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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: China Glaze Magnetix Collection

I was super excited when I first heard that China Glaze was going to introduce their own magnetic nail polishes. While I love polish, and have a few hundred, I didn't have any magnetic ones. Up until now they have been rather pricey and the colour selection a bit limited. I love that a more accessible brand, like China Glaze, decided to make a fun idea more available to the masses.

 China Glaze Nail Lacquer Magnets

 China Glaze Nail Lacquer Magnets

There are six colours in this collection (which you'll see more of below) and the Magnetix Magnet. The magnet is sold separately from the polish and includes three designs- chevrons, angled stripes, and a starburst. Now, I haven't personally used magnetic polishes before these, but I have read quite a few reviews and picked up some tips along the way. I was happy to know a few when starting out, and picked up a few of my own:
  • Work on one nail at a time. These polishes dry fast, and once dry they WILL NOT magnetize.
  • Use more than one coat if the polish needs it. The instructions say to use one coat, but I had no problem using the magnet on the second coat as long as it was still wet.
  • A second coat works better than one overly thick coat. When you have too much polish on the nail, the magnet makes a mess out of it. Not cute.
  • Don't expect every nail to look the same. It's not going to happen.
  • Apply the lip of the magnet higher on your knuckle, not on your cuticle. This ensures that you get the most out of the design.
  • Hold the magnet on longer than the recommended 5-10 seconds for best results (think 15-20)

 China Glaze Magnetix Cling On, You Move Me, and Pull Me Close

 China Glaze Magnetix Cling On, You Move Me, and Pull Me Close

China Glaze Magnetix Cling On L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

Cling On is a silvery, kahki hued green that turns a deep brown based green once magnetized. The formula on this shade was the thinnest out of the bunch and required two coats. On my pointer finger, you can kind of see that I applied too thick of layer and the chevrons didn't come out so clear. After multiple swatches I realized it wasn't all to blame on too much polish, the chevrons are kind of a bitch to get right.

China Glaze Magnetix You Move Me L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

You Move Me is a light metallic brown that turns a deeper red based brown once magnetized. The formula on this was much better than the previous polish. You'll notice a trend that the stripe pattern comes through the strongest on most of the polishes. I think there might be something "off" with my chevrons as they keep coming out wonky near the bottom. I tried multiple angles and different positioning but they are all wavy. While I wouldn't say that I love the colour, it kind of reminds me of tigers eye. 

 China Glaze Magnetix Pull Me Close L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

Pull Me Close is a medium dusty blue that turns a deep blue when magnetized. I'd have to say that this is my favourite shade out of the collection. Not only is the colour quite striking, and offers a good contrast, it was really easy to get a good pattern to develop.

 China Glaze Magnetix Drawn to You, Instant Chemistry, and Attraction

 China Glaze Magnetix Drawn to You, Instant Chemistry, and Attraction

China Glaze Magnetix Drawn to You L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

Drawn to You is a medium pink toned purple that turns a deeper purple once magnetized. This is my second favourite of the bunch. You can see how clearly it magnetized and the contrast of the two shades is great. This shade was a bit thinner as well and required two coats. 

China Glaze Magnetix Instant Chemistry L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

Instant Chemistry is a medium plum shade that turns a to a blackened plum once magnetized. I had a hard time getting the photos to really capture the patterns. They were not as strong as the other polishes, but they do look better in person than my photos show. The starburst is the best representation. The formula was thicker with this shade so one coat was all I needed.

 China Glaze Magnetix Attraction L-R: Chevrons, Starburst, Stripes and Non-magnetized

Attraction is a medium gunmetal  shade that turns to a deep charcoal once magnetized. I liked the contrast that this shade has, but the pattern just wouldn't come out as crisp as other shades. The formula was thicker with this shade and I was able to get by on just one coat. Also, you'll definitely want a top coat on these as they don't dry as shiny as other formulas.

Overall, I still think the magnetized idea is fun and something worth trying. I think the more you use them and get used to how the magnet reacts with each polish, the better the effect you'll get in the end. Have you tried any magnetic polishes yet? Will you be trying these ones?


  1. I'm on the bandwagon late, so I only just tried these...well...just the Instant Chemistry. Really bad for curved nails unless you use a really strong magnet. I got great results with a strip of magnetic tape curved to fit my nail. I reviewed it on my blog if you wanna go look.

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  4. I got this whole set. I had the same issue as you, where the chevron pattern kept coming out uneven.

  5. Zatheela Abdul RasheedSeptember 12, 2012 at 1:32 AM

    nice :)

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