|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|
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|
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!
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*Stamper was purchased by me. Opinions are my own