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Great Konad Stamper set and some stamping hints...,
This review is from: Konad Nail Art Double Ended Stamper And Scraper (Health and Beauty)
Okay, first off: I am guilty of loving my stamping plates a whole lot. The scraper is fine to work with, although, the small grooves and holes in it collect nailpolish and need to be cleaned off every few swipes. IMO, an expired giftcard works just as well and is easier to clean off.
Unfortunately, there are no cheap substitutes for the stamper. I suggest you guard it with your life. It is flexible and can mold itself onto the nail to ensure a proper image stamp. The double ended one is perfect for making small adjustment to the nail (eg: the plate image is too small to cover the entire nail) and you have to make a second 'swipe'. The stamp end is about 1" round. It cleans up beautifully with Acetone and after hundreds of cleanings, still looks new.
Just an FYI, as I've been Konad'ing for a bit now, instead of the black "Konad Special Polish", I have found (after trying 11 different products) that WET 'N WILD black velvet nailpolish is the best. It costs less than $2 at CVS or WalMart and it is by far the best black out there. I've tried Orly, Chanel, and others, and none of them are this thick and black. Others are too sheer when you try to stamp them, or they simply don't show up on a darker background. I like to do dark blue with a black argyle pattern on them. Looks great, just don't forget your topcoat.
Now, for the regular stamping polishes... what I have found is that any basecoat color is fine. Its when you need one to stamp with that you have to be careful. Don't be fooled by others who say that 'any nailpolish will stamp'. Well, yes it will, but it may be so faint that it will be a waste of your time. The best nailpolishes for stamping are ones that have some metallic in them. Sally Hansen Chrome nailpens are good, but expensive. I have found that the best stamping polishes are at WalMart. Yes, PURE ICE nailpolishs in 'Outrageous' and others stamp up beautifully. They are thick, quick drying and accurate. I only use the ones with a bit of 'chrome-iness" to them. If you're going to put a design on your nail, make it pop!
For the White polish, Sally Hansen French Tip White is a good one. White is tricky. It almost has to be like 'liquid paper' to get it to work and look right.
Good luck, fellow nail afficiandos!
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Initial post: Jan 20, 2011 10:22:47 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Thank you for such excellent input! I've only recently discovered Konad stamping and am addicted, but the kiosk in the mall where I bought my stuff has closed so I was at a loss for where to buy the right products! Your review really helped, thank you.
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 8, 2011 2:35:55 PM PST
Posted on Apr 11, 2011 5:53:57 AM PDT
Thank you for the tips!
Posted on Sep 10, 2011 6:36:18 AM PDT
Kristy L. Spears says:
Can you tell me where to buy a good gold polish for stamping? Thanks for the great review, too!
Posted on Oct 25, 2011 10:42:50 PM PDT
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Posted on Dec 7, 2011 3:39:53 PM PST
i found that the sally hansen insta dry work really well for me
Posted on Dec 27, 2011 2:19:24 PM PST
Naresh Seeparsad says:
You are right, there is no substitute for the original stamper, it has to be guarded with one's life. While the scraper can be replaced with a old card, or there are lots of suitable nailpolishes that can be used, or even bundle monster plates, the konad stamper is a must have.
Posted on Apr 14, 2012 10:05:18 PM PDT
Jana Lynn Brantley says:
Thank you so much for sharing your info!!! I am going to give this a try in a nail salon. We have so many teens that come in, and I want it to be a fun experience!
Posted on Aug 2, 2012 6:22:05 PM PDT
Posted on Dec 20, 2012 8:55:09 PM PST
R. Johnston says:
Thanks for taking the time to review more than just the stamper. Great advice!!!