While out this weekend with my mother, she picked up a Salon Express kit, now I went into this knowing that the scraper was not very good, but that the plates and the stamper were decent for the money. I had a $3 extra bucks receipt coupon and so that made it $7.59 including tax. I was so excited to get it home and test it out. It was windy and I only had a little time so I did three nails, my thumbs and one ring finger. I am pretty impressed with the stamper and the plates worked fine with my Konad scraper.
I think they came out pretty good. I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes in Rapid Red, and Spring Mint. I think they came out pretty good for a test run. The kit was easy to open and I wish more of this style packaging had the easy pre-cut opening template on the back. It made it very easy to open, however the plastic is very sharp so it needs to be handled with care. I had no trouble getting the blue film off my plate and was glad it wasn’t stuck to it with some kind of paste. I did clean off the plate with acetone before using it however, just to make sure I was starting with a clean, fresh metal surface.
Sorry for the image, I took several, but this was the best one. So once the film was off and I had my work space set it, it took no time at all to lay some polish to the plate and stamp two turtles on my thumbs. I thought it was pretty easy, but with all the wind I had going on out back where I have to stamp due to the smell of the 100% acetone, I did run into the polish drying on the stamper. My next tip would be to work fast! Lay polish, scrape, and immediately pick up the image and roll it onto the nail.
I picked this cool metal tray up at a local thrift store, it’s amazing the things you can find if only you take a little time to search around. I found a manicure bowl the last time I was there. It even had a Sally’s Beauty Supply sticker on it still. I paid $.25 for it and haven’t used it yet but I plan to soon when I get a curette to better have a go at the skin on my nail plates. It will come in handy for that kind of thing.
As you can see it’s in great shape and I am very pleased. I will be getting a placemat to put over my metal tray, just to have something protecting the work surface. I kind of like the picture on the tray so the Dollar Tree has these leopard print placemats, so I will be picking one of them up on my next trip out. I am pretty sure I’ll need to trim it to fit but it will be nice to look at leopard print I think. It was fun to stamp with Mother and my son watching, he was fascinated with it and I had to keep my nails away from him because he wanted to touch them in the worst way. I did let him pick which heart design I tested and that was fun.
I integrated the Salon Express into my stamping supplies in my binder set up, and I don’t regret the purchase at all. My next stamping purchase will be for some Konad plastic scrapers from wowsocool.com. I am really glad Mother wanted to get this for me, it made us both feel good, and I picked her up some Lansinoh so it was like a gift exchange for us. She’s excited to try it and I showed her my hands and she was very impressed, since it’s been awhile since we got to visit like this. I really appreciate you taking time to check out my blog and I hope if you’re thinking about the Salon Express kit you give it a shot, if you don’t have a konad scraper I would use an expired credit card or gift card and you should be good to go! Happy polishing!