Uber Chic Beauty Mat

By on October 17, 2015 in Advice , Reviews

Uber Chic Beauty Mat review has been due for ages but I just haven’t had time to write it up until tonight.

OK, first things first. I got it from She Sells Seashells for £12.50 posted. It arrived within days and was packed well. The package even included a little sweet treat for me. Nice!

Uber Chic Beauty Mat review

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Over the almost a month I have been using it I have found some positive and some negative aspects about the Uber Chic Beauty Mat.

The Good:

  • Looks neat.
  • Protects table from polish stains/spills.
  • Large in size (about A3ish).
  • Nice little finger images with different nail shapes to swatch polish/do nail art.
  • Easy to peel stamping decals off when dry.

The Bad:

  • Not able to stamp directly on the mat. Have to apply a layer of clear polish first, wait for it to dry and then stamp over it. This is a huge minus for me!!
  • Not easy to clean with nail polish remover, have to use acetone/wait for polish to be dry to peel it off.
  • Only five fingers with one shape pictured. Kinda sucks when you want to do 10 decals on oval nails for example. There would be enough room on the mat for 10 of each finger, not sure why it was decided to do just 5.
  • Some polishes can stain the mat. Thankfully it rubbed off after a while. Oddly, the polish stained the mat but didn’t stain my nails. So can’t trust it to see if a polish is a nail stainer.
  • Dust gets stuck on it. Hair gets stuck on it. So annoying. Instead of having it on the table all the time I now only use it when I need it. A bit disappointing but this is how rubber is, I don’t know if it’s fair to complain about that.

Overall I would say the mat didn’t live up to the hype for me but I am not regretting buying it either. It’s a nice thing to have but one could easily live without it.

Would love to hear your thoughts on the Uber Chic Beauty Mat.

Thanks for reading!


15 Comments

Anna - lacquer_liefde

October 17, 2015 @ 07:32

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Thanks for this nice review! I’ve ordered mine yesterday at a finnish shop. :-) I’m really excited to try it. Have you tried to work with a lint roller to get controle of the dust on the mat? I’ve heard they’re working pretty fine to remove the polish…

Grettings from rainy Germany <3

Anna

A.J.

October 17, 2015 @ 14:30

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No I haven't but I will now :D Thanks for the tip!!

Brenda

October 17, 2015 @ 19:04

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Hi, Love your Blog and look forward to all of your posts.

I was very tempted to buy this but I haven’t yet. I appreciate your review so much! There were a couple of things that were keeping me from buying it. The first was that there weren’t enough nails on it! Just like you said. Also, maybe this is just me, but I want a black portion o the mat to test and play with stamping polishes. If it had enough fingernails I could actually paint half of them black and make it work out but I just couldn’t bring myself to buy with it lacking so much of what I really wanted.

That you can’t stamp directly onto the mat is really good info to know! I would have been really disappointed by that.

I ended up making my own using the templates you provide here:

http://nail-lacquer.co.uk/nail-art-template/

I chose the shape I prefer and printed the sheet of 5 hands with fingernails and also the solid sheet of nails. I put them back to back and laminated them so that both sides are useable.

Oh, and I used my photo editing software to very easily (just one click) fill in half of the nails with black – yay :).

Stamps work perfect on the glossy surface and acetone isn’t degrading it. If it does eventually it won’t be a big deal. The package I bought was only $7.00 for 5 sets of diy laminating sheets.

I’m not that great with photo editing software so I couldn’t get very fancy with my sheets. I think we could make these so cute! Would love for some pros to make sheets and share them :)

A.J.

October 18, 2015 @ 11:58

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Hi, thanks! I laminated my templates as well but I like the mat over them because you can't peel them off from the laminated mat, they slide off Uber mat very well. That black nail idea is great tho! I sometimes test how a polish stamps over black by stamping the image on the black polish bottle, like on the part where it's just clear glass and no logos. :D

Yasinisi

October 18, 2015 @ 05:34

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I love this mat. I’ve own it for only two weeks now, but so far I cannot say a bad word about it. I don’t mind different nail shapes either.. I always make my decals bigger anyway ;)

A.J.

October 18, 2015 @ 12:04

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I make my decals a bit bigger as well but still would prefer 10 nails with the same shape on the mat :D

Brenda

October 18, 2015 @ 12:27

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Ohhh, I see what you mean. I’m such a newbie. I haven’t done the decal thing yet but I want to when I feel brave enough. It’s good to know that it doesn’t work well on my laminated sheets. I may need the Uber Mat after all.

I’m just learning about all of this and I’m practicing my stamping and nail art on your templates. The laminating seems to work great for that. Stamping onto the bottle is a great idea!! I also just bought some swatches, the false nails attached to the plastic sticks. I’m having lots of fun with those.

It sounds like the Uber Mat is clear? I didn’t realize that from looking at the pictures online. If I could put it over your templates then I would have the nails I want to work on that way.

Thanks for all the interesting info :).

A.J.

October 18, 2015 @ 13:56

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No the mat is not 100% see trough but transparent enough to put the template underneath and see them. Ooh I have just ordered more swatch sticks as well :D Do you practice nail art on them or use them to swatch your polishes? I swatched my whole collection at one point but then lost track and now trying to catch up with the swatch sticks again.

Brenda

October 18, 2015 @ 23:28

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I am using them to practice nail art but I also want to swatch my whole collection. I want to do it even more after seeing your blog post on “How to Swatch Polish”. Your swatch collection is beautiful and I want mine to look like that lol :). Can’t tell you how glad I am to have read that BEFORE starting such a large project and making mistakes that would take a long time to correct.

A.J.

October 21, 2015 @ 13:00

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Haha kinda got the idea to write the blog post after talking to you so I have to thank you for that! :) x

Brenda

October 21, 2015 @ 17:10

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Yay I’m SO glad you had the wonderful idea to share and super happy if I could help :). Between your beautiful manicure ideas, tutorials, the the templates you share, and now all that I’ve learned about swatching, I wish I could help you more. I should probably come wash your car at least hehe :). Seriously, your blog is just the BEST!

Kathryn J

October 24, 2015 @ 14:47

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It’s interesting to read your thoughts on the mat. I agree it does collect dust & hair but I just roll my lint roller over it before/after using it and it cleans up beautifully. The nail templates have limited value as they’re never going to be the exact right size for any one person, but I have found them helpful for practising designs and seeing how they look on a nail shape. I love using it to create decals, and I had noticed that you can’t stamp directly onto the mat, but I think the demo video showed stamping over clear polish anyway so I guess that’s how it’s designed to work best. Overall I think it’s a useful bit of kit and a first of it’s kind, so we might see an improved version at some point which takes on board user feedback. Great review and I enjoyed reading all the comments as well! :)

Brenda

November 27, 2015 @ 07:57

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Thought I would share that UberChic is having a great Black Friday sale. I just bought the Uber Mat for US $8.39. Just about everything is discounted :) so I ordered several things I’ve been wanting. Thought you and your readers might want to know :). On one of your posts you talked about the Creative Stamper, so I ordered it a few weeks ago but I haven’t had time to use it yet. I’m going to have to set aside major nail time for all my new Uber things. Love your recent swatches!! Lots of great Holiday colors.

Kathryn, I love your idea of using the lint roller to clean the mat. That’s something I always have handy to clean my stamp heads so that is a fast and easy solution :).

A.J.

November 28, 2015 @ 18:03

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Ooh thank you for sharing, that is such a sweet bargain!! I will have a look on their website now:)

A.J.

November 28, 2015 @ 18:06

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Oh nooo I didn't realise it was too late, I thought it is Friday today but it's Saturday lol you can see I have been too busy!!

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