Saturday, June 2, 2012

Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color

Since I took Monday off for the holiday and have so many things I want to share, here I am with a rare weekend entry. This is one of my "public service" posts, in which I swatch things I justified buying by telling myself I'd be helping people if I showed how they looked on the nail. Also, they were on sale, so you can see I was pretty much powerless to leave any of the colors in the store. Here are the eight shades in the Sally Hansen Magnetic range, fresh from Meijer, still in their plastic overwraps (more on those later). Left to right: Graphite Gravity, Silver Elements, Ionic Indigo, Electric Emerald, Polar Purple, Red-y Response, Kinetic Copper, Golden Conduct.



Because my commitment to public service via swatching waned a bit once I got these home, I did Skittle swatches. (I was encouraged that that was fine by the fact that there were exactly two handfuls, excluding thumbs. Poor thumbs, so rarely get to be in the blog.) Here are the warmer shades; top to bottom, Polar Purple, Red-y Response, Golden Conduct, Kinetic Copper:



Golden Conduct looked the most interesting, what with the contrast between the flecked/dark and frosty/light areas. Kinetic Copper looked a bit like that, too, though it didn't show off as much since it was on my small pinky nail.



Here are the cooler-toned shades; top to bottom, Electric Emerald, Ionic Indigo, Silver Elements, Graphite Gravity:



Silver Elements is the most eye-catching of this group, since it has the light/dark frosty/flecked contrasts going on.



I used two coats of all of these. As you can see, the magnets are the same across the board. I held them as shown in Step 2 of the directions on the display, placing the lip on the cap just in from the base of my nail.



Unlike the image shown for Step 3, I did not get up and down wave shapes, just curves. Maybe my nails are the wrong width? Maybe I needed to set the magnet off center? I don't know. I also don't understand how they got the patterns shown on the display photo. Held the magnet diagonally? Photoshop? I need to do more experimenting, for sure.



Remember I said there'd be more about the plastic overwraps? That's now. The point is, the pretty wavy colors on the caps are on the overwrap, not the cap itself. I suppose it would be possible to carefully slice around the overwrap just under the cap using an X-acto knife and preserve the cap wrap. I didn't do that. I did what I'm guessing most people will—tear the wrap along the perforations which run the whole length of the bottle and end up with pretty stuff for the trash. With the wraps off, it's much more obvious how similar the Sally Hansen bottles are to other brands of magnetics, namely Nails Inc., Finger Paints, and Color Club.



One nice thing about all these brands is that the magnet is on a removable overcap (thus the need for the plastic wraps, as I'm sure cretins would steal the magnets), so you don't have to deal with a wet brush sticking up in the air while you hold the magnet over your nail. Here's a Color Club demonstrating this feature:



To sum up: the Sally Hansen magnetics work fine, but I suspect at least half of them are dupes of Color Club or other brands, so check your stashes before you shop.

21 comments:

  1. LOL many very true and good reasons, actually you really HAD to buy them LOL
    Very beautiful colors most of them - I have however promised myself not to buy more magnetic's, so I'm happy I didn't end p in that store :)

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  2. I only have 2 magnetic colour because I never use them that much, but you got pretty colours :)

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  3. I love these. Great colours but shame they didn't do different magnet patterns. Reckon i'd go for the barry m polishes for that reason.

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  4. Yay for public service posts!!! I love magnetics and I know I'll end up buying dupes, I still have a bunch of Kiko ones to try...But Silver Elements is really amazing (and I like too much also Red-y Response and Electric Emerald - maybe I will write a quick note to that colleague of my husband's)!
    About waves/curves I noticed that on my nails it' difficult to obtain certain patterns, maybe my C curve is too pronounced and sides remain "unmagnetized". Quite a pity!

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  5. These are so beautiful! I think magnetics make nice backgrounds for nailart :)

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  6. LMAO. We need to use "cretins" in daily life more often, thank you for that. I'm finally interested in one - Golden Conduct is beautiful.

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  7. Pretty! Aw too bad the wave didn't come out like the picture. It still looks good though! I really like these colors :)

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  8. I thought I was going to be able to pass these by, but thanks to your swatches I may need Golden Conduct & Silver Elements! I really like the flecks of color in those two.

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  9. I haven't jumped onto the magnetic bandwagon yet and I'm still a little unsure. I guess I have this mental image of me somehow making a catastrophe out of the application process or something. Perhaps I've seen too many "magnetic fail" posts, haha.

    Is application as easy as it says it is or is there some trick to doing it "right"?

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    1. A Polished Touch, I find application of magnetics, including these, pretty easy. I think the keys are working one nail at a time and getting the magnet over the nail quickly while the polish is wet. I do usually hold the magnet over the polish longer than the 10 seconds recommended; it seems to help the design "set".

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  10. wonderful! thanks for swatching all these. Loving Silver Elements!

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  11. "Public Service" is the perfect justification!! I needed more information about these polishes! :)

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  12. very informative,, i love all the colors but indigo is really stunning

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  13. The packaging looks so nice pre-opening lol! I'm really loving the green!

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  14. Great review and swatches! Keeping an eye out for these ones!

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  15. now you just reminded me of my dear forgotten magnetics... i want Red-y Response Electric Emerald and Ionic Indigo *.*

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  16. Great public service post! I should crack open some magnetics more often...they look great!

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  17. Thank you for being so dedicated to us your public. You have done your duty well my friend! I alas, am not enamored by these magnetic polish-so again, I will these to others.

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  18. Glad to see the magnetic polishes are more available! You're fabulous Karen!

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