Now here is something we haven’t had for a while on PN&BS – a magnetic nail polish! ( I know we had one last week 😉 )
This one was part of a swap and is made by Color Club. I’ve recently noticed Color Club cropping up in TK Maxx and Sally Beauty so it would seem its getting more available to us UK girls (and boys).
Like with most magnetic polish, this one is quite thick, however I find these tend to be better than those with thinner formulas. The colour is lovely too, a burnished orange, and once magnetised the colour changes subtly. I used my magnet from my Nails Inc Spitalfields as I wanted to see what the fishnet pattern would look like. I think it makes it look lovely.
I always do one thick coat on all my nails and then do the second coat one by one. I find its best to work quickly, paint your nail and get the magnet over it quickly. The longer you hold the magnet over, the better the impression. I did note that after a few hours the pattern was not as distinct as when it was first done.
Next time I am going to try the star magnet on this colour, I really like it and the wear (after a coat of my still beloved Hong Kong Girl) was really good. I don’t think I will ever get tired of magnetic polish as it appeals to my inner geek!
As I mentioned, you can buy the Magnetic Force Collection from Sally Beauty in the UK by visiting this page for £7.99 each. I’m sure there are other eTailers out there too.
Wow. Lookey here at what I found today at the Barry M stand!! New magnetic polishes in a range of lovely colours! I know lots of people are now firmly over magnetics but the science geek in me claps her hands loudly whenever I use them on my nails.
There are five in the new range, Super Nova (silver/black), Moon Dust (brown/silver), Neptune Sea (blue/green) and Venus Sunset (purple/gold). There is a lot of sparkly packed into these bottles let me tell you!
The first coat of this polish looks like a plain, silver polish with a bit of sparkle. Then hold the striped magnetic over and POW. Lines. Really clear black lines with copper and sparkle accent. I could not believe the effect. Seriously amazeballs. You can see in the images above one nail before effect.
I used a new-to-me Essie All in One Base coat and my Hong Kong Girl Top Coat to keep it intact. Its best to wait until the polish is set a bit before banging on your top coat. It does smudge slightly otherwise. Formula on this Barry M is fabulous! Good coverage, I did one coat and then a thick second before holding the magnet over the nail. Do them one at the time and you will be fine.
The other thing I love it that the magnet is quite wide and with the being a simple pattern, you can gently rock the magnet to get full nail coverage with minimal silver edging at the sides. Bonus, I hate a small magnet that leaves a little strip of effect up the centre of the nail.
I got my Barry M’s in SuperDrug, where you can currently get 2 for £8, otherwise they are £4.99 each. You can also buy them online at this page on the Barry M website.
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My love of the polish magnetic is well documented, see here, and here and finally here. So it was only a matter of time before I fell hard for the newest ones out from Nails Inc. What swung it for me was the new magnet type and the promise of a properly vivid green magnetic nails.
Like other magnetic nails polishes, the magnet comes in the lid. The lid is fully removable and has a lip so you can balance it over your freshly polished nail to create a pattern. The formula on Spitalfields, a lovely bold green (not vivid emerald as the promo images would have you believe), is good. Its thick, which is needed, and goes on with minimal brush strokes. The colour is lovely prior to magnetizing.
I applied one coat to all my nails, then followed it with one slightly thicker coat before applying the magnet, nail by nail. The trick here, with this new magnet pattern, is a steady hand. Because it is creating a criss cross pattern any wobble or repositioning will result in blurring lines. I know some people have struggled with this one in particular, I did on a couple of my nails. I wish the magnet was a *little* bit wider, on my thumb the pattern sits squarely in the middle of my nail and I’d prefer full pattern coverage. I tried doing half and half on my other thumb and it failed…. I notice that this is the only complaint on the Nails Inc page as well.
I do love it, a lot. I have yet to try the Barry M version so I cannot compare magnets. The fishnet pattern comes with the blackened silver, and there are sister polishes in red, blue and purple. I’m actually going to try this magnet with my ICING Polish from my PPP, probably in silver because I think the glitter definition will make for an interesting pattern. I’ll keep you posted.
I paid £13 instore at their Debenhams concession and you can buy it online from Nails Inc direct. If you love magnetic nail polish, you are probably going to need this…
What magnetics do you have?
Sneaky sneaky Barry M. Onto the market comes their take on the Magnetic Nail Varnish. Barry M Magnetic Nail Paints are now in my local Superdrug store. £4.99 each. I called into the store yesterday, they had two versions, a blackened sliver with a fishnet pattern magnet and a glossy red with a stripe pattern.
I call into the store today to pick one up for a US buddy and Lo! There is now a blue on with a star pattern. In the stand there is space for one more polish. What colour? Nothing on the Barry M website today either. I’m hoping for a good dupe of the emerald green one just released by Nails Inc. Otherwise, I’m going to have to part with £11!
More goodies from my Polish Picking Princess. The pink ICING magnetix nail polish, I talked about the blue one here. There are no words, this is divine.
In the bottle, this is a shimmery dusky pink. Its a good formula with just the right amount of thickness. On the nail its very similar, then you use a magnet to give the pattern. And BOOM! Glittery goodness! I bought a little magnet device of eBay for 99p, it has three designs, lines of two varieties and a star (which is what I was lemming for). It took an age to get here from Hong Kong, but the magnet was good and strong. I placed my finger in the holder on the second coat, then quickly placed the magnet over the top. If you adjust it right you don’t get the magnet into contact with the nails. This is much better and faster than using the lid of the polishes. And I love the star pattern.
ICING is a North American brand that you can get in the US and Canada. If you have a Polish Picking Princess, she might be nice and send you some.
I simply adore magnetic nail varnish, I think its very clever and provides a simple and easily achieve nail art look. Since they first started to trickle into the UK I began to watch with envy what became available across the pond in the US. Thankfully, a polish picking princess came to my rescue and provide me with some of the 4 ICING MAGENTIX nail polishes that have been on many a US blog, see The PolishAholic
There are many pics above, firstly of my growing collection and then a look at the colours that might be the same. Thankfully, having compared them all, I can say that they colours are different. The ICING ones have glitter in them and the 17/FashionistA ones are shimmery with no glitter.
So we can all breathe a sigh of relief that I have no duplicates and can justify keeping them all!
In terms of formula, I’ve previously posted about the red FashionistA Magnetic Nail polish, but the ICING one was quite thick. It wasn’t helped by the fact the brush was a bit wonky. Once I had figured out how to used the brush I could put on one fairly thick coat followed swiftly by the magnet, one nail at a time. The wavy magnetic with the ICING ones is lovely, I couldn’t get a clear pic, but again you can see the effect very clearly on The PolishAholic. The magnetic worked very well, I was pleased with it.
For great troubleshooting tips, check out Scrangie’s trouble shooting guide.
In the UK you can get your magnetic nail polish from Nails Inc, 17 for Boots and FashionistA in SuperDrug. China Glaze now also do a range available online. Icing is a US and Canada based store that does much more than polish.
I know magnetic nail polishes seem to have died a bit of a death, but this polish and this colour, reminded me of how impactful they can still be. This is one of the new range from SuperDrug, plugged by girl band The Saturdays. They retail at £6 WITHOUT a magnetic lid. You want a magnet, that’s another £3 to you and me. Now to my eye, these bottles, colour and formula look exceptionally similar to the ones from 17 in Boots. However, those in Boots come with a magnetic cap and are £5.99. If you remember, you can also get them from Nails Inc, and they seem to be the only one doing Gold***. Anyway, I digress…
This was a Christmas present from my mum, who knows I adore anything red and was quite taken with the magnetic polishes. As before, my biggest challenge was getting the magnet over the nail quickly and then not getting distracted in the 60 seconds it takes for the pattern to hold. If I got distracted then the magnet came into contact with the nail and I had to do that nail over again.
I got tonnes of comments on how nice my nails looked, tonnes. I counted at least 6 before I removed it. People loved the colour, and to be honest, the effect looks AMAZING on the red. As with all magnetic polishes it dries very quickly. I applied one thick coat, went over it twice and then applied the magnet. It also helps if you centre the magnet well so you don’t get stripes only on one side of the nail. Oh no, that won’t do at all. But once you get the hang of it, its great, quick and easy if you do one nail at a time. Once again I put on a thick layer of top coat for a bit more durability and a little bit more shine!
***So, before posting this post, I went onto the Nails Inc website and looked at their magnetic polishes, there is no longer a gold. There is a silver, purple and a NEW! Teal one. Then I googled them and found a RASPBERRY PINK one from Very! And all I was looking for was a new magnet that provided something other than a wave pattern!
I’ve been bitten by the new nail trend – magnetic nail polish. I’m completely suckered in by the fact it moves to make these lovely swirls and lines, if you are very lucky you can actually watch it move!
I have bought the four available from 17, from my nearest humungous Boots, but there are various makes and multiple reviews out there, such as Nails Inc, LCN who seem to be US based and the lovely looking Layla Magnetic, here reviewed by Michelle at All Lacquered Up. On having had a look about what is available to us girls in the UK, I have noted (and I’m sure I am not alone, at the similarity between the Nails Inc bottles and those from 17. Considering the former retails at £13 and the latter at £5.99, I’ll leave it to you to make your mind up!
Plus, a quick google and a look on Pampered & Polished reveals that Superdrug are off into the Magnetic Polish line too…. great colours!
I do find it quite tricky to get the polish on and then hold the magnet over it. I have noticed that if you put the coats on too thick, the polish is actually pulled towards the magnet and can leave a rather noticeable bump. Having done this twice now, I think its best to do one coat on all the nails and then do a second followed by the magnet almost instantly. Patience and practice ladies will be needed!
Magnetic Nails Try 1 - This is 17 Magnetic Nails in Silver
On the baking front I have also been rather busy. After last weekend Coca Cola Cupcakes, I made a Chocolate and Banana bread, which was divine. I am now, however, hooked on the beautiful baking goddess that is Lorraine Pascal and I am just about to start on her marshmallow fudge recipe. Plus her new Home Cooking Made Easy Book looks to DIE FOR! I’ll post pics and a receipe overview in my next post.