Today we’re going to look at the Chinese Style L005 stamping plate from Born Pretty. At first glance, you will think that this plate is only good for Chinese New Year, but it can be used for all sorts of manicures.
I’m always looking for good quality stamping plates because they make doing nail art so easy. What attracted me to this plate was the dragon design (hello, Chinese New Year or Game of Thrones designs!) and the hibiscus flower pattern along with its inverted counterpart.
The packaging is nicer than most. The plate comes shipped in a cardboard sheath, which provides a little extra protection so that it doesn’t get bent during the shipping process. I’ve had plates arrive that were slightly warped because of being improperly handled by shipping carriers, so I appreciated the packaging even more.
The extra benefit to having a cardboard envelope for the plate is that they have room to write instructions for how to use it. The instructions are in Chinese, but you can figure out what you’re supposed to do by looking at the illustrations. However, chances are that if you purchased the plate, you already know how to use it.
The plate itself is covered in the standard blue film that protects the design. You must remove the film from the top of the design before using it.
The bottom side of the plate also has the same blue film on it. I would recommend leaving the film intact for this side because it protects the plate, gives the surface a bit more traction so that it doesn’t slip around when you try to use it, and it minimizes the chance that you will cut yourself against the metal edges of the plate.
Without the film on the plate, you can see the beauty of the designs, which are well etched into the metal and form a complete continuous picture. The quality of the etching is much like the kind you find on Konad plates. It also helps that the lines of the design are fairly thick, so there is more of a channel for your nail polish to settle into. This also makes cleaning the plate with acetone and a cotton ball a breeze.
The only thing that irks me about the design is that on the top right corner of the plate, you can see that the center detail of one of the flowers was not etched. You can avoid using that part of the plate and still come up with a beautiful manicure, but it’s a slightly annoying design flaw.
The first part of the plate that I tried to use was the inverse flower pattern on the left side of the image. I used a black polish on the plate and stamped it onto a white background. With so much empty space for the polish to fill on the plate, it’s hard to get an even consistency in the stamped pattern. Although having the negative image of the flowers on the same plate is a cool concept, it’s a little pointless. I could have stamped white polish onto a black background using the right side of the plate and achieved a cleaner looking result.
Next I tried using the flower pattern etched on the ride side of the plate. You can see how crisp the lines transfer onto the stamper. The thickness of the lines of the image also make this perfect to use for reverse stamping.
Here’s the finished manicure I did using this plate.
I didn’t try out the dragon portion yet, but that part of the image is etched similarly to the flower pattern. I definitely plan on using that part for something in the future, though.
Overall, this plate is beautiful, well etched, and will make you totally satisfied with your purchase. I highly recommend it!
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 your order, and Born Pretty Store offers free worldwide shipping. Happy stamping!