Review: Konad Double Side Stamp Set

In one of my lucky breaks last holiday season I won this Konad Double Side Stamp Set from Lia of Geek Girl Manila. I was super stoked to get this as I believe that Konad is not widely available in the Philippines (correct me if I’m wrong). The one we have available here is of another brand, Kand, which can be bought from Landmark. The Kand set (as you can see from this haul) comes with a one-sided stamper, a plastic scraper, and an image plate, and the whole thing costs Php80.  As a really nice bonus, I got four image plates along with this Konad stamping set. I have no idea how much the Konad set or the image plates costs.

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What is nail stamping? It is basically putting the appropriate polish into the wells of an image plate and using a rubber stamper to transfer the image to the nail. This set includes a double ended stamper (a big end and a small end) and a metal scraper. I’ve already attempted to do nail stamping before with my old Kand set but it didn’t really work out. I think this is because I didn’t have the right stamping polish, and I didn’t know the correct steps. There is actually a not-so-bad set of instructions at the back of the set. For my first attempt with the Konad set, however, I used Polka Polish’s guide for nail stamping.

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Let me give you a closer look on the contents of the Konad stamping set. First we have the double ended stamper, which is about two inches long.

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It is wide on one end, with a pink rubber cap to pick up the design. This is used mostly for the big nail designs that usually cover the entire nail.

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The other end is much smaller, and has a green rubber cap. This end is mostly used for the spot-designs or accents.

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The set comes with a scraper, meant to scrape or push off the excess polish from the image plate. The handle is made of plastic, but the actual scraper is made of metal. I didn’t really like the idea of a metal-on-metal contact; I was afraid that it would damage the image plates. I didn’t use this on my first attempt at nail stamping with the Konad set, I used the plastic one from Kand.

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As I mentioned earlier, the prize came with four image plates. Here are the four image plates. Click on each for a larger version. For reference, the plate designations are (clockwise from the left) m3, m56, m91, and m57. Strangely enough, m3 is the exact same plate I got in the Kand set.

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And here is my first attempt. I used the m57 plate for the gold splotches. The base polish is Dazzle Dry Morning Dew and the stamping polish I used is OMG Gold Digger.

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I am loving this set! I can’t wait to try the other designs!

Pros: performs quite well for its function (provided you follow the correct steps); quality materials used

Cons: metal scraper; not widely available

Nails: Inadvertent Brocade

Isn’t life interesting? I find that even when you don’t plan things, something good happens. I am quite the planning freak, so I do freak out when events cause sudden changes in my schedule. I’m trying to improve though, as this is not a really healthy reaction to life.

It’s kind of what happened to my most recent mani. I merely wanted to test drive my new Konad nail stamping set (won it from Geek Girl Manila!) and it turned out to be better than I expected! I’ll make a formal review of the stamping set soon, but I wanted to show you my first-ish attempt at nail stamping.

As base I used Dazzle Dry Morning Dew. Let me show you this color, which I just swatched recently.

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For stamping, I used OMG Gold Digger. As I mentioned in my swatch post, this is one of the thickest formulas I encountered so far, which led me to decide on using this as the stamping polish. It took several tries, but I finally got the hang of the stamping process. Here’s how it turned out, after applying top coat.

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Not that bad eh? I thought it looked very much like green brocade, like this.

Image credits: Everything Indian Etsy Shop

I love how things turn out for the best. My practice stamping created a brocade-like pattern and color that I didn’t really plan on. Here are some more shots of the nails.

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