If you have been into nail art for as long as I have, you are bound to have quite a stamping plate collection by now. Yet when I saw this plate from Harunouta, I felt like I had to own it!
Harunouta L009 plate comes shipped with blue plastic wrap shielding the metal so that it doesn’t get scratched. You must remove this layer before using it.
It even comes with this pretty cardboard sleeve for storage so that your other plates can’t scratch the metal once the plastic wrap comes off.
Lace, flowers, and pretty decals adorn this plate.
It’s hard to not love the designs here. The company fit an assortment of different patterns across this long rectangular plate covering a space of 4-3/4 x 2-1/8 inches. The size is the same as other long plates, and it is mounted to a white hard plastic backing so that you can’t cut yourself on the metal edges.
I found this plate extremely easy to use. The etching is consistent and deep, and the lines of the images aren’t too thin so it’s easy to pick up whatever design you desire.
The lace strips in the center of the plate are great for full nail coverage. I used reverse stamping to color in the flowers with holographic polish.
A pretty holographic floral mani using the lace decal in the very center of the plate. The length of the image allows you to have each nail look different while having the same theme, lending it a hand painted look.
The only downside about these lace strips is that they are just a bit too narrow (7/16 of an inch, or slightly less than half an inch) to cover wide nails. This would work in your favor for the other two lace designs that have scalloped edges as they look like they are meant to be that way, but for the middle design, it gives the nail the appearance of being unfinished.
Slight gaps on the sides of my thumbnail where the design did not cover the nail bed completely.
The rest of the plate specializes in pretty border decals and floral patterns. Because they are etched in a curved formation, they lend themselves well to being stamped as a French tip or as a half moon design.
An accent nail is also easily achieved by singling out one element from the strip.
One might argue that there is no need for the same design to be etched 4-5 times on the plate, but the layout looks so pretty that I don’t mind. I think Harunouta made good use of the space on the plate.
You should also keep in mind that because of the circular form of some of the patterns, they will not appear completely vertical and straight on your nails. This is not an issue if your nails are short because you can only fit a small portion of the image strip onto your nail (refer to the single flower decal in the above photo), but this can be problematic if your nails are very long. Also, the designs that are closer to the center of the plate in the circle are more curved than the ones along the left and right sides, so you might want to consider the shape of your nails and/or cuticles when choosing a pattern to use.
Overall, I think this plate is a fantastic buy, and you can easily create dozens of different manicures from this one item. It won’t let you down!
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!