Wednesday, 27 April 2011

New Bundle Monster Plates Review/Comparison

My set of the new Bundle Monster plates arrived in the post this morning so I immediately cracked them open and started inspecting them! I'll post my new mani later today but for now I want to share my thoughts on the new plates and show you how they compare to the old Bundle Monsters and Konads.

The first thing I noticed about these plates is how crisp the designs look. On the last set, some of the designs lack definition but Bundle Monster have really upped their game this time around.
Every plate in the set comes covered with a thin sheet of blue plastic. I'm not 100% sure why but I would guess that it's just to protect the plates from any scratches during the final stages of production and packaging. I think this is great because I like to remove the coverings as I use each plate so I can see which ones I've already used and which ones I still have to play with!

Another improvement that they've made is to add a plastic covering to the back of the plates, exactly the same as you'll find on the back of Konad plates. I've read about plenty of minor injuries caused by the old BM plates, although I've never suffered any myself, which have quite rough edges so I'm sure this new backing is a welcome addition to all BM owners. The new BMs still aren't as smooth as Konad plates around the edges but unless you run your finger along the edge while applying pressure, they aren't going to cut you!

I think the new feature that most people were looking forward to was the larger designs that Bundle Monster promised us. The 'all-over' patterns on the old Bundle Monsters are too small to even cover my short, fairly narrow nails and lots of people found themselves with the same problem. The designs just weren't sufficient in size to cover the nail with one stamp which led to double stamping with dodgy joins.
So, with me being a perfectionist and general neat freak, I had to measure up all of the designs and put a little graphic together to show you my results! All measurements are in mm, size descending.
New Bundle Monsters: 16 x 13
Konad Plates: 15.5 x 12
Old Bundle Monsters: 14 x 10

The all over designs on the new BMs are indeed bigger than on the old ones and are even bigger than the Konad designs. They're only bigger than the Konads in height by half a millimetre which is only a tiny amount but could make all the difference. 

You can buy the NEW plates from here or direct from Bundle Monster here.
You can also buy these plates from Amazon UK.



  1. I'm no neat freak but I love maths so the graphic is very informative. 5mm can make a big difference.

  2. Great comparison. I'm loving the fact that the full nail designs might finally be able to fit my thumb!

  3. Great post! I can't wait to get mine! :) Plates looks amazing. :)

  4. Have I told you you ROCK yet? Awaiting your upcoming posts. Thanks :)

  5. This was a quick post! I've checked out the designs of the new plates and I think I prefer the old designs. But like you said, the sizes are bigger so it will fit my nails better. Aaah decisions decisions! haha x

  6. jaljen - I'm glad you like it! Yeah especially on nails where every nanometre counts!

    Thanks Lena! I agree, the thumb is the dealbreaker haha

    Thank you Tassa! They do, I can't wait to work my way through them. There's so many that I haven't even had a chance to look at them all properly yet!

    Marta - Thank you SO much!! No problem, hope it was useful :D

    Olivia - It's a tricky decision. I was going to put a bit in at the end about which set I prefer but I didn't want to influence anyone too much. It definitely comes down to designs you like vs. size that will fit.
    It would be great if they could do BM 1.5 with the old designs in the new size!


  7. I agree with Olivia, I prefer the older designs to the newer ones. But it is nice to see a company listening to their customers and actually giving them what they want :)

  8. I've been reading your blog for a while and didnt realise you were also in the UK! Sometimes I can be so dumb! Always thought the stamping thing wasnt available over here so thanks for posting. I am tempted by these new plates, hope they dont take too long at coming to amazon uk :)

  9. FINALLY someone did a decent comparison with konad! Thanks a million!!! :)

  10. fantastic review, thanks :-D
    p.s. now i'll have to buy new plates from bundle monster :-p

  11. Ah! Thanks for the measurements and comparison. Very helpful!

  12. OMG you did sucha in-depth review! I just posted a review too and I tried to measure them so people could see the difference- but I really like how you made that nifty image comparing the sizes from all 3 plates. Well done! =) <33

  13. Thanks for the comparison :) I just ordered mine minutes ago and cant wait to fall in love with stamping again (hopefully!) xo

  14. Excellent comparison. I already got the new set on my WL.

  15. I bought mine - to the UK from

    Shipping was so speedy & paid $25.99 :]

  16. These new plates are on the way to me, I ordered them week ago. I live in Europe so I'm used to wait for my orders ;)

    But since you posted this, I CAN'T WAIT!

  17. The Thumb totally is the dealbreaker! :P Thanks for the comparison! Ooooer I've been checking my mail like crazy the past three days. I'm sure my neighbors are wondering. Still no sign. I'll have to wait until Monday. At least I can cruise all the eye candy until then!

  18. Thanks for the helpful size comparison! I linked to this post on my blog at

  19. I want these so bad -_- but these are only for sale when you use a creditcard ;___;

  20. Awesome review. my plates are on their way.
    Have a request though: Can you make a few manis with the french design plates? Bm 216 to 220. I am lacking in imaginative ways/colours to make those plates look good. thanks..


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