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Ah...there's nothing like new nail plates. New designs...the clinkety-clink of the plates as you flip through them...endless possibilities.
Today I'm going to review the Pueen Love Elements set. These released a while back, and many of the people who were thinking about buying them have probably already done so. However, if you're like me, you may have looked at these plates, and made a quick decision against them. When they first came out, there were some other sets that had just come out, and after a few quick glances at them, I figured I could pass on the 'Love' theme with the plethora of hearts. I am not a hearts kind of girl, truth be told. I mean, a heart here and there is okay, but let's not get crazy.
But I was wrong.
I returned to the plates a few times, and gave them a closer look. And I realized that while there are definitely a lot of hearts here, these are an eclectic set of hearts, many of them with a twist, and some even with some edge. So I got the plates, and I love them; I'm hoping that this review introduces you to them if you hadn't heard of them before, or gives you a second look at them through new eyes if you have.
First up! My video review, presenting the plates accompanied by my own special patented soundtrack of rambles:
And then, of course, still shots of each plate. I have done a few manicures with these already, so I apologize in advance for a bit of scrapage--you can still see the images though. :)
|Pueen 26: The two on the sides look like beaded curtains to me and I love that. :)|
|Pueen 27: Roses and hears in lace...with little swirly flourishes to boot. :)|
|Pueen 28: Ruffles and lace!|
|Pueen 29: Bows made of hearts. :)|
|Pueen 30: This is what I mean by edgy hearts. I love the Pop Art feel of these.|
|Pueen 31: These look like Mardi Gras beads to me, and I love that idea!|
|Pueen 32: Ruffle images that I think would make great templates for dotticures. :)|
|Pueen 33: There is not one image on this plate that I don't adore...|
|Pueen 34: Hearts, Spades, Diamonds...|
|Pueen 35: Even I have to admit these are not your grandmother's heart designs.|
|Pueen 36: Snowflakes and bubbles! Also good for dotting practice. :)|
|Pueen 37: Love the Yellow Submarine type waves|
|Pueen 38: That sweater pattern image is so just the right amount of wrong :)|
|Pueen 39: And the girl who doesn't like hearts, flowers and butterflies has already used the heck out of this plate, lol|
|Pueen 40: That owl just makes me smile. :)|
|Pueen 41: These are heart designs that have some flair. I love the heart-linked-fence design and the scribble hearts|
|Pueen 42: That tree image rocks!|
|Pueen 43: Admittedly, this plate is mostly not my thing, but the heart-within-a-heart on the bottom left makes me think of a mother and child, and I love that.|
|Pueen 44: That star design on the upper left is all kinds of excellent!|
|Pueen 45: Every image on this plate has so many possibilities. :)|
|Pueen 46: The two on the sides are soooo unique. And that butterfly is so elegant. :)|
|Pueen 47: I love the scribbles! Another plate full of win.|
|Pueen 48: My fav on this plate is the one that looks like a chess board floating off into space...|
|Pueen 49: I love all of these, but the bottom center is just so intricate and pretty. :)|
So what do I think of the set overall? Strange numbering aside (26 through 49? Really?) and once I got past my initial heart bias, I saw that there are a lot of unique, versatile images in this set, and it has already become one of my most used sets. I think this is definitely one of the more innovative sets I've seen.
The quality is top-notch. I've used a fair number of the plates now (although I haven't posted them all yet!), and I've had zero issues with the stamping. If you want to see the images in use, here are two of the manicures I've done:
Finally, what about size? Well, I'm going to use this opportunity to update the nail comparison chart that I have for you, one that Posh Nail Art has very generously allowed me to use on my blog--if you find it useful, please give her some love by visiting her blog:
As you can see, these plates (Pueen 2) have images a bit bigger than the standard Konad plates, so you should have a little more wiggle room in your stamping. :)
You can get your own set here.
I hope this has been helpful--thanks for reading. :)
Hugs and love,
(The plates reviewed in this post were purchased with my own money.)