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Hey - i am 26 years old and i live in the Uk. I discovered Konad around October 2010 , and my bank balance has yet to recover. i have since collected a very large collection of fauxnads and Konads. the goal for this blog is simple - (1) Further explore the world of nail art stamping. (2) To keep a record of all my experiments with stamping. (3) To show you the potential each stamp has. (4) To show you that you don't have to be a 'Konading' expert to have fun! =)

Friday, 20 January 2012

Review for Born Pretty + GCOCL Stamping Nail Art Paints

Hey Guys

I have done 2 recent reviews for Born Pretty - Here & Here.

Born Pretty contacted me again recently, to ask if i would like to review another product 
for them - I immediately replied Yes! and selected a product I'd been keen to try for a while.

I have had a lot of emails asking if i have tried GCOCL Stamping Nail Art Polishes.
Ive always been on the fence about buying non konad stamping polishes - 
So i was glad to be given the opportunity to have a play with them.

The following is contained in the box:

- Red Stamping Polish.
- Yellow Stamping Polish.
- Black Stamping Polish..
- White Stamping Polish.
- Green Stamping Polish.
- Blue Stamping Polish and one Clear Top Coat.

 Each bottle contains 10ml of polish.

I decided the only way to show how well a stamping polish will preform, is 
to use Black and White paper!

The stamp I chose to use for these swatches was the 
Cocktail glass from the Designer Plate 2 - Food and Drink.


*P.s the pictures where taken in different places to capture 
the light better- so I'm sorry if you see the light differing from picture to picture*

Overall thoughts :

Product  8/10
Opacity 7/10
Packaging 7/10

I would like to add that i was particularly particularly happy 
with the Yellow and Blue stamping against 
a dark color! - This defiantly got my Thumbs up

The link for this product is Here

If you place an order on the Born Pretty Store website you can use this 
code to get 10% OFF: SSJ61 . 
I placed a banner to the BPS website on the left side of my blog with the code. 
Also not unimportant, they have worldwide Free Shipping.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Good to know that we have other cheaper options to work with. Thx girl!

  2. Excellent value! I might have to buy some of these! The seller you bought the plates off isn't selling anymore at the minute, I'm gutted! The images are so cute!

    1. I totally recommend these polishes sweetie!

      Aww =-/ I think she said she had 10 sets - hence i was like omgomg - go!!!
      I'm sure she will let you know - when they are restocked =))


  3. Replies
    1. Yup - and they work! I should have tried this sooner..I blame the fence! lol


  4. Have you tried the big plates with full nail images from born pretty store? They are called CK, I think.
    They are cheap, but Im worried that the images are too small to fit a whole nail.
    Do you know about it? (:

    1. I have heard...That they are quite tiny.. I'm sure i read the were half the size of a normal full size image - which scared me - however, these are only rumors I've heard.

      Ill keep you in mind if i see any further reviews =)


  5. that's great!! cheaper...^^

  6. These are actually rather good aren't they :) Even the black and white are decent which you don't always find with cheaper stamping polishes xo

    1. They are- I was pleasantly surprised!

      The black - white - blue and green impressed me the most <3 - i cant wait to use them again!


  7. Nice review! That's a pretty cool stamp, too:)

    1. Thank you sweetie - and yes i agree- i'm in love with this image!


  8. Thanks for the review!!
    Good to know!!

    1. I'm glad i was given the chance to share this!
      Thanks for your kind words =))


  9. thank you so much for posting the link and the tip on the shipping!

    1. Glad i could be of assistance!
      These seriously rock! - which is surprising considering their price-tag x


  10. good review sweetie, the polishes all look awesome too

    shel xx

    1. I think for a newbie/or casual stamper these are fab! - they do what it says on the label!



  11. from sunny south ALABAMA....hello;
    I was given a lesser priced stamping kit(Salon Express) for my birthday; but just cannot get it to work!! :0/
    So I purchased a Konad starter kit(no plates) with the hopes that the plates from the S.Express will work. Any feed back on this thought?

    And will any polish work on the stamping technique? Do you have any do's or don'ts for stamping?
    And a little trivia; my nickname is CheekyDM; given to me by a friend from the UK years ago.

    Thank you for your input.

    And I pray I can get stamping to work as my hands are quite shakey as I get older and I find I am unable to do the hand decorating I once could.

  12. Did you make sure you took the plastic off the top of the plate that is over the images?
    A lot of polishes will work but it is mostly trial and error. The polish must be opaque, meaning very pigmented. The best alternative I have found to the konad special polishes is to use the nail art pens or polishes.
    As for stamping technique, I am fairly new to it but it does take some patience and practice to find what works best for you. Most say you must stamp fairly quickly or the image may dry too much to transfer. Some of it has to do with how the plates are made and some is just the type of polish used. You just have to play around with it.
    I dont use the scraper that comes with some kits. I have found that an ordinary plastic card (used up gift cards or old credit cards) works best and it doesn't scratch my image plates.
    I pick my image, apply nail art polish, scrape and use a straight up and down motion when picking up the image on the stamper. When I place the image on my nail, I will use a side to side motion, rolling across my nail. Give the stamped image time to fully dry before adding a top coat to avoid possible streaking of the design.
    I hope this has helped. :)

  13. I have a question: I have used the Konad plates and loved them. However, I do not have a bottomless bank account and I am looking for cheaper options.

    What is your opinion on GCOCL stamping plates? I am particularly looking at eBay and "GCOCL Nail Art Image Template Stamping Plate" entries.

    Sorry if you have already answered this question.


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