Every MoYou London plate comes packaged in a decorative sleeve, shown above, and there is a custom design for each collection. They also come coated in a protective layer of blue film that you’ll need to remove before using the plate. I know many people prefer to store their plates in binders, but I love the sleeves and store my plates in them with the open end up so I can see the plate numbers in the notch out. I spent some time at Hobby Lobby today and found the perfect upgrade to my storage box for my ever growing stash. I maintain a Pinterest board
of all of my plates so I have an easily accessible, quick visual reference to all the designs.
The designs are etched into a stainless steel plate that measures 12cm x 6cm (4.72″ x 2.36″) and is mounted on top of a thick plastic base. The edges of the steel plate are rounded off and beveled and the plastic base extends out another 2mm so there is no chance of cutting yourself, or having your child get cut, on any sharp metal. The XL plates are intended for women with longer nails and/or wider nail beds and have 12 different designs that measure 2.0cm x 1.5cm (.78″ x .59″). For more information on Regular size design plates see my Artist 17 Review
When I am testing stamping plates I use inexpensive drugstore polish, Sinful Colors Black on Black here, and my favorite XL squishy stamper from eBay. I have found that a well etched, quality plate will perform great using that combination of tools. I’ll only bring out the real stamping polish during testing if I am having trouble getting an image to pick up. The reverse designs on the top left of the page have some very tiny details in them that reproduced perfectly. Designs that require larger areas to be filled with polish can also be problematic, but the first 3 designs in the bottom row stamped just fine. You can click on the picture to make the swatch sheet bigger.
I started my design with a base of 2 coats of Colors by Llarowe My Own Private Paradise. I keep trying to tell myself to use simple crèmes when doing reviews, but I know these MoYou London designs will only enhance the most interesting of polishes. I finished with a coat of HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat and allowed my polish some time to dry.
I had the hardest time making up my mind about which designs to use. I finally settled on using all but one of the circular designs, starting with the largest on my thumb and working my way down to the smallest on my pinky. I stamped with Mundo de Unas Violet
I finished the design with another coat of HK Girl Topcoat. Do you see what I mean about the designs enhancing the polish? I could see some color variations in the bare polish swatch above, but they look so much more pronounced now!
We were having a wonderful sunny afternoon and I made good use of it by stepping out and capturing a few photos for you in direct sunlight.
Basecoat and Topcoat: NailTek Foundation II and HK Girl Fast Drying Topcoat
Base polish: Colors by Llarowe My Own Private Paradise
Stamping plate: MoYou London Pro 20 XL
Stamping polish: Mundo de Unas Violet #14
As you can see, the quality of this plate is excellent and the designs reproduce nice and crisp. I give it my 2 thumbs up rating! I hope I have a chance to use this plate again soon to do at least one of the other two distinct Skittlette designs that are calling out to me.
This plate is available now and retails for £4.99 (approximately $8.50 depending on the conversion rate). You can purchase it directly from MoYou London. Shipping continues to be FREE for orders over £15!
Thank your for reading this review! I hope you found it useful and also enjoyed the nail art design I created. I would love to hear your thoughts! I’ll see you at the next post.