Nail art is not new, but nowadays easy to wear nail art is just two brushstrokes away thanks to the magnetic nail polish trend. We first heard of Nails, Inc. jumping on the magnetic nail lacquer bandwagon; now, the latest kid on the block is Sally Hansen. Find out how it measures up.
First, there was Nails Inc. I loved their magnetic nail polishes and was impressed at their creativity. From making nails dazzle like precious stones to bringing the Magnetic North to the nail polish bottle, this brand had it all figured out. (Now, the new Fishnet Magnetic Nail polish creates a gorgeous gold wave, priced at $16).
Now, Sally Hansen debuted a series of similar magnetic nail polishes, and it’s simply called Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color. Let’s not discount the creativity of this brand. Their Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips are everything for the gal on the go and they’re quite inexpensive. The latest Magnetic Nail Colors come in the gorgeous shades of Polar Purple, Ionic Indigo, Kinetic Copper, Red-y Response, Silver Elements, Electric Emerald, Graphite Gravity and Golden Conduct. Plus, they’re only $9 each.
Polish tips and tricks
The polish itself goes on beautifully and a base coat is so easy to apply. The brush offers excellent control and allows you to apply the polish evenly and in hard to reach areas as well. The trick is the top coat, which allows you to experience the real “magnetic effect.” Here are the best ways to get this nail color to work just as you see in advertisements and on the bottle:
- Shake, shake, shake! Remember to shake the bottle before you apply;
- Apply a good base coat and then a single layer of the Magnetic Nail Color to all nails;
- Allow your nails to dry;
- Apply a thick (we’re talking THICK) second coat to your nails one by one, and then immediately hover that polish side down over the nail lacquer lid which contains the magnetic field;
- It’s important to do this one by one for each nail;
- Lift the nail after 10 seconds and you’ll see a beautiful magnetic “wave” design;
- Allow all nails to dry and apply a top coat.
Is it worth it?
From a purely technical point of view, Sally Hansen is the real deal, for much less. If you want magnetic nail polish, you’d definitely want to spend $9 and stock up, as opposed to Nails Inc.’s pricier options. The difference in price though, is really for the quality of the colors and the effect. Nails Inc. for instance, offers a completely different palette than Sally Hansen’s: Their Houses of Parliament (a vibrant purple) is a much deeper, glossier shade than Polar Purple. You’ll have to decide what look and effect you’re going for because both brands work when it comes to creating that magnetic effect.
The fact that the magnetic nail art trend has come to a drugstore near you is wonderful news and shows how accessible makeup can be to all consumers — regardless of price. So, go on, embrace the nail art wave!
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There are plenty of qualifiers that go into finding a great nail polish: how streaky it is, how fast it dries, how long it lasts, and that’s just the formula. Add in trying to narrow down a color, and the decision-making level of difficulty goes from “what should I eat for dinner?” (hard) to “Gossip Girl or Gilmore Girls?” (impossible). Will you have the chance to change the shade in a few days? Doesn’t matter! The struggle is always so very real.
Here’s when leaving the choice to the people makes it easy: best-sellers. If thousands of folks swear by it, you know you’re in good hands. And Sally Hansen’s Miracle Gel Nail Polish in Terra Coppa, the most Instagram-worthy rose gold, checks all the boxes. It’s long-lasting, universally flattering, and did we mention rose gold? In fact, it’s so popular our friends at Sally Hansen tell us one bottle of this drugstore beauty is sold every two minutes. To put that in perspective: If you laid out all the Terra Coppa bottles sold in a year, it would cover 183 football fields. That’s…not a little.
But seeing is believing, so armed with this knowledge, we recruited three Glamour staffers—all with different skin tones—to put the $8 color to the test, along with the brand’s famed gel-like topcoat. Read on for their honest opinions, and don’t blame us if you just so happen to make an extra trip to the drugstore this weekend. We feel pretty certain in saying you won’t be mad at it.
Who tried it: Maggie Burch, web producer
What she thought: “I was surprised how much I liked this polish shade! It went on very glittery, which isn’t really my style, but dried to a more subtle shimmery finish. The color was basically a nude on my skin, so even though it still sparkled, it wasn’t flashy.”
How it held up: “The polish has held up pretty well! The only caveat: As my nails have grown out over the past week and the more white of my nail is exposed, the polish is looking thinner on the tips of my nails. It might need more coats for longer nails to appear fully covered.”
Would she wear it again? “It isn’t a color I’d wear all the time, but would definitely be a fun way to mix it up.”