Sorry this post is coming so much later than I wanted it to. Life happens, ya know? SO without further ado, lets begin!
Born Pretty Store reached out to me recently to review a few items for you all, and I have to say, I’m impressed! I was sent a clear silicone stamper, black stamping polish, holographic nail stencils, and some water slide decals. Each product I tested was of good quality, and the only item I seemed to have any problems with was the stamper. This issue was easily fixed and I no longer had a problem with it.
Now on to the reviews!
First item I am going to show you is the stamper. This is item number 26498 and you can find it by clicking the link here.
I really love this stamper! It has clean pickup and there was no priming needed! I was able to use it right out of the packaging. The only issue that I had with this stamper was that the rim on the holder was not wide enough to hold in the head of the stamper while stamping. As I would stamp, the edges of the head of the stamper would slip into the holder, and I would have to pull the head up out of the holder in order to get a clean stamp on my nail. On the plus side, it was an easy fix. I was inspired to do this by a fellow Instagrammer and one of my favorite YouTubers, Fireangel.120. You can find her Instagram by clicking her name. I saw a video of hers (you can watch it by clicking here) about how to keep a stamper head from slipping. She had found a way to keep the head of the stamper from slipping into the holder by using hot glue to create a wider rim. Well, because I don’t have a hot glue gun, I had to get a bit more creative. My method was more time consuming, but it turned out nice enough. I took some thicker placement glitters that I had, and using a older bottle of quick dry topcoat that had gotten on the thicker side, began to build a rim. Think if it like laying bricks for a wall. As you can see in the picture, it all worked out and I no longer have an issue with the head of the stamper slipping into the holder! The stamper has become one of my favorites to use and has yet to let me down. It is also big enough to reverse stamp and make decals with! Here is a collage of my reverse stamping/decal making. And believe it or not, this was my first time creating one!
As you can see, the image turned out beautifully! I’ll have to remember in the future to use a clear polish, rather than a quick dry topcoat. The topcoat dried very rigid and was difficult to manipulate once I got it on the nail. Definitely a lesson learned. I would post the mani, but the damage I created when applying the decal was irreparable. Sorry guys. I’ll be sure to do more reverse stamping in the future. Everything is learning process.
Next item I have to show you, and it was used in conjunction with the stamper, is black stamping polish. This is item number 27268 and is a 6ml bottle. You can find it by clicking the link here.
Yes, the bottle seems small, but the pigmentation of this polish really packs a punch and just little goes a long way! Be aware that when using this polish, it can stain your skin. I recommend using a liquid latex product around the cuticles to protect the skin from staining. The odor of this polish is slightly strong, but is not offensive. It does dry quicker than regular polish, so you going to want to move quickly when stamping with it. Be sure to have all your tools ready so that the polish doesn’t dry before you have a chance to pick up the image.
Next item I have to review for you is the holographic nail stencils. This is item number 27530 #6 and you can find them by clicking the link here.
These are almost too pretty just to use and dispose of! I’m definitely going to have to find a way to incorporate the holographic into a mani. Until then, gaze into the rainbow! These stencils are really easy to use. Unlike vinyls, there is no weeding. The vinyls themselves are very thin, almost foil-like. They have a stronger adhesion than most vinyls do, so make sure your base is completely dry before using. I was impatient and almost pulled up my base on one of my manis. If you want to avoid this completely, you can always create a decal. Also, these are durable enough to use more than once while creating your decals, which is a huge money saver!
Here is a close up pf the stencils–
As you can see, the lines are perforated. I do not recommend attempting to tear along the perforations as you can’t tear them without the backing being removed and could damage the entire sheet. I suggest using scissors to cut each stencil out that you’d like to use to avoid damaging the item. The stencil peeled away from the backing easily and I began my mani. I applied the polish on the stencils in two ways to test application. I painted it on directly, and also sponged it on to see which way would give the clearest effect.
I placed the stencils like this to apply my polish for the design. as you can see, there is some significant space around the cuticle. I do have deep nail beds, but this could cause pooling. If you want a more snug fit on the cuticle, you can trim the stencil to fit better to avoid any issues with pooling.
The polish was painted on my ring finger and sponged on on the middle finger. As you can see, the images on the ring finger are not as crisp as the images on the middle finger. So I recommend sponging on your polish for the best effect and remember to remove the stencil before the polish is dry, otherwise the begin won’t be clean and crisp.
Here’s the finished mani!
I added some caviar beads to add some texture. 🙂
And finally, the last item I have to review are water slide decals. This is item number 27367. You can find these for purchase by clicking the link here.
These were the easiest water slide decals that I have tried thus far. They were not too thick or delicate and they separated from the paper easily and quickly. The images were bright and bold on the nail. For these lighter decals, I recommend using a lighter color of polish as a base so that the colors pop!
Here is an up close shot, so you can see just how gorgeous these are!
To apply, the steps are as follows–
Here is the final mani! Be sure to seal in your decals with a topcoat!
I thoroughly enjoyed doing this review for you all. I really hope that it was informative. The Born Pretty Store is a great place to look for all your nail art needs. Shipping can take some time (3-4 weeks), but in the end it’s all worth it! If you would like to save some extra money, Born Pretty Store was kind enough to give me a discount code to share with all of you! If you use CHSW10 at checkout, you can save 10% off on all regular priced items! Such a great deal on items that are already priced so low! If you want to shop Born Pretty Store, go to bornprettystore.com and check it out!
Thanks for looking and Happy polishing!!