Review of Born Pretty BP-L059 Stamping Plate

Being a full time musician, I’m always on the lookout for stamping plates with music notes on them. Don’t get me wrong- my music penmanship is pretty decent, but being able to stamp some staves without having to sweat about making lots of straight lines is a relief! So lo and behold, Born Pretty Store just came out with the perfect plate for me: BP-L059.


Plate BP-L059 from Born Pretty Store has images that cater to music lovers everywhere.

Let me start off by saying that this company got all the musical details correct on this plate. It’s very common for designers to get certain aspects wrong, like having the wrong number of lines on the staves, drawing alternating black and white piano keys instead of using a real keyboard layout, and making music notes with the stems and flags going the wrong way. I can say with certainty that no one will be able to criticize any of these things being wrong on the plate. I do find it ironic that the one thing that the designers messed up is that the word “music” is spelled wrong in the 2nd image from the left on the bottom row. There are plenty of other great image choices on this plate that more than make up for this error.

As usual, when you get this plate, there is a layer of blue film on top that must be removed before you can use it. You can easily peel this away by picking at it from one of the plate’s metal edges and lifting it off, so be sure to remove it before you start painting your nails. The film is there to protect the surface from scratches when it gets shipped from the factory.


The plate is layered in protective plastic on top.

Born Pretty also has their own cardboard slipcover for each plate so you can protect the metal surface while it is in storage. The back is labeled with instructions and social media sharing information.


Other features of the plate include a white plastic backing to prevent the user from cutting herself on the metal edges. It also has rounded corners to keep things gentle on your hands when you are sorting through your collection. The designs on the plate are etched deeply into the metal and allow you to get perfect transfers every time.

It is also noteworthy (ha, see what I did there?) to mention that the rectangular images measure 1.6 x 2.0 cm and will suit most average sized fingernails. The single images can be used on any kind of nail length, obviously, so you can get really creative with this plate.

I made a pretty antique looking music and bird manicure using the fourth image in the top row of the plate.


Birds and music manicure with one of my flutes used as a prop.

I used nail foil in conjunction with the image in the lower right corner to create these cool equalizer nails fit for a DJ.


You can find out how to mix nail foils and stamping in my tutorial for these equalizer nails.

My verdict is that if you are a musician or just love music, you should definitely own this plate. I plan to create many more manicures from this in the future and look forward to using it a lot so I can combine my two passions together!

Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)

If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $5.99 USD), the link for the item is shown below.  Using code RSSPX31 will get you 10% off the regular priced items your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping.  Happy polishing!


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