Product Type: Barry M makeup
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Barry M Magnetic Nail Polish
Member Name: katyj10
Barry M Magnetic Nail Polish
Date: 05/06/12, updated on 10/08/12 (56 review reads)
Advantages: Airbrushed nails for a fraction of the price
Disadvantages: Everyone'll have them so the secret will be out
This is a review of the blue magnetic nail polish I recently purchased from the Barry M Collection. I specifically wanted to review the blue one as that is the one I wore this weekend and I do have other ones from the collection too but they all seem to perform slightly differently so this is for BLUE ONLY!
What is it?
Magnetic nail polish is the latest generation of nail polishes with a feature. Following the mock croc and crackles, the magnetic polishes give the appearance of an airbrushed nail using simple magnetising technology.
The blue polish is one of the four magnetic polishes currently available from Barry M. It is a great deep blue colour and looks lovely on the nail on its own before the magic begins.
Each of the range has a magnet that will make a different pattern in the nail polish so in theory, if you buy them all you can mix and match. However with the blue comes a sort of flag pattern. This was in time for the Queen's jubilee so was probably a best seller during May and early June.
So far you may be a bit confused about this polish but I shall attempt to demystify you. Although I must admit I have kept my husband guessing over how I achieved the look on my nails! Firstly, apply a clear base coat. This is important to prevent staining on the nail and improve the polish longevity. Second, apply a coat of the colour and leave to dry completely. Third, a nice generous second layer of colour and apply the magnet to one nail at a time before the colour dries. You literally have seconds for it to work so get ready to abandon brush and grab your magnet which sits in the lid. The lid also has a handy cuticle rest so you don't touch the nail with the magnet as you will smudge the polish if you do this. After 5 seconds, the pattern appears and you can start on the next nail. You need to wait a little to apply a clear top coat as it can smudge the pattern if you do it too soon and extra time should be allowed as it is a thick coat that needs to dry.
I struggled to get the magnet close enough to the nail so I don't think the pattern was as bold as it could have been. It was still a nice effect though as it pulls a deep blue colour to the top and leaves a paler one in shadow. I think it looked a bit tie died. Once dry, the nails lasted me three days before they began to chip but I could have probably touched them up a little bit or redone the crisis nails but I was keen to try another colour and effect!
Price and availability
The polishes cost £4.99 everywhere, they are sold in places like Boots and Superdrug. I got mine on a three for two deal so just decided of the four which one I wanted least and went for the other three although you could mix and match with the rest of the range. There are other brands that have released products that do a similar thing but they are generally more expensive and whilst I wouldn't mind trying them any time in the future, my budget was firmly on the Barry M level this time round.
Is this just a passing fad or will these magnetic nail varnishes be here to stay? I think they are quite interesting and exciting to use if you like painting your nails, but I think the colour palette is limiting as they are all metallic shimmers and certainly the blue may not be suitable for everyone to wear say for work.
Just when you think there isn't anything else they can create in the nail industry, something new comes along and I usually can't wait to try it as I add to my ridiculously huge collection of nail varnishes.
I think they are priced very reasonably and something that anyone can have a go at. I think they create an instant professional look and will doubtless have silent admirers as they wonder how you did that! The look is not 'in your face' and doesn't look at all trashy. I just wish my daughter was old enough to join in with me but she'll have to wait a few years yet as she is only one and a half!
PS. I was intending to try and review the other colours as I have found huge differences between the performance of them but it doesn't look like DooYoo want them all in the catalogue so just as an update, the burgundy colour one which comes with a striped diagonal magnet is the best one I have tried, long lasting, subtle striped effect and base coat + two layers of varnish (Recommended) plus top coat leaves them feeling as hard as gel nails so less accidents and breakages! Can definitely recommend the red one! 10/08/12
PPS. Don't bother with the fishnet pattern magnet (comes with black) it is messy varnish to apply and the magnet is virtually ineffectual on my nails so I don't recommend this one. 10/08/12
Summary: A great new nail polish product on the market