Hello Loves. I have two new Messy Mansion plates to show you today: the Easter plate and the Owl plate. I know it's a little late for Easter, but I do have a sweet little mani to show you using this plate that isn't very Eastery. (Is that even a word?) And the owl plate is pretty fabulous!
Let's start with the MM36, aka the Easter plate. This plate consists of eggs and bunnies galore with a pretty amazing basket image to seal the deal.
I wanted to do a video on these, but I couldn't catch a moment when the boys were in bed to get it done, so I took photos of my first test stamps instead. These are my very first attempts for various images on the plate. I apologize for the glare in the upper left of each image. I couldn't eliminate all of the reflections on the polish no matter how hard I tried. The actual transfers in those areas are solid.
As you can see, I got a small skip in the nose of the bunny in the upper left image. I did a second test outside of the light box and did not get the skip, so that is a user error. I am very pleased with the basket image and the bunny faces. Check out those eyes! The egg image is a bit tricky. I was able to get a transfer that I was happy with outside of my light box, but it did take a few tries. With that said, I find this to be the case a lot of the time with fine detail images. Overall, I love this plate and can't wait to use it for Easter next year!
So, how about that not-so-Easter mani I mentioned?
Now for MM38, aka the Owl plate. I am more than a little excited about this one! So many adorable little owls to choose from!
As with the Easter plate, I took a few shots of my test stamps.
I am quite pleased with the detail on this plate. As you can see, I did get a few skips in the first image (upper left), but I'm pretty sure those are user error as they were not duplicated on every nail in one of the manicures I have to show you.
You'll notice I didn't test stamp the two owls on the limb or the trees with the bird houses. That's because I couldn't resist using them right away! They're just so freaking adorable!
For this mani, I started with a base of Couture Center Stage (swatched below) and stamped with Mundo de Unas black. I did have a little bit of trouble with the solid black portion below the larger bird house from the tree image (index finger), but as you can see on the thumb it was user error. What can I say...my stamping skills aren't perfect. :)
When I test stamped this plate, I realized I just couldn't complete this post without showing you those sleepy little owls stamped in white over a blue base. Would this not be perfect for a baby shower?
The Owl Plate (MM38) is currently sold out on the Messy Mansion website, but check back if you want it as she restocks regularly. Also, follow Messy Mansion on facebook to be sure you don't miss the restock! This is a very popular plate. :)
I know I rave about my Messy Mansion plates a lot, but they really do deserve all of the love I give them. They are high quality, I never have to stretch an image, and Julia's designs are fabulous! Every time I think I have acquired all of the ones I can't live without, she comes out with a new design that blows me away and gets added to my "must have" list. While they do ship from Australia, I have found that delivery times to the U.S. are usually quite fast for international shipping. So far I have always received my plates within 5-10 days of ordering. The customer service is impeccable as well!
The plates I have shown you today are press samples that were provided by Messy Mansion for my honest review, but I have purchased many as well and have never had an issue with delivery or quality. I just placed an order for two more plates last week and am anxiously awaiting their arrival. Now if she could just find a way to get her LeadLight Lacquers out of Australia and onto my nails, I would be in Heaven!
As promised, here are the swatches for the base colors I used in the manicures above.
Couture Center Stage is a burnt orange base that is loaded with golden shimmer. I found this one very easy to apply - no streaks and opaque in two coats. As usual, I swatched three just to be consistent.
Couture Private Jet is a delicate grey cream. This one did require my usual three coats to be fully opaque. Depending on how thin you apply each layer, you may find it to be opaque in two.
What do you think of the Messy Mansion Easter and Owl plates? Do you need them? Are there other Messy Mansion plates you can't wait to get your hands on? I'm eagerly awaiting delivery of the Lace plate and the Scriptorium plate right now! They should be here within the next week and I can't wait to show them to you. Also, check back next week for swatches of Lily Anna 09 and the Messy Mansion Pirate plate!
*The stamping plates featured in this post were provided by Messy Mansion for my honest review. The gel polishes swatched in this post were provided by Couture Gel Nail Polish for my honest review.