Today's nails started off with a base of Ulta Grin and Berry It, which is a lovely pink color that leans towards the reddish side. Then I added on a coat of Nails Inc. Trafalgar Square, which is a gunmetal colored magnetic polish.
For those of you unfamiliar with magnetic polish, here is the explanation offered by Nails Inc.
This unique formula has been specially developed with metallic particles to create a pattern on the nail using magnetic forces. As the magnet is held over the nail, the iron powder in the formulation gravitates toward the magnet forming the pattern/design secretly hidden in the magnet for an astonishing finish!So you hold the magnet over the wet polish and this wavy sort of design that you see in my photos will show up! It's very cool. It can be kind of tough when you are first learning though. I kept touching my nail with the magnet and it would totally ruin it! If you are just using the magnetic polish instead of layering like me, though, you could just paint on another layer and try again, instead of removing the nail and starting over.
I figured that if I put a color underneath the magnetic polish, when it got all magnetized the underwear polish would show through. I was right... BUT I quickly learned that the magnetic polish will "loosen up" as it dries.
Here is a cell phone pic comparison of a nail RIGHT after I removed the magnet versus a minute later. It continued to spread out and finally settled how you see it in the rest of this post's photos.
I tried holding the magnet on for a long long time as well as immediately applying Seche Vite (the fastest drying topcoat ever)... no matter what I tried the particles would continue to spread out. Oh well!
To add to my troubles, I didn't get a chance to take photos of this manicure until the next day, and I had developed some shrinkage at the cuticles by then. I'm not sure if it was user error or if the polish just doesn't play nice with SV.
Still though, for all of my trial-and-error experiments and minor problems, I love this manicure! The magnetic effect is unlike anything else and it really gets noticed. I had a lot of people ask me what it was and, when I explained it, they were really wowed and impressed by the effect.
I purchased Trafalgar Square at Sephora, where it retails for $16.