Review: BundleMonster ‘Fauxnad’ Plates

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term, fauxnad is a name given to knock-off Konad plates. I must be among only very few polish bloggers who didn’t already own the super-value set offered by BundleMonster – until now!

You get 21 plates for $17.99. Shipping to the UK costs $4, so in total that’s $22. At the current exchange rate that’s about £14 – bargain! When you consider the RRP for real Konad plates is about $7, you certainly can’t complain about the value of the BM set. But is their quality up to scratch? Check these pics, with Konad plate M78 on the left, and BundleMonster plate BM21 on the right.

You can see that while the plates are the same diameter, there are some obvious differences. The BM plates don’t have a paper backing, but they do all have a layer of film on top which needs to be removed before use. This brings me onto my next point – these buggers are SHARP! I managed to slice my fingertips a few times when I sat down to remove the film from the BM plates – ouch! The edges of the Konad plates are perfectly smooth, but you can even see a little bit in the picture that the edge of the BM plate is rough and sharp-looking.

Also, with the full-nail images, you’ll notice that the BM plates can house six of these while the Konad plates have only four. Although you could argue that it’s a good thing because you have even more designs for your dollars, it comes at a price. The full-nail BM designs are a good couple of millimetres shorter and narrower than the Konad ones. Unless you have short and very narrow nails, you’re likely to have to get creative with double stamping. I also noticed the french tip designs are smaller than Konad’s too, but they should still be large enough for most nails.

Lastly, I must say that I find the images just don’t stamp as cleanly and neatly as the real Konad. I’m not sure if this means that they’re etched too deeply or too shallow, but they’re just definitely not as perfect. Here’s my first mani using BundleMonster – Illamasqua’s Obsess, and the design is from plate BM20 stamped with China Glaze’s Something Sweet.

To sum it up…

:: Great deal, lots of plates for little money
:: Tons of designs to choose from, something for everyone
:: Arguably quite a few more interesting designs than Konad

:: SHARP edges – take care!
:: Full nail and french tip images are too small for most nails
:: Designs don’t stamp so crisply
:: Set does not come with stamper and scraper – you will need to buy these seperately from eBay or elsewhere if you do not already have any.

Overall, a great addition to a plate collection for hardcore stampers but not something I would recommend as a first kit to a beginner. I think you need to be well versed in all the ins and outs of Konad stamping before you try to get to grips with cheaper, lower quality versions.

Don’t forget you can check out my Konad Q&A here and my Konad picture tutorial here.

16 thoughts on “Review: BundleMonster ‘Fauxnad’ Plates

  1. The thing with the sharp edges of the bundlemonster plates, i don’t think they are dangerous. But they surely risk any surface, glass, wood or metal. My helmer is a disgrace because of that, ihihih. Kiss

  2. I only bought these cuties a week ago. In some points i will not agree with you. Many bloggers complain about sharp edges but no-one mentioned “bloody cuts”.I think none of the plates are as sharp as to cause such a mess. As for the other think you said that designs don’t stamp so crisply…I will totally disagree with that!!!Maybe you should try another polish.Actually I found out that these plates produce vivid designs with nail polishes I couldnt use with konad plates.The rest I will agree with you.
    This is only my opinion of course!Kisses
    PS:I bought the plates with my own money (17 euros including shipping costs)and I am not a nail technician or a seller.

  3. Great review! I’m not so sure about getting these – I’m a clumsy sod at the best of times, and my Konad plates have been stuck in the back of my nail polish drawer since Spring. I think I’ll try a few more Konad sessions before I take the plunge with BM :) xx

  4. @Carlinn: Go for it! :) x

    @Helena: Ooh I hadn’t even thought about that.

    @Kasy: Fair enough! Hey, I never mentioned anything about blood. I said sliced, yknow like if you run your thumb across a razor to check if its still sharp and you slice your skin? It doesn’t bleed, you’ve just seperated a couple layers of skin. I just thought it important to mention that people should be aware of it, that’s all. And I’m only judging the crispness VS Konad with the same polishes that I found work well with Konad, like China Glaze cremes. I’m glad you like them though!

    @Kim: Oh go on, go for it ;D they really are great value. I know you’re a frivolous spender and I completely condone this purchase! ;P


  5. Awesome! Thanks for this! I have almost every konad plate out there and was getting bored, I never even thought to look for the fauxnad plates, and at such a good price! Here in Canada, if you can even find konad in the store the cheapest they’ll be is $11 each so this is like getting a whole lot more for the cost of 2 originals! Order has been placed. This made my day lol

  6. @May: Thanks lovely :)

    @Lisa: These are fine, you just have to be a bit careful! :)

    @Freshie: Glad you liked it!

    @KittenMittens: Yay! Really glad it was helpful, I know the feeling of getting bored of the original ones. Hope you like them!

    @Kasy: Haha, thanks :)

    @Beauty Addict: Thanks, you’re welcome! Hope it was helpful!

  7. This is such a quality post and so well researched. I guess you get what you pay for. I think this would definitely be for an experienced konadist (this word exists in my books) to add to their collection of real ones. I am such a dunce, would probably cut myself with these. your fauxnadicure looks gorgeous and i could not tell the difference xx

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