My picks were one of their holographic polishes, a turquoise blue one, and a Hello Kitty stamping plate. After a hiccup with the first delivery, which was solved very quickly by emailing their excellent customer service team, the products arrived safely last Thursday.
I was very impressed with their holo polish. Linear polishes can be tricky to work with but I had no problems at all with this formula. The holo effect is pretty strong, I'd go as far as saying it's comparable to the Laylas I own.
The brush was good even though it picked up a little less product than I would have liked for my big nails, but it went on easily. I used three thin coats over a normal base coat for the photos, as it's a little on the sheer side. It's very forgiving and doesn't show minor ridges and imperfections.
The photos are all in direct sunlight and without top coat; I tried it with top coat and the holo effect was only ever so slightly dulled. It's probably not even noticeable to most people!
The only criticism I have is that the bottle is small (6 ml). I don't think it's a massive problem since most collectors hardly ever finish a bottle (please correct me if I'm wrong!), and you can save some product by applying it over a creme of a similar colour, reducing the number of holo coats to just two. I prefer it on its own, and would be happy to buy a replacement.
Now let's move onto the other item. I'd been after a Hello Kitty stamping plate for some time, and while there are some official Sanrio ones, the designs did not exactly fit my needs. I am young at heart, and realise this would not be my everyday plate so I wanted something that my daughters could enjoy too.
The Born Pretty Store QA12 plate has three Hello Kitty faces, a couple of teddy bears, three full nail designs, two bows and a tiny heart and bow. It packs quite a lot and everything is usable, even the tiny strawberry between the K and the T!
I tried stamping on paper first to see how sharp the designs were and I was happy with the results. I have said before I am far from an expert at stamping so maybe my standards are not as high as some other bloggers', but I was more than satisfied. I got all the images onto my stamper in one attempt, except for the all black teddy which took me a couple.
I decided to test them on a super kawaii mani. I like to think I am a "less is more" type of person but this time I went a little over the top, with a couple of gradients and even double stamping on top! I used Essie Blanc, Sinful Colors Sweet Tooth and OPI Dim Sum Plum, plus special Konad polishes in black and white.