The magnetix polishes are finally available in my location. Yeah! I picked up two colors for around $10 each and ordered the magnet on Amazon. Even the Sally Hansen Magnetic polishes have arrived at my local Target this past Sunday. I expected the display to be empty when I went to Target on Monday, but only two bottles of the blue were missing. It was advertised for $9.99 and it comes with a removable magnet. Someone had given me my Nabi magnetic three months ago. I'm not sure where they got it from, I've never seen this brand anywhere.
|L-R Nabi Khaki, CG Drawn to You, CG Pull Me Close, SH Electric Emerald|
|My CG magnet arrived yesterday. Now I have all designs available (including the wavy|
design on the Sally Hansen magnet).
|The finger rest on the magnets made it easy to use. The strength was about the|
same as the Sally Hansen magnet. Having the three designs on one plate is convenient.
|This is the Nabi and Sally Hansen magnet . I think if Nabi had the same design, it would|
work just as well as CG and Sally Hansen.
|Another plus for Sally Hansen was having the magnet be removable. Very easy to use.|
Bottom line: Sally Hansen and China Glaze magnets are equally as good in strength. China Glaze has 3 designs and SH only has the one wavy design available. I like the effect that the wavy design creates vs. the chevron. The image is crisper and has a better 3D effect. I keep all magnets on for 25 seconds allowing the polish to dry and then blowing on the nail immediately after. If the magnet gets removed to quickly, the metal particles sink back down and blur the image. I also finish with a quick dry top coat like SH Quick Dry top coat or Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.
Okay, now I have some China Glaze Magnetix swatches. The CG formula is slightly thicker than Nabi or SH. Application is smooth. I found it opaque with just one coat like the bottle suggests. I tried using 2 coats at first (force of habit), but the design wasn't as crisp as with the single coat. I've never used a base coat, so I can't say how that affects the design.
First up is "Drawn to You", a purple with silver metal particles. Keep in mind that bottle colors are different than that on the nail due to the combination of pigment and metal. Once the color separates, the base color darkens.
|I used the Nabi magnet (it was the only one I had at the time). I redid my pointer|
3 times because it kept bumping the magnet.
|The polish chipped in about a day. It was my fault. I didn't wrap my nail first (paint from tip to cuticle and then paint from cuticle to tip). I was trying to work fast to get the best magnet effect.|
|At first, I was placing my nail over the magnet and the polish itself started shifting and dripping|
toward the magnet. It works best when the magnet is placed over the nail instead.
|I can't wait to try the other magnet designs with this color. |
That's it for this post. As I was writing this, I swatched SH Electric Emerald on my right hand and Nabi Khaki on my left. I can't wait to take pictures and post those up as well.