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I Tried It… Magnetic Nail Polish



There’s always a new trend in the world of nail polish – greige! Yellow! Konad! Neon! Crackle! Duochrome! Nail Polish Strips! Ombre! – and it can get hard to keep track of all of them. However, when Vogue dedicates an entire article in its October issue to one of these trends, you know it’s here to stay – cue magnetic nail polish.

Although it’s been available in Europe for the past few years, it only recently became available stateside. The formula actually has magnetic particles in it, and when you hold a magnet (conveniently located on the polish bottle cap) over your nail, the polish ripples and creates a 3-D effect. Yeah, yeah, that’s all great, but does it actually work?¬† Here is my review of nails. inc. Magnetic Nail Polish:

The Product:


I purchased the nails. inc polish from Sephora- at $16 a bottle, it is definitely not cheap so I hoped it would be great to justify eating up my weekly coffee budget. There were only two options on Sephora’s site – “Houses of Parliament”, a purple, and “Trafalgar Square”, a silver chrome, the latter of which I bought. The bottle itself comes with an overcap with a magnet on top, which makes it easy to apply.

My only issue with the bottle is that the directions on the bottle are solely in French, so they’re useless for the majority of US customers – thankfully, that’s what this instructional video, on the Sephora YouTube channel, is for.

My Attempt:

Applying this product is simple. You apply the first coat like any other polish – and as I hoped, the nails, inc. formula was opaque, pigmented and quick-drying. The next part is trickier. After your first coat is dry, apply a liberal amount of polish for your second coat. Immediately after, take the overcap with the magnet and place it above your nail – making sure not to touch your wet polish – and wait for 10-20 seconds, and poof! Instead of silver nails, you’ll have 3D-ish black chevron-patterned nails:

Photo on 10-20-11 at 11.24 AM #5

Obviously, you repeat the process with each nail. It sounds time-consuming but I promise, it isn’t – it’ll take maybe 10 minutes longer than another manicure. I’d wait twice as long as you usually do before putting a top coat on, though, as putting it on too soon can ruin the design.

My Verdict:

I absolutely love, love, love the magnetic effect¬†- literally, I have not been able to stop staring at my nails. If you’re adventurous with your polish, then I’d totally splurge on this. I promise, people will want to know what’s on your nail and how you did it.

However, I did have some complaints with the product, though. One, the magnet will basically make the same pattern on each nail- moving the magnet around won’t yield any results. Also, you only really have one chance to do it right – if you mess up somehow, you have to take off both layers and start from the beginning.

Is it worth the $16? Yes, if you’re into flashy nails. Personally, I really love this trend and I’ll definitely be rocking this in the fall/winter- will you?

What do you think about magnetic nail polish?

Would you try this trend? What’s your favorite crazy nail trend? Tell me everything in the comments!

Posted on on October 21, 2011 / Filed Under: Beauty & Hair / Tags: , , , , , ,

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44 Responses to “I Tried It… Magnetic Nail Polish”

  1. 1
    October 21st, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    So do you think you could apply a different color for the bottom layer and get the same effect?

  2. 2
    October 21st, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    When i first read magnetic nails, I thought it would be pretty ugly. However, I have to admit, it looks really cool. I’d definitely try this one out.

  3. 3
    October 21st, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    @Lottie- I don’t think so, you need the magnetic particles from both ions to get the effect, sadly.

  4. 4
    October 21st, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    And by ‘ions’ I mean coats- long week :)

  5. 5
    October 21st, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    It looks awesome! $16 a bottle is so expensive though!

  6. 6
    October 21st, 2011 at 2:27 pm

    Holy crap, I didn’t even know this even existed! It’s such a cool idea and the effect looks great! I want to try it, but I’m hoping another brand will come out with a more affordable option.

  7. 7
    October 21st, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Is their any place you can get this besides Sephora? like a drugstore or something?

  8. 8
    October 21st, 2011 at 6:51 pm

    This is such a cool idea! I’ve heard about magnetic nails a lot lately, but dismissed it thinking “Why would I want to turn my nails in magnets?” Now that I get the concept, I LOVE it- definitely going on my Black Friday shopping list.

  9. 9
    October 21st, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    This looks really awesome, thanks for sharing!! I was planning on heading to Sephora tomorrow anyway, I think I might give this a try :D

  10. 10
    October 21st, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    Love the look but I don’t think I’d pay $16 for a bottle of nail polish. :/ At least not right now…

  11. 11
    October 22nd, 2011 at 7:32 am

    I haven’t tried it, but Essence has magnetic nail polish that runs a little cheaper.

  12. 12
    October 22nd, 2011 at 4:17 pm

    This is awesome!! Heading out to sephora soon!

  13. 13
    October 26th, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    “literally, I have not been able to stop staring at my nails” So since you’ve painted them you have not looked in another direction?
    Literally = actually; without exaggeration or inaccuracy, why is that so hard?

  14. 14
    October 26th, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    I can not wait to try this stuff out!! I had a friend who tried it and loved it. I am just curious to know if there is anywhere other than Sephora where this can be purchased. Also, if there is an imitation brand, does it work the same?

  15. 15
    October 29th, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    I just tried the purple version of this polish. I love it! It’s amazing, it almost looks holographic. It’s a light metallic purple so it’s pretty much as neutral as the silver one. It’s completely worth the $16!

  16. 16
    November 1st, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    I JUST bought this from Sephora, glad you liked it as I am suuuper eager to try it!

  17. 17
    November 2nd, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    There is another magnetic nail polish by LCN. the polish is about $10 a bottle but the magnet doesn’t come with it. The magnet runs about $20. But once you have the magnet (available in a wavy pattern and a star pattern) you can buy the polish cheaper.

  18. 18
    November 16th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    i thought magnetic nails made you like magneto D: oh well still sounds cool tho!

  19. 19
    January 22nd, 2012 at 3:05 am

    Icing (by Claire’s) also carries magnetic nail polish. A 0.33oz bottle is $10.25 and the magnet comes with it. You only need one coat for this one to work, hold the magnet over the nail for 10 seconds (it comes with a tab to rest on your finger so you don’t touch the nail), you can get vertical or horizontal waves depending on which way you hold the magnet.

  20. 20
    January 29th, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Walgreens has magnetic nail polish for $3.50!!!

  21. 21
    January 30th, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    I haven’t tried it yet but there’s also a brand called Nabi that has magnetic nail polish in about 20 colors for $5. Their crackle is pretty nice so I’m sure the magnetic is good as well.

  22. 22
    February 2nd, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    yeah i really like nabi it has the most bounce for the ounce and they have it most walgreens

  23. 23
    February 6th, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    So upset just went to my nail salon to get my nails done. And they just got the magnetic nail polish and the lady was telling me about it so I chose the purple & she didn’t know how to make it work!!! Ughhh stuck with plain purple nails.

  24. 24
    February 20th, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    I just bought it at Walgreens for $4.99

  25. 25
    March 2nd, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Do you need a special base coat to use this? Does the magnetic nail polish come with the base coat or do you have to buy it separate?

  26. 26
    March 7th, 2012 at 11:00 am

    I got some at clairs for $8.50

  27. 27
    March 9th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Its only $10 at icing claires.

  28. 28
    March 14th, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    Maurice’s has it for $6 and it makes a really cool star type pattern.

  29. 29
    March 14th, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    I just got some at Icing, buy one get one 1/2 off. So $14. It looks cool but I kept touching the surface with the cap and messing it up.

  30. 30
    March 15th, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    They have magnetic nail polish at Justice (yes, I know, the tween girls store), but it’s $8.50 and the whole store is 40% off right now, so it’s about $5.

  31. 31
    April 1st, 2012 at 12:38 pm

    Wish i could of seen the whole video about the product… I have bought two bottles & neither worked… Didn’t know there is two caps, i tried taking the one w/ magnet off it didn’t come off,,,I couldn’t get the polish to do what it was supposed to do… I wish i could find out what is wrong…

    June Van Drew

  32. 32
    April 4th, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    I tried the Nabi brand from Walgreens, some kind of plum color. It works nicely, just a little time consuming, would def. splurge and spend the money on a more expensive brand if it means the polish doesn’t clump up so quickly.

  33. 33
    April 7th, 2012 at 12:27 am

    Hey just read this and saw that you loved the outcome but had a few complaints and felt I could address them for you; wanted you to know that China Glaze has their own version of this type of polish! But in my opinion, better.
    1. It’s $10 instead of $16, you do have to buy a magnet separate (also at $10) but the good news is that one magnet comes with 3 different designs!
    2. You only need 1 coat, not two! Same process; apply to single nail, use magnet 5-10 seconds.
    3. If you mess up, well just paint over it right away and try again, works just as well as the first time!

  34. 34
    April 12th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Just bought a plum colored bottle at Hot Topic for only $7! It’s called Magnetic Force by Color Club and works absolutely amazing.

  35. 35
    April 18th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    So I’ve just discovered magnetic polishes and have found a few things that might be surprising. First off, the brand Finger Paints (found at Sally’s Beauty) has the exact same bottle and polish (it works just as well too) but they sell it for only $6.99. Secondly, though you might have to do one nail at a time, it is important to keep the coats thick in order to get the best possible results with the magnet.
    Hope these tips help anyone who is looking to try magnetic polishes!

  36. 36
    June 8th, 2012 at 7:13 pm

    This is awesome but I bought it at target for $8

  37. 37
    June 18th, 2012 at 3:16 pm

    For instructional video, go to You Tube and type in Magnetic Nail Polish. My favorite is the Italian lady. Her accent cracks me up. Sally Hansen is usually $8.99 at Walgreens. Directions say two coats. We only did one coat and it worked beautifully. The magnet is in the two-part cap. It’s great!

  38. 38
    July 2nd, 2012 at 11:20 am

    you can find better prices.. I got mine for $3 a bottle at a flea market… u can also find it on amazon fairly cheap..

  39. 39
    July 2nd, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Hey Guys- I’m loving that you’re all still commenting on this :) But remember that this was written back in October, almost 9 months ago, so of course by now there will be much cheaper (and maybe even better!) options out there. Keep ‘em coming!

  40. 40
    July 9th, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    I have the sally hanson version i love the effect however it seems to chip very easy…I even used a top coat…has anyone else had this problem?

  41. 41
    July 27th, 2012 at 8:55 am

    this polish is awesome! More and more companies are starting too make their own so you can actually find it at walmart for like $8 or $9 & walgreens for $10 which doesn’t hurt as much to experiment I recomend everyone try it. the one I tried was made by sally hansen & it looks just as cool as everything I’ve seen on line they all have the same basic idea.

  42. 42
    July 27th, 2012 at 9:02 am

    this polish is awesome! More and more companies are starting too make their own so you can actually find it at walmart for like $8 or $9 & walgreens for $10 which doesn’t hurt as much to experiment I recomend everyone try it. the one I tried was made by sally hansen & it looks just as cool as everything I’ve seen on line they all have the same basic idea. I’ve also tried several magnets from my fridge & some of them really surprise you with crazy stripey patterns from the cheapest magnet on my fridge it s from a drs office & won’t even hold one piece of paper! Be creative have fun & if you mess up you really don’t have to start over some of mine I did 3 to 4 times and would just paint over the mistake & try again once they dry you can’t tell how many coats you did just don’t glob it on.

  43. 43
    August 21st, 2013 at 1:58 am

    I don’t have design on my nail polish cap then what to do?

  44. 44
    September 14th, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    I bought it from my hospital gift shop on clearance. They were initially priced at $10.50/bottle. I got four of them for a total of $10.50. I can’t wait to try them with my daughters. They will love it.

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