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Today I have another Born Pretty Store stamping plate review to share with you. Last week I shared my disappointing experience with the first of their new square stamping plates. Having tried that one first, I wasn’t overly excited about trying this one and for my first look, I just did a rushed stamping job over their Chameleon Polish 221, which I also reviewed last week. Here’s a look at the plate (image from Born Pretty Store):
I soon changed my mind when I realised things were going much better with plate BP-X08. If I hadn’t been in such a hurry, I could have also avoided the smearing you see here. I decided to stamp a different image on each nail to show you as many as possible.
There are pros and cons to this plate. On the good side, I think the stylised woman on my middle finger looks really cool, and I love the text on my ring finger – I think that would look great as a full mani in a variety of colour combination possibilities. On the not-so-good side, I couldn’t get the image on my thumb to fully pick up because of the large area. However, that’s a known issue with this sort of image with a large area and it doesn’t necessarily speak to the quality of the plate – I would probably have to practice different angles or ways of scraping to avoid that. You will also need to be careful when trying to use the individual images – as you see on my pinkie, you can easily end up with bits of multiple images (I did that on purpose to illustrate it, though. You can the the image you want, but it might take a little more effort).
My first impression of this plate was MUCH better than the first one I tried. And that’s despite the messiness of this manicure – I know that’s because I was in a hurry, and not because of the plate; as opposed to trying and trying to get a decent stamp and the plate just not cooperating.
How stylish would the outlined woman look as an accent nail? She really reminds me of Jessica Rabbit!
For my second look, I decided to use the butterflies. There are two different types of butterfly, although I mostly stuck to one kind which I thought was prettier. You can see the other one a little on my thumb and ring finger.
I wanted to stamp multicoloured butterflies, but my darker stamping polishes weren’t showing up well enough against the dark base polish (which is one I made myself!). I stamped with Born Pretty Store stamping polish #9 on 3 fingers but still wanted to go multicoloured. Eventually, I stamped with white on my thumb and middle finger then stamped again over that with Born Pretty Store stamping polish #11 (pink) and #18 (turquoise). Clearly, my double stamping is far from perfect, but at least I could get it close with the aid of my clear stamper.
I don’t feel like this was my finest moment, but it is a fun manicure and I was pretty happy with the plate. I was proud of my beginner nail polish, too!
If you’d like to purchase this plate, you can do so here. Remember to use the code KGG10 for 10% off on your purchase!