Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Maniology Fruit Deco Layers (M028 and M029) Stamping Plate Review

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Hey there!  Hope everyone is doing well today.  Personally I've been stuck in a basement at work all day today so it's good to be above ground and seeing the sky again!  Today I'm taking a look at two of the newer stamping plates from Maniology.  The Fruit Deco Layers plates were released last month as their first big leap into layered stamping plates.  The two plates released so far are quite unrelated; the first has a bunch of fruit images (kinda like a fruit bowl for your nails...yum!!) and the second has what they call "kitchen tile" images that are really pretty!  I did 5 manis so far with these plates (for the fifth, you'll need to scroll down since I didn't include it in the collage) and they're great.  If you've never tried layered stamping, now is your chance.  And don't forget to use the code COPY10 to save 10% off these already inexpensive plates!

M028 Fresh Squeeze

M028 is the fruit plate.  This plate seriously makes me hungry (fruit is my guilt-free weakness).  Strawberries, watermelon, pineapple, can't go wrong.  As you can see, almost every image  has 3 layers.  Maniology suggests stamping them from left to right but I personally like doing the outline layer last.  I'm not the best at lining up images and I think the outline is the most important part so I like that to be one top.  But I did try to follow their order for at least some of my manis.  The way I do it though, you need to be able to line up the inside parts with each other before stamping the outline.  Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't.  But most of us don't have people look at our nails so closely in real life that they'd see our mistakes so just have fun with it!  

The full nail watermelon image looks like summer to me.  Edmonton is still in full winter so it was nice to have a warm escape on my nails.  I used KBShimmer Ready For A Good Lime as the base and then stamped with Mundo de Unas Strawberry, White and Boreal (in that order).  In other words, if you label the images 1-2-3 from left to right, I went 2-1-3.  I definitely messed up on some of them but most are close enough.  

Anyone who has ordered from Maniology should know about the delicious pineapple gummy candy they often include so of course I had to use the pineapple image.  I didn't want a full pineapple mani so I paired it with an easy dotticure.  For the stamping nails, the base was Girly Bits Irreplaceable.  For this one, I did attempt to stamp in the correct order (outline first) but by the time I was done the third layer I had covered it so I stamped the outline a second time.  So here I went 1-2-3-1.  The polishes I used were Hit The Bottle Make Mine A Mudslide, To Have And To Gold and Emeralds Are Forever.  The same polishes were used on the dotticure nails.  

Pineapple candy cameo!  

M029 has more general patterns for your nails.  Again, each image comes with 3 layers, meant to be stamped from bottle to top.  If you notice, for the first full nail image, that would cover your entire nail so feel free to skip a layer there (assuming you wear a base color) like I did.  

For these I used Picture Polish Swagger as my base and then stamped with Mundo de Unas Blueberry and White.  I skipped the bottom image since I wanted my Swagger to show through.  Not to toot my own horn but, even though there are mistakes, this might be the best lining up I've ever manage (at least on my index and middle finger).  These were finished with OPI matte top coat.  

Since St. Patrick's Day is coming up, I thought a nice green/gold combo was necessary.  I used Tonic Polish Slitherin' as the base and stamped (in the correct order) with Mundo de Unas White, Black and Bronze for the main design.  I stamped Bronze, White and Black on the accent nail in a 2-3-1 pattern.  

Since I was partial to the full nail images on this plate, I used them all!  Here I used Essie Now And Zen as the base color and stamped Essie No Place Like Chrome and Mundo de Unas White and Black in the correct 1-2-3 order.  

I really enjoyed these plates.  I did however find lining up 3 images to be pretty challenging but I did my best.  I particularly like the full nail Kitchen Tile images but I'm sure I'll be doing more fruit nails this summer, once I get to eat it in real life too!  

$6 USD/plate
Available at Maniology
Use code COPY10 to save 10% off your order 

'Til next time...

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