Review of Unlisted Brand Konad by margyface
I change my nails once a week
I just go shopping and quite often, cashiers would compliment me on my nails.
A Mac saleperson asked for the product name. I warned her it was on the expensive side, but she says getting professionally done nails is expensive as well so...meh XP
Anyway, be careful of the Konad sales people because some of the stuff they try to sell you is NEEDLESS.
All you need are: design plate(s), SPECIAL polish, the scraper, and the stamper.
You can get other stuff much cheaper at the drug store:
nailpolish remover, top coat polish, base coat polish, anything with sparkles, nail clippers, cuticle oil, french tip correcter pen thing, etc etc etc.
You can easily get a starter kid that includes 2 plates (m2 and m3 I believe) with 3 mini special polishes (red, blue and white), scraper, and stamper.
NO NEED FOR THE DOUBLE SIDED STAMPER....at least I find it's just a waste of money.
Here's what I did with the starter kit:
Notice how there's light pink there too....WARNING: some of their special polishes aren't that great. To me, black and white are a must and they show up VERY clearly.
I also got a light pink and blue (not the lightest, but still light), but they don't show up as boldly as plain red, plain blue, black, and white.
Green has pretty good colour payoff too.
If you're able to get to a Konad-selling store, act like you don't know anything about it and they'll do a demonstration for you. Try to get them to use the blah colours that I just mentioned
(other blah colours off the top of my head:light blue, light pink, gold, silver, purple, brown, yellow, anyANYTHING WITH THE SLIGHTEST BIT OF SHIMMER)
Some colours show up better with a certain base colour.
E.g. a darkish purple I got looked purple on white polish, but brown on skin/beige polish
There's a CHEAPER VERSION of Konad in China (I think). I heard it works just as well. I personally don't get it because there's a store 30 minutes from my home that sells Konad and I order online as little as possible (paranoid parents about scams=paranoid kid, aka me)
YES you CAN use NORMAL POLISHES, but you have to work quick. Fast drying regular polishes MIGHT NOT work too well (you'd have to work even quicker before the polish dries on the design plate). Sheer polishes won't work (They won't show up on nail).
Regular polishes are PERFECT for base coats.
Here's what I did for this week (and quite often):
base=beige/skin tone colour
Tips=pale sparkly blue polish
stamp=don't remember the plate number, but there were two kinds of snowflakes.
Top coat=regular clear polish with miniscule sparkles (the kind that I've seen only in Japan..where the sparkles are at the bottom of the bottle and you have to shake it. The clear polish has a watery consistency)