Remember Winstonia? That surprise beauty supply company that I quickly adored because of their fabulous nail art brush kit?
Well they're back on Nailed It, making another big splash in my opinion of the company. They recently launched their first generation of nail stamping plates. The set comes with 20 plates and retails for $15.99. So thinking of it as 80 cents per plate, you're realize you're getting a bargain.
Thinking of it as 80 cents for these plates, you realize you're robbing someone blind. These plates are superb. I love them, and I've sort of fallen out of love with stamping plates. (It's not them, it's me.)
First off, the size of the designs is great. The whole-nail designs cover my entire nail, including my thumb.
Each plate arrives sealed in blue film to prevent scraping damage, and the backs all have thin cardboard protecting you from sharp edges. They're circular discs, just as Bundle Monster, Cheeky, Red Angel and Konad.
The engravings on the plates are the perfect depth. I tried two designs, one of which had some of the smallest detail I've seen (the peacock feather above), and I got a near-perfect transfer almost every single time! No muss, no fuss. Just polish, swipe, stamp, and transfer...as simple as stamping should be. I take issue with plates that don't have the proper depth to their patterns, causing me to redo the process over and over. The bad experiences I've had lately with some of my other plates just left a sour taste in my mouth, but trying the Winstonia set was like licking a sugar cube.
The kit does not come with a stamper or scraper, so you'll need to procure those some other way. (Winstonia offers a two-way stamper and scraper combo tool here.)
I'd also like to give major props to Winstonia for their creativity in designs. They're modern and I like all of them! Though some designs are pretty useless (such as the stamp that's literally just text that reads "earth day"), most are very thoughtful of today's trends. The following plate is likely to be a big hit:
Mustaches, aviators and Gameboy references?! Like I said...I think it'll be a hit.
I had some personal favorites as well. The season-appropriate stamp I liked most was the wood grain, which I showed in my manicure tonight. (Unseasonably, I liked the sweater design of plate W120). I wanted to play with another stamp, so I also did feathers.
Light as a feather...stiff as a board. That old sleepover game that never worked for me and my friends actually works much better on nails!
I used A Taupe the Space Needle (OPI) as my wood base, and stamped it with Konad Chocolate. The white base is Au Champagne (ORLY) and it's stamped with Passion (China Glaze).
You can buy the set from Winstonia's store here. They've also generated another fantastic coupon for you to use on anything in the store. Enter the code BLOGNAILEDIT for 10% off your order of these plates through April 30th! Please note: The coupon code only applies to the plates, not your entire order.
If your order is $30 or more, you can get 15% off your entire order by entering EVERYTHING15.
Some people were upset that Winstonia didn't ship to their countries, but checking their shipping policies page, it appears they do ship internationally, though you will have to pay via PayPal if you do ship internationally.
These products were sent to me by Winstonia. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.