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I'm low maintenance in terms of hair and make up, however, I do like a good nail varnish. I first heard of magnetic polishes on ....... Doo Yoo! I thought the word magnetic was an adjective to describe the colour or the effect it would have on other people, but no, there is a variant of polishes out there that are literally magnetic!
So, if you are like me and not up to date with the latest in nail care, here's the concept. Magnetic polishes contain iron filings. The bottles have a magnet in the lid which, when positioned on top of the painted nail or moved over them, creates a pattern. Think early school science demo's of iron filings on paper with a magnet underneath or those children's games where you can give a man a moustache by moving a magnet around! I was very intrigued when I read about this and couldn't wait to give my toes the magnetic polish treatment.
The magnetic polish I tried was Eye Candy magnetic wave. I have never heard of this company but I know my partner picked it up in Sainsbury's for me as a treat after I had raved to him about magnetic polishes! He chose a dark grey/silver colour with what is described on the pack as an 'artic wave effect'. I don't know the exact price as it was a gift but I think they normally retail at around the five pound mark. The polish comes in a blister pack with details about the product and how to apply. The full name of the product is 'Eye candy London' and, fittingly, it claims to be made in the UK. There is a website address and Facebook page listed. I did go to to the website as I was interested in the range of colours and effects that can be achieved, however I was disappointed that it seemed to be entirely about their fake eye lash range.
So, what was it like to use? Well, as I am heading for 8 months pregnant and like my toes painted rather than my finger nails, my other half gallantly offered to do the pedicure honours. As a first time manicurist he had no problems applying this. It is perhaps a tad thicker than a regular varnish but you don't literally see the iron in it! He did one nail at a time, three strokes down each, before holding the magnet over. The magnet is in the cap and has a small ridge on it to help you position it over the nail without blotting the varnish. He said that he could literally see the varnish move to form the wave, giving a 3-D effect across the nail. The colour went on lighter than it seemed in the bottle which was fine with me. I would describe the effect as a texture rather than a pattern, but it was certainly fun to use. The varnish lasted a week of open sandal wear. It looked a little scrappy by then as I think my nails had grown quite a lot in the sunny weather. It wasn't chipped as such, it was a more a case that it no longer covered the base of the nail. It came off surprisingly easily with nail varnish remover. I had used a base coat so this may have helped alleviate staining.
I've mentioned this product to friends and family. It is certainly a concept that intrigues people. I think my expectations for the pattern were not quite fulfilled however, I will definitely be using this again and would buy it as a little novelty gift for other people as it is certainly fun to try.