Magnetic Polish Is Here!

Magnetic nail polish is one of the hottest new trends, and it’s been making the rounds on all the nail polish blogs for the past few months. I’ve been intrigued from the start, of course, but most of the brands available were either foreign or quite expensive. One of the few US brands to make it, LCN, also required you to buy a separate magnet to complete the effect. And at $9.90 for the polish and a whopping $19.90 for the magnet, I decided it was  a trend I could wait on. Plus, I just wasn’t excited by any of their colors.

But then along came the British brand, nails inc., with their new Sephora line which includes 2 shades of Magnetic Polish priced at $16 each and I was sold!

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Not that $16 is that far away from the LCN price but the difference is kind of an issue of principle for me. You see, the nails inc. polish includes the magnet on the top of the cap! And this cap comes off to reveal the brush lid (much like the Butter polishes). The magnet even has a curved, raised edge as part of the cap to help you position and hold the magnet correctly over your nail. Genius!

So there are two shades so far, Trafalgar Square (silver) and Houses of Parliament (purple). I chose the latter. I painted two coats of Houses of Parliament and did the magnetize effect with the second coat. The polish is kind of thick and not very forgiving, so don’t be afraid to glop it on there. Plus, you want the polish to be fairly thick in order to get the full effect of the magnetized design. I had to add a third coat to some nails because the polish also dries fairly quick. You want to be swift with that magnet! I only smudged one nail with the magnet, too, which I think is pretty good. If you don’t paint your nails regularly, you might experience a bit of a learning curve with magnetic polish. But it’s definitely less so than with something like the Konad stamper. If you don’t get enough an effect with the magnet the first time, just slop on another coat and try again!

The saleslady at Sephora showed me how you can use the magnet in different ways to create different designs, but I decided to just hold it straight above my nail. The effect is a sort of wavy design. I really like it! It’s not something I’ll wear all the time, and I’ll probably hold off on buying any more magnetic polishes until there are some better colors, but it’s fun!

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2 Responses to “Magnetic Polish Is Here!”

  1. Yay for magnetic polishes! I am absolutely in love with them. I just wish they weren’t so expensive. 😦

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