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I'm a bit of a girly girl and love having my nails done but being a mum of two with a house to run I understandably don't always have spare money available for expensive treats like having my nails done professionally so often looking for nice little products like this that are a little different. A work colleague came in showing off her pretty nails at work saying she'd done it with a magnet, they looked fab so i decided to look it up. I came across Barry M magnetic nail varnish on amazon. They sell for roughly £5 a bottle or you can get slightly better deals for buying a set like four for £17. I personally think it's a little pricey for just nail varnish but Barry M is a good quality brand. I decided to give it a try and ordered a burgundy one with a stripey pattern. It arrived in just a few days so I gave it a try right away. I followed the instructions and put a base coat on each nail. The polish itself looks very good quality and is thick and glossy. It dried very quickly and I was ready to apply the second coat. The instructions state you should do a second coat and immediately hold the magnet over it while it's still wet for five seconds. The magnet is clipped onto the top of the bottle but comes away from the lid and the brush so is a separate piece. The magnet shows the pattern on it and has a little ridge to rest your finger on it as a guide to how close you have to be. This all sounds pretty simple right?! I did the second coat and held the magnet over each nail one at a time. Some worked....some didn't....! I tried again and realised you have to get pretty close to the nail and hold it over for about 10 seconds rather than the recommended 5. It's also very easy to catch your nail with the magnet because you're holding it to close it's very easy to just touch it by mistake. Once I'd done it a couple of times and it was all dry it looked lovely! I got lots of compliments on how good my nails look. It's a really good quality polish which was long lasting and glossy. There are plenty of other colours available all with different magnet patterns with them. You can also buy a separate magnet with a few patterns on it, which is good if you'll be trying out different patterns regularly. Overall I would say this is a great product and a fab nail polish but it takes patience and a bit of practice. Would definitely recommend it. Giving it 4 out of 5. Only knocking a star off as it's not quite as easy and straight forward as it makes out to be.
I bought the Barry M Magnetic Nail Polish because I love experimenting with my nails. I've bought Barry M Crackle nail polish and liked it so I wanted to try this as it sounded fun and interesting. This is available in chemists like Boots and Superdrug, often with offers available like 3 for 2. This cost me £4.99 which is more expensive than the other nail varnishes by Barry M which are usually £2.99. I chose the shade called Magnetic Blue Sparkle, there were only around 4 colours to choose from in Boots. The Barry M website shows that there are actually 9 colours of this. All Barry M products are vegetarian and not tested on animals, most of them are also vegan. Through the clear glass bottle you can see that the nail varnish is a greyish silvery colour with lots of shimmery blue glitter. The lid contains a magnet and the pattern which the magnet creates is displayed on the front on the lid. This isn't the actual lid of the nail varnish, the real lid is underneath. Luckily there are instructions with this as I had no idea how to use it. They are written clearly which is a plus, they are as follows; ''1. Shake the bottle well to ensure magnetic particles are evenly distributed throughout nail paint 2. Apply a basecoat and then apply one coat of your magnetic nail paint and allow to dry 3. Apply second coat and IMMEDIATELY hover the magnet over the nail for 5 to 10 seconds and watch the effect appear 4. Once dry apply topcoat'' I didn't bother applying a base coat as I rarely do. Basically after the first coat of this nail varnish you let it dry and apply another, you don't let this one dry. You get the magentic lid and hold the top of it directly over the wet nail for 5 to 10 seconds (I sometimes hold it for longer to make sure I get a strong effect). When you take the magnet away you will see that the little magnetic particals in the nail varnish have all formed into the pattern on the front of the lid. On the rest of the nail the greyish colour has gone and you can now see the actual colour (in my case- blue). One thing to be careful of is that you make sure not to let the magnet touch your nail as that will smudge it and get nail varnish on your magnet. I should also mention that sometimes the pattern isn't as defined as it should be, this can sometimes be due to moving the magnet while you're holding it over the nail. Sometimes I am sure I held it still but the pattern isn't as striking and defined as it should be but I still like the look of it. I was very impressed by the results of this! The effect really is striking and very, very easy to do. Even on my first try I was very happy with the results. After the first nail I started experimenting with holding the magnet different ways, for example horizontal instead of vertical to change the pattern a bit, it's fun to experiment with this product. This nail varnish isn't just a gimmick, the quality is pretty good too. It doesn't chip any faster or slower than the average nail varnish but it isn't designed to be chip resistant or very long lasting. I find this and the other Barry M nail paints to take a bit longer to dry than most of the nail varnishes I have used. This can be annoying if you're in a rush or don't want to wait so in those cases I steer clear. When it comes to removing this, I find that it is a bit harder to remove than other nail varnishes, I've also found the same to be true with Barry M Glitter Nail Paints. It's quite 'stuck on' to the nail but does come off, it just takes a little bit more time. All in all, I would definitely recommend this to anyone who likes to try new things on their nails. It's a great way to get a unique and interesting look without fiddly and time-consuming nail art. There are different colours and magnet patterns available so if you like it you could always buy more and use different lids with different shades to create more looks.
As soon as I heard about magnetic nail varnish I knew it was something I just had to have.There wasn't a wide variety of colours to choose from so I was instantly disappointed when I went to purchase it, however once I got to the check out I was pleasantly surprised at the price.The instructions seemed easy as pie, and I followed them directly. Once I got the product home I prepared my nails by filing them and putting on a base coat, once the base coat was dry it was time to test this new invention. I didn't get the results expected on my first few goes and my frustration rose quickly. Eventually I reverted to an online clip of how to get the best results.The instructions definitely need rewording on the bottle, but once you get the knack, your nails look amazing!!
Barry M is one of my favourite cosmetic and beauty product brands, the items they bring out always tend to appeal to me - especially their nail varnishes as they are always so bright and colourful and come in such a wide range, from plain pastels, to glitter, to crackle and even magnetic?! When I saw this magnetic nail polish advertised I thought it looked amazing, however they don't always work as I found with the crackle nail polish so I was slightly sceptical as to whether this was actually worth my money or whether I should stick to what I know and go for a regular nail polish - however they were on offer at the time so I couldn't resist giving it a go, I came to the conclusion that if the magnet part didn't work I would just use the colours I'd chosen as regular nail varnish anyway... ~ Barry M cosmetics ~ Barry M is known as the most colourful name in cosmetics and the UK's number 1 fashion cosmetic company. With over 400 different colours and a wide range of products Barry M has become a household name in the field of fashion cosmetics. They offer the customer a low to mid-price brand of quality, affordable and extremely fashionable cosmetics. Barry M Cosmetics was created in London, Great Britain in 1982 by Barry Mero. In the early 80's Barry had a number of retail outlets around London selling beauty and cosmetic products. The fashion was for dramatic, outrageous make-up. However he found that no one was producing the exciting and vivid colours that his customers required. So in June 1982 he decided to put together the Barry M Cosmetic range. ~ Price & Availability~ Barry M's Magnetic Nail polish is available to buy at Boots, Superdrug and online at Barrym.com. It comes in nine different colours, but they aren't all always available on the high street, so if you can't find a particular colour you want your best bet is to order it on the internet. The colours are moon dust (gold), Neptune sea (pale blue), venus sunset (a cross between gold and silver), super nova (silver), cosmic glow (green), Dark silver (almost black), Burgundy (red), dark blue and violet. There are also five different magnetic nail effects; stripes, diagonal stripes, shattered, triangles and waves. ~ Appearance ~ I own four of Barry M's nail polishes to date, violet, black, gold and silver and they all look very posh compared to my other nail polishes as they come in considerably bigger than average sized square shaped bottles with a large black lid which has the magnet on top with a little plastic curve/bridge to rest on your finger when applying the effect. The Barry M logo is printed on the front of the bottle and directions on how to use are written on the back, which are worth looking at before beginning to paint your nails with this product. All of the polishes look very metallic and shiny, which I guess is how the magnetic part works as I can't imagine it working with pastel type colours - although it would be nice if it did. The colours themselves are very dark, which appeals to me as they need to match my darkish clothing items anyway, but they do stand out and have a slight glittery twinkle. Also the colours may be dark but you can tell which is which as they are quite distinctive and they all match each other so look very good on alternating nails - how considerate of your Barry M! ~ How do you use it? ~ 1.If you wish you apply a base coat of clear nail varnish to protect your nails from staining (particularly if you're using the black). 2.Apply a thin coat of the colour onto your dry nails and allow to dry completely. 3.Once dry, apply another slightly thicker coat and immediately place the magnet above the nail resting the curve/bridge on the lid onto your finger. Make sure the lid doesn't actually touch the nail. 4.Hover the lid over your nail for about 10 seconds (sometimes a little longer is needed) and hopefully the pattern will magically appear on your nail. ~ So, does it actually work? ~ The answer to that is sometimes. You might have noticed I put on step 4 that the pattern will hopefully appear because sometimes it doesn't. This isn't the kind of nail varnish you want to just slap on and hope for the best ten minutes before you go out because it most likely won't work first time. I find myself spending up to and over an hour perfecting each nails design, don't get me wrong sometimes one of the nails effects will work straight off and look fabulous, but other times I have to remove the polish and redo it numerous times which can be quite frustrating. However, I am prepared to do this because the eventual outcome is definitely one of the cleverest effects I've ever seen and I think is well worth the effort if you have the time and the patience. The patterns, once done properly do look very professional although they can go blurry and I often get comments from people asking me how I did it. The polish itself lasts no longer or shorter than any other Barry M nail varnish and as long at the base is still there, the pattern will be too as it doesn't fade. ~ Overall opinion? ~ Yes, this nail varnish can get extremely frustrating but I can justify this frustration for the more than pleasing outcome, the designs look fabulous and my particular favourite would be the stripes because it's so simple yet so effective. I'm sure I will continue to buy Barry M's magnetic nail polish as and if they bring out more colours into the collection and I would recommend them to anybody who is looking for a professional look that won't cost you the earth, although it may cost you a LOT of time!
I purchased this as another stocking filler for my eldest daughter along with several other beauty items which I put together in a little gift box for her. I paid £4.99 from boots but at the time of purchase there was an offer three for the price of two so I also bought the dark silver magnetic and another glittery non magnetic one too. It is in the standard square shaped Barry m bottle and has a square lid which removes from the brush holder (unless I broke it!) and this has the magnetic strip attached to it. It also has a little bit of plastic in a curved shape which is what you balance on your finger whilst waiting for the magnet to do its job. As my daughter can't wear nail polish for school - only at weekends she tends to have a big collection so I thought I would help her out and use them for her ;) I applied one coat and let it dry and then applied another coat but immediatly held the magnetic strip over my nail for about 10 seconds (it says 5 seconds on the bottle but leave it a little longer and it looks a little better I think). I then did this for all my nails and the look was amazing, I have been told by my daughter that the effect is caused by little metal filings or something which is put into the nail polish and then when you hold the magnet above the nail it pulls them upwards causing the pattern. I did catch the magnet on my nails a few times but I think it just takes practice as by my last nail I was feeling ever the professional and even offered to do my sisters as she was equally impressed - my daughter however was not as she then got a little annoyed I was using 'her stuff'. My work colleagues really did think I had my nails done professionally and were quite shocked when I told them what I had used, this is a really good polish in my opinion although I do prefer the line pattern on my daughters other Barry m but that is just my preference. I found it lasted well and only began to chip slightly after a few days but that's all I needed it for. The one downside I found was it was quite hard to remove, it seemed to feel thick and just wouldnt come off but that could be down to a cheap nail varnish remover, I'm not too sure. I would recommend Barry m magnetic for a bit of fun with your nails.
Barry M nails - I love nail products so much and in general I find Barry M to be of an amazing quality and lasting as long as colour which has cost so much more. I remember when brands such as nails inc were bringing out magnetic nail polish and my only worry was that it would be difficult to do myself. I was then in Superdrug one day and saw these magnetic colours were on offer so I bought the blue and silver with the straight lined pattern. There were a number of colours and patterns on the magnet to pick from, including, blue, silver, red, black and purple and the magnets were straight, horizontal, vertical and wavy. The magnet you pick is what pattern you will end up with on your nail. Once you have a collection of colours and magnets you can mix and match the colours and magnets. But yo have to use the proper magnetic nail polish with the magnets - any other polish will not work. Application - Remove the square lid with the magnet on - Apply one coat of polish to all nails and allow to dry - Apply a second layer to one nail and immediately hold the magnet over the nail for about 10 seconds - this is when the pattern appears - Repeat on all nails This polish costs £4.99 but often on offer in Superdrug, e.g. buy two for £8.00, or 3 for 2 in boots. For the first few times I tried I would catch the magnet on my nail and ruin the colour, this did not take long to get used to though and now I find the technique really easy. The end result looks like you have spent so much longer on your nails than you have. I also find this nail polish to be longer lasting and quicker drying than other nail polish too. I do not use this effect all the time on my nails but it is fun and something different. Barry M is great for trying out new products, reasonable prices and always bringing out something new to try - younger people will find it really fun to experiment with
I absolutely adore Barry M nail varnishes. They are my favourite brand of nail paint at the minute and I love all the effects that you can do with them and of course their reasonable price doesn't hurt either. The magnetic varnish is a little bit strange and unusual but actually works quite well. Each nail varnish has a magnet built in to the lid and what you do is paint your nails with the varnish then hover the magnet over the varnish to create shapes and designs. It sounds more complicated than it actually is as when you are actually doing it, it is really easy and stress free. The only thing that takes a little getting used to is that you need to get the magnet quite close to the varnish and the first couple of times I did it I ended up touching the varnish and making a mess of it. You also need to make sure that once you have a base coat as otherwise the pattern will show through to the nail underneath and not look as nice. Also you need to use the magnet when the nail varnish is still wet so you need to do it pretty much instantly after painting the nail. The effects are quite cool and although it isn't something that I would personally wear on a daily basis I do quite like to do it for a bit of fun occasionally if I am going anywhere. It is a fun effect but it isn't just a gimmick as it actually does work and it looks more professional than it might sound like it will. The colours in the range aren't as extensive as some of the other Barry M polishes but they have a good selection still and like all the other Barry M polishes they are lovely and vibrant and look shiny and bright on the nails. They are also really hard wearing which is good if you are a bit lazy and don't remove the polish every day. I do tend to remove mine every night as I like to wear different colours every day but on days when I'm not in work or just lounging about the house I can leave them on a few days and know that if I need to pop to the supermarket I won't be embarrassed by horrible chipped polish. The magnetic polish is a little bit more expensive than the plain colours as you would probably expect but they are still only £4.99 and quite often on 3 for 2 promotions so I personally think they are still really good value for money.
I remember seeing the Barry M magnetic nail varnish in store and was excited but skeptical if it really would work as I've never come across anything like this before. I can honestly say i was amazed! Once you have the hang of it, it looks as if you've gone to the nail salon to have your nails done professionally! I had a lot of people asking where i got my nails done, they got a surprise when i said its a new product from Barry M! The way it works is you apply one coat of the color, then before it dries you hover the magnet on the nail for about 5 seconds. However i did have a few problems. It can be a bit frustrating at first trying not to let the magnet touch the wet nail varnish while waiting for the magnet to work its magic and to dry. But as times gone on from using the product i found i got the hang of it so it is worth it. Another thing is, I would say Barry M really need to come out with some more colors! My favorite color is Pink, so is a pain being limited to just four colors! But all in all, i would definitely recommend this product. It's a nice change from just normal nail varnish and fast drying so doesn't take long at all. I can not wait to expand my collection!
~*~*~ Barry M Magnetic Nail Polish ~*~*~ ~ What is it? ~ This is a special effect nail polish by Barry M. The effects it gives it a pattern on the nail by using the polish along with the built in magnet in the lid. ~ Price & Availability ~ I bought this nail polish recently from my local Superdrug store, they are currently included in a 3 for 2 offer and are priced at £4.99 each. They are also available from Boots and www.barrym.com. As far as I am aware Superdrug stock four colours and these are - Dark Silver Burgundy Blue Violet At www.barrym.com there seems to be more colours available though, these are - Moon Dust Neptune Sea Venus Sunset Super Nova Cosmic Glow Dark Silver Burgundy Blue Violet ~ Any good? ~ Having bought MUA magnetic nail polish at the same time I was hoping that this one would be a bit better as the effect of the MUA one wasn't very good. I bought three of these - Burgundy, Blue and Violet. I have tried them all and they have all worked surperbly well. Each polish has a magnet in the lid and each has it's own effect. The magnets form patterns on the nails and depending on which one you have bought it could be waves or stripes in various ways. The burgundy one gives you diagnal stripes across the nails, the violet one gives lines straight across and the blue is the most interesting as this one offers a triangular pattern across the nails. I have also found that you can use the magnet off any of the polishes with the others so you can mix and match the patterns without sticking to the one colour. To use the polish you first have to give the bottle a really good shake to ensure that the magnetic particles are evenly distributd though the polish, it is recommended that you use a base coat however I didn't. Apply the first coat of polish to your nails and allow to fully dry, then apply the second coat and hover the magnet over each nail one at a time, I held it there for about 15 seconds and I could see the pattern emerging through my nail. Once dry apply a topcoat. I did find the the pattern was only really showing on the very top of my nail and the sides were left in just a solid colour block, so as I went on with each nail I tried out different techniques and found that by very slightly moving the magnet across the nail will allow the effect to be picked up right along the nail. The burgundy is a nice deep shade but when the magnet works it's magic you are left with lighter stripes through the nail, it does give a very pretty effect and another nice thing is that the polish has a nice sparkle to it due to the magnetic particles I think. ~ Overall ~ The only bad thing about these polishes is that there isn't many colours available on the highstreet, I would like to be able to purchase the full range via a local store rather than ordering online but it does seem that I will have to do just that. I am really impressed with the effects of these, much more than the MUA ones where I got hardly any effect at all. I will keep at it though to see if I may be doing something wrong! I feel that £4.99 for this nail polish is a really good price to pay. At the moment it seems that there is a trend to have some sort of effects on your nails rather than just a plain colour and these make doing this very easy. So they are in fact a trendy nail polish. The bottle is the typical square shaped glass bottle with all the relevant informationprinted in gold. The lids are black and hold the magnet information where it is shown as a picture on the lid, it is very easy to see what effects each polish will give due to this. The magnet is held in the very top of the lid which keeps it all nice and compact. *** Just a quick update, at the top I have mentioned the MUA Magnetic Nail Polish which I said wasn't very good, I have since had a mess around with the magnet on top and it now works just fine. Hopefully I will be able to soon do a review on this too as I am now very impressed with it. *** Thanks for reading :o) x
I have two of these nail varnishes, one in black and the other i think was pink, i may be wrong though. The black one was the only one that worked and showed up a grey striped pattern on top of the coat. However it was annoying to do - kept accidently putting the magnet onto the nail vanish causing the nail vanish to smudge. Also the effects wasn't that nice and hardly anybody even noticed i had it done. However i still use the black one just to apply coats instead of adding the magnetic effect. The colour is really nice. And I have lost the magnetic lid. All in all i wouldn't recommend this product - its not worth the hassle. However there is a large amount of nail polish in the tub and that would be worth the price if you was just going to use it without the effect.
I am an absolute avid fan of Barry M - you won't find a bigger fan than me. I bought myself a vanity case JUST to house my Barry M collection. So when they brought this nail varnish out, I thought I might have needed to buy a bigger vanity case! Luckily I was really disappointed and therefore won't be buying any more colours in the collection sadly! I purchased my nail varnish from my local Boots store for £4.49, probably part of an offer but I can't remember exactly, I have that much make up! I picked a suitable pattern from the displays on the brush handle and decided to go for just diagonal lines. I was firstly quite disappointed with the actual colour and texture of the nail varnish itself....it seems thicker and gloopier and took a long time to dry. The colour seemed quite flat and didn't go on as it looked in the bottle but sometimes they never do, and I thought maybe the colour was flat to help bring out the magnetic bits when you move onto that bit. Anyway, move onto that bit I did, I followed the pretty simple instructions of turning the bottle upside down and holding the magnet over my nail.... the idea is that the magnet pulls up the metallic particles in the varnish and causes it to make a pattern depending on what the pattern on the magnet is. All I managed to get was a couple of very faint stripes in the middle of my nail and it did not look impressive at all! It looked like i'd smudged it or attempted some terrible nail art. Removing the nail varnish (to give it another go) was a task in itself too, I waited a good half an hour for the nail varnish to not be tacky anymore and I used nail varnish remover to take off but I was sat scrubbing for quite some time. This is probably a good thing as it probably means it is a durable and long lasting varnish! Long story short, I tried this a few times and gave up - not as impressive as some of the other brands I have used and a disappointment for Barry M! However, they did have a really good range of colours and styles - I believe I used the product correctly but perhaps I just didn't get the nack of it. I like my nail varnish sessions to be quick and with immediate effect and I'm afraid I was too impatient for this product to give it anymore time. I feel sad writing these bad words about the make up gods but alas, I think they may be starting to put their fingers in too many pies! Would probably make a good Christmas or birthday pressie for a teenager though!
I have been a long confessed addict to Barry M nail products. I adore the consistency of them. However I was a little bit let down with this. It goes on my nails, I apply the magnet, squeal in delight at the pattern, spend ages flashing my nails at anyone who will look at then wake up the following day disappointed that the effect has faded...Is this just me? I love it while it lasts but the staying power is rubbish!
I must admit I am a fan of Barry M. I love the colour range firstly and they dont need too many coats. This magnetic range is one of my favourites, gives great coverage in one coat and almost looks like you have had a nail wrap ( if you take your time). After having had acrylic nails for many years, you can imagine my nails are not in great condition however with this colour on, you cant really tell. This gives my nails a great look without acrylics and even though it took a little time to get use to, it has been worth it because my nails are starting to grow. This product doesnt take too long to dry either which is a must for me when I buy a nail varnish. If you find a colour you like ( which I am sure you will), then I would suggest you buy it as you wont be dissapointed.
Well, I do love nail art but have been a bit stagnant with idea of late... until I saw a friend wearing this. And the creative spark has returned with a vengeance!! This is an excellent product, and a great price (as per most of Barry M nail products). Some of the colours work more effectively than others - I have had best results with the burgandy colour and the diagonal line, but the blue and starburst pattern are close behind! The colours are interchangable with the magnetic lids too, so you can chop and change if you have 2 or more. A base coat works best on this varnish, in the colour you are treating. One thing layer, and allow it to dry completely. Then a second, thicker coat goes over the top and - now this is the important bit - the magnet needs to be held over the wet nail varnish STRAIGHT AWAY. Seconds make the difference!! When held steadily over the wet surface (without touching), a lovely magnetic pattern is created, as suggested by the pattern on the particular lid you have bought. The magnet is treated in this pattern, so that it attracts the metal pigments in the wet varnish, forming the styles. The only negative I would give, is that the zigzag/grid pattern doesn't seem to work as well, as it's a bit too busy to effectively come out cleanly. Also, these may not work well on small nails, as you might not get the full impact the same as on longer nails with a bigger surface area. Lovely product, keep returning to it :)
This is the first review I have written in months, and it took me just seconds to decide my first one would have to be about the Barry M magnetic nail varnishes, as since purchasing a bottle mid summer I have raved about them to anyone who will listen and show my nails off all the time! As a fan of the Barry M facebook page I had seen these varnishes advertised a lot, but was not sure how they worked and assumed a lot went in to creating the effect. While browsing the make up stands in Superdrug, I saw they just looked like a normal bottle, and decided to give it a go. The bottle cot me £4.99, but I have been told they are very often on offer for 2 bottles for £8.00 so its worth keeping an eye out. The bottles come in a variety of shades, and on the lid of each bottle is a pattern, from horizontal/diagonal stripes, waves and a few others. I soon realised that these patterns indicate what magnetic effect the bottles create. I chose this blue colour, with the multiple lined pattern. When I got the bottle home, I noticed a few things, first, that the big square lid of the bottle comes off, and then I realised why. Across the top of the lid is a square magnet, and there is also a raised 'lip' on one edge. A quick glance at the instructions and I understood how simple the idea was. The instructions tell you that you need to start by giving the bottle a really good shake, something to do with making sure the magnetic particles are thoroughly mixed in! Then, you need to paint a first coat onto your nails and allow to dry, and then to add a second coat. The next part, you need to do one nail at a time and try to do it fairly quickly. Paint a second coat of colour on, and immediately hover the nail above the magnet. This is where the lip on the removable lid comes in handy! I rested my finger on the lip just below the cuticle, this holds your nail in place just over the magnet. Hold the nail over the magnet for ten seconds, then move. When I moved my finger away I was thrilled at the results! I had the magnetic pattern (the lines were not as 'firm' as the pattern on the bottle, they were softer but the effect is still great!) I finished my first hand easily. I am right handed, so painting the left side is easier for me to do. When it comes to painting my right hand, I am a bit shaky, and was worried that it would become fiddly to do. I started with my pinky finger, and quickly found I didn't find it as easy to do, but after some faffing about, I found if I held the lid up and rested my fingers against it, rather than trying to rest them on the table, I got the desired effect without ruining my nails. It was harder than the other hand, but once I found a way to do it comfortably, it became easier. At the end, the finished effect was great. The magnet creates the pattern in a different shade of blue, so you have a darker colour plus a lighter effect making it look almost two tone and as if you have used a different colour to create the effect. I have no idea how it works, but I do know it looks really good, and like you have spent a lot of time creating the effect or you've been to a salon for something fancy done! For £4.99 its not a bad price, I want several other colours but I may wait for another offer to come on before I do buy more so its a bit more value for money. If my past experience with Barry M colours is anything to go by, though, their colours go a long way so they do tend to be value for money.