Konad Nail Stamping Kit Review!

Monday, 2 March 2015

I have always wanted to try a Konad nail stamping kit since seeing them floating around the Youtube beauty scene many years ago. Thank you Bntnews for sending me a kit to review! This was definitely one of the items I was most excited to try out this month!

I had no idea that Konad was a Korean company until I researched it. Created all the way back in 2002, Konad nail stamping kits revolutionised the nail art industry by allowing girls to DIY their own intricate nail art.

I'm extremely frugal when it comes to my nails and it makes me cringe to spend money on a manicure when I can do it myself at home. So Konad definitely appeals to me because you can create endless possibilities of nail art at minimal cost!

I received a stamping kit as well as the Konad square image plate number 1, containing 20 different designs.

My favourite designs are the leaf design (1st column, 3rd row) and the doodle love design (4th column, 4th row).

Inside the kit is a Konad top coat and 2 special colours in white and navy. See the full range of Konad special colours here.

The kit contains all the basic tools needed to create a design. A stamper, scraper, polishes and a design plate!

Below are the instructions.

It is extremely important to do every step as quickly as possible, otherwise your image will not transfer to the stamper! It took me 5 tries to realise this. I suggest doing a few practice runs before you start your final manicure. 

Once I got the hang of the Dab, Scrape, Roll and Transfer pattern, I found I could do each nail design under 10 seconds! That's under 2 minutes for both hands! Doing my right hand was definitely a bit clumsier, but the designs look fairly equal on both sides. Overall, the process was much easier than I thought it was going to be.

Tip #1: I found the small, circle plate designs much harder to use than the full 'square' designs. For some reason, no matter how quickly I moved, the stamper would not pick up the small designs. I highly recommend purchasing a full nail design plate because it was so much easier to use!

Tip #2: I also found that the stamping kit worked well with my Revlon polishes, but not with my Essie polishes. I think any thick polish will work fine.

Tip #3: I found it incredibly useful to have a cotton pad soaked with nail polish remover in reach to wipe off your stamper and plate after each use.

This is what a successful 'pick up' of the image looks like!

Attempt 1

Tip #4: Don't bother cleaning up around your nail beds. The polish will naturally fall off within a day as you go about washing your hands and showering. 

Attempt 2

I actually quite liked this colour combination of pinky nude and white, so I decided to try out another design for my final try.

Attempt 3

Ta-dah! I used my favourite leaf design in a french manicure colour scheme which was the most clinic/work appropriate colour combination possible. I used the leaf plate only on the bottom half of my nails for a classy, chic effect.

When locked in with a top coat, the design lasts as long as your regular manicure. 

Overall, I am so pleased I received this product because I think it's excellent! It's quite addictive to use too, and I will definitely be sporting fancy nails for the rest of the year. In fact, I redid my nails last night using a different design! Konad is a fast, easy and affordable way to achieve intricate nail art without a salon visit. A simple google search will provide Konad kit options around $20 in price.

I am super impressed with this product and can't believe I didn't try it earlier. Now I want some more cute plate designs to experiment with!

Have you tried Konad before?

*I was gifted this product for review, all my opinions are 100% honest.

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