Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stamping plates

After seeing a bunch of blogs that had pictures of nail designs that had been made using stamping plates, I decided to grab some for myself.
I have done designs on my own nails using a tiny makeup brush, but I couldn't get much detail and my designs were limited.

With plates, though... WOW! The detail possible with plates just blows my mind. (and now, I know how they do it!) And the variety of designs! OMG! My creativity was kindof limited to ideas I got from blogs that I could replicate using my makeup brush. NOW, my creativity feels unlimited.

I ordered a starter kit by KONAD, a set of 25 plates by MASH, and another set of 25 plates by SHANY. I also ordered an organizer for the plates, some tweezers, and some little tiny flowers in many colors. My KONAD kit had the stamp, a scraper, three "Special Polishes" and two plates. It arrived on monday and I excitedly stamped up all of my nails little tiny flowers. The rest of it arrived today, and I am thrilled! I had this afternoon off, so when I was home, I tore into all my packages, pulled everything out and examined it all while putting the plates in the organizer.

First impressions, no use:
They're all so shiny!!! There are a lot of designs that I'll get to choose from, I might not need to order more plates anytime soon, if ever. The MASH plates seem slightly less detailed than the two KONADs I got earlier in the week, and the SHANYs seem to be a lower quality than both of them.

The KONADs that I used, however, didn't show all the detail once I stamped them onto my nails. The design I chose had four little flowers, and then some tiny dots around them. The flowers generally showed up fine, but the dots rarely transferred over, so while the detail was on the plate, it didn't show in the end result.

The MASHs still have nice detail, but it seems a little less than the KONADs. They still seem nice though and I'm excited to try them out. Of the 25 plates I got, over half of them seem dedicated to full nail designs.

The SHANYs... I'm a little disappointed. The plates feel... flimsy. Like when you unscrew the metal lid on a jar, put it back on, and you can "pop" the freshness seal? The plates bend and pop like that. The designs are definitely lacking in the fine details, although a few designs are more detailed than the MASH plates. For example: a MASH butterfly is just a straight on shot of a butterfly shape with the entire inside cut out. The SHANY butterflies are different angles, and have several designs within the wings.

I haven't using anything except the KONAD plates, but I am sooooo excited to have added these to my collection!

- Posted from my IPad.