Sunday, 4 September 2016

Review: Stamping supplies from Born Pretty Store

Born Pretty Store clear jelly stamper review
Press sample [?]: These items were sent to me by Born Pretty Store for my honest review.
Today I have two products from Born Pretty Store to share my thoughts on - a short handle clear stamper and a stamping plate. I've used them both for a floral lace nail design, featuring both regular and reverse stamping. Check out the full post to see the design, the video tutorial, and of course the review.

(Don't forget. you can use my code 'LILIW10' to get 10% off full-priced items at Born Pretty Store!)

I'll start off with some details about the items. The clear stamper's silicone head is 3.5 cm in diameter, and is fairly firm (although definitely more squishy than a traditional Konad-style rubber stamper - have a look at the video below to get a better idea). It comes with a lid, very good for keeping the head protected. Its handle is made of clear plastic, and is only about 2 cm long. The stamping plate is Haru no Uta (that's the Japanese text etched on the bottom of the plate) no.03, and measures 5.5 cm in diameter.

Here's the design I came up with using the lace and floral patterns.
Floral lace manicure featuring Born Pretty Store stamping products | polilish
Bottle: A-England 'Sleeping Palace'
Clear stampers now come in many shapes and sizes, but one advantage of the short-handled variety is that they reduce 'tunnel vision'. I have two clear stampers with longer handles - 4.5 cm and 5 cm - and to use these, I have to line the stamper up with my nail so that I am looking straight down into the 'tunnel' of the holder. I often find that when I do that, I can't judge the distance between the stamper head and my nail very well. Usually I underestimate the distance, so that the stamper head touches the nail before I expect it to, often resulting in a misplaced pattern.

I did avoid these issues with my new clear stamper, and a nice bonus for me was that it was easier to film myself using it, without a long handle getting in the way.

I found that a very light rolling motion with the stamper worked best to pick up the images. Occasionally it did miss the finer patterns, in particular the 'honeycomb' lace background, but fine patterns are always more difficult to pick up in general, regardless of the stamper or plate. Otherwise, the stamper worked just fine.

The only thing I would change about the stamper is the handle. The plastic material is a little bit rough or textured, so the view through the bottom is slightly blurred. I could still use it to place the images where I wanted them on my nails, so it's not too problematic. However it would be better if either the bottom could be unscrewed, or if the plastic were more transparent.

As for the stamping plate, all of the images are etched properly - I didn't have any issues with it at all. I particularly like the lace pattern.
Floral lace manicure featuring Born Pretty Store stamping products | polilish
Close-up: middle nail
Floral lace manicure featuring Born Pretty Store stamping products | polilish
Accent nail featuring A-England 'Sparks Divine' (gold holographic)
For the design, I used two polishes by A-England - the dark plum holographic is 'Sleeping Palace', and the yellow-gold holographic on the accent nail is 'Sparks Divine'. The black stamping polish is by Konad - which I'm running dangerously low on! Here's a close-up of 'Sleeping Palace', because it is so beautiful.
Macro swatch of A-England 'Sleeping Palace' | polilish
A-England 'Sleeping Palace' - two coats, no top coat
And that's it for today, I hope you found this post helpful and/or interesting! Feel free to leave a comment below to let me know what you think.


  1. Its beautiful. the pattern is very pretty, and as usual your stamping is perfect :)

    1. Thank you so much Rosy, your comments always brighten my day!