I honestly thought I wouldn't be showing you a swatch of a magnetic polish because I was ready to admit defeat. From the moment I tried this polish I had nothing but fugly patternless results. For the life of me I just couldn't get the wave pattern I had seen all around. But then today I thought I'd give it one more go (this was probably the 6th time) and hey presto it worked. It's by no means perfect but I'm happy enough to actually wear the results for more than 10 mins!
Boots released their own magnetic polish a month or so ago and I picked up lilac. It's definitely not what I consider lilac but hey it's a nice colour so no complaints here. The cap, bottle, brush, even colour is the same as the Nails inc magnetic polishes but for half the price. How do I know it's the same, well I went to the Nails Inc counter and compared them side by side when no one was looking lol!! In the photo above you can see the wave pattern on the magnet. This is not usually seen but I think when I swiped it with acetone it took a layer of something off!
On the ring finger you can see a black spot which was from the polish raising off the nail and touching the magnet!
Now that I've figured out how to use this polish I'm really loving the 3D effect it has on the nails. When you move the nail the lines look like they're moving.
In case any other people have had difficulties with this polish here are a few tips:
1. It's up to you whether you use a base coat. I personally always where a base coat to minimise staining. If you do choose to use a base coat make sure it has dried properly.
2. Paint all your nails with a 'thin' coat of the magnetic polish. Don't worry if it's not even as this will not be noticeable. Allow this to dry.
3. Make sure you have your magnet ready next to you and the surface is clean as layers of dried polish could weaken the strength of the magnet and give you an uneven pattern.
4. Ensure you have a decent amount of polish on the brush so that you can cover your 1st nail but not to much so you have a pool on your nail. I think it's really important not to put a thick layer on.
5. Grab the magnet and hover the magnet over the polish and try to keep it as still as possible, Do not move it around because you'll end up with a black nail. Most of the lids have a lip for you to rest your cuticle on and to ensure you don't get too close to the magnet. Now I've found if you place a lot of polish on your nail and place your cuticle on the guide, the strength of the magnet can sometimes pull the polish off of your nail which is why I suggest just hovering. If you're sensible about the amount you used you can rest your finger on that guide, just don't get too close. Leave the magnet over the nail for at least 10 seconds.
6. Repeat on other nails one at a time.
7. Put a top coat on to make it extra glossy.
I hope these tips help someone and thanks for reading.