I’ve always had a love-hate relationship with stamping systems. The patterns on plates look awesome and are an easy way to get intricate looking nail art done quickly. However, if the plates are not properly etched, the images will look less than stunning, and you can encounter problems with the stamper not picking up the polish correctly, therefore forcing you to redo the same image a few times before you can even apply it to your nail.
I own 3 different stampers right now and numerous plates. My first and most used stamper is the original one made by Konad. I picked up my first large squishy silicone stamper from Amazon about a year ago, which worked OK at first but then started giving me issues picking up images cleanly. Recently I acquired a stamper and scraper set from Born Pretty Store in the hopes of trying out another squishy stamper, so that is the one I’m going to review today.
My 3 stampers.
Born Pretty Store is located overseas, so it took about 16 days for their products to ship to NYC. It arrived in a padded envelope and was enclosed in a little Ziploc bag as shown below.
Fresh out of the padded envelope.
Stamper and metal scraper set from Born Pretty Store.
The silicone head measures 5/8 of an inch wide by 1 inch long, which is large enough to pick up jumbo sized rectangular images from popular plate brands. The scraper has a metal blade, which I’m not fond of because it has the capability of scratching your image plates, but it works fine. I still prefer using an old gift card as a scraper, especially because it can be a bit hard to clean excess nail polish off from where the metal blade connects to the plastic holder.
In terms of the firmness/squishiness of the stamper, it falls somewhat between the Konad stamper and the other squishy stamper. Konad is pretty firm when you push it whereas the other two are softer. Below, you can see the difference in softness between the two squishier stampers. The head on the circular stamper is also stickier in feeling compared to the rectangular one.
Using the BM-205 plate from Bundle Monster and Konad Special Nail Polish in Red, I did a test to see how the stamper would perform right out of the package.
No priming done to the stamper.
It’s not horrible, but here’s how it stacked up to my Konad stamper and the other squishy model.
Same image using a Konad stamper. Firm heads make for crisp images.
Using another squishy stamper. The squishier the stamper, the more the image tends to distort.
I tried priming the head by using a 180 grit nail file and lightly sanding the shine off the stamping surface.
Filing off the shine from the surface. Notice that the side of the stamper head looks shiny compared to the overall velvety appearance of the stamping area.
After cleaning the dust off with some tape, I tried transferring the image a second time.
After priming the first time.
More of the image showed up, but it still didn’t look as crisp as the one on the Konad stamper. It should be noted that I only primed the Konad stamper one time awhile ago.
I considered the actual technique of how I was getting the polish off the plate: rolling the stamper from one side of the image across to the other. What would happen if I simply just pushed the stamper straight down onto the image?
Pushing the stamper directly onto the image instead of rolling it across the plate does not work very well.
As you can see, the results were less than satisfactory. I went ahead and tried priming the head a few more times with tests in between. This is what it looked like after filing the head for a 5th time.
After repeating the priming process 5 times.
The image definitely looks clearer, although it still does not look as consistent as the one transferred with the Konad stamper.
At this point, I wondered if it was the plate that had issues rather than the stamper. I decided to switch it up and use Jumbo Plate 3 from Cheeky and BMC Nail Lacquer in Crimson Red.
Perfectly transferred image.
Finally, a perfect transfer! You can also see that there is plenty of room to fit the jumbo image of the plate onto the stamper.
Overall, I’m not sure that I would replace my Konad stamper with this one. I do find that it is easier to line up images with your nail because the stamper is rectangular, so it would be great to use this when things need to look precise or oriented in the same direction. The larger surface area also makes it easy to transfer complete images onto longer or wider nail beds. This also has the perfect balance between firmness and squishiness which I liked more compared to the other two stampers because it makes it easier to pick up the design from the plate without compromising the crispness of the image. I also like that the head is white, making it easy to see pretty much any stamping color (other than white) clearly. However, it takes a lot of priming to get a good transfer, and it did not pick up images consistently across different brands of plates.
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦◊ (4/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamper and scraper set (retail price is $3.84 USD), the link for the item is shown below. Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy stamping!