Product Type: Konad in Beauty
Newest Review: ... prove a bit tricky to align full nail patterns and french tips, so these might take more than one attempt. Konad recommend you use their br... more
Experiment away, you might just nail it...
Konad Stamping Nail Art
Member Name: kittenofwoe
Konad Stamping Nail Art
Advantages: Quick and easy nail art with practice, dozens of great plate designs.
Disadvantages: Doesn't work with all varnish, sometimes forced to buy specific Konad brand. Can drag with topcoat.
As a big fan of nail art AND not spending too much money, I do my nails myself and am therefore always on the lookout for a fun new trend or product I can trial in my own home. And the konad stamping system is a great example of the recent push towards more intricate nail art, as seen with the effects varnishes popping up everywhere.
Konad is a clever idea - it effectively allows you to create a transfer of wet varnish to apply direct to the nail, by means of a design plate, scraper and stamper. The plates have several different designs machined onto the surface. You apply the required nail colour (or colours if going for a multicolour design) over the pattern you wish to transfer, then scrape back any excess polish from the surface, leaving the resulting varnish levelled in the design indent. Then "pick up" this varnish design with the stamper, and place or roll it over your nail to transfer it from the rubber pad.
This way, you can get even fishnet lines, exact animal print, crisp writing etc - that should look identical on both hands. I specify this, as I'm quite adept at freehanding nail art onto my left hand... then producing a wonderful "ecce homo"-esque reproduction on the right that bears little to no resemblance. Bear in mind that it can prove a bit tricky to align full nail patterns and french tips, so these might take more than one attempt.
Konad recommend you use their brand of colours to use with this system due to the thickness/consistency of varnish. I would say however that some "standard" varnishes also work well with this, although I would recomend trialling colours before attempting them on prepped nails, as not all varnishes transfer cleanly and you may end up with a half-complete design. This is also a perfect opportunity though to go through your "I should throw this away now" type old colours, as a thicker consistency definitely works better than a new, thinner standard varnish. Make the most, and recycle those fudgy old polishes!
Summary: Konad can be really fun and impressive, but may take practice!
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