Thursday, April 24, 2014

Review: Pueen Stamping Buffet Set

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I hope everyone is having a wonderful week...My cousin-in-law is in labor as I write and I am eagerly awaiting the arrival of my cousiniece (it's a word, I swear. I may have been the one to make it up, but it's a word nonetheless!). The nervous energy from that along with a raging head cold is making me feel a little loopy, so I am going to apologize right off the bat for any silliness. :)

Hey guess what? Pueen has put out another set of plates, and these are the collage-style plates that have recently become popular. If you've been interested to try plates like that, but find some of the more intense ones like the ones MoYou makes a little intimidating to start with, this set may be perfect for you. :)

First up, the de rigueur video:

This is how the set comes packaged:

The pink case is cute, but what I really like about it is the individual pockets don't swing out like the previous Pueen sets did--I think these are more stable, and the holder will last longer without ripping. Great improvement!

But let's face it, what we really care about is the plates. So let's take a look at those:

Pueen 50: Fashion words--I love it!

Pueen 51: Dandelions, hearts, and brocade

Pueen 52: Geometrical 

Pueen 53: Environmental stands are rare in stamping plates, lol

Pueen 54: meshes and flowers and bee-hive-y things

Pueen 55: Leafy, circle-y, heart-y goodness

Pueen 56: a stripedy mash-up of swirls and flourishes :)

Pueen 57: I love the bottom part that looks like a cobblestone road

Pueen 58: gently geometric

Pueen 59: Dainty flowers and florals

Pueen 60: Starry, starry night 

Pueen 61: Flowers and butterflies and retro flashes

Pueen 62: Music falling from the sky...

Pueen 63: Bubbles of hearts and stars and such. :)

Pueen 64: Lace 'n' flowers are the new boots 'n' pants

Pueen 66: Orchid delight
(In my video I said I thought the flowers on this might be too big to be useful, but I was wrong--see my test below!)

Pueen 66: This makes me think of patchwork sewing

Pueen 67: whimsical instruments

Pueen 68: A patchwork of heart patterns
Pueen 69: The cutest garden ever

Pueen 70: Don't hate me because I'm beautiful...

Pueen 71: Diamonds and dots--great for use with studs or glitters :)

Pueen 72: Happy flowers

Pueen 73: Roses amid climbing vines...

Hey? How big are these images! With plates like this, it's hard to measure the size of the images, because there are all sorts of elements of different sizes. But to give you a general feel, here are some shots of the plates next to a standard Konad plate:

Pueen Stamping Buffet vs. Konad

Pueen Stamping Buffet vs. Konad

Pueen Stamping Buffet vs. Konad

And of course we want to know if they stamp well...I stamped plate 65 and 66 each on a different hand, to show you my first attempt at stamping with the plates:

Stamping test of Pueen 65

Stamping test of Pueen 66
The images come out well, although there is a little cat hair and smudging on the first picture, both my fault. I wanted to test out the size of that ginormous flower on plate 65 (well, the smaller of the two), and you can see that it worked well, despite my initial skepticism. I also wanted to show you how even just stamping on random parts of the plate produces a pretty manicure.

With Pueen 66, I wanted to give you a feel for the 'patchwork' type of effects you can get, so I stamped where the patterns intersected. the ring and pinky show the intersection of two patterns, while the middle and ring show the intersection of three--I love that effect best, I think. Very fun. :)

So what do I think of the set? The downside is that they don't lend themselves to as many artistic opportunities as other collage plates do, but I don't think that was their intent. What they do well is make it easy for you to get some of the types of manicures that collage plates do well, in an easy, non-intimidating way. Patchwork manis, manis that transition from one pattern into another, manis that have the same general patter without repeating the exact pattern each time--all of these will be very easy with these plates.

There is a fair variety of patterns across the plates, although (as with most plate sets) there is a general uniformity to the style.

So, overall, I think this is a great set of plates for the price, especially if you're looking to get into this type of stamping and want a gentle introduction. :)

I got my set from Amazon, and it's currently priced at $20.99.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Thanks so much for this review and such great photos of each plate. You've reinforced my view that I NEED to buy this set! :)

  2. I keep wanting to buy this set and I never get the chance to. I have to buy it from either the UK or German amazon and in both cases it will end up being to expensive for my budget. But one day I will! They are too beautiful to pass!

    1. You need to join a swap group, and swap European polishes for plates!

  3. I bought it right after it was available and I love it :)

  4. Hello thumb! :D

    These plates have some really amazing designs, I love ALL the flower-y & swirl-y & whatever-y stuff! Also, those hearts on #68 on bottom right side, to me they look like that drag marble thing one can do with a needle (great look, too).

    (btw, I think I know now why I sometimes don't see your new posts in my feed reader... occasionally these posts "escape" as unfinished posts [so I already got a preview of this one a few weeks back :)], and then my reader just leaves them there, sorted by the "publish" date, not registering them as new, only updated what I think)

    1. ROFL @'hello thumb'! They're getting less shy...And I think you're right about the reader. I've set up a system so that doesn't happen much anymore, but sometimes when I mean to schedule a post for later (because I'm not finished prepping it yet) I goof and leave the date as 'automatic' so it publishes it right away. I promise I will try not to do this anymore!! :)

  5. I think the set looks very interesting. Wouldn't mind having it at all.

  6. Must resist...don't need new plates...Must not cave...Must buy plates! LOL

    1. Inky....Inky...I'm over heeeereeee...Inky....

  7. really love these! I love the idea of these collage plates especially on my thumbs where traditional plates are a tiny bit too small... it's really annoying! I agree these are a good intro to the moyou collage style plates... I was also really surprised how nice having multiple patterns and intersections on one nail looks... when I saw the plates only I thought it would look bad having an intersection on your nail but then I saw you try it at the bottom of the post and I really like the look! :)

    1. Yes, that is one of the great things about this style of plate, even when it's just 4 or five images together--no more worrying if the little rectangle is going to be big enough. And I'm glad I could help!! :)

  8. Very helpful and informative thanks so much. This may be my next purchase. Seems to have so much in one set.


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