my stamper like this from eBay ages ago. It might not be exactly the same, but it definitely looks the same. I have to prime mine occasionally, but not overly much and it picks up images really well. I find I don’t have to prime it as much since I started using my lint roller to remover excess polish instead of acetone like I used to do. I’ve never washed it though, hmmm. I didn’t know about that! Good tip!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      I don’t have a lint roller but I use tape to clean mine after reading ages ago that using acetone might cause damage.

  • http://www.procrastinails.com Katherine

    I never thought of washing the stamper before! Also you just reminded me that I ordered a double sided stamper a while ago and have never used it, so I guess I should get on that! Love how this look turned out for you, even if it took a bit more effort than you expected. 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      You should definitely try it! I didn’t really mind the extra effort since I know it should be primed and good to go from now on 🙂

  • Lothwen Akira

    I have this stamper and I never could get it to pick up anything, but I didn’t try the dish soap yet, so I’m going to do that now! Thank you for the tip!!!! And your design is beautiful!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com/ Painted Fingertips

      You should definitely try it, let me know if it helps for you! I felt a little silly doing it because I thought how would it possibly help… but it made a HUGE difference! 🙂

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