Today’s review covers the Born Pretty Flower Yarn S002 stamping plate. Lately they have been organizing their stamping plate names into descriptive categories and numbers rather than keeping their original system of using sequential numbers with a letter in front of it referring to the size (as in BP-X01 for square plates and BP-L001 for long rectangular ones), something that I find slightly irritating to my OCD because I can’t figure out exactly how many plates I am missing from my massive collection. Nevertheless, I shall embrace the change as the name of the plate gives a clue as to the type of designs you will see on it.
This square plate comes in a cardboard sleeve with a sticker sealing the open edge that lists the plate’s identifying information. The reverse side of the package has a picture tutorial of how to use the plate. There is a bar code on the back, but this bar code does not match the bar code that is on the sticker. The item number for this plate on the Born Pretty website is listed as 43672, not 41073 as printed on the sleeve, so this may be confusing for retailers.
As with all plates, there is a layer of blue plastic wrap covering the surface of the metal that must be removed prior to usage. Do use caution while handling the edges of the plate as they are capable of cutting you if you are not careful. Thankfully the corners are rounded, but the straight edges of the metal still have the ability to cause some damage.
This plate features three short rectangular images on the bottom of the plate that measure 1.5 x 1.6 cm, so those who have long fingernails might have an issue covering the entire nail in one shot. The other 2/3 of the plate is dedicated to intricate lacy flowers and butterflies along with solid versions of some of the images that are meant to be layered underneath the lace patterns to give the effect of reverse stamping without the effort of having to color in the images yourself. This plate therefore works best with a clear stamper so that you can more accurately line up the details of the images with one another.
I used the bottom middle fishnet pattern in my punk sheep nail design below. The lines really do have a true fishnet effect!
I also created a goth lace design using the image from the bottom left corner and various solid patterns (stamped with the same color as my base) and their lacy counterparts (stamped in black) to create a unique pattern across my nails. The solid images allow the details of the lace overlays to really look crisp and neat. The same effect would not have been produced had I chosen to stamp the lace patterns directly onto the webbed hexagonal netting pattern.
You can see that even the tiniest of details transfer perfectly with this plate. The layering effect really makes the designs stand out, and you can get creative with them by changing the colors up with the patterns. If you like the look of a fully stamped nail but want the flexibility to create something that looks one of a kind without much effort, this is definitely the plate for you.
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!