Magnetic nail polish has been a huge trend this year and it is one I spotted back in August 2011 when I was introduced to the Layla Cosmetics brand at Cosmoprof. Since then, but mostly in the last few months, nearly ever major nail polish brand have released their own version. I will be showing you a lot of these over the coming weeks but for now I am starting with the ORLY Magnetic FX collection I picked up at Sydney International Spa & Beauty Expo.
How To Use
Instructions courtesy of ORLY.
Apply ORLY’s Magnetic FX Nail Lacquer to the entire nail. While the nail is still wet, hold the design tool close to the nail without touching it for 10 seconds. Watch as the magnetic particles formulated in the lacquer move towards the magnet to create a unique design. To finish, apply your favourite ORLY Topcoat and Flash Dry Drops to seal the nail lacquer coats.
- Like all the magnetic nail polishes I have played with so far, it does take a few goes before getting the hang of it. I have taken my swatches on my first attempt of using each nail polish so you can get a clear idea of how well it performs with a novice like me.
- The Magnetic FX collection comes in 3 shades. Opposites Attract is a navy blue with silver and blue shimmer. Paint On Electron is a grey with silver shimmer. Force Field is a purple burgundy with purple and silver shimmer. When looking at the bottles you can distinctly see the magnet particles in all three shades which appear as a greyish shimmer, but on the nail you cannot. Magic!
- Opposites Attract comes with an X design. Paint On Electron comes with an S-like design. Force Field comes with a scale-like design.
- Each shade comes with its own design that is created by the magnet attached to the bottle. The magnet is encased in a plastic ‘stand’ which detaches from the bottle easily so you can rest it on a flat surface. There is a little plastic semi-circle rise that guides you to where your nail should be placed. This is something I am yet to find on any other magnetic polish and it is quite genius in my opinion. However, even with the guide, you still have to be careful not to bump your wet nail against the magnet. You also have to pay attention so that your nail is as straight as possible because if it is ‘leaning back’ you won’t get the full effect of the magnet (which is why I say it takes a few attempts before you get the hang of it, as you will see in my swatches below).
- Another reason I like the magnet detachment of this collection is because you can then switch up which design you have on your nails. You do not HAVE to have the design that comes with the bottle.
- The polish itself lasts quite well for a shimmer but don’t expect a week long mani without chips. The more particles in a polish the easier it is to chip so just think of these as a fun, easy option for nail-art.
- Like all ORLY nail polishes, the Gripper Cap™ and brush are so easy to use. Getting an even well-controlled coat is pretty easy with these brushes.
All swatches are one medium-thickness coat of nail polish held to the magnet as per the instructions. Swatches taken in various natural light to show differences.
What ORLY say ….
Take your nail lacquers to the next level with ORLY Professional Nail Care’s latest innovation – Magnetic FX. No ordinary nail laquer collection, the formula of Magnetic FX is infused with magnetic particles that create designs and shapes on your nails using magnetic forces to transform demure digits to trendy talons.
Available in three striking colours – Opposites Attract (navy blue shimmer), Force Field (burgundy shimmer) and Paint On Electron (grey shimmer) – each shade comes with a custom magnetic design tool that is the key to creating unique nail designs.
Animal Cruelty Policy: According to PETA.org, ORLY do not test their products on animals but some products may contain animal ingredients.
Australia – $24.95 from ORLY Australia, selected pharmacies, salons and spas.
UK – Unable to locate at this time.
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