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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Adventures in Stamping - UberChic Beauty Stamper & Scraper Review


photo courtesy UberChic Beauty

One of my new years nail resolutions was to improve my stamping game. The only way to improve is practice, practice, practice. When I first started stamping last year I used a Konad round stamper that I got on Amazon. The Konad stamper head is hard but easy to manage on shorter nails. Definitely good for a beginner. As my nails have grown I have noticed an increased curve to my nail bed. This has made stamping the full nail much harder with the Konad stamper because of how hard I need to press, which is not very comfortable. And it was no longer large enough to cover the length of the nail for a full image.

I have been waiting on a specialty stamper from oversees but wanted something now. Because any real polish junkie knows you NEED it NOW! I've heard about UberChic Beauty's new stamping plates and they recently released a new stamper.  For only $6.99 + shipping ($5.00 US/$10.00 International) I thought I'd give it a try. I was pleasantly surprised to receive this just a few days after I ordered it. Bonus points for a quick TAT (turn around time).

Konad vs UberChic Stamping Heads

The stamper head itself is an uber soft and squishy silicone, perfect for getting the very best stamping results. Also included is an uber fun 'credit card like' scraper (see intro photo). I have found this card like scraper is the best way to remove excess paint away from your design making stamping more efficient. Two smaller more "traditional" plastic scrapers were also included, but I've only used the card like one.

UberChic stamper with additional scrapers
I also found that UberChic's Customer Service was very helpful. I inquired about my shipping status and their tips for prepping the stamper and they were very quick to respond via email and on social media.They also have a useful video on their blog page that you can watch for more information.


Prepping the Stamper
With any new stamper its important to properly prep before the first use. I used UberChic's recommendations for priming my new stamper before. Lightly filing the squishy head with a nail file and then wiping with a lightly soaked cotton pad with acetone.

*Side Note* I know some of you seasoned stamping folks are shaking your heads about the acetone and I would usually agree. Since UberChic recommended this step and noted that they had tested this over and over without any damage to the stamping head I thought I'd follow their direction.  Other stampers I've seen recommend using a 'Magic Eraser' to prep the stamping head before use. I will be trying this method out when my other stamper arrives from eastern Europe.

The result was a very tacky stamping cushion which easily picked up the image with a gentle rolling motion. I like to use a lint roller to remove any excess polish left on the stamper after application (vs. using acetone on the stamping head more than needed).

piCture pOlish 'Grace' w/ MdU 'Lilac'

Since I was swatching some new stamping polishes and plates (not UberChic) I was using the stamper probably 40 times before I found that it would benefit from a little priming again. So I went back to the previous step & good as new again with that perfect tackyness.

A England 'Galahad' w/ MdU Gold

The Verdict?
I give this stamper two thumbs up for value and quality. Now I really want a set of their stamping plates. Good thing I have a birthday coming up soon (hint, hint)! You can order the stamper via UberChic's online store - Don't forget to LIKE them on Facebook as well for updates!! There are also quite a few reviews of the UberChic stamping plates on their website. My personal favorite is from Chit Chat Nails!

What kind of stamper and plates do you like to use? Have you tried UberChic's stamping plates? Let me know your thoughts, I'd love to hear from you! 

Also don't forget to LIKE Polish & Plates on Facebook and select 'Get Notifications' for my page so you never miss a post. Next up on my stamping adventures I'll be reviewing the LeaLaC XL stamping plates and Mundo de Unas stamping polish from Llarowe. 


*Stamper was purchased by me. Opinions are my own


31 comments:

  1. I use the same kind of stamper and it works great but I have noticed that it's a little sensitive and get's worn out fast. I loved the stamping over A-England Galahad.

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    1. Good to know. At the price I figure if it gets worn out I will just get a replacement head or a new one. Do you have a Creative Shop stamper?

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  2. I never thought stamping was something I could even begin to do at home, but you make it seem not completely impossible!

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    1. I promise its not impossible! It just takes practice!

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  3. This looks like it works great! I have a Konad stamper now (I'm pretty new at stamping) but this looks like something to keep in mind for the future!

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  4. Love your post! I love stamping, right now im using the Creative shop stamper that one of my besties sent me. Its gonna take some getting used to on my part. lol.

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    1. What do you think the Creative Shop stamper? I have one on the way - should be here in a few weeks.

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  5. Very cool thank you for giving me lots of ideas!!

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  6. I started out with the small Konad stamper as well and also ran into the issue of my nails getting curvier as they grew longer. I mostly use the Messy Mansion stamping heads now, and a cheap stamper from China. About the acetone, sometimes, nothing else seems to work and a quick swipe always seems to make them stamp better.

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  7. This is so cool! Such a great idea!

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  8. Lovely review, super informative, I really like what I've seen from this brand so far and I totally want to try their stamping plates too!

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  9. I love the MoYou Nails USA stamper, and don't really have a preference for plates yet :) Nice write up!!

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  10. I'm using VAGA stampers, which I'm wondering if they aren't that great... I was on the fence about the Creative Shop ones, I'll wait for your review to decide :)

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  11. Nice detailed review of the stamper. I love squishy soft stampers. I am going to check out their site right away

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    1. Let me know if you pick one up and then what you think!

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  12. Love squishy stampers. The aengland looks good with the gold.

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  13. I have a similar one from Winstonia and have an order in for a Creative Stamper. I must try to up my game as well!

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  14. This is a great review! I have a Winstonia one, which seems really similar. I'm also getting a Creative Shop stamper soon. I'll be interested to hear your thoughts on it.

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    1. Can't wait to try my Creative Shop stamper! Waiting is the hardest part!

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  15. Nice review. Stamper looks great, since i am on a good stamper look out, i should check this one out.

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    1. I think for the price and the quality you should definitely start with UberChic!

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  16. Awesome review! I have the same stamper and it's been with me since day one, I love it.

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  17. I've just recently started seeing this brand around and I can't help myself. I think I'll be buying some of their plates in the future. Great, informative post!

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    1. I want a set of their plates! I'm just maxed out at the moment. They are on my birthday list!

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  18. I love the stamping looks. Squishy big stampers all the way!! I ordered some of their plates and can't wait to play with them.

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