Sunday, January 8, 2012

Major Fail: Magnet Polish

This isn't an "official" post as I would normally write up, what with cropped photos, full hands, and reviews.  Instead, this is to show you the dark side of nail polish blogging.

Or in my case, trying anything other than straight up polish.

I recently won two Essence Magnet polishes in a giveaway and attempted to take them for a whirl tonight.  Before I show you the results, here is what I did and learned in the process of this fail:

I first applied two thick coats.  Magnetic polish appears to be much goopier than normal polish. However, it still has that strong chemical smell that I always notice with Essence minis.

After that, I tried using the magnet.  I felt a slight pull but no design appeared.  I Googled and YouTubed tutorials and the few that I found in English said to apply one thick coat and then immediately suspend the magnet over the nail.

The swatch I'm about to show you is the one and only nail, once I applied the third coat necessary for immediate magnetizing, that showed any result.  I placed it a bit too close, so that smudge is my fault.  All my other nails look as if I applied a typical polish so I didn't even bother taking pictures of those.



Ugh, super bummed.  In desperate need of comments/suggestions/help.

Ladies??


11 comments :

  1. Yeah - too many coats. ONE coat and then immediately do the magnet. One nail at a time. I have stained nails so I put on another color as a base first and let it dry completely before I start with the magnetic polish.

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  2. aw no:[ i use the layla polishes and i love them. i usually do a corresponding base color of a normal polish then one coat of the magnetic polish [though i've done one coat magnetic, let dry a bit then second coat with magnet] and that's worked for me. hope you can figure it out!! they're a lot of fun to play with:]

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  3. Darn.  How long did you hold the magnet over your nail?  I've only used 17 brand magnetic polish, but I assume they're all similar.  I don't think the number of coats matters.  When I was playing with mine for the first time, I would put on a coat, hold the magnet over it, then immediately put another coat on and try it again.  I would say try holding the magnet a little longer or maybe you got a dud.

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  4. Sorry to hear that it didn't work out.  :(  Unfortunately I can't give any suggestions since I have tried magnetic polish only once, and screwed it up.

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  5. Oh no!!!  I didn't even know Essence had magnetic polishes.  The one I have is a different brand.  I believe they all work the same way though. 
    Yes, you are supposed to hold the magnet over the polish immediately after you apply the second coat of magnetic.  Meaning, you should probably do each nail individually.  If it starts to dry at all it won't work.  I'm assuming that's what you did with the 3rd coat.  Give it another try with just two and see what happens. 

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  6. I've only tried one nail for magnet polish because I didn't have time to do all 10 nails but the one I had said to apply one thin coat, let it dry and then another thin coat then do the magnet. It seemed to work okay that way.

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  7. awee this is too bad, I haven't tried a magnetic polish yet, I would probably get the same result as you :( Maybe it just takes practice

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  8. Apply one normal coat (like you would a normal polish), then when you've done all 10 nails, go back and do a slightly thicker coat and use the magnet straight away (so do each nail individually).

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  9. you have to be quick I guess. =)

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  10. i found the layla magneffects in the teal that i got at sephora to work awesome

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  11. Apply one normal coat (like you would a normal polish), then when you've done all 10 nails, go back and do a slightly thicker coat and use the magnet straight away (so do each nail individually).

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