One of the first, if not THE first, plate I added to my Wishlist on MoYou London’s website was Artist 09. The images on that plate were so unique. I hadn’t seen anything like them anywhere. And I coveted that plate, visited each time I went onto the website, but a single concern kept me from placing it in my cart. It’s an XL plate with designs that are 2cm x 1.5cm and that’s what I usually buy because my nails are longer. And most of the time it’s not a problem if a design is a little too big for some my nails. But with this plate I worried that you would lose the integrity of the designs if the majority of it wasn’t on your fingernail.
June 4th was an exciting day for me. It was the day I received MoYou London’s weekly newsletter and proceeded to write my blog post announcing the expansion of the Artist Collection. Five plates were released that Friday, 1 Collage and 4 Regular size design (1.5cm x 1.2cm) versions of plates that had only been available in the XL size previously. Artist 17 was comprised of all of the images from the Artist 9 plate, some modified slightly to accommodate the smaller size, and 6 new designs. WooHoo!
Alright, time to put on my Reviewer Cap. All of the plates now come packaged in a pretty sleeve, shown above, that have a different custom design for each collection. It’s the first thing you’ll see when your Nail Mail arrives. There is also a gal representing each collection and Mona is our Artist. I chose my polish to coordinate with her sassy blue hair! The designs are etched into a stainless steel plate which measures 12cm x 6cm and is mounted on top of a thick plastic base. The edges of the steel plate are rounded and the plastic base extends out another 2mm so there is no chance of cutting yourself on any sharp metal. All of the Regular size plates have 18 designs and each of them measure 1.5cm x 1.2cm. MoYou London recently started notching out the edge of the plate and imprinting the plate number on the plastic base. A lovely little feature which makes the plates so much easier to find in my storage box!
When I test stamping plates I use inexpensive drugstore polish, Sinful Colors Black on Black in this case, and my favorite XL squishy stamper. A well etched, quality plate will perform great using that combination of tools. I only bring out the expensive stuff, the real stamping polish, if I’m having trouble getting an image to pick up. All of the images stamped perfectly, just click on the photo to enlarge it for a better look. I was concerned that there may not be enough room between the designs to use my XL stamper, but it was unfounded. I stamped each design and only cleaned the plate once when I was finished.
I think CBL’s Chillin’ in Paradise is a perfect match to Mona’s hair color. I applied 2 coats of polish followed by 2 coats of HK Girl Topcoat.
It was really hard to choose which designs to use! There are several good combination choices and I decided to go with a Tribal theme. I used 3 different designs to create this look, the last 3 in the middle row. The design was slightly too big for my pinky nail but I think it is still easy to tell it is the same design as my index finger. My index, middle and ring fingers were all a perfect fit. The middle finger design was a couple millimeters too small on my thumb, but I expected that. There are a few simpler designs on the plate that you could double stamp or extend with a striping brush if you were feeling inclined.
I’ll be honest and tell you that I put on extra top coat and used the good stamping polish because I was worried it would be hard to place these designs perfectly on the first try. And designs like these won’t look good unless you have them centered, or very close to it, on each nail. So either I was having an amazingly good stamping night or these are not so hard to work with. The only nail I had to redo was my pinky. This plate gets 2 thumbs up from me and would be perfect for anyone with some previous stamping experience.
I remember seeing questions posted, on Facebook I think, about how to use these designs. More specifically whether the designs could be split up, for example using only 1 of the 2 or 3 parts that make up the design. After using the plate I can tell you that they didn’t intend for it to be used that way. But, with some good stamping polish and creative scraping, I think it would be possible with several of the designs.
This plate, along with big sister Artist 09, can be purchased directly from MoYou London. They retail for 4.99 pounds and, for a limited time, Air Mail to the US is FREE.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this review!