Product Type: Barry M makeup
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A bit of a let down!
Barry M Magnetic Nail Paints
Member Name: kiss_me2070
Barry M Magnetic Nail Paints
Advantages: Nice colours, Great effects when it works
Disadvantages: Nail effects don't work very well
~ THE NAIL PAINT ~
The nail Paint is made by Barry M whom makes a large range of cosmetics products. I am a huge fan of their nail paints as they have a huge range of colours to choose from and are long lasting and of very good quality. I have heard of these magnetic nail paints before from other brands and have been tempted to try it, how-ever I never got round to it. When looking on the Barry M website I saw that they had also bought out some of the magnetic nail paints. If I trusted any brand to provide good results it was Barry M, so I decided to pop into my local Boots store on the way to work the following day. The Magnetic nail paint is available to buy in 4 different colours, which includes Violet, Dark Silver, and Burgundy & Blue. All the colours are metallic looking, which make them perfect for a night out on the town. The reason the product is called Magnetic Nail Paint is because after applying 2 coats of the nail paint, you use the magnet on top of the lid of the nail paint to create a pattern on the nail paint itself. This sounded brilliant but I wasn't sure how it was really going to work but obviously there is something in the nail paint itself which reacts with the magnet to create this effect. I was hoping that the nail paint would work really well and it would make my nails look fantastic and a little different from just using the normal all one colour on my nails.
I happened to be going to an engagement party at the weekend and the dress I was wearing was a dark purple colour so I thought the Violet colour would look great with it. I also picked up the Blue colour as well. I actually thought I had picked up the Dark Silver but only realised after paying that it was the Blue. (I was in a rush to get to work!). I would probably end up buying all the different colours anyway, especially if they were good so I kept the blue colour and decided not to change it for the silver.
~ PRICE/AVALIABILITY ~
I purchased the Barry M Nail Paint from my local Boots store for £4.99 each, how-ever you can buy it direct from the Barry M website, and it will also cost you £4.99 per colour. I haven't seen the product in my local Superdrug store, although they do stock the Barry M range so this may be something they eventually get in stock.
~ PACKAGING ~
All the nail paints come in a square shaped bottle which is made from glass. You can see the colour of the paint in the bottle and the name of the nail paint is on the bottom of the bottle. The lid to the nail paint is chunky and made from black plastic. On the front side of each lid it has a different type of pattern. I assumed this was the patterned effect that would be on your nails once using the magnet. It also says Magnetic in capital gold letters. The magnetic is located on the very top of the lid to the varnish and is quite large as it takes up the whole lid. There is also a small curved shaped piece of plastic which is used as guide when using the magnet to ensure you don't put the magnet too close to the nail and ruin the nail paint. On the back and side of the bottle it tells you how to use the product and gives you the website address for Barry M cosmetics. The following nail paints have the following patterns on the lid's creating this look on the nails:
Violet - This has lines going across the lid
Dark Silver - This has wavy lines going across the lid
Burgundy - This has diagonal lines across the lid
Blue - This has a triangular type pattern which reminds me a little of the union jack flag.
The packaging stands out from the other Nail Paints as it states in large letters on the front of the lid that it's magnetic and it also has the pattern on the lid as well. This makes the nail paints slightly more eye catching as it makes you wonder what the product is all about.
~ USING THE NAIL PAINT ~
To use the nail paint follow the following instructions. These are printed on the side of the bottle but they don't go into as much detail as I have!
1. Apply a basecoat before using the product. I always apply a basecoat when using nail varnish especially when using darker colours as I find they can sometimes discolour my nails.
2. After the basecoat has dried, shake the magnetic nail paint well and apply one coat to your nails. As I unscrewed the lid I noticed the magnet actually come off on a tube like this, this will make it so much easier and less messy when hovering the magnet over the wet nail varnish. I painted the colour onto my nails. I loved the colour of the Violet nail paint and loved the way it had a metallic look to it. I would be quite happy using the colour on its own without the magnetic effect.
3. Ensuring the first coat of nail paint is dry working with one nail at a time apply a 2nd coat of the nail paint and then immediately, whilst the nail paint is still wet hover the magnet over the nail for at least 5-10 seconds being careful not to touch the nail with the magnet. You can use the nail cap ridge as a guide. Watch the nail effect work in an instant. I followed the instructions and working with each nail at a time I applied a 2nd coat them immediately hovered the magnet over the nail for 5-10 seconds. When I took the magnet away there were lines on my nail but just down the middle of my nail. I thought to myself maybe I need to move the magnet around slightly when hovering it over the nail so I painted the 2nd nail and using the magnet hovered but moved it around over the wet nail. I again got some lines which appeared on my nail but the lines didn't cover the whole nail. I continued to follow the instructions for each nail, hovering the magnet over the nail straight after painting it.
~ RESULTS ~
I was so disappointed with the results. Some of my nails had lines on them, which just went down the middle of the nail and some only had one or two lines. There were 1 or 2 nails which didn't have lines at all. I followed the instruction correctly and shook up the bottle well before applying the second coat. I got the magnet as close to the wet nail as I could using the nail cap ridge as I guide so I didn't get the magnet too close. I even grabbed a stronger magnet from my fridge; how-ever this turned the whole nail a totally different colour so you do need to use the magnet which is on the top of the nail paint lid. I just couldn't understand why it hasn't worked when I strictly followed all the instructions for each nail. The nail paint is quite hard wearing and doesn't chip very easily. It was at least 4-5 days before the nail paint started to wear off a little round the edges of my nails.
~ OVERALL OPINION ~
When buying the product I had really high hopes that this would work and I would have great looking nails. Instead I got left with some patterned and some plain nails which looked slightly odd as the nails didn't match each other. Even after painting my nails I kept reading the instructions over and over again and I definitely wasn't doing anything wrong when applying the nail paint. I will have another go at using the nail paints again with the magnet to see if it works any better next time. If how-ever I still can create the effect with the magnet then I'll just use the nail paint as a normal, plain colour. Unfortunately I can over give this product 3 out of 5 stars as even after following the instructions I didn't get the results I was supposed to. As it's a Barry M product I would have loved to give it more stars but unfortunately I can't. This is the only time I have felt let down by a Barry M product.
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Summary: Magnetic nail paint from Barry M