Sally Hansen • Magnetic • Polishes
|Would buy this product again.||63%|
Age: 44-55 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Red, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Green
Today, after installing a medicine cabinet -- drilling, screwdriving, spackling, etc., I stopped to admire my chip-free manicure. After 3 full days of hard wear, not one chip. The polish is Sally Hansen's Magnetic in Kinetic Copper -- a lovely true dark copper color that is enhanced by magnetic wavy lines.
I'm new to magnetic polish, and there is definitely a learning curve. One thing I learned: all magnets are not created equal. The u-shaped one from China Nail Glaze barely, barely worked for me. However, the SH one worked fine.
If you're having problems getting the magnetic pattern to set, check out some of the excellent videos on You Tube. The magnetic polish requires a thick coat to show off the magnetic effect best, and that is contrary to everything I've been taught about applying nail color. I also think a nice top coat -- like Seche Vite -- makes all the difference.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Other
It's so great. I love love it. The whole idea is awesome they don't all one out perfect the first time bt it take practice to get te ang of it. For its first time out its not bad at all . Some are great bt need some changes. They nailed it with the first try, recommend to everyone of all ages! Can't wait to go out and get more!
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I really like this nail polish. It is so easy to apply! I did my nails in about 10 minutes or less.
However, they didn't last very long, only about 4 days :( I think that may have had something to do with the top coat I used though.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brown, Curly, Fine Eyes: Green
I was surprised by all the negative reviews on this product! I actually like it... I have it in Red-y Response which I actually think is a little purple-y but I think it is still pretty. The brush is nice too. The only problems I have with it are that it settles really bad-- if you don't use it for a while, it takes forever to get it to mix again. It also chips off pretty quickly but with how often I re-paint my nails it doesn't bother me. I think it is worth a shot at least...
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Red, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Brown
Sally Hansen jumps on the magnetic nail trend with their new Magnetic Nail Color. This new nail line is "Summer's hottest nail trend that allows you to create a gorgeous 3D nail art effect in just seconds. This unique formula was specially developed with metallic particles - just hold the built in magnet over wet polish to reveal a unique design on the nail". Sally Hansen has 8 magnetic shades available. Sally Hansen nail products are DBT, Formaldehyde, and Toluene free. This polish was made in America. Sally Hansen is owned by Coty Inc, who has a questionable animal testing policy, so please research it and form your own opinion before purchasing any Sally Hansen or Coty subsidiary products. I was sent this nail polish free for review purposes by Influenster. Sally Hansen products are widely available at drug and grocery stores, and most major retailers. Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colors sell for $9.99 for .31fl oz (9.17ml). This polish was made in the USA.
Sally Hansen's Magnetic polishes have chunky but functional packaging. The cap, with attached magnet, pulls off to reveal a smaller cap. The bottle; glass obviously; is short and round. The front portion of the label features only the name of the product. The back bit includes directions, two simple steps to create magnetic nail designs, peeling back the label reveals the same directions written in french and the full ingredient list.
The magnet is really convenient. It's large enough for even the longest and widest nails. There is a lip at the base of the magnet meant to be placed on your cuticle to help balance the magnet and keep you from denting your polish with it. Of course I've managed to mess up a couple times, but no big deal, it chips right off the magnet when it dries.
The brush is pretty simple. It's short, flat and wide. It spreads well and covers my nails in one stroke. No splaying bristles or any icky stuff. The cap seems to be attached well.
So how does magnetic polish work? To put it in the simplest terms, there are little metal bits in the polish that react to the magnet. #science. Using magnetic polish is super easy, probably the fastest form of nail art. You apply the first coat then let it dry. Moments later, apply the second, thicker coat, hover the magnet over the wet polish, immediately after application. The magnet only needs to be in place for 10-15 seconds for the design to form. I don't know if it's just me but my nails feel a little bit funny while the design is forming, like you can feel the magnetic attraction. Remove the magnet and suddenly..NAIL ART. It takes almost zero effort and doesn't require a super steady hand, so it's perfect for the nail art inept (that includes me). The design isn't anything super unique just some wavy lines, but it still looks cool Sally Hansen calls the design 3D, but I'd call it holographic.
Polar Purple applies really well. It goes on smooth with even coats. No brush strokes, which is impressive for a metallic finish polish. Though you need two coats for the magnetic design to be at it's best; if you want to use Polar Purple as a regular polish or only have the design as an accent nail, this polish is opaque in one coat. I love opacity. This polish dries super fast, dry to the touch within seconds. I swear it's the fastest drying polish I have. Great right? Yeah, but here's a big let down. Tip wear sets in almost instantly and this polish chips horribly. I know I tend to have wear issues even when others don't, but really it's not just me this time. I read reviews on Influenster and it seems like a lot of people are having this problem. I normally get really great wear from Sally Hansen polishes, so that makes this polish's chippy nature twice as disappointing.
The color of Polar Purple is interesting. I'd call it a dusty, greyed purple, but it's one of those colors that isn't so easily defined. The color can vary depending on how many coats you've applied and how long it's been exposed to the magnetic. Polar Purple varies from a rich intense purple to a smokey, dull mauve. Definitely interesting, but not necessarily pretty. Very fall/winter.
While I'm glad to have finally tried a magnetic polish and like Sally Hansen as an overall brand, this magnetic polish let me down. The formula can use a lot of improvement, the wear is really really poor. The color is nice, the design is cool, the packaging is functional and the product is really easy to use over all, but what does that matter if the results only last a little while? The concept and science behind magnetic nail polish is neat, but it's a trend I'd rather skip if all magnetic polishes are this finnicky. I'm really disappointed by Sally Hansen's Magnetic Nail Color. This brand is capable of way better lacquers. Also the $10 price tag is way too high for the brand. I could buy a China Glaze, O.P.I, Orly, or Zoya polish for less than the cost of this polish. I only recommend Sally Hansen's Magnetic Nail Color if you have a coupon or a sale is on. I wouldn't purchase this product, I'm kinda glad I got it for free
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Cool Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Green
This is a review of the Silver Elements colour. (it matches everything!)
If applied correctly, this polish gives a really pretty effect. In the Silver Elements colour, it gives a sparkly gun metal grey colour, with waves throughout. Very rock chick or glam.
I apply a clear base coat first, dry, then one coat of this, dry, then (do this part on each nail, one at a time) another heavier coat AND THEN immediately use the included magnet do-dad thing to create the waves. I put the "lip" thing at my cuticle and rock it around my nail to get the edges, ten seconds of this and it looks amazing! (be careful not to let the magnet touch the nail, though, or your hard work will be ruined!) Then, after I do each nail, clear top coat.
This lasts a long time, I wear it like this for almost 2 weeks without chipping. Drys very nice, no bubbles or bumps, very smooth.
I DOES cost quite a bit more than I am used to paying for a bottle of drug store polish, at $9.99, but the effect is incredible, I get so many compliments on it, and it looks very grown up.
I have only tried this colour and am hesitant to buy the others, only because not all nail polish looks good on everyone, due to skin colouring. My advice, try them in the store if no one is looking...not worth it to risk buying them and then hating the colour. Or buy from walmart and return it if you hate it (walmart takes EVERYTHING back).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown, Straight, Medium Eyes: Hazel
Those who has negative experiences with this product: I urge you to give it another shot. Get another bottle from a different batch, because I would bet my lunch that you had a faulty bottle.
I bought this at the drug store this week for $10, against my better judgment, but it looked so neat I had to try. I got the brown/coppery one. I followed the instructions to the letter:
Apply your base coat
Apply a coat of the magnetic polish (don't use the magnet yet)
Apply a second coat, pretty thick, one nail at a time. After each nail, hold the magnet over the nail (there is a little guide that you can rest just below your cuticle) for about 10 seconds. Try not to move the magnet.
Do all nails, let dry a bit, then apply a top coat
My nails turned out perfect. Exactly as advertised. I can't fathom how anyone could screw it up so they probably put out a faulty batch, as it is a relatively new product.
Just remember: thick second coat (not gloopy but a bit thicker than average), and hold the magnet over the nail as fast as you can - just put the brush back in the bottle, pick up the magnet, and hold it over the nail.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Coarse Eyes: Brown
It works and looks amazing!!! it is a great consistency and last long as well.....
If you dont like it and think that it does not work then you are not putting the magnet on fast enough.....it took me a while but it literally has to be within 2 seconds of applying, you do not have time to screw the polish cap back on..... sometime i had to do a few coats before i can get it right , but the good thing about this is that it does not get to thick or goopy when you put on many coats.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
I've been looking at this stuff for weeks. I finally caved and bought a bottle of Polar Purple at Walmart for about $9. I did my best friend's nails first, just to get the hang of it. I did my nails right after. I have to say, WE FREAKING LOVE THIS STUFF! I did a base coat with SH Maximum Nail Growth. (I have a weak spot for that stuff. It does amazing things to my nails.) I followed the directions for the Magnetic nail polish to the T. Well, aside from doubling the amount of time I held the magnet to my nail. We had amazing results. Some nails look better than others but I think I perfected it. I topped it off with a coat of SH Insta Dry Clearly Quick. (I like Sally Hansen. Shoot me.)
My nails look awesome. I'm going to be getting a bottle of every color. I'm really excited about the green color. I'm not expecting this to last as long as my China Glaze polishes, but you get what you pay for! It is Sally Hansen. Walmart and CVS isn't exactly known for high quality nail polish.
Slow down. Follow the directions. Don't rush. and as always, practice makes perfect. :D
Age: 56 & Over Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
well all I could come up with on this one is that the magnet didn't work and the polish was well, just cheap nail polish. nothing to write home about; average wear and boring colors. nothing happened no matter how fast I used the magnet. this went right back to CVS.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Hazel
I generally only purchase OPI because it wears the best and longest, and goes on nice. I have a few Essie's and China Glazes, and one or two Orly's (but I feel like their formula tends to get gloopy).
I had another Sally color way back when and was disappointed with the wear, so I stopped buying them. But so many people seem to love them, I gave their magnetic polish a shot.
It's... okay. It was actually more than the China Glaze price, hence me putting a 4 on the price. It's pretty and magnetizes (just make sure on bigger fingers like your thumb to move the magnet to get the sides). But I'm very disappointed in the wear. This morning it started cracking and flaking off - very embarrassing to have missing hunks of polish at work. Only got about 3/4 days on it - I usually get 6 - 7 days off of OPI. Used the Seche Vite top coat on it, and that's probably the only reason it has lasted this long.
If it had been cheaper I wouldn't be so disappointed, but paying a "brand name" price for poor wearing polish really irritates me. I'm going back to no more Sally.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Other, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
This product honestly wasn't as impressive as I would've thought. I found that when putting the magnet it took a longer amount of time than recommended just to get moderately 3D waves. Also, the color choices of this line are not very pretty colors. Personally, I would not buy it again, but I guess it could be fun when I do mani's and pedi's with my friends. I would recommend (if you are looking for something similar that is a neat design idea) Sally Hansen's Crackle, OPI's Shatter, China Glaze's Crackle, Nailene's Sensationail (love this one! even though it's just gel nail polish it's awesome!!), and nail art pens that you can draw on designs yourself. Most of these products you can buy at drugstores such as Walmart, Rite Aid, CVS, etc. I guess I would say to get this product and try it, because you never know! You might absolutely LOVE it! But it just didn't satisfy me (or fit my taste). Hope this helps!
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Green
i LOVE sally hansen products but the magnetic nail color line is by far not the greatest :\ i was very disappointed that it did not deliver the said results it promises and even in the pictures of the advertisement. i bought the kinetic copper color at about $8 & some change at target...i did not apply a base coat, applied the first layer and let it dry then applied a thick second layer as indicated in the instructions and i did this as fast as i could on each individual nail...i held the magnet over some nails for 10 seconds and some for more than 10 seconds and no matter what i did and how fast i did it, no pretty wave patterns...i did however get a couple of wave-like patterns, but not to the full extent, i even re-shook the bottle between nail applications and that did not help. save your money and if you want metallic looking nails, you can just get another product at less cost...
Age: 30-35 Skin: Normal Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
I got this in Polar Purple and it worked really well! Once you do the second coat then hold the magnet over, make sure you do it as soon as you can, and the better the effect will be.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Red Eyes: Brown
This was my second try experimenting with magnetic nail polish. I will be the first to admit that I am not particularly good at doing my nails. I did have better results with this nail polish than with the first (which yielded no results). The only problem was that the results were not consistent. I felt that my technique was consistent and yet some nails had a beautiful design and others almost nothing. I could deal with that and assume that it would get better the more I practiced but then the issue became why would I bother? The nail polish was chipping by the second day. This has been one of the worst nail polishes I have ever used in terms of how quickly it chips. I loved the color, I really thought the magnetic mechanism had the potential to work well but the chipping was a deal breaker.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Blond Eyes: Green
So my friend bought this product and I was very skeptical. She followed the instructions on the bottle, and it didn't work at all! I'm very good at nails so a little while later I gave is a try. I was able to do it very easily and I LOVE that. It dried quickly which I absolutely ADORE and didn't take long to do!
Really Does Work
You Have to Do it FAST
Not Enough Colors
I see that there are as many cons as pros but the pros really do outweigh the cons. I am going to get this is every color :)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Fair Hair: Blond Eyes: Brown
I couldn't get the nail polish to work for me. I'm not sure If I wasn't moving fast enough, putting to little on or to much.
I picked up the silver ("silver elements") at walmart for about 9 dollars, a pretty big splurge on my part. I got it home and was very excited to try it. I tried it on a piece of paper and it looked amazing. However, when I tried to do it on my nails it didn't want to work!
I applied a base coat before applying, then shook the bottle just like the instructions say before applying a thin first coat. The polish itself is nicely opaque but i still needed a 2nd coat. On the second coat I put a nice coat on and quickly grabbed the magnet, held for 10 second and when I lifted I had a think black line taking up about 3/4 of my pinkie. Not what I wanted.
I repeated this doing each nail separably, some nails I wouldn't get any waves, (even after re-shaking the bottle and applying another coat), some would give me a big blob of black that wasn't attractive looking, others I'd get small flecks of black but I never did get a nice even wave like I did on paper.
I tried on paper after taking the nail polish off and had no problem. I'm not sure if maybe I'm putting to much nail polish on,I'm to slow, or its the nail polish. Overall for 9 bucks I probably won't try this again, and I'll be returning it.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Normal, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
I also saw this polish advertised in a magazine so when I spotted it in Target today I had to give it a try. It was about $9 I think. I bought the polish in Red-y-response although it is not red at all. It is more of a deep purple. Still, it is a pretty purple with pink waves after you use the magnet. There is a raised area on the edge of the outer cap that helps guide you as to how close to put the magnet. Just hold your finger up at eye level when you apply the magnet to avoid accidentally touching your wet polish. My manicure turned out great! I am anxious to try one of the golden colors next. I do wish that they would come out with a true red in this polish though.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair, Warm Hair: Brunette, Wavy Eyes: Hazel
I was skeptical at first when I saw it in my Cosmo mag, but after using it I have definitely changed my mind!
I bought this at Walgreens for about 10 bucks. At the display there was a coupon for a dollar off so that helped! Otherwise it would have been over 10 bucks.
The entire process is VERY simple but just watch out with the magnet when you put it by your nail or you'll ruin your polish! I did that a couple times, otherwise it came out beautiful! Definitely recommend it! I'm going to get the other colors too!
Im pretty sure once other stores start to carry it, Ill be able to find it cheaper... otherwise right now Ive only found it at Walgreens. I checked Target and Walmart and did not see it yet
UPDATE: Found the polish at Target for $8.99! With the manufacturers coup its only $7.99 :)