Review of Unlisted Brand Konad by Mojie
I very rarely paint my fingernails because I'm lazy and clumsy and can't do it without getting the polish everywhere but on my nails. But I do paint my toenails pretty regularly during the summer and after seeing the Konad talked about all over the net for quite a while, I decided to give it a shot.
I got the most bare bones setup that I could. I bought a stamper (double-sided)/scraper set, one image plate (so that if I hated it I woudln't be out much) with some full-nail designs (zebra stripe, fishnet, leopard print), two tip designs and one small flower design and a bottle of black special polish, figuring that it would look good with red (which is my current color of choice for my toes).
Using the Konad couldn't be much easier. Just spread your polish of choice (I haven't tried non-Konad polishes yet) on the plate, scrape off the excess, press the stamper over the design and then stamp it onto your nail, using a pressing/rolling motion. The design transfers beautifully without smearing and it's super simple to clean off the plate and stamper with a little nail polish remover.
My only problem was that the full nail design wasn't quite big enough even for my thumbnail let alone my big toe. Theoretically, you could stamp again and line up the edges, but since you can't see the bottom of the stamper when you're using it or how the design is lining up on the nail, it's incredibly difficult, if not impossible. I don't think I have particularly big thumbnails, either. For the leopard print, I can work around it on my toes by only stamping a few of the spots onto my big toes to make them blend in with the rest of my toes, but the fishnet/zebra print designs are essentially impossible to use on my toenails and thumb nails unless I don't mind the design not making it to the edges of my nails.
In spite of that issue (which only applies to the full nail designs), I still really like my little cobbled together system. I just ordered another plate (with some cute little animal designs and no full nail designs) and another bottle of polish (white this time). I do find that there's more waste than I'd like with the special polishes (you end up scraping off a good amount of polish and leaving more behind in the plate), but it doesn't take much and my bottles should last me quite a while even factoring that in.
PROS: (1) easy to use; (2) lots of design plates available (although most don't appeal to me since I don't care for flowers or other girly-girl designs); (3) can mix and match pieces to suit your needs--no need to buy a big set of items.
CONS: (1) full nail plates are too small for my thumbnails (which I wouldn't have expected) and big toes (which I fully expected) and are very, very difficult to line up on a second/third stamp; (2) waste of stamping colors due to the scraping process; (3) virtually all of the design plates are very feminine (which doesn't appeal to me).