Thursday, 25 August 2011

Born Pretty Plate M73 and White Stamping Polish Review

As you may have noticed, or read here before, I never use Special polishes for stamping. This is partly because of the price tag but mostly because I have been lucky enough to find plenty of regular polishes that work well for stamping. You can see my list here, although it needs a bit of updating!

The white I use for stamping from Stargazer isn't 100% opaque so I wanted to try a special polish to get the extra oomph!

From the Born Pretty Store, I ended up ordering a white stamping polish [here] and the duplicate M73 plate [here]. 

I've written a quick post in the past with my thoughts on the BP plates [here] and everything I said still stands.

The image of the musical notes is not very well 'carved out' at all, there is next to no definition so I don't think I will be using it. But this is clear in the picture on the product page so at least you know with BP that what you see is what you get and they aren't using pictures that misrepresent their products.

I went ahead and decided to use the white polish with the swirly flower design which is the one I was most excited about and I cannot express how disappointed I was when my mani turned out like this!

My stamper hardly picked up any of the design and I'm inclined to blame it on the plate since my stamper has worked perfectly forever and the polish worked (albeit not that well, but we'll get on to that later) on the geometric design.

I don't think this white qualifies as a stamping polish. It's actually less opaque than the Stargazer White I use currently which you can see stamped here.

Konad Plate: Born Pretty M73
Base Colour: Collection 2000 - Hot Purple
Konad Colour: Born Pretty White Stamping Polish
Top Coat of NYC

So to sum up, I am disappointed with these two prodcuts from Born Pretty. If I was desperate for a white stamping polish this would probably suffice but I don't think I'll be using it. I'm going to leave it on my windowsill with the lid off for a few days to see if it works any better then. Also, the bottle is very small. I can't find exact details anywhere on the site or on the bottle but I would guess it's about 5ml.
If you are looking for a white polish for stamping, take a look at Marta's post here. She uses Sally Hansen Whirlwind white and it looks incredible, completely opaque! If anyone knows where to get this and would be willing to send it to me, please get in touch because I need it in my life!

As you can see, I only tried two of the designs from the plate. The scattered square design works great but the flower one isn't usable. It's no devastation because I only paid a few dollars for it but still, you expect your designs to come out no matter how much you pay. If the designs don't work, is it even an image plate or just a slice of metal?



  1. awww, what a bummer, that design was so pretty! :{

  2. The Sally Hansen Whirlwind White is from the Insta-Dri line of polishes. I can find it at most of my local stores (Target, WalMart, CVS, etc.) but I'm in the United States. Have you tried any online shops? I don't know if Ulta ships to the UK but they usually carry all the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colors.

    Also, on a side note, I almost always use Sally Hansen Instra-Dri polishes for stamping and I get great results!

  3. I was given the konad special polish in white and black as a gift. They both work perfectly in my experience. Also I have these designs on a master plate and they work well from it. XD

  4. Hey Sammy... Hmmm... I too bought this plate From the bornpretty store and have used it at least 4times and had nothing but great results (with various polishes)... And the image picked up in it's entirety. Maybe you should get a replacement plate... :(
    I will check into shipping and I will make this polish accessible to you! ;)

  5. I had the same problems with that plate, couldn't get the flower design to stamp no matter what I tried. I've been tempted to get a konad special white because it's the only colour I can't get normal polish to work with :( BUT apparently Bundle Monster are bringing out stamping polishes so maybe I'll wait and see what they come up with!

  6. Awww..thats the problem with me too!! I cant find regular polishes that work well with stamping. I ended up buying the konad for white. But i've read that opi and china glaze have some whites that work well. The flower design is soo pretty, wish it would have worked better.

  7. I have this plate and used the piano music stamp and made a really cool mani-maybe you got a bad plate? I have the set of 16 from Born pretty and haven't had a problem.

  8. I have this plate and love it! I have never had any problems with my plates! (except for one it is kinda all scraped up and destroyed--like the machine messed up or something), but other than that I have had NO problems. Sorry you haven't had the best experience. I use Kleancolor white for my stamping and it does well.

  9. I only have a free plate from them. Other than that, I haven't even gotten around to stamping enough to buy more. I'm tempted to though, but maybe I'll just look somewhere else.

  10. Aw that sucks that the images on the plate don't work....I agree that you are right to expect it to do its job no matter how cheap it is!

    Disappointed in the white stamping polish too :(


  11. I sent my mother a set of plates from Born Pretty. She couldn't get them to work for anything. I talked her through everything over the phone and showed her youtube videos for about a week thinking that would help her. She could not get the stamper to pick up anything off the plate. After I emailed them about her problems they basically blew me off and ignored me. I was so upset, I will never order anything from them again! I was really hoping they would be my place for supplies.

  12. Awww, I'm sorry it didn't work. But I can totally get Insta Dri polishes, so just email me ( it's my blogging email, so I'm not too worried about it) if you want some.

  13. I have that EXACT stamping plate, but its from a brand called MoYou.
    I actually had a similar situation, I bought plates and two bottles of polish from them, and the polishes were terrible!

    My favourite polishes for stamping are MeMeMe Cosmetics [found in a few Superdrugs] and Miss Sporty.
    And of course the trusty Konad Black.


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