“ Brand: Boots 17 / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Polish / Suitable for: Nails „
I bought this nail varnish as i like to use nail varnishes which has effects with them, but not having much success with Nails Inc. i wanted to try a different brand rather than wasting my money on a product i do not feel confident in, so i decided to go with a slightly cheaper brand, so that if it did not work i would not be too disappointed, but actually i was pleasantly surprised with this product.
The nail varnish comes in a clear glass bottle with a black lid which has a magnet on top. The brand nme and product information can found on the bottle in white writing. The brush inside is of standard size, so you can paint your nails in an average of three strokes. The nail varnish comes in four magnetic tones, but i have mine in gun metal, which is a silvery colour.
I painted my nails with one coat and left it to dry before i rubbed the magnet over it. The nail varnish comes out fairly thick so you do not need more than one coat otherwise it will leave your nail looking too thick. It takes the standard time to dry so it is not particularly but it is not overly slow either. Once it was completely dry i took the magnet to my nail and swirled it over the top gently, it does take quite a few rubs to see a good pattern, but of course it depends on what effect you want to see as to how long you rub the nail for. It stays on for a few days on average so is pretty good at not chipping.
Overall i would recommend this nail varnish as i think it works really well, i cannot comment on how well it works in comparison to Nails Inc. product as i have not bought it due to previous bad experience but i think for the price of £5.99 it is great value for money and does exactly what you ask of it.
~Magnetized Nail Polish by Seventeen~
I bought 2 bottles of Seventeen's Magnetized Nail Polish in Boots late last year as there was a money saving voucher on offer which gave me the opportunity to purchase the polish for half the usual sales price. I hadn't really considered this nail polish product prior to this, but thought that the range seemed a fair offer half at the usual £5.99 sales price. In store there was a very small range of 4 colours to choose from, all of which appeared to be rather dark under the in store lighting. The colours available included a gunmetal grey, an odd lilac metallic colour, a teal colour (blue/ green) and dull looking blue option. I must admit that I wasn't overly keen on some of the colours that were on offer as they looked quite dull and lack lustre in my opinion, however after talking with the sales assistant (who said that the colours would come out much nicer and appear more defined once applied correctly to my nails) I picked out 2 different nail colours and made my purchase. I opted for a teal coloured polish and gunmetal coloured polish which will be discussed later on in this review.
~The idea behind the nail polish~
The basic idea of this magnetic style nail polish is that the liquid polish contains lots of very fine magnetic metal particles which can be persuaded to move into a funky pattern once the polish has been applied to the nails, which I thought sounded quick and easy to do at the time of buying my 2 bottles of nail polish. How very wrong I was! In reality I didn't manage to achieve results that I considered to be any way near good enough for me to want to venture out wearing either of the coloured polish products that I bought on my nails. I feel that the results I had when using this nail polish didn't meet my expectations at all. I thought I would end up with a funky looking wavy pattern to my nails after having applied the polish, but found this wasn't the case at all.
Each nail polish comes in a plain looking rather squat glass bottle that has a matt black plastic lid on top. The lid holds the applicator brush inside it, as is common with most nail polish products in my experience. In this case there is a slim magnet placed at one side of the bottle lid that is also finished in a matt black effect. The magnet is small and flat with a smooth surface to it, although there is a slight edge to the black plastic lid towards the top end that I found caught on my nails at times. I found that the brush applicator was not overly good at delivering a nice even amount of nail polish to my nails, even though I used the brush carefully each time. I made sure that I shook each polish bottle well prior to use so that any magnetic particles in the polish were evenly distributed, which I hoped would give me the best possible results. Sadly I found that the results I got were very poor.
~Magnetizing my nails!~
I have bought a good number of products from the Seventeen range over the years, many of which I have found to be of a fair quality, however in this case I feel that quality is somewhat lacking. Try as I might I really couldn't get good results from either of the 2 nail colours I bought which was a great shame, as I was actually looking forwards to getting some really good patterns going with a little help from the built in magnet that sits on the bottle lid. I would say that I followed the minimal instructions I had read on line (on the Boots website) as well as I could, yet still failed to get a decent result from my two bottles of polish. I found that even after quite some time of faffing around painting my nails, holding the magnet over them, letting them dry and then feeling unhappy at the fact that they looked rubbish and re doing the whole process, I still never truly felt pleased with the way my nails looked.
The colours I picked were a gun metal grey that had a swirly light metallic effect when in the polish bottle and a very dull, not overly glossy look once on my nails, as well as a teal (greenish/ oil blue) colour that had a similar swirly metallic look before application and an even duller/ darker and not very appealing look once on my nails. The gunmetal colour was probably the slightly better looking of the two colours I bought, although neither colour was really very attractive to look at once effected by the magnet. I really thought that I had made a mistake applying the polish the first time as the results looked so very poor, however after having wasted far too long painting the rest of my nails and giving them the magnetic once over I found that they looked just as awful.
The process I followed when using this magnetic polish was rather time consuming in my opinion and wasn't worth the effort at all as my nails looked very messy with the dull and poorly finished nail polish in place. I am 100% certain that after my first few attempts with the polish, where by I was a little unsure of how long the polish would take to dry and had to make a guess at the time it would take for the magnet to work its magic, I had gained enough experience of the product to be able to apply it to the best of my ability. After having cleaned off my previous attempts at applying and styling the nail polish I decided to treat one hand at a time, using one colour on each set of nails in order to see which one looked the best.
~Trying and failing ... Again!~
When I painted on some of the gunmetal coloured polish for my last ditch attempt at getting the best results, I decided to paint it on all over my nails one at a time as recommended. Rather than painting on one thin coat and then placing the magnet over the top to create a pattern as I had done before, I allowed the first coat to dry. I then applied a second coat of magnetic nail polish to my nail, ensuring that the coverage was nice and even with no smudges, lumps or bumps to be seen. As soon as the polish was on my nails and I was satisfied with the way it had been applied, I placed the magnet above my nail for around 20 seconds (double the suggested time) just to make sure that the results would look well defined.
I found that as the magnet was attached to the bottle lid it was hard to get a really close fit in order to begin the design process, without the lightly ridged top part of the lid that held the magnet accidently brushing against my wet nail and lifting some of the polish away. I found that if I held the magnet too far away from the freshly polished finger nail the swirly/ wavy design was very light and poorly defined. When I was able to hold the magnet closer to the nail the pattern achieved on it was more defined but made the nail polish look really dull and unappealing in my opinion. I could clearly see that the polish had moved in places and left a far lighter layer of polish underneath the now wavy looking top coat, although the over all effect looked very rough and not of a good quality in my opinion.
I completed the nails on one hand with the gunmetal colour and painted the teal colour onto the nails on my other hand for comparison. I made sure that I followed the instructions to apply the polish evenly to my nails, then when still wet, I held the magnet (Boots say you need to hover the magnet) in the bottle lid over each nail and watched the unimpressive wavy effect appear. When I had finished painting and treating both sets of nails I had a look at both colours together in day light to see how things looked and I must say that I not impressed with the results from either colour if I am honest.
~Final results/ product rating~
Both colours looked dull and not at all glossy and metallic, which was how I thought they would look once styled with the magnet. The better of the two colours was the lighter gunmetal shade as even though it looked very dull it wasn't as terrible as the teal colour, which looked really washed out and had the appearance of nail polish that has been partially removed or treated with nail polish remover. Neither of the nail colours I used had a glossy metallic finish to them (which was what I hoped they would have). In my opinion the results I got from both colours was no where near good enough to make me want to wear the polish on my nails when going out in public, however I kept both colours on and went back to the store where I had bought the polish from. I showed the polish bottles and my nails to the sales assistant in store, who agreed that the results looked really poor and unattractive. As I still had my receipt for both bottles of nail polish I was offered a full refund for them which I gladly accepted. I feel that the results given by this polish is very poor and not up to scratch. I wouldn't want to buy from this particular nail polish range again, although I would buy other Seventeen products to try in future as they are generally better than this in my experience. My rating for this product is sadly just 1 star.
I love doing my nails at home and just giving myself a bit of pampering. I had read a few good reviews about this particular nail varnish on these review websites and decided that I would give it a go.
You can buy this nail polish in 4 metallic colours, these include grey, lilac, teal and blue. I bought the lilac one and it came out really nicely on my nails. I also quite like the look of the teal shade and think I will buy it in the future.
This nail varnish is quite easy to apply and use. You simply apply a coat onto your nails and then while your nails are still wet, hover the magnet on the bottle top over your nails to get the design to come out. It does not take long for the design to appear and it has a really cool, funky look to it.
I really love the cool effect that comes out on my nails when I have applied this nail varnish, it looks like I have been to the salon or like I am talented at doing my nails, when really, I done them with minimal effort.
I like this nail varnish because the colours are really nice and the colour that is on the bottle, is the colour that comes out on my nails.
I have found that this nail varnish took a little while to dry when I had applied it, though I had expected this as I usually get impatient with no17 nail varnishes.
I found that this nail varnish stayed on my nails for quite a long time after I applied it. I would say on average it lasts around 4-6 days, which is ages for a nail polish to last without chipping.
Price and Availability
These nail polishes cost £5.99 for a bottle in Boots. I think that this is a fair price for this nail polish as its effect looks really cool and the colours are nice.
I think this is a fantastic nail polish, it looks really cool on my nails and is a really cool effect. The colours that this nail polish is available in are really nice and it is reasonably priced in my opinion. Overall I would give this nail varnish 5 out of 5 stars.
*also on ciao under lorrainek90
I am always game for trying the latest trends and products on the fashion and beauty side of things. In terms of nail products there always seems to be a new trend at the moment it is probably pastel shades or matte nail polish. Several months ago the current trend was the 'magnet' effect nails, I think Nails Inc were the first company to bring out the magnet effect nails product range but these retailed for around £12 each which I was unprepared to pay as I think that it extortionate for a small nail polish. The excessive pricing of the Nails Inc range made the Number 17 range from Boots even more popular, in my opinion.
I first saw the Number 17 Boots magentised nail polish in a magazine and the next time I was in town I walked past Boots and remembered about this product. I back tracked and ended up searching the shelves for it but it was all sold out given its popularity, I was subsequently advised to order it online so this is what I did when I got home.
I was very excited to try out my nail polish, I ordered it in 'gun metal' shade which is a silvery colour. There was gun metal, lilac, blue and teal to choose from altogether. The nail polish arrived promptly within about 4 working days. To look at it, it is easily recognisable that this is a different range of nail polish as it has added plastic edges and obviously the wavy magnet on the lid.
I followed instructions and tips that I had seen in the magazine where I had first seen this product. The advice was to apply two coats to the nails applying the magnet effect on the second coat but before the product dried. I did this and was instantly amazed at how the magnet only needs a few seconds at close range to the nail to create a wavy silvery pattern. The pattern itself looked very neat as if it was applied with a nail pen. It is very detailed and the colours seem to run into one another which looks 'mesmorising' hence the nail of this review!
After 2 coats the nail polish looked even like most other nail polishes which I was happy with as it meant that I didn't have to spend more time going back over my nails. I did like the effect but once it had dried, which took about 2 minutes overall, the shine and glitteriness of the wet polish had really died down and it didn't look so 'mesmorising' after all.
I do like this nail polish for special occassions but is isn't a polish that I would use every day. I got 10ml of nail polish for £5.99 from boots which is pretty good value for money given it's popularity at the time.
I bought this nail polish in purple from boots as it was the only colour left as I believe they are very popular. It is in a plain glass bottle with the regular "17" logo on the front. I do not usually buy nail polishes from boots 17 because in the past they have gone gloopy. The magnet comes ontop of the bottle which is a plus as other brands they sell the magnet separate. I find that if you put a thin coat of polish on and hold the magnet over it does not create as good an effect as if you put a thick coat on. Therefore I would recommend putting a different colour base coat on or even putting a coat of the magnetized polish on first and let it dry without using the magnet then go ahead and put another generous coat of the magnetized polish on so it doesn't look thin or see through. The magnet lid is easy to use if you are careful and hold it steady. The more you hover it over the nail the more vibrant the effect will be and the effect is the purple polish with metallic striped effect depending on what angle you hold the magnet at. This polish also looks better on long nails than short.
There is always a latest craze in nail varnish. A year or so ago it was crackle nail polish and then around came magnetised nail varnish. The first I heard (or saw) of it was when a friend of mine turned up with it on her nails. I was amazed, it looked so striking. I asked her where she had got it from, and to celebrate the release O2 priority moments were offering a magnetised nail varnish manicure at nails inc bars. The price was only five pounds and that seemed like a bargain. I rang up and booked myself in. I was really impressed with the treatment, but didn't want to fork out upwards of fifteen pounds for the polish so off I popped to Boots when I had it on good authority that No7 were selling their own version on special offer for around six pounds.
No7sell this in a select range of colours (this is because of the way the polish is created, it will only bear an impact in certain shades). They sell a dark reddy/ purple, gold and silver. Silver is my favorite as the contrast between the colours when they split is the most striking.
Price and availability:
WhehnI bought this it was on special offer. It normally retails at seven pounds. It is available from all Boots stores, at the 17 counter. Other brands of this polish are available from other places for a variety of prices and budgets.
Actual product and use:
Luckily, having been for my nails inc manicure I had picked up the expert tips on how to apply this by watching them closely (and out of curiousity). The key is to apply a thick undercoat of the nail varnish and then a thinner more precise upper coat. It is important to do these two things quickly and not let them dry in between coats. You then use the lid (which has a magnet in it) to create the effect. It has a lip which you match up with the topside of your nail. It is then important to bend the pot down so the magnet area is as close to your nail as possible, without actually touching it. The closer it is the more effect you get, but if you touch it and nick your nail varnish then it will look messy.
The magnet only needs to be held in place for a couple of seconds for it to work it's magic, and the finish is quite impressive. The magnet is in waves and it seperates the colours. For example with the silver, you get black wavy lines where the magnet had been and the background is then a lighter silver.
It is really important you let your nails fully dry, which with this (due to the thick gloopy first layer applied, and not letting them dry in between) takes some time. If you don't and ruin your nails, it is very frustrating considering how much effort you put in in the first steps.
If you have the time and the effort to put into this, the effects are well worth it. This is not a technique that is worth hurrying or rushing, as it honestly won't be worth it. The Boots nail varnish (versus the nails inc more expensive version) gives the same impressive, striking technique. The downside is that it chips a lot easier, but for the relative price difference that was a price I was willing to pay!
This is a really effective look, probably more one for the weekends than daily wear.
I have a colleague who always wears fun nail varnishes and effects and one day was wearing a magnetised nail varnish. The one she was using was from Nails Inc but as they cost around £11, I thought that was a bit pricey for a nail varnish. I then discovered that Boots did a similar one in their own 17 range so decided to purchase that one instead.
---About the range:
Boots 17 range is a low-cost, mid-range product set that includes a good range of beauty products including nails, lips and eyes. They have on-trend colours and products and produce new mini-ranges within the 17 name. I have used several of their nail varnishes in the past and have been pleased with the results.
---About the product:
The 17 magnetised nail varnish comes in only 4 colours: Gun Metal, Lilac, Blue and Teal. When I went to purchase this product, they were obviously really popular because they only had the blue left. I was happy to purchase that though as I love bright colours, except red!
This product at first doesn't look much different from any other bottle of nail varnish. It comes in a 10ml bottle but has a second lid over the normal one which has wavy lines on the side of it and a flat magnet on the top. It also has a small lip on the top of it which is used to keep the magnet off the nail when you are using it. The bottle has the 17 logo on it and tells you it is magnetised nail varnish. The nail varnish contains very fine indistinguishable metal filings which when used in conjunction with the magnet make wavy patterns appear on the nail in a light and dark pattern. The blue one that I bought is actually a very dark blue that produces light and dark waves with the magnet.
---Applying the product:
There are many different ways of applying this product, but I have found the best way is to do two coats. I apply the first coat to all nails and wait for it to dry a bit before applying the second coat. I then do each nail individually. After each nail, I use the magnet to add the effect. You have to use the magnet quite quickly as the polish begins to dry within about 20 seconds and you won't be able to do the effect after this point. The way to use the magnet is to hold the magnet over the nail using the small lip on the lid of the bottle to put on your skin at the base of the nail to keep the magnet raised off your nail. You leave is for about 5 seconds and when you take it off a pattern is revealed. You can turn the magnet to hold at a different position over the nail to give different designs. I then applied a clear top coat to prevent it from chipping as fast.
I love the effect this nail varnish gives and have been very pleased with the number of compliments I received when I wore this. It gives quite a subtle effect when viewed from a distance, but when viewed from closer, it has a striking effect. The nail varnish was easy to apply and dried quite quickly once I had finished. Using the magnet was a lot easier than expected and produced a great result. I did find it hard to hold the magnet at the correct distance and did end up touching it to my nail a couple of times, but I was still able to achieve a good look.
I generally find nail varnishes don't last very long on me and this one was not much different. I tried adding a top coat each evening but I still found it started chipping after two days on. I did manage to touch it up slightly for a day but I had to remove the varnish after three days as it was looking quite bad. This wasn't much different than other varnishes so I wasn't too bothered by this. It was easy to remove as well and didn't leave too much extra varnish on the nails.
Although this didn't have too much staying power on my nails, I will still be trying to buy some of the other colours as I love the effect it produces. I will also try using a base coat next time to see if that helps it to stay longer. At £5.99 each, it is quite a reasonable price and I am happy to pay that for such a beautiful effect. I got a lot of comments about it and have since recommended this product to others. I would definitely recommend this product if you want your nails to look a little different from all the rest!
I saw a friend of mine post on their blog about how fantastic this nail varnish was and to be honest, at first I thought it was just another metallic nail varnish. I was so wrong! I love having different coloured nails and I change them every other day at least.
Now when I think of nail varnish, I think of bright colours and maybe glitter. Never in my life did I picture a magnetized nail varnish to appear on the market - what next?! It is admittedly quite a good idea though and one that will be a good seller because of how original it is. I am still trying to work out how on earth it works!
To apply the nail varnish you simply get your magnet, apply a coat of nail varnish and use the magnet for about 10 seconds above your nail to create a pattern. The magnet reacts with the nail varnish to produce a really unique pattern, I guess the idea is based on the previous cracking effect but taking it to a new level.
Admittedly I didn't think this would work but I love the effect. I haven't used any other nail varnish in weeks and people have commented on how lovely they look! After using it the first time and holding the magnet in one place, I have since experimented by twirling and 'bouncing' the magnet closer and further away to the nail. The different effects make it really cool and it makes it very unique from nail to nail. Where the 'waves' the magnet causes are, they appear darker or lighter depending on the colour you buy - so it is almost 3D.
The nail varnish comes in a usual nail varnish shaped bottle with a black lid. The magnet is screwed off separately to the actual brush allowing you to put it to one side while you paint your nail. I was disappointed to know it only comes in 4 shades as I did expect a few more but I suppose these are going to come soon. I purchased gun metal and teal. I never used to like teal much but due to my mums bridesmaid dresses being teal (She is getting married in April yay!) and I'm a bridesmaid - I figured it's a nice colour after all! The only other two shades are blue and lilac both of which are nice I just didn't have enough to buy all 4 and I didn't want to buy them and risk them being rubbish.
Costing £5.99 it is quite expensive compared to plain coloured varnishes but I am sure in given time, every company will have their own unique take on the product offering a range of prices.
In my opinion, this is the perfect nail varnish for anyone who likes to experiment with their nails. It is such a new 'invention' and deserves credit because I never thought I would see a product like this on the market - especially for a low price. The only fault I have found is that if you don't use the magnet really quickly after painting your nails, you will experience problems and it may not work properly. I used the product about 3 times before I started to like it as the effect isn't as good as your nail begins to dry.
I would recommend this highly and it looks a lot like the Minx nails you get at the salon which are quite expensive!
COLOURS AVAILABLE: Lilac; gunmetal; blue; teal
PRICE: £5.99 (and for those who don't know, 17 is Boots' own-brand product)
HOW TO APPLY:
Brush on the nail varnish (two coats will be needed) and whilst it's still wet, hover the magnet (located on the cap (separate from the brush)) over your nail. You'll need to do one nail at a time (so don't paint the full set!).
You'll need to keep the magnet over the nail for about 10 seconds before the effect appears. I didn't realise when I painted the first nail that there's a helpful little 'ridge' on the cap which you can place against your finger. It helps to hold the cap steady and avoid the risk of getting too close to the nail with the magnet and smudging your efforts.
Once your nails are dry, apply a top coat.
MY VIEW: I bought the gunmetal shade and was incredibly impressed. The effect is amazing. There's a 'wavelike' contrast between a very dark grey (almost black) and a lighter grey (on the mid-silver side). When you move your hands, you can really see the contrast. My friend goes to a salon to have her nails done and paid a fortune for this effect when it first came out. However, for £5.99, I achieved the same effect (there honestly was no discernible difference). And it's easy to apply - it's not one of those processes that needs a steady hand or any level of skill. It's probably more of an evening-wear polish, but I have worn it during the day and haven't felt that it's OTT. It just adds that certain je ne sais quoi to your nails! And, as ever, the proof is in the compliments - I've had loads of girls ask where I got my nails done! Yes that's right - not where I bought my varnish, but where I've had my manicure done! So that proves that 17 Magnetized Nail Polish does indeed give you a salon look without the salon prices.
DURABILITY: The nail varnish itself only lasted a couple of days on me - but this is about all I get from most brands of varnish (even expensive ones). The only varnish I've found that has any sort of longevity for me is Barry M (but that's another review entirely!). Admittedly, the trick is in layering on a quality topcoat - which does increase the life of your manicure.
CONCLUSION: For the money, this is a fantastic product with a great eye-catching effect.
I always have my nails painted, however, recently the trend has been to do quick and easy nail art with nail varnish, such as glitter and crackle effect so I decided to try out some of these nail varnishes for myself and the one that I picked up was a 'magnetized' one.
The one I bought was in the '17' brand at Boots and cost £5.99 which although seems more expensive than their 'normal' nail varnish, compared to the likes of the Nails Inc Magnetized Nail varnish which costs £10+ is still seemed a good buy.
There were four colours to choose from there was a gold one, a purple one, a brownish/bronze one and a steel grey one. I decided to buy the steel grey one as I thought it was the most wearable one and would go with most of my items of clothing.
The nail varnish is in a normal bottle, however, there is an extra 'top' or 'lid' on it in a cylinder shape which has a magnet on the top of it. There is also a curved edge on this which you can use to rest on your finger on in order to sto you from smudging the nail varnish.
You apply the nail varnish as you would with any other nail varnish, it is really smooth in order to apply, though I do feel it is a little more 'liquid' and runny than other nail varnishes. I felt I needed to apply two coats in order to get a deep, true colour and when the second coat was still wet I hovered the magnet over the top of my nail.
It took literally seconds in order for some of the particles to be removed and for the 'design' to appear. It created a 'wave' pattern on the nail in which the colour of the grey graduated through light and darker gradients throughout the nail. When I then moved my nail I also noticed that the waved change over the nail as different parts of the light reflect the nail.
I really loved this nail varnish as it so easy to use and creates a really different look on your nails in literally no time at all. I applied a top coat over the top of my nail varnish in order to give it a shine as it did dry relatively matte and with the top coat applied the nail varnish lasted just over a week without beginning to chip or look tired.
Overall I would definitley reccomend this item as it created a really unusual look which is so simple to do!
I have purchased this nail polish in the blue, grey and purple shades. The grey and blue shades are, in my opinion, the best because there is a strong contrast in the two shades created by the magnet; this is not so apparent with the purple nail polish, making it less noticeable from a distance!
It is not difficult to gain the magnetized effect, but I have found there is a knack to it! On the occassions I've applied the polish, I have never once successfully achieved a perfect magnetized effect on all my nails. The package lacks clear instructions on how best to create the magnetized effect. I've found the most successful technique to be:
1) Apply a thick coat of the polish to the nail
2) Rest the plastic around the magnet upon the skin around the nail (so the magnet itself is a few millimetres away from the nail.)
3) Wait thirty seconds
4) Remove, and allow to dry.
5) Apply a clear top coat to prevent chipping.
If a top coat isn't used, the nail polish chips after a day. Unlike other polishes, one cannot apply another coat over the chipped polish to cover the chips because the effect is then lost, meaning that when the polish becomes to chipped one is forced to remove it and start again.
However, overall this does create a nice effect which is more exciting than traditional, plain nail polish! It jazzes up an outfit and makes nails appear longer, which is flattering to the hands. Therefore, I would recommend this product!
The first I knew of this product was when I was standing in my local boots and spotted this on the top shelf. In its first week it was on offer and being as obsessed with nail varnish as I am it was a must buy however sceptical I was.
*+*+* THE PRODUCT *+*+*
17's magnetized nail polish comes in a 10 ml circular bottle. There are four colours in the range at present:
* Gun Metal
I personally have the blue and gun metal, so this is what my review is based on.
RRP is £5.99 but I got mine with a pound off when it was first out and I'm sure it would be included in multi-buy make-up discounts in shops such as boots when they are on.
*+*+* APPLICATION *+*+*
Application is basic and easy. Remover the magnet (which is on a separate lid to the one that un-screws to provide the brush). Apply one coat of the varnish and before it dries hover the magnet over the nail for about 10 seconds and daa-dah instant nail effects.
I like to apply a base and top coat usually a nail hardener to add strength and help prevent premature chipping.
*+*+* THE LOOK *+*+*
The look you get is from the magnet pulling different particles through the varnish. When you remove the magnet you see what resembles waves in the colour of a darker shade, it looks almost 3D and really catches peoples eyes.
*+*+* MY OPINION *+*+*
I was dubious of this it seemed a little too good to be true, but was pleasantly surprised especially the gun metal.
I have since looked into this effect and it seems nails inc were first and since the 17 version I have seen the Saturdays have a set of out in Superdrug. 17 still remains the cheapest at around £5.99 Superdrug are selling the Saturdays range at £6 for each polish and a separate £3 for the magnet and nails inc in a whopping £13.00 and I for one cant justify paying that much for a nail varnish.
I love the look you get from the magnetized nail varnish it adds that extra something that is sure to draw attention. Turning the magnet before hovering it over the nail changes the direction of the waves and therefore gives yet more looks.
I was especially impressed with the gun metal grey colour. The waves show up in a very dark grey almost black and give more of a contrast. I have had so many people ask me about it when I'm wearing it from friends to shop assistants some asking where I got my minx done I love the look on their face when you tell them they can do it themselves at home (although feel I am missing out on a great commission scheme).
I have found I have just one problem. I have very long natural nails some are just over 2 cm from base to tip and my longest nails are too long for the magnet I find I have to do a double attack painting half the nail with a second coat and holding the magnet in the same direction.
I would advise anyone who buys this to sit and have a play before you apply it for real that way you can grasp an idea of the length of time you need to use the magnet for the effect you require after all practice makes perfect.
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Absolutely I would recommend this ten times over. Not only is it a great look but it's a great price and is so quick to apply meaning anyone can achieve a salon look at a fraction of the price.
I received several of these nail varnishes for christmas in purple, green and silver and it also comes in blue. I had heard of them before but wasn't too sure of what to expect, so keen to experiment I applied the purple colour as soon as I opened it.
You apply the varnish like your standard nail polish, and you only need one coat which is a plus. The lid of the nail varnish is the magnet, you take this off and underneath is the standard nail polish brush. Doing one nail at a time, apply a coat of the polish, and then hover the lid over your nail. The lid comes with a little ledge which you can use to rest on your finger just under your nail. You leave this still for around 10 seconds, and then you're nails are left with a wave like effect. Just be careful not to catch your nail with the magnet as this will ruin the look. It is really simple but effective and looks really professional. It is advised that you apply a clear top coat once they have completely dried for prolonged wear.
The effect is created because the nail polish contains fine metal particles, and when the magnet is applied the particles are pulled into a wavy pattern. Each tub contains 10 ml and costs £5.99 each. They really are great value for money, as I also received a magnetic polish brought out by The Saturdays (the girl band) which costs £6 for the polish, but you have to purchase the magnet seperately which is an additional 3 pounds! And it is exactly the same as the no 17 one.
I really recommend this product as it does work very well and is far cheaper then other brands. I can't wait to test the other colours.
One final note, my nails did chip after a day but then I did not apply a top coat like they recommend, and no matter what nail varnish I use I always manage to chip it so it is likely this is my own fault rather than the products!
I was asked about this nail varnish at work recently and hadn't heard of it, but when I went to a larger boots store, I spotted the new nail varnishes on the 17 cosmetics stand.
I wanted to try one but didn't want to spend £5.99 on a nail varnish incase it didn't work well. I decided to watch a tutorial video on youtube and thought the results looked really good. Next time I was in Boots I bought a bottle of the dark purple coloured nail varnish.
The nail varnishes are only available in four colours at the minute, green, silver/grey, purple and blue. I opted for the purple as I don't really wear any of the other colours on my nails as a rule. I think if they get more popular, they'll bring more colours out like they did with the Barry M crackle paint.
The bottle is round with a big lid, the same size of the bottle with the magnet on it. When I got it home, I realised the big lid comes off revealing a smaller lid which the brush is attatched to. This is a good idea as I think it would be messy holding the magnet and brush upside down to put the magnet near your nail.
The nail varnish is really good quality, it's not too thick but you definitely only need one coat of it to cover your nail sufficiently. It spreads easily over your nail and actualy looks nice before you magnetize it. The colour is bold and looks metalic which is nice, but I didn't really care for the purple colour itself as it was quite dark and almost brown. Once you've applied the nail varnish you need to hover the magnet close to the nail quite quickly before it dries to get the effect. I've found it is much easier to do each nail individually so you magnetize it properly before it dries.
I was quite amazed at the effect as it happens really quickly. The nail varnish looks like it spreads creating light and dark lines accross the nail. It looks like shiny metal which I thought was really good. This nail varnish also dries really quickly which is good for me as I can't sit still for long and normally end up smudging nail varnish before it is dry.
The only problem I had with this was I kept touching the nail with the magnet which can be a pain as it smudges it, but once you get used to it, you stop doing it.
The nail varnish does last quite well, mine stayed on for about three days before it started to come off the edges of my nail, and I didn't use a top coat either.
I had many compliments about my nails and people kept asking how I'd done it. I recently saw someone with the silver colour on, and it looks a lot better than the purple. I bought the silver one yesterday so have that on my nails today. It works better and looks more metallic so I'd definitely recommend the silver colour more.
For the money, I think this is great. I think they need to advertise it more as not many people have heard of it yet, but when it gets more popular I think it will be like the new crackle paint. 17 cosmetics are a Boots brand so you can only get them from Boots stores or their website.
For £5.99, the results are great!
The first time I became aware of magnetic nail polishes was when I saw the Nails Inc ones online. I was intrigued but not willing to shell out £13 for one. When I saw that 17 were now making them at a more reasonable £6, I couldn't resist temptation and headed down to Boots to get one.
==What is it?==
The Magnetized nail polishes are a range of nail polish containing very fine (so fine they aren't visible) metal particles. The idea is that you apply the polish and then hover a magnet - which comes included - over the nail, to make a pattern in the nail polish. I thought this was a really clever and innovative idea, although it is a bit gimmicky, so wondered how well it would work. I do like doing nail art when I have the time (and patience) and this sounded like a really simple idea of achieving an unusual effect.
The polishes come in a cylindrical bottle. It looks pretty much like any other standard nail polish, however the lid is a little bit different from the norm. Over the top of the brush handle is a cap, which has a magnet in the top. This simply lifts off, so it can be turned upside down and hovered over the nails. It also has a raised ridge on the cap, which is so that you can hold the magnet against the cuticle without actually touching the nail.
At the moment this polish is only available in four colours - gunmetal, lilac (which is actually deep purple not lilac!), blue and teal. As this product has been rather popular, when I went to Boots to get it, there were only two bottles of teal and one bottle of lilac left on the shelf - the other colours were completely sold out. I ended up going for the lilac as I already have a teal coloured polish which I rarely wear, so thought I'd probably get more use from the lilac.
One thing I would say about the colours, is that despite looking quite dull and uninspiring in the bottle, they do look much brighter when they're on the nails, so don't let this put you off.
The brush is a reasonable length and quite wide, which makes the polish easy to apply. It goes on like a dream actually, it's a lovely consistency and it goes on well with no patchiness or streaking. I tend to apply in three strokes - one down each side of my nail and then another down the middle, which is sufficient to give good coverage. I only ever apply one coat of this polish - you could apply two but I'm not sure if that would have any negative effect on the 'magnetizing' process.
Once applied, you need to hover the magnet over the nails. You do have to be very quick about doing this - I'm talking within about 20-25 seconds of application - because if the polish is even remotely dry (and it does begin drying very quickly), the magnetizing process won't work. I'd recommend painting one nail at a time then magnetizing, rather than painting them all then magnetizing, as the process won't work on the nails you painted first.
Another problem I frequently have is that I touch my nails with the magnet without realising, so you do have to take some care when hovering it over the nail, because the magnet has to be close - but not too close - to work.
The results you get from this polish are actually quite good once you get the hang of it. I've actually worn the polish without doing the magnetising process because it gives a good, smooth coverage all on its own. Once it's actually on the nails, it dries pretty quickly - I'd say within a minute and a half at the most.
When you use the magnet, the result is wavy stripes going all along the nail. The stripes seem to have a dark and light effect, with a metallic looking finish. It is rather an unusual effect and it does attract a lot of compliments and questions from people who are wondering how I've done my nails. I must admit I don't think it's as striking as some other nail art products - such as the crackle polishes which are everywhere - but it achieves a subtle look which is a little bit different from the norm.
In terms of longevity, despite only ever applying one coat, I usually get around three days wear from this, before it begins to chip. To be honest, I get bored quickly with my nail polish and usually take it off after two days anyway.
This polish is £5.99 for a 10ml bottle. 17 is a Boots own brand, so it is only available from Boots or online at www.boots.com. As mentioned when I bought this it was mostly sold out, however this was a good few weeks ago now when the product was brand new out and since I have noticed my local branch has had this in stock again.
Overall, I'm quite pleased with this and would recommend it, if you're looking for something a little unusual. The main downside for me is that I found the magnetizing process a little bit tricky to get the hang of at first, but once you're used to it, it's not such a problem - it just takes a bit of patience!