The one thing I regret about being a musician who does nail art on the side is the fact that I can’t grow my nails super long to have French tips all the time. Whenever I do manage to grow them out, I certainly take advantage of the situation, but sometimes getting that perfect smile line across all my nails can be frustrating. That’s where this ingenious little plate comes in.
The plate comes with its own cardboard slipcover for protection from scratches, and as always, you must remove the protective blue film from the surface prior to using it. Do be careful while peeling off the film because the edges are still sharp enough to cut you if you grab them too hard.
18 different patterns adorn this little square. The three across the top are very similar but vary not just in width but also in the intensity of the curve. They can either be used for French tips or at the base of the nail for half moon manicures.
The other designs consist of different graphic line patterns. These can either serve as a border between colors or as a stencil over which you can more easily paint the rest of your French tip.
All the etching is done very well, and polish transfers perfectly, leaving crisp, defined borders with hardly any effort.
The pattern from the upper right hand corner of the plate was used to create the elegant manicure below.
You can see how well defined the lines and points are when using the pattern from the lower left hand corner of the plate.
With some imagination, you can get really creative with these basic patterns.
When using this plate, I would definitely recommend using a clear stamper for the best and fastest results. If you do not own a clear stamper, you can make decals on a silicone mat or on a plastic bag in order to ensure that the tips are aligned the way you want them to be.
If there is any downside to using this hack for French tips, it is in the fact that you need to make sure that your stamping polish is opaque enough to give the coverage you desire over your base color. Dark tips over light colors is always a safe combination, but you will want to use a high quality stamping polish if you are doing a light color over a dark base.
Overall, I was pleasantly surprised to see how easy it was to get French tips done in a hurry. The consistency of the design was a huge selling point for me on this item, and with the advent of clear stampers, you no longer have to struggle to get the placement correct. Best of all, because such a thin layer of polish is used to create the design, your nails will be dry in no time if you are just doing a basic manicure! Your tips won’t have thick globs of polish on them, and you’ll still have your sanity after you’ve finished your manicure. It’s a must have plate if you love French tips!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this stamping plate (retail price is $3.99 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!