Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Konad vs Fauxnad (and a brief e-tailer review)


Hey everyone:

I thought a little comparison between Konad and Fauxnad plates might be helpful for those of you who are just getting into stamping nail art. At very least it should give you an idea of the range of options available for stamping.  (If you're already aware of this or not interested in nail art stuff, feel free to skip this post and check out some awesome entries from my fellow PoP bloggers!) :)

Currently I own twenty-six nail art plates, sixteen of which are "official" Konad plates, and fifteen of which were purchased from Kathleen at OCNailart. The initial plate which led to my foray in blogging was purchased from a kiosk at a local mall that specialized in nail art.

My remaining (Fauxnad) plates were recently purchased from French e-tailer Véronique at chez-Delaney.  To my knowledge chez-Delaney offers no discount codes, but their shipping is decent.

Both Kathleen and Véronique are extremely helpful and in many cases they respond to email inquiries quite quickly.  Orders (shipped standard) are quick to arrive (I was really surprised at how quickly my shipment arrived from France) and both of them are happy to help sort out any errors you may have with your order.  (I've updated my OCNailart orders at the last second with no problem at all and I've had an incorrect plate listed on my chez-Delaney order which Véronique attended to immediately.) My recent acquisitions were the third and first time I had purchased from OCNailart and chez-Delaney respectively and in all cases I have been quite satisfied.


So what's the difference between Konad and Fauxnad, you ask?  Well, there are a couple of different things so let's begin at the top.

Quality of the plate(s)
Konad images are etched onto stainless steel discs with a finished (filed) edge and a paper backing.  To the touch, these plates are solid, with a decent amount of weight behind them.  By contrast, fauxnad plates are pressed using a lighter (seemingly flimsier material), are often unfinished, with a rough edge (not as sharp as a lid removed with a can opener, but along those lines), and do not possess a paper back.  This might be bothersome to some.  For me it isn't much of an issue, but I would advise against leaving younger children unsupervised with unfinished fauxnad plates.

A comparison of Fauxnad (top) and Konad (bottom) full images.
Fauxnad measures 16x20mm and some full Fauxnad designs are even larger while Konad measures approximately 13X17mm
, typical of most full nail Konad images.


 Quality of the image(s)
There has been some debate as to the quality of images available on Fauxnad plates.  Fauxnad plates offer a wide range of images to choose from (and in many cases provide a replica of an original Konad image.)  One of the great things about many Fauxnad plates is that their plates come with mirror images which is especially great for doing stamping on both hands when you want your image to face in the same direction i.e. always toward the thumbs.  However, if you look closely enough (not that anybody ever will) you'll find that some of these mirrored images are slightly off which suggests an inattention to detail.

Some people have also complained that certain fauxnad plates have not been etched as deep as Konad plates.  I have had alternating trouble picking up images from both Konad and fauxnad plates respectively (sometimes due to the polish I use, sometimes due to my stamping technique) so I'm not totally convinced that the quality of the etchings on a fauxnad plate is necessarily worse.  (This may be something I get back to later.)

L-R: Fauxnad H22, Konad m51


Size of plates and "full sized" images
While many fauxnad plates come in the same size as Konad plates (just over 5.5cm), fauxnad also offers you larger plates (7cm in diameter) and in my opinion, if you were going to invest in fauxnad, these would be the ones to get.  In contrast with Konad, these larger plates offer larger "full sized" nail images which are great for easily covering the entire nail (especially if one has longer nails) and minimizes the need for double-stamping. From a design point, I find these full sized images are also a lot more interesting than many of the full sized images that Konad has to offer. But that's totally personal preference.  All in all, I think mixing up one's collection is the best way go go.



Price Breakdown
OC Nail Art
  • plates cost $6.99 each
  • free worldwide shipping (over $40 US, $20 domestic)

Chez-Delaney
  • "small" plates (same size as Konad) cost 2.90€ (approximately $3.95 US, depending on exchange rate of course)
  • large plates (7cm) are 3.90€ (approximately $5.30 US) 
  • "A series" plates (7cm) are 4.10€ (approx. $5.50 US)
  • 1-7 plates (any size) shipped for 3.50€ (priority to Europe)
  • 1-7 plates (any size) shipped for 5.00€ (approx $6.80US priority International); 8th plate would be an additional  5.00€ (up to 14th etc.) - shipped in padded mailer
  • thus far, no discount code available

Feel free to check out my earlier haul post for shots of Fauxnad plates from Chez-Delaney.


-mKat

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15 comments:

susies1955 said...

Nice post. :) Thanks. I thought the way I figured it months ago that the Chez place was wicked for shipping but I guess I was wrong. I'll go check into it further. :)
Thanks,
Susie

mKat said...

They recently changed the shipping costs. When I bought stuff a few weeks back, I paid 2.80 euros for shipping.

Add to that the fact that Konad etailers can no longer offer 30% off and well... our savings are drying up!

daydream222 said...

Thanks so much for this! I've wanted Plate H22 for forever...too bad it seems to not be on the website anymore. :(

mKat said...

(I had to edit the shipping costs again...sorry everybody.) I wrote this entry a few weeks back and triple checked everything. Stuff changed a lot in the last few weeks.

@daydream, I find things sort of come and go on that site, so just keep checking back. (There may also be an ebay seller with the H22).

daydream222 said...

Ok thanks, I'll keep checking. :)

susies1955 said...

The cost if I have it figured right $6.28 a plate when you add shipping. Too high I think. Oh well.
:)
Susie

Lucy said...

I bought a Konad set last week and I just cannot use it, I can't get the designs to pick up properly and as for getting them on my nails...forget it!

susies1955 said...

Lucy,
What are you using to clean the plate and stamper? You should use pure Acetone. Some Acetones have moisturizers added and makes the plate and stamper slippery and the polish won't pick up.
:)
Susie

Lucy said...

Ah good point, I'll look into that - some of the designs "sort of" pick up, but others don't at all. It's been like that since I got it though?

D:) said...

Very helpful post! Well done :)

mKat said...

Lucy, I found that when I switched to pure acetone it helped a lot. In addition, you can try using a file to *very lightly* roughen your stamper - this may also help polish adhere better.

Be sure to try stamping some of the thicker images. I found when I first started (and even after a bit of practice) finer images were more tricky. The polish dries in the groves faster so nothing gets transferred to the stamp.

My recs: Thicker images and chrome polishes (ChG's Romantiques, Sally Hansen chromes etc.)

mKat said...

@ everyone... you're welcome. hope it was helpful! :)

smALtY said...

Thanks for posting, I finally found out where to buy fauxnad here in Europe!

Heidi said...

I also purchased my original Konad plates from a mall kiosk. I'm going to be ordering from Chez Delaney soon; I love so many of their full-nail designs!

After the scorching I took from purchasing them at the mall, the price of the CD plates don't seem too bad! Thank you for the comparison!

mKat said...

Yeah my original Konad plates and accessories ran me a pretty penny. My bf bought a few of them for my birthday last year (right when I'd first started getting into Konad)... It was twice as much as what we can get them for online, plus sales tax.

Oh internet shopping how I love you.

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