* Prices may differ from that shownMore Offers
I am one of those people who bite their nails, particularly if I am nervous or stressed. With this in mind, I don't often wear nail polish. However, when I was in Edinburgh a coupe of years ago with my mum, we saw this in Harvey Nichols and my mum bought me this as a present. This nail polish cost her £13.
This nail polish has added iron particles which, when you use the magnet on the lid, pull these particles into the shape of the magnet. The design I have on mine is waves, and when used, it produces a wavy effect on my nails.
As I was planning on going out last Saturday night, I decided to give my nails some TLC. The colour that I have is called Houses of Parliament and it is a slightly metallic dark purple colour in the bottle. It comes in the same traditional Nails Inc nail polish bottles (which are slightly flatter and more rounded than some other nail polish brands). The main difference between this nail polish and other nail polishes in the same brand is that the lid is black and there is a magnet on the lid.
To use this nail polish is simple. You just apply as normal and then use the magnet to leave a wavy pattern. I usually apply 2 coats, the first one as a base to build up colour and the second, I use the magnet. You have to be careful to not let the magnet touch the nail polish, but there is a small ridge at the end of the lid that you can use as a guide.
I'm not an expert when it comes to makeup and nails, but I found this very easy to use. I don't get as intense a look as what is shown on the website, or when this polish was demonstrated to me by the Nails Inc sales assistant, but what I do get is an unusual pattern on my nails that looks a lot harder to do than it was. I love the effect of this nail polish as it looks so multidimensional when the light hits my nails. It is also long lasting, and I find that I can wear this for about 3 days before it begins to chip.
It's not the cheapest nail polish on the market, but I have always found Nails Inc polishes to be good quality and it's cheaper than a professional manicure. Mine is two years old now and hasn't dried or separated, unlike some of the cheaper brands of nail polish. It is also long lasting and a lot cheaper than a manicure!
Check out http://www.nailsinc.com/nailpolish/houses-of-parliament-magnetic-polish/966/ to buy, or it is available from any Nails Inc stockist.
~~~ Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish ~~~
Only founded in 1999, Nails Inc. has quickly become the UK's leading nail brand with a bestselling, highly sought after product range. Nails Inc. in my opinion provide luxurious, fashion forward and innovative products at affordable prices, and my review discusses the Magnetic Polish from the range.
~~~ My Purchase ~~~
I made my initial purchase from QVC the home shopping channel. I was intrigued by the presentation having never seen anything like it before. I immediately went ahead and purchased a collection of three colours. It must have been around the time of the Olympics as my collection all feature London landmarks - Metallic Purple whose name is Houses of Parliament, metallic gold - Big Ben, and finally a silvery pewter colour that goes by the name of Trafalgar square.
~~~ Magnet ~~~
Being a collection they come in a different format to the ones that are available to purchase individually. Two of mine have the usual Nails Inc. branded lids, and one, (the silver) has a minute lid into which the brush is housed, but also a covering lid, which is home to the magnet. This magnet is to be used on all three colours in the collection, or others if you wish, depending on what kind of magnetic finish you require. My set came with a wavy magnet, but other magnets can be fishnet (criss cross), and star. Magnetic nail polishes purchased individually come with their own magnet in the lid.
~~~ Designs ~~~
You might like to know that other brands such as Barry M and Boots No 17 have a magnetic range, and their magnets feature different designs such as chevrons, union flags, stripes etc.; the nail polish quality isn't the same, but by having them it would be a good way to ring the changes and add a new dimension to the Nails Inc. Polish. Alternatively, you could also buy just the magnets from various sellers off eBay; I recently bought a cute heart shaped one that works well, but I digress, and so back to the review.
~~~ Instructions ~~~
The polish is much like any other, but upon closer inspection you will see what looks like a very fine glitter within. This is in fact very fine particles of metal. Not only do they give the polish that fab metallic look, but when used in conjunction with the magnet, it gives the polish the finished 'nail art' effect.
~~~ Preparation ~~~
These are quite strong colours and rather than stain my nail I always make sure I use a base coat. Nails Inc. is preferable but not essential; I'm currently using an OPI one. Apply the first coat as normal and wait until thoroughly dry. I give about ten minutes if I can but as these are really quite fast drying you could probably get away with one or two for the first coat. There is a different technique with the second coat as you have to work on each nail one at a time otherwise the polish would start to dry and you would lose the effect.
~~~ Paint Job ~~~
It's up to you which way you work, but being right handed I prefer paint my left hand first. Apply the polish to the nail again; this is easy because the lids on the individual colours are quite chunky as easy to grip, it gets a bit trickier on the one containing the magnet in my collection as it's so tiny (photo's will be added to this review on Ciao to show you what I mean). After that, quickly take your lid with the magnet on, and slide the concave nail guide along the base of your nail, side to side in a very slow rocking motion. You need to do this for about ten seconds for the best result. If you simply place the magnet there and don't rock back and forth, the design will only be on the front of the nail, and not all over. As previously mentioned I have the wavy magnet and the waves bring a new depth of colour, and an amazing airbrushed look to the nail. Before purchasing this nail enamel I certainly wouldn't have thought that such a finish was achievable without being having a manicurist or nail technician do it for you, with the price tag to match.
~~~ Finish ~~~
I'd definitely leave a minimum of ten minutes drying time for this layer, you don't want to smudge the effect and ruin all your hard work. Sometimes I use a top coat and sometimes I don't. It depends on how much time I've got. I recommend that you do though as the manicure lasts that much longer if you do. I would expect to get three to four days without chipping without a top coat, and I'm extremely hard on my nails. I mean really tough! I can expect seven to eight days, maybe more if I wear a top coat, so it makes a huge difference.
~~~ My Thoughts ~~~
I know there are cheaper brands out there, Barry M costs around £4.99 a bottle, and this costs around £13 but I really and truly believe that in this case you are getting what you pay for. The colours are the most fashion forward available, and the metallic finish is equivalent to watching an old fashioned big chunky TV, and then watching in full HD, there's no comparison.
A Nails Inc. manicure at their salon costs a whopping £55. Why bother with that when you can get salon results at a fraction of the price - I could easily get 10 full manicures out of my 10ml bottle, so it's extremely cost effective in the long run.
~~~ In Summary ~~~
This is an amazing nail polish and one I'll continue to purchase. The polish on its own is good, but when used in conjunction with the magnet the overall effect is amazing. I do however deduct one star because of the fiddly little lid in my kit, and the lack of magnet choice. There's a hole of polish colours, but not many magnets to choose from. :(
I was bought Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish as a present, it comes in a selection of different shades with different magnetic patterns. I was given 'Houses of Parliament' which is a deep purple colour. The magnetic pattern comes out in wavy lines.
The bottle comes with 10ml of varnish, it's a glass chunky cylinder with an easy to grip black screw top.
**Using the Product**
Even for someone like me who uses nail varnishes very little, it's easy to use. You simply apply one coat on your nails, wait for it to dry (it doesn't take long). Then apply a second coat and hold the magnet which is in the lid over the nail. The wavy pattern appears, the longer you leave it, the more defined the image becomes. This works by magnetic particles that are in the nail varnish. What you are left with is a subtle image on the nails that's slightly textured. It's great to achieve nail art so easily in the home.
The brush is nice and thick and the lid is very chunky - easy to grip. It feels like a quality product before it's even hit the nail. The varnish is easy to apply and glides on the nail easily leaving no clumps.
**Where can I purchase it?**
Nails Inc products are widely available in high street stores. They are also on Amazon. It's RRP is £13.00 per bottle, it's currently reduced to £11.00 on Amazon.
My nails take quite a rough ride each day with housework, gardening, various games with the children, working etc. I don't wear gloves for housework. I did find that after a day or so that it chipped easily. Being such a striking purple colour it was very noticeable. It's hard to just patch up too with the wavy pattern in mind. So I had to strip back the whole nail with nail varnish remover and start again.
I have used a coat of hard, clear varnish over the nails before. That definitely reduces any chipping. It can be a little messy to apply though with the textures.
**Products currently available**
You can buy a wide variety of Nails Inc. Metallic Nail Varnishes in a variety of different colours - mainly metallic and different patterns which include wavy lines, fishnet (think stockings) and star shapes.
I'd definitely recommend the polish for a night out or occasion. It's fun to use and certainly creates compliments. It's nice to have something different on your nails. It's a shame it chips so easily, this can be resolved with a coat of clear varnish.
I recieved this nail polish in a gift exchange organised through Redditgifts, and it goes to show how bad I am at following trends in fashion that I had never heard of magnetic nail polishes before - but apparently they're quite big now.
This comes in a glass bottle which has a large chunky black lid containing a magnet and havign a small lip on the end. If you pull this off, you then have your standard nail varnish lid with built in brush. I was given the 'Shaftesbury Avenue' colour which is a lovely deep metallic green, and comes with a star effect magnet. There are other colours available, and different magnet effects too.
To use this polish, you apply your first coat, and let it dry. You then apply a generous sexond coat and then hold the magnet over your nail. Be careful when placing the magnet- you need to first put the plastic 'lip' over your cuticle then lower the pagnet so it is over the nail, but not touching. This will then draw the magnetic particles towards the magnet and make the star pattern. The longer you hold it over your nail, the more dramatic the effect - I like a really dramatic dark star, so I hold it there for a good 30 seconds.
The colour itself is lovely, and the polish is quite thick, which makes applying it mess free. It's also a very rich pigmented colour with a bit of a metallic shine to it, and the contrast between the normal polish and the magnetised pattern is simply amazing. The polish lasts a good 4-5 days without chipping, (with a clear top coat) - it's a really good quality polish indeed.
A bottle of this costs £13 - I had a very generous secret santa. I don't think this is ever something I would have purchased for myself, as I wouldn't have wanted to have spent that much, and not been able to acheive the effect, but actually this is incredibly easy to use, and has wonderful results. As someone who doesn't have a lot of time for mucking about getting creative effects on my nails I found this so quick and easy, and I really found the quality of this to be wonderful. Usually I would never spend so much on a cosmetic item, but I have purchased two other polishes from the range, simply to get the magnets which have fishnet and wave designs. The magnets can be used with any colour magnetic polish, and I'm having a lot of fun playing around with the effects!
4 stars - whilst I do think these are expensive, and out of my everyday budget, I think this polish is great quality for special occasions,and the colours are amazing. Plus, the magnets can be used with any magnetic polish, so I consider the cost partly offset by gaining a permanent nail art tool.
I was given Nails Inc magnetic nail varnish as a wee 'pick me up' from a friend who felt I needed cheering up. It was the 'Houses of Parliament' one which is an amazing deep purple colour. Knowing this is my favourite colour this was why my friend chose this one for me, she didn't actually realise there was more to this wee bottle than meets the eye.
When I first got it I wondered immediately what the funny lip on the lid was and why it needed instructions. I mean Instructions for nail varnish, really?? In saying that I did actually read them and boy was I glad I did.
These instructions explained the nail varnish was magnetic. So straight away sitting at my desk at work I just had to try this out! I got rid of the standard black colour I had been wearing and got stuck straight in. Yes I have nail varnish remover in my desk at work, a 'present' from a colleague who has seen the state I sometimes have my nails in when I've been too lazy to repaint them in days.
Following the instructions I painted a layer over one nail then held the lid of the nail varnish (this has the magnet on the top) over the painted nail. This is where the lip on the lid came in, it rests against your finger just below your nail to stop you accidently putting the magnet too close to your nail and ruining the varnish. After 20 seconds I removed the lid and my nail had an amazing chevron pattern to it with the purple and then a darker purple almost black forming the lines. I was completely amazed. I quickly finished the rest of the nails and ran round the office showing everyone like a child with a new toy.
How it works is unfortunately not magic as I tried to insist the first time I saw it. The nails varnish in fact has Iron powder in it and the magnet is not just one solid magnet but actually is the shape of the stripes so when held above the nail varnish it pulls the Iron powder in it into the pattern of the magnet.
Once your nails are done it is very tempting to want to put a clear coat on top to try and make them last longer but I would advise against it. Putting clear nail varnish on top slightly blurs the lines and the look is not as defined and striking.
There are now a lot of cheaper copies on the market and I have tried a couple, most noticeably no7s version. The finished look just never has the same quality as the original nails Inc version. Don't get me wrong they are good and do work but just not as striking. So I'd definitely recommend spending the extra £7 and getting the Nails Inc version (Nails Inc - £13, No7 - £5.99)
Trust me the price is worth it when you think how much you would pay in a salon for exactly the same look!
Well known nail polish makers Nails Inc. have come up with a new trend - magnetic nail polish.
This gorgeous range of nail polishes comes in a range of colours - all named after London attractions e.g. 'houses of parliament', 'trafalgar sqaure' and 'the strand' to name but a few.
This polish contains magnetic particles, and uses magnetic forces to create patterns on the nail. The result is a 3D, textured look.
I tried the purple 'houses of parliament' polish. To use it, you first paint a coat of the polish on the nail and let it dry. You then apply a thicker coat. There is a magnet stored in a lid on top of the polish which you then hold over your nail. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron particles in the polish move towards the magnet creating the patterned finish.
I think the final result of this polish is a stunning and trendy look. I have painted my nails many times with this polish and always get at least one compliment!
This polish RRP's at £13.00 which is pricey for a nail polish, but in my opinion is worth it, as you get a very trendy result combined with all the high quality of a nails inc. product. I am glad I bought this item and will probably treat myself to some of the other colours in the range in the near future!
It can be purchased at anywhere that sells Nails Inc. products e.g. department stores, cosmetic stores and online.
It is a must have for nail art lovers!
Thanks for reading and I hope you found my review useful
Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish is the most exciting nail polish you have ever seen / This amazing nail polish will give instant WOW factor and ensure that you are miles ahead of the fashion game / You can create a gorgeous nail art effect in just a few minutes