I’ve been on a quest to find the perfect stamper. Not only is it fun to have an arsenal of stampers for when I want to make decals, but it’s interesting to see the differences in firmness, stickiness, and the clarity of the images picked up by the heads.
I picked up this double ended stamper from Born Pretty Store. It immediately caught my attention because there are rather large heads on both sides of the stamper. The smaller head has a 2.8 cm diameter while the larger end is 3.2 cm wide. I don’t really need large sized heads because I keep my nails fairly short, but one could easily stamp their big toe with either end and have room to spare.
The packaging is less than glamorous. The stamper arrives in a clear plastic bag, so it does the job in terms of protecting the heads from collecting dust and dirt while in transit. The plastic handle is fairly durable, so there really isn’t any need to protect it further.
The stamper comes shipped in a narrow plastic bag that is resealable should you choose to store it this way.
Speaking of the handle, it has nice oval shaped finger grips imprinted along its sides. It would otherwise be smooth plastic, which could slip out of your fingers while handling it.
Finger grips are indented along opposite sides of the handle.
You can see that the handle is slightly indented at 3 different places along the sides to allow you to grip the stamper better.
The stamper heads are removable, and it’s interesting to note that they are not mounted onto the stamper the same way.
The holder for the smaller end of the stamper has a flat backed cup design.
The larger end of the stamper has a ring indentation, but the inside is mostly hollow except for a support post extending from the middle of the stamper which serves to keep the head from being pushed back too deep.
The heads stay in place just fine on both ends and are well supported. The removable head design is great because you can buy extra stamping heads (provided they are the 2.8 and 3.2 cm size) and use them with this holder. This is a huge time saver for those who enjoy making colored nail decals from their stamped creations- just swap the heads and keep stamping before coloring in the images. The backs of the heads are flat, so they won’t roll around once they are taken off the handle.
It looks like these are fried eggs, but these are the two stamper heads. You can tell that both are large, but the 3.2 cm one is on the left while the 2.8 cm one is on the right.
The heads themselves are coated in some kind of oil when you take the stamper out of the package. You should wash them in soap and water before doing anything with them.
The heads do not work well right away and need to be primed before use. I primed my heads by rubbing 100% acetone on each head with a cotton pad for about a minute or two before testing it again.
Testing the 3.2 cm side. Top left: First attempt at stamping, no priming done. Top right: What the head looks like after the 1st priming. Bottom left: Image after 1st priming. Bottom right: Image after 2nd priming. You can tell how much shinier the original head looks compared to the last image.
Testing the 2.8 cm side. Top left: First attempt at stamping, no priming done. Top middle: What the head looks like after the 1st priming. Top right: Image after 1st priming. Bottom left: Image after 2nd priming. Bottom middle: Image after 3rd priming. Bottom right: Image after 4th priming.
It should be noted that the firmness differs between the two sides. The 2.8 cm head is a lot squishier compared with the 3.2 cm head. On a squishiness scale of 1 to 5 with 1 being firm and 5 being squishy, I would say that the 2.8 cm head is a 5 while the 3.2 cm head is a 3. I personally have found squishy (marshmallow) stampers don’t pick up images as well as firmer heads, probably because they are more sensitive to how hard you push them down onto a plate.
I always like to test stampers with an image that contains a large solid color area to check for consistency.
The 3.2 cm side did a pretty good job.
The 2.8 cm side performed better this time. I tried to use less pressure while picking up the image, and this technique seemed to work well.
While both stamp heads do the job, I still feel like they do not produce images that look as crisp as the ones I get with my Konad stamper. Where this stamper excels is in its squishiness. It’s a lot easier to make sure that your images will end up placed on your nail where you want them to be because you can stamp straight down onto your nail- you don’t have to use the standard rolling motion. The stamper will adapt to the curves of your nail without a problem, although you might end up with a slightly distorted image because of the way the head has to stretch.
Another plus is the fact that you can pick up an image with both ends of the stamper without having to clean the plate in between transfers. As long as the polish is not allowed to dry too long on the plate from one step to the next, you should be able to get clean images on both ends.
Both heads are fairly sticky, so do be aware that they pick up dust and dirt just as easily as they pick up nail polish. You can clean them by stamping them onto a lint roller or a piece of tape. It’s also a good idea to store this stamper inside a resealable sandwich bag when you are finished using it to keep it from picking up unwanted matter in between manicures.
Overall, I feel like this stamper works great and saves you time by giving you two surfaces with which you can work. You also have the option of buying additional stamp heads, so you can in theory make a full set of 10 nail decals on 10 different heads all at once. The heads do require a little effort to be primed in the beginning, but after that you should be good to go!
Diamond rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ (5/5)
If you are interested in purchasing this dual ended stamper (retail price is $4.64 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!