Salon Express As Seen On TV Nail Art Stamping Kit Review & Photos

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit

The “As Seen On TV” Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit is normally not my kind of thing since I’m not much into nail art.

But after seeing how easy it seemed to use and how inexpensive it was, I felt I should at least give it a proper go. That’s my inner Brit coming out there.

I had also heard that these were at both CVS and Rite Aid and the kits were slightly different in that they contained different stamping plates inside. That’s true! I bought it at both CVS first then Rite Aid, and the plates are all different.

The kit comes with

  • 1 Scraper
  • 1 Stamper
  • 1 Holder
  • 5 Design Plates (each with 6-7 designs on them)
  • Instruction guide

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There are also instructions on the back that give you a visual of how it all works.

Even though this came with two instruction guides, I still had questions with a couple things. Being someone who has never used anything like this before, they kind of glossed over some key tips I think, but I will go over that more in a bit.

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Inside the kit you see the scraper, stamper, instruction guide, design plates and holder.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Rite Aid 2

This is the front of the kit from Rite Aid. The colors and stamps on the models hand (which look absolutely horrible by the way, you would think their design people could have done a more realistic job)  are different from the one sold at CVS.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Rite Aid

This is the photo on the front of the Rite Aid kit. The plates appear to be the same as the CVS kit just re-arranged. However what you see on the front is not necessarily what you get inside. My plates were different than this.

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Here is the front of the CVS kit.

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And the plates on the front of the CVS kit. These are actually the plates I got inside the kit, so it’s accurate, unlike the Rite Aid kit.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Rite Aid Plates

Here are the actual design plates I received in the Rite Aid kit after I took the blue plastic cover off them.

They are: SE 02, 03, 10, 11 and 12.

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Rite Aid Design Plate

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Rite Aid Design Plate

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Rite Aid Design Plate

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Rite Aid Design Plate

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Rite Aid Design Plate

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit CVS Plates

Here are the actual design plates I received in the CVS kit.

They are: SE 18, 19, 20, 21 and 22.

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CVS Design Plate

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CVS Design Plate

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CVS Design Plate

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CVS Design Plate

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CVS Design Plate

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Stamper

The stamper that comes with this is a dual-ended one with a wider size and a smaller one.

Now I will say that the ends of the stamper that you actually stamp with are a little slippery. It says on the instruction guide that you can gently file the surface of them to help the nail polish adhere better. I didn’t do that but it might be easier.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Stamper 2

Large end of stamper.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Stamper 3

Small end of stamper.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Plate

This is what the design plate looks like when you put it in the holder they provide. Honestly I found it to be kind of useless and more of a hindrance than anything. Once you put the polish on the stamp and scrape off the excess, you get polish all over the holder. So really it’s easier and less messy to just put the design plate on a paper towel.

Before we go any further I would like to give you the instructions they give you and my additions:

  1. “Apply a base coat of polish to your nails and allow to dry thoroughly”. Now I was pretty sure what they meant by base coat was not an actual base coat, but rather whatever nail color you wanted under the design. But they could have been more clear saying that.
  2. “Select a Design Plate and place it in the plate holder”. Easy enough, though as I mentioned I prefer to not use the plate holder.
  3. “Apply polish to the design of your choice”. This is fairly clear but I was just kind of guessing on how much polish I put on there.
  4. “Use scraper to remove excess polish from the Design Plate.” Now here is where I ran into some issues. First off I had no clue how much polish I should scrape off or how hard I should scrape. First few times I didn’t scrape off enough and wound up with blobs of color along with the pattern on my nails. Then another time I scraped too much and the whole stamp didn’t transfer. Also something to note is the scraper has a sharp metal edge, so using it scratches the plates very easily. I scratched up 3 plates. So using an old plastic gift card or credit card is better for that part. (Thanks to G for that tip!)
  5. “Press the stamp onto the selected image to pick up the pattern. The Stamp has two sides. Depending on the size of your chosen design, use either the small stamp or the large stamp.” Again I would have added something to this to make things easier. At first I was just pressing straight down with the stamper onto the design. That didn’t work over and over. The stamp would slip right off blurring the design. Finally I realized that rolling the stamper from side to side quickly picked up the design MUCH better than pressing straight down.
  6. “Working quickly, transfer the design onto your fingernail by gently pressing the stamp onto one side of your nail and using a single rolling motion to apply the design.” That was clear and worked well.

A HUGE tip I feel they are missing is when do you clean the plate, scraper and stamper? Do you clean in-between each nail, after 5 nails or after all 10? For the design plate I didn’t clean it until I was done with all nails. The scraper needed to be wiped off onto a paper towel after each nail otherwise it got too messy. The stamper would sometimes have a residue on it also after stamping onto a nail, so I cleaned that off after each nail. I think this was a major oversight on their part in the instructions because as someone who has never done this, I had no idea what I should have been doing.

Some of the tips included are:

  • “Once your design is completely dry, you may wish to apply a clear top coat to the entire nail once the design is thoroughly dry”. First off I always, always, always recommend a top coat and secondly, this is a totally redundant sentence. ;)
  • “For best results use nail polish with a thick consistency.” Agreed!
  • “You may wish to gently file the surface of the stamper to cause the nail polish to adhere better.”

Some tips I would add are:

  • Don’t use the metal scraper that comes with the kit, use a gift card or credit card instead so you don’t scratch the plates.
  • Make sure you have cotton balls and nail polish remover on hand so you can clean the scraper (or card) and stamper as you go.
  • A good way to practice stamping is on an old mani you are getting ready to remove anyway. That way at least you aren’t painting a fresh mani, waiting for it to dry, stamping and possibly ruining it.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Plate 2

My very first try was with a black polish. Here I applied it onto the design I chose.

Salon Express Nail Art Stamping Kit Plate 3

I then scraped it off but didn’t scrape enough because I got a really crappy imprint with blobs and it was blurry because I had pressed straight down with the stamper rather than using the rolling motion.

I then decided to switch things up and try another polish for the stamping.

Base color

Here is the base color I used which is Zoya Tanzy. I painted a couple of coats and waited between 8-10 minutes to make sure it was pretty dry before stamping onto it. This is the hardest part for me because I loathe waiting for polish to dry.

Before clean up

The stamping color I finally decided on was SpaRitual Running With Wolves. This is what it looked like after I stamped on the leopard spot pattern and before I cleaned it up.

I used the large size of the stamper with this and as you can see, it’s much wider than my nails because it wound up all over my fingers also. I was able to get it fairly straight, but could have gotten it closer to the tips of my nails for more pattern coverage.

I have to say this was my third try with this pattern. The first few tries were huge fails until I figured out how much to scrape off, how to roll the stamper onto the plate and how to then roll it from the stamp to my nail evenly.

After clean up

Here are the final results. I’m not thrilled with my color choices, but I wanted to use metallic polishes because I know they dry quicker. There isn’t enough contract between the base and pattern for my liking. I think it looks just ok for my third attempt. The middle finger and ring finger came out the cleanest though the pattern isn’t reaching the very tip of my nails.

After clean up 2

Another picture of the final result.

After this I attempted to do another one using a black base color and silver pattern but after two failed attempts I gave up. The silver was either picking up way too much excess polish or not enough.

Overall:

I do think that this can be easy if you have patience, but it’s not as easy as they make it seem. Unless you have used Konad or another type of stamping or are just talented with this kind of thing, it takes a few tries to get a decent result. For me the worst part about becoming good at this is the fact that you have to wait for your base color to dry, then if you stamp it and it looks bad, you have to do it ALL over again!

I will admit I get frustrated easily, but I’m also the type of person who while I might be incredibly annoyed at it, I cannot let it go because I want to get it right! So I will definitely be playing around with this some more until I get it perfect. :)

Availability: Rite Aid, and CVS. Also maybe Walgreens I have heard.

Pricing: $9.95.

Have you tried stamping? Is this something you would be interested in?

-Kelly

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75 comments

  • December 7, 2011

    I think you did great for your first time! Keep practicing!
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Michelle Miller,

      Thanks!

  • December 7, 2011

    I’m really impressed, the Rite Aid kit has actual Konad stamps in it. I’m still continuously looking for these when I go out and haven’t seen them.
    When I stamp I usually clean after every other nail because the stamp fills up with paint too much. Yours look good for first try though!
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi D’Anna,

      That’s pretty cool. Good tip on cleaning the stamp I’ll try that next time.

  • December 7, 2011

    Weird that it came with diff plates at diff stores! I heard it’s also at Sally’s.

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Naomi,

      I know, it would be nice if what was on the outside picture was accurate of what you get inside so you know!

  • December 7, 2011

    These look fun! I have seen them at Rite Aid and Sally. I will probably pick a kit up in the near future. I don’t hold out too much hope for myself, since I can barely even paint my nails decently, but I’ll give it a go, too! ;-)
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Maureen,

      Practice makes perfect…or so they say ;)

  • December 7, 2011
    Mnemo

    If you have trouble with doing the full-nail images, maybe you should start with the smaller images. I did it that way, and when I tried it a couple of times and had gotten better at it, I tried the full nail images.
    I think your attempt on the pics is good! It’s a steep learning curve, so you’ll get better fast. Good luck! :)

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Mnemo,

      Thanks!

  • December 7, 2011
    Danielle

    If you are worried about messing up your design try this:
    Apply your base color
    Apply a topcoat
    Stamp on the nail

    If you mess up the stamp, use a Q-tip with some remover and gently rub off the stamp. Since the topcoat is on, it shouldn’t take off too much of your base color.

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Danielle,

      Good tip, thanks!

    • December 21, 2011

      Alternatively, just make sure your Q-tip or cotton ball is SOAKED with remover and gently wipe it away–no top coat necessary. I figured that one out early on in my Konad trials. Just make sure you let the nail dry again before you make another attempt. I actually messed up the stamp on my latest mani a few times before I got the final result, and there was no way I was starting a multi-layered glitter mani all over again.

      As for your scraping, remember to hold the scraper at an angle.

      Good luck! It was stamping that turned me into the insatiable manicure addict I am today.
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  • December 7, 2011
    jpscraps

    You might want to practice on a bare nail…less wait time

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi jpscraps,

      Yes that’s a great idea actually!

  • December 7, 2011
    Rose

    Its also sold at Sally Beauty with the same plates as the CVS kit… or at least mine did

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Rose,

      Good to know, thx!

  • December 7, 2011

    I got my kit at Sally. The plates I received are the same as the ones that you received at CVS. I kind of like those Rite Aid plates more.

    I felt like this kit was a good gateway into stamping.
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Esmeralda,

      I agree, a good gateway into stamping for sure.

  • December 7, 2011
    JKP

    Wow…SE12 is M60 in Konad world. It’s the only konad plate I have (I’m really new to konading and this don’t have a collection of plates built up.)

    For the price, I hope I can find these kits, if only for the plates and the lack of having to wait for things to ship.

    • December 7, 2011

      Hi JKP,

      Interesting that’s what someone else said also. Kinda cool.

  • December 7, 2011

    I’ve used Konad and it does seem easier than the As Seen On TV kits. Though, for the price, I’ll definitely pick up one at my Rite Aid!

    And you did good!!! Promise! ;)
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Brooke,

      Thanks!

  • December 7, 2011

    My little sister texted me about this the other day and I told her to buy it. Stamping is awfully tricky but once you get it down, oooooh the beautiful looks you can do.
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    • December 7, 2011

      Hi Brittany,

      I’m really wanting to learn the full coverage patterns like stars and stripes, etc. Those are the hardest to get lined up evenly though!

  • December 7, 2011

    I really want to try this, thanks for showing it!
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  • December 7, 2011

    YES! Love this post, since I decided to do my own mani’s I’ve become intrested in nail art so this is right up my alley.

    I’m going to check the rite aid and CVS in my area. They also sell the kits online via amazon and Salon Express website so I’m thinking there may be even more variety in designs.
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  • December 7, 2011

    I was really hoping for the plates you showed but I got my kit at CVS and I’m completely disappointed in the full nail image plates. There’s no way they come close to covering my entire nail! They even look smaller in comparison to the Rite Aid full nail images.
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  • December 7, 2011

    I got this kit from a local Rite Aid the day before Thanksgiving (after you told me to try back a second time because they were MIA for my first phone call) and was really excited. I’ve only used these with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear thus far because it seems to be on the thicker side, but I have also found it difficult. You can also use thick business cards as scrapers in all honest. I used a few of my dad’s and it worked pretty well.

    I’m big on hand-painted nail art like my current zoo-themed nails, but it is going to be frustrating if the stamper takes a longer period of time. At least my kid sister likes it enough for me to practice on her. She still has the nicest fingers and toes on her dance team.
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  • December 7, 2011

    I actually bought the 21 piece set from bundle monster through amazon.com and I bought a konad stamp kit from their also (real konad not a knock off). They say the stamp is worth splurging on (it was 5 or 6 dollars including shipping). I’d say they work well, I use the metal scraper that came with mine and haven’t had problems with it scratching the plate too much, and if it did it was just a cosmetic scratch and doesn’t effect the design. For the price (it’s about 22 dollars for 21 plates and the shipping is free) some of the designs are tricky because the design isn’t always deep enough to get a fool proof stamp but I blame it on me being a stamp novice. I think is a nice kit if your new to stamping but if you can I’d probably say do the what I did because you get more variety and the stamper is probably better quality. The bundle monster also has a plate with the leopard spots on it. And wow! That medi you did was awesome, makes me want to break out my stamper! Btw try it with some sheer but sparkly and duochrome-y polish with a matte top coat. It makes a soft and delicate design and the matte top coat kinda freezes the polish.

  • December 7, 2011
    emi s.

    It’s really helpful to stamp on to a piece of white paper to see how well a nail polish works as a stamping polish. That trick has saved me some frustration!

  • December 7, 2011

    I think you did a pretty good job, all things considered! The first time I tried it, I couldn’t get the image to transfer onto the rubber stamp at all. I was so frustrated that I didn’t touch it till after a few months or so. I’ve since learned that most metallic polishes will work well with it. Wet N Wild Fast Dry or Sally Hansen Insta-Dri polishes that have been left half open for a few hours work well, too. It also helps to have a cotton pad soaked with a bit of nail polish remover on the side so you can clean your stamper with it without having to hold it and potentially ruin your nails. Can’t wait to see more of your stamping adventures! :)
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  • December 7, 2011
    Kimberly

    Along the same lines as one of the tricks already mentioned, if you use a good top coat and let it dry completely, you can use the metal scraper to scrape off the stamp if you make a mistake! That way you don’t have to worry about messing with acetone and possibly messing up your base.
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  • December 7, 2011

    Hi, Im not into nail art either but for 10 dollars I would try it. I think I saw this at sally’s too. I just want to know if you think you will ever use this again?
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  • December 7, 2011
    laura

    I think you did a great job! Especially considering it was the first time. I really want to get the CVS kit, but the full designs look as small as the first Bundle Monster ones. Those are so hard to aim correctly, and make me want to throw something.

  • December 7, 2011

    As much as I love the look of stamping, it is not easy! I get frustrated too and then just throw in the towel. I have made a resolution to practice more next year.
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  • December 7, 2011
    ReaderRita

    I haven’t seen this kit out in the wild- cool. Although I think I might have a couple of the plates from the Rite Aid kit. (so maybe they’re actual Konad plates, or perhaps knockoffs of Konad?)
    I clean my scraper, stamp and plate off with straight acetone (nothing with any additives)- I do them all after every stamp, so I don’t have any stray bits of polish showing up anywhere. Also, I use a Q-tip to do it so my fingers/nails don’t come in contact with the remover at all.
    The tip about sanding the stamper is an intriguing one- it seems like it would really grab the polish that way.
    I’ve gotta go haunt my local Sally!

  • December 7, 2011
    Mara

    Hi, I have konad plates and the one you tried it´s exactly the same pattern as one of my plates! I don´t know if the quality of the plates it´s different. I´m satrting too, but i tell you what i do, maybe it´s helpful:

    I use top coat before stamping just in case I had to do it again.. and it happens often!

    I always use konad special polish and it´s really easy. the black polish you used first is too watery, konad polish is really really thick, like your oldest polish ever. And maybe you put too much polish and that´s why it was difficult to scracht later…

    Be careful when you apply top coat at the end, because you can mess all your design. if you don´t have konad top coat, try with seche vite, that worked for me too, beacause it´s thick.

    I started with individual patterns, and then tried the full nail designs. I still have problems with very thin lines, like the one you have under the leopard….

    Hey and that was really good for a first time!!! keep trying!! and good luck!

  • December 7, 2011

    YAY! I’m so glad that you decided to try nail stamping, Kelly! It’s so much fun, and you can really customize your nail looks really easily. After more practice, you’ll be a pro in no time.

    I love my Konad and Bundlemonster image plates – they make it really easier to achieve flawless results. I hope that you’ll keep trying. I’d love to see more cool designs from you!
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  • December 7, 2011
    Apriltini

    Great review! I’ll definitely be asking for this for my birthday. I figure $10 isn’t too much to spend, right? :)

  • December 7, 2011
    Bobisoc

    I really like the rite aid plates, so of course the one I bought was at CVS! I also think you have to pick a good color for stamp, not too sheer.

  • December 7, 2011
    L

    Something I discovered is that sometimes instead of having to redo the nail you can use really weak acetone free remover. I use StudioTools and a cotton ball, the only drawbacks are that it dulls the base polish a bit (but that isn’t usually noticeable after top coat) and it works better if you used several layers of your base colour (since it can create bald spots). But I think it’s nice because if it works you don’t have to redo it and if it doesn’t c’est la vie haha! ;)

  • December 7, 2011

    I have tried stamping twice. The first time, with a metal scraper, was a hideous mess. I got a plastic Konad scraper from eBay and it’s miles better and I did an OK job last week. I’m going to do a stamper mani once a week.
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  • December 7, 2011

    You’re still much better at it than me. I stopped using my Konad stamper because I’m so horrible at it. Thanks for the review. =)

  • December 7, 2011
    Rebecca

    It definitely takes practice and it definitely gets easier the more you do it. I did a mani this week with a Bundle Monster plate that has a snowflake on it; I used different shades of blue with silver and white and I love how it turned out!

  • December 8, 2011
    Sophia

    A lot of the designs you have are the same as my real Konad plates too. When i first started stamping, and even now actually, I like to use the smaller designs. They are a little easier to control, and my OCD side doesn’t freak out like when I fail to get the full nail designs as straight as I want them. I have also used the full nail design with french manicure guides, it looks much neater (again, appeasing my OCD side).

    I agree with some other comments about the full size designs being small. I saw plates (not small round ones, large square one) that were from France that had larger designs. But of course I can’t find the link…

  • December 8, 2011

    I probably should open my up… lol Thanks for the tips! They will be extremely helpful for sure.
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  • December 8, 2011
    Kary

    Yeah, this is exactly the same as the Konad nail art :) The whole ‘file down the stamper’ part DOES work. And I’ve found it helpful when you file it a little and then pass some acetone with a q-tip on it. it helps clean the surface of the stamper. Also, like Konad, they have special nail polishes that work 100% better for this. Some regular polishes work too but not as good as the polishes made for nail art work.

    If you, or any one on this blog, are looking for more stamp designs, I got a set of 18 plates on eBay for like…6 bucks. lol Obviously from China but It was such a great deal! I’ve heard that Amazon sells some bundles too :)

    Cheers!

  • December 8, 2011

    Nice I’m very excited forthis!

  • December 8, 2011
    Megan

    Good job and it’s nice to see another Zoya fan.. :-)

  • December 8, 2011

    Finally!!! I’ve been seeing tons of bloggers mention this kit, but I haven’t really seen someone do an in depth review on it. I still might buy it to try it out since it’s under $10. I haven’t decided. Thanks for the helpful review!
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  • December 8, 2011

    I think it looks great! I cannot wait to get my bundlemonster plates! And I’m definitely using a plastic card instead of the metal scraper. I have heard the gentle filing does help.

    Thanks for such a great tutorial! For someone who just wants to do a little I think this is a great, inexpensive way to add a little flair to their nails. Those are some nice designs!!
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  • December 9, 2011
    Natalie

    I’m going to have to see if I can find these at an As Seen On TV store around here, not having Rite Aid, since I love nail stamping but don’t like the high cost of the Konad plates.

    I find that the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colours offer good opacity, along with most other fast dry polishes.

    • December 9, 2011
      Natalie

      And fast-dry means less time wasted if there is an oops ;)

  • December 9, 2011

    I went to Rite Aid after G first mentioned it and picked up the last one :) I had been meaning to try Konad and the price was right. I like how your animal print came out especially because of the low contrast. Thanks for the review!
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  • December 9, 2011
    Amanda

    I just found this today at my local Ross. They had it for only $6.99. So if anyone has a Ross near them then you should check in the beauty section to see if they have it.

    • December 11, 2011
      april

      was it the one with the “rite aid” plates or the “cvs” plates?

  • December 11, 2011
    april

    Kelly, is the Rite Aid package’s manufacture name Spark Innovators? I dont have a RA in Albq…. and I am so disapointed because I got the CVS version. The plates are so generic. I hate that. A company should make only ONE version of something. I really like the RA plates designs.. so much more interesting!

  • December 14, 2011

    Amazing review! Must have this! I agree with the statement on the models hand how horrible was that!

  • December 14, 2011

    i dont get how they can get off by completely ripping off konad’s plate designs. (the first set of pics you posted)

    • December 15, 2011

      Hi michelle,

      Probably because something like a design isn’t copyrighted or anything.

  • December 14, 2011
    traci

    i spent 47 dollars on my kit thru the as seen on tv it came with a bunch of extra plates but I’m feeling like I got ripped off should I just send it back and get a kit from Sally’s or my local drug store? I would also like to know what polish to try. please help

    • December 15, 2011

      Hi traci,

      It’s up to you if you want to return it and get it elsewhere. Ross also has them for $6.99 I’ve heard. The thicker the polish for the design the better. Try a fast dry formula since they are normally thicker.

  • December 15, 2011
    april

    I got 25 plates from mash on amazon… 18 bucks and theyre pretty awesome!!! get this crappy kit and the MASH set… youll be happy. The pic on the package IS horrible. I am thinking it’s two companies tho. One gets sold to Walgreens and Harrietcarter.com then another brand to Rite Aid… My package said Spark Innovators. Anyway, I am happy now that I ordered the extra plates online… I am currently rockin a leopard print (which I wanted in the original kit anyway but ABQ sucks and doesn’t have Rite Aid. Happy stamping!!! PS… AMAZING review!!! Thank you for your time!

  • December 18, 2011
    Misty

    I just got this from Fred Meyer (its the same as what you got from rite-aid). So far I’ve had success w/ Sally Hansens Insta dry Presto Pink and SinfulColors snow me white. This product is soo much fun to play around with.
    I’m not sure if its been mentioned yet but I read somewhere that you can leave the lid off your polish for a couple hours (stirring occasionally) and it will thicken up.

  • December 26, 2011
    Makayla

    So, I realize I’m a bit late to this post but I have a problem with my Salon Express kit. I’ve tried using it many times and the plates don’t seem to be deep enough for the polish to fill. Every time I go to scrape it off, all the polish comes off and leaves none for me to stamp with. I’ve tried all kinds of different polish and none of it works. Is there anything you recommend to try and help?

  • December 27, 2011

    what a nice kit! love to buy it and enjoy the beauty of my nails. :)

  • December 28, 2011

    I’m glad I read your post. One thing the directions failed to mention is to take the blue plastic cover off of the plates. Before we figured this important step, the scraper took all of the Polish off of the plate. When I saw your photos of the plates without the covering, I realized the cause of the problem, and it works now. Thanks.

    • December 30, 2011
      Jessie

      I did the same thing hahah!

  • December 30, 2011
    Janel

    Quit being so hard on yourself looks great,

  • December 30, 2011
    Jessie

    I just bought this and what was really funny was I thought it didn’t work because I didn’t know about the blue peel-able coverings on the plates but I figured it out and I am obsessed now! It is so much fun I can’t wait to use it again.

  • December 30, 2011

    I think you did great for a first try. I have the migi nail art pens and have been drawing designs but saw the ad on TV for this product tonight and have an extreme interest. Thank you for you honest review and tips. I am hoping to be able to purchase the product soon!
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  • January 3, 2012
    Beverly

    One suggestion I have is to put a top coat on your nails and wait for it to dry before you stamp on it. That way if you make a mistake all you have to do to clean it up is take a cotton swab, dip it in some acetone and gently rub the design off. The top coat you put on will act like a protective layer to whatever color you have on. Also make sure the cotton swabs are tightly wound, that way you don’t get strings of cotton left behind.