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Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color in 904 Kinetic Copper

April 14, 2013

This is a strange nail polish! I have been wanting to try a magnetic nail polish for a long time, but I never took the plunge and bought one - probably because they aren't the cheapest nail polish (this one costs $16.95) and I actually generally really dislike the look of metallic polishes. Nevertheless, these look really fun and I was really happy to see this in my April Bellabox.

If you aren't aware of what magnetic nail polishes are, they are nail polishes that contain magnetic particles, and when the nail polish is wet and you put it close to a magnet, the magnetic particles raise towards the magnet and create a pattern in the polish. Generally magnetic nail polishes have a magnet on the lid, and the pattern that it creates is displayed on the bottle somewhere. These Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Colors create a wave pattern like the pattern on the lid, but other brands can create lines, zigzags, star bursts, or even snake skin patterns.

The lid of the nail polish comes off, so you can easily use the magnet.

The lid also has a little lip that allows to rest the lid on your finger so the magnet can get close to your finger, without touching the polish. This works pretty well, but I must admit that I still probably touched the lid on my nail about three times when I applied this nail polish. The good thing with this polish is that, while it is still wet, you can just paint over and you can try it again. The closer you get the magnet to your nail, the crisper the design will be.

To apply this polish, you apply one coat as a base coat and let it dry, then shake the polish to "activate it" before applying a thick coat. Once you apply the thick coat, you immediately hold the magnet over the thick wet coat of polish for 10 seconds. If you are unhappy with how it has turned out, you can quickly apply another coat and do it again. Just remember that this only works when the nail polish is wet, so you need to work pretty quickly. A quick tip: since you have to apply this quite thickly to get a good result, a quick dry top coat comes in handy.

One coat (base coat)
Second thick coat and magnetic effect

I have heard mixed things about these types of polish, some people say that some brands don't work well and the design doesn't come up clearly. I was pretty impressed with how well this Sally Hansen one worked, it gave a very distinctive pattern and was really easy to use. The nail polish goes from a copper shade to a dark bronze with coppery gold ripples. When you move your hands this gives a really weird almost 3D effect.

Even though this is a cool effect, I personally think its pretty ugly... but its all a matter of taste really. I like the dark bronze colour that comes through, but I think the overall effect makes your nails look like tigers eye gems or swirly carpet from the 70s. This could potentially look a lot nicer in another shade, for example a dark red or black. Nevertheless, this is a fun nail polish to experiment with, and I am pretty impressed with the overall quality of this Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color.

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  1. I think it looks great, I love the effect.

    Jac x0x

  2. I quite like this colour, with or without the magnetic pattern. I don't mind the look of magnetic polish, but I've never liked it enough to bother buying a bottle.

  3. It's really different... I don't think it's that flattering on the nails though. It's just strange! Haha. Interesting concept though..


  4. I really like the colour! :)

    Jesss xo

  5. I love the dark shade but personally wouldn't wear it.

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  6. I'm a bit like it, to be honest. I just don't like the look of the magnetic polishes. In saying that though, thanks for featuring it in a post. A shade like this would be something I'd be likely to buy IF I wanted to try out the 'trend', so now I know to stay away all together. xx

  7. Neat! Glad the magnetic effect really worked out! I agree- this is a style I wouldn't wear necessarily, but it's still nice to see that it worked as promised! Thanks for the review :)


  8. looks interesting~ ^^ I've been wanting to try those magnetic polishes out but was sceptical as to how well they would actually work. I'm glad to see that you had success with the polish~ :D makes me want to try a dark blue shade~ ^^ I was actually a bit disappointed that I didn't get the polish in my April Bellabox so your review was really helpful~ ^^ Thanks!


  9. I love how this effect looks in copper. I brought a cheap BYS magnetic polish for $4 and it works pretty well. Have a great day :)


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