Friday, October 28, 2011

Beep Beep!

"Ma'am, you're going to have to step aside. Please turn out your pockets and keep your arms straight out for me---"

"Oh! It must be my silly nails. You see, I just painted them with magnetic nail polish!"

Ok, so maaaaaaaybe that didn't really happen to me at the airport. Buuuuuuuut I have to say, these new nail polish trends are starting to be hard to catch up with! There have always been new & innovative ways to paint/decorate your nails, like those nail stampers, nail pens, shatter/crackle polishes, mood changing polishes, scented polishes, and the list goes on, I'm sure.

Well, the hottest new trend now seems to be magnetic nail polishes. I was at Sephora the other day, and Tracy (new bff i met) showed me exactly how it worked. I had read about them & seen videos, but it was one of those things I really wanted to see for myself, you know? So, to my understanding, there are little "metal" bits in the nail polish formula that are attracted to the magnet provided on the bottle cap. When your nail is still wet, you use the back of the bottle cap (magnet) and rock it back and forth against your nail. Make sure not to touch the surface of your nail. And in moments, voila! A unique wavy-type of nail design will show up on your nail.
 Well, the Sephora only had the metallic silver/grey & the purple, so those were the ones I tried. I liked the way the purple one looked more so than the silver (and probably the gold too) because I don't think the magnetic effect shows up as much as with the purple one.

STEP 1: Paint a coat of the polish onto your nail. I suppose you could have put on one coat, waited for it to dry, then applied a 2nd coat, but since this was a demo, I was super anxious to see the end product! hehe ;P

STEP 2: Turn the cap upside-down & rock it slowly left to right as close as possible to the surface of your nail, WITHOUT touching it. TIP: make sure to do so when your nail is still wet for best results.

STEP 3: View the unique design! ta-da! Please ignore my index finger...not part of the demo. lol.

So afterwards, I wanted to try it for myself and I ended up doing my entire left hand. I couldn't do it correctly at first and my index finger just looked like I had painted it purple. Then, my boyfriend tried using it on my thumb (yes, for some odd reason, he seemed intrigued by it & wanted to play with it) and it was a success! Finally, I had one last finger left to try it on, my lil pinky. I got the hang of it with the help of Tracy (I think my bf was laughing so he wasn't helping at all...I think he enjoyed watching me struggle), but it takes practice and I'm sure more interesting designs can be made.

Overall, I think it's a cool concept, but for $16 for a teeny tiny bottle and in only 2 colors thus far, I am not quite sure I'm willing to try it out yet. Plus, without a top coat, the nail polish was chipping the very next day and the design seemed to grow fainter as the days passed.
  I think this idea is pretty cool & unique, but I like the effect of the shatter more. But don't take my word for it! Try it out & let me know what you think of it! :) Looking forward to hearing your thoughts!

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