Monday, August 3, 2015

It Girl Nail Art: Review of new plates from new maker!!

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Hello!

I love playing with new plates, especially when they come from new makers! Today I have the three very first plates from a new maker, It Girl Nail Art! Of course I made a video review showing the plates, discussing ideas for using them, and testing them out:





It Girl fashion plates are made here in the USA; the company is located in Tacoma, Washington. This is their first release; each plate can be purchased separately or in a pre-order bundle of three (through Aug 3rd). They will be releasing future plates every few months, and plan on expanding beyond plates as well.


Let's take a look at the stills of the plates:


It Girl Nail Art Plat IG101

 IG101 has a wonderful art deco influence--especially the second and third from the left on the top.



It Girl Nail Art Plat IG102

IG102 has geometric designs with some awesome visual illusions thrown in; not just the M.C. Escher-style blocks and all the diamond patterns, but see that one second from the left on the top row? Looks just like a maze pattern, right? Look what happens when you look at it from an angle:






That's right, all of a sudden you've got boxes and at another angle you've got a plaid-like pattern. How cool is that??



It Girl Nail Art Plat IG103


IG103 is my favorite of the three, with the fronds and swirls and intricate patterns...And look at the one second from the right on the bottom--how amazing is that?? Love, love love.



It Girl Nail Art Plat IG103


The flowered lace pattern in the upper right is a bit hard to see, so I did a close-up of that end for you--love the delicate pattern, so on trend right now with so much lace in current fashion.

You can sorta see in the images that the plates are not the normal highly-reflective metal that most stamping plates are made of; they are a burnished/brushed finish. This has no impact on the quality of the images and the stamping at all, and I think it's very pretty.

Each image is just a titch under 1" x 1", so you have plenty of room to cover your nail unless you have super long nails.

But, of course, the most important question is--how do they stamp? Let's take a look at a test from each plate:



It Girl Nail Art Plat IG101 stamping test

It Girl Nail Art Plat IG102 stamping test

It Girl Nail Art Plat IG103 stamping test

You can see the details of the stamps shine through--I used a fast-drying polish on these and had no issues using them the first time I sat down to try. No shenanigans needed!

I was warned that plates 102 and 103 might need a second scrape because they're etched just slightly deeper than 101, but I didn't find that to be necessary. You may also have issues with fibers catching on the images for this reason (I didn't), if so, you can remove them by wiping your finger over them, or by using tape to pick them up.

So my overall impression of these plates: The quality of the plates themselves are excellent; they feel good in your hand, and the etchings are done well with the smallest of details wrought perfectly. They stamp well, and the designs are beautiful. I love that there are images on each plate that go well together so you can mix and match them to get a greater variety of manis out of them (like the arrow images on IG102).

Here's another very cool thing about It Girl--they have a 'suggestion box' where you can suggest images for future plates! You can fill out the suggestion form by clicking here.

These are available for pre-order right now through August 4th; you can buy them separately, or you can buy all three in a pre-sale bundle for a price break. You can find them at the It Girl Nail Art Etsy story here, or the  Store Envy shop by clicking here. You can also keep in touch with them on Facebook and on Instagram.

I will be back with separate post with a manicure from each plate, so stay tuned for those!

Happy Stamping!!
M.


27 comments:

  1. There are some really fun patterns on these, can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  2. Its great to see and hear that a new brand of plates are coming out! They look awesome too.

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    1. I'm really impressed with the quality, too!

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  3. Can't wait to see your manicure with these

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    1. Hee hee hee heee....so much fun stuff to show you with them...:)

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    2. I know!! I might have to get these too if this continues

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  4. Awesome and great they stamp well too. Can't wait to see what you come up with x

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  5. I love the art deco patterns, I need these plates!

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  6. oh my I am in love with those art nouveau looking images!

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  7. I was such a huge fan of these plates. I'm excited for her brand to expand because the quality of them on launch is so spectacular.

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  8. I've seen these around a few places now and they look fab. Great review.

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  9. Nice to see all the details come through! Lovely plates :)

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  10. These looks great, Think you will come out with great manis !

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  11. The new designs look interesting. I loved IG 103 most. Thank you for sharing.

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  12. I have the 3rd one. After playing with it, I immediately ordered the other 2. I love the quality and designs.

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  13. These look awesome! I love how big the images look (at least the look large next to your finger). I think i'll have to give these a try!

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  14. These plates look fantastic! I need to get them ASAP. I love how cool that maze design is especially once looked at from a different angle!

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  15. Ive loved all the reviews of this new brand so far. The images are very unique

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  16. I really like IG 103! Thanks for the video review as well.

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  17. I love that indie plate makers are on the rise. I definitely want to get my hands on these!!

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  18. Those patterns look really fun! Thanks for introducing me to the brand.

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  19. Great review! These plates are unique

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  20. I'm still messing with mine trying get this stamping thing down. Great plates though!

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