Friday, February 24, 2012

Finally, an affordable drugstore stamping kit!


Holy WOW, I'm excited about this!! My husband and I went to WalMart to walk, as is our habit, and meandered over to the As Seen On TV section, mainly to have a giggle at the silly products. It's always good for a few minutes of fun, you know?

Imagine my surprise when I found THIS! Holy CRAP, do you see what that is? It's a drugstore nail stamping kit- not just stamping disks, not just a stamper, but a whole kit with everything you'd need (except the polish) to get started stamping your nails!

I may have squealed out loud over this. I may even have hopped up and down a bit while I hugged the kit to my chest, swooning over the awesomeness of it.

My husband's reaction? He chuckled, shaking his head at me. He doesn't understand my love for nail art, but he does like to see me get excited. Once I saw this kit contained awesome image plates, I absolutely had to have it.

That's right... not one plate, not two... but five!! Five plates with adorable images, but I'm getting ahead of myself. Let's look at this bit by bit, shall we?

Just look at what the kit contains- You get the nail design stamper (which is DOUBLE-ENDED, people!!), the scraper, the image plate holder, and FIVE image plates!

And these aren't the usual floral plates... while you get an assortment of really cute florals, you also get cute things like an apple, a palm tree, a seahorse... really cute stuff! The plate with animal print and patterns is what made me hop up and down, though.

What can I say, I'm silly.

Let's look at the plates up close... they're worth it!

 

Yes, you can click those images to see them larger. How adorable are they? I really like the double heart in the center of plate SE 21, the flower on SE 18, just about everything on SE 19, and the flower on SE 20. And OMG, do I even have to mention SE 22? I LOVE those images!

There's just one issue with SE 22- the images are definitely not full-nail. They might cover my pinky nail, but definitely not any others. Still, these are very usable images.

I can see myself using these as partial-nail stamps, to decorate half the nail, or french tips, or whatever. They're still absolutely adorable! Totally worth the price of the kit!

Oh yea, the price... I haven't mentioned the price. Can you believe this whole kit costs a whopping $10? Me either! Heck, you can barely get a single Konad plate for $10, much less the whole setup. I'm in LOVE!!

I'm also really excited about the double-ended stamper. One of the problems with the traditional stamper that comes with kits is that it's just too big. It can be hard to line images up on smaller nails using the big stamper, and a double-ended stamper can be hard to find, or more than you want to spend.


So, let's look at what it would cost to pick up these items from Konad, since that's the brand that started the stamping craze. If you were to buy them separately, you would end up with:
  • double ended stamper and scraper: $6.90
  • image plate holder: $2.90
  • 5 image plates: $6.50 each, total $32.50
  • Total for whole set: $42.30 before tax and shipping.
Pretty awesome deal, don't you agree? I know I'm over the moon! Of course, you don't get the Konad name, but in all honesty, I've used Konad plates and stampers, and I'm not seeing a huge difference in quality here. This is the best value I've seen yet when it comes to stamping kits.

Now comes the embarrassing part: I am SO out of practice when it comes to stamping. I had my stamping set in a sweet little cloth bag, and I seem to have misplaced it somehow. It's been way too long since I did any stamping, and BOY does it show. But I feel like I need to show the stamping I did, even though I'm WAY out of practice.

I pulled out a selection of polishes I'd been wondering about to see how they'd do on black and white. Sadly, most of them didn't work as well as I expected, although the Heaven polish surprised the heck out of me!

Also? Don't blame the bad stamping on the image plates or the stamper. I'm definitely to blame, as I'm getting used to the whole stamping process again. It definitely takes some getting used to!

So, I know what I'll be fiddling with for the next few weeks. I have so many ideas bouncing around my head! YAY!

Also? This is the fastest I think I've ever reviewed anything. I was so excited to see this, and even more excited that it's everything I was hoping for.

This may have been as As Seen On TV set, but it's definitely nothing to laugh at. This set is worth every penny, and quite a bit more!

As far as I know (after some quick googling) these are for sale at WalMart, CVS, Walgreens, and maybe Rite Aid? You may find them other places as well, I don't know... if you see a section for As Seen On TV items, look around! You just might get rewarded with awesome stamping!

I love this kit! You should go buy one today!
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11 comments:

  1. Oh you got the plate with the turtle! I wanted that one in my set but I didn't get it. :(

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  2. I did! I was so excited... I love turtles!

    Have you thought about getting a set of the Bundlemonster plates? There are several affordable sets around. I should do another roundup of various nail art supplies online!

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    1. Does Bundlemonster have a turtle stamp?

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    2. Shoot, no. These are their two sets:
      25 pieces for $22: http://www.bundlemonster.com/beauty-accessories/nail-art-stamping-image-plates-set-25pc.html#

      21 pieces for $18: http://www.bundlemonster.com/beauty-accessories/nail-art-nailart-polish-stamp-stamping-image-plate-21pc.html#

      I didn't see a turtle, though. Wonder if I could find one googling... lemme dig a bit!

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    3. I've seen a turtle mani somewhere... I think Spellbinding Nails? *quick check* yup! She does a turtle stamp mani here... http://www.spellbindingnails.com/2012/02/lilics-image-plate-a02-turtles.html But I don't recognize the plate name?

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    4. I looked those ones up and they end up being like $20 per plate!

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    5. Yea, that's why this kit is so awesome! Shame you can't just paypal me for the kit and shipping, I'd send you one!

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    6. Oh, wow. That's waaaay more than I'd ever pay for a plate! I've seen the Salon Express on Amazon... but haven't taken the plunge yet, so they don't all have the same plates in them? =( 'Cause I'm really digging the double heart and dragonfly on the turtle plate!

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  3. I picked this one up at Ross for 6.99 last month, it's actually my most used set!!!

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    1. Isn't it fantastic?? I experimented with it tonight and am absolutely in LOVE with the designs!

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  4. I love mine too. depending on where you get it from there are different stamps in the pkgs.
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