Today I have a magnetic cat eye gel polish from Born Pretty Store to share with you. This was my first time trying a magnetic gel polish, although I’ve tried magnetic ‘regular’ polishes before, years ago. Along with the magnetic gel, I used a magnet pen to create a variety of patterns.
The magnetic gel turned out to be very sheer. I used 3 coats in these images, and because of the patterns created by the magnetism, some areas were opaque but in others it was still a little sheer and looked a bit odd to me. This made me realise that it would work better to use this as a topper over another polish, and you could still get the magnetic patterns that way.
As you can see, I tried a variety of patterns using the magnet pen to show you what this handy little tool is capable of! One thing that is great about gel vs regular polish for a magnetic polish is that you can take all the time you need with a magnet before curing the gel polish, it will not dry like regular polish. I tried stripes, a spiral, and dots, which all worked fairly well; I also tried zigzags (on my ring finger), which were less successful. I don’t think you can go for anything too detailed, but using this pen you can certainly create large-scale patterns like a heart, or stripes which go in different directions on different nails.
This is what the magnetic pen looks like: The small tip is the magnet and the pen shape makes it convenient to hold and use.
The colouring of the polish itself is not nearly as intense as is shown on the Born Pretty Store site. They do recommend using it over a black or dark base, and I did not; so certainly more intense colours are possible but I still don’t think you’ll get it looking like the pictures on the site. That said, you can see on the macro above that both teal and purple do become visible at different angles. I would say the magnetic patterns have more impact than the colour of the polish.
The little magnet pen was brilliant for working with a magnetic gel. I think a larger magnet would likely still be the best option for a magnetic regular polish since more haste is required.
Since this polish turned out sheerer than I had anticipated, I decided to also try it over another polish. A dark shade would probably have been ideal, but I only have a few gel polishes, and most of them are neons! So, although I thought it would probably look rather strange, I used a neon green, Gelish Lime All the Time, as my base colour.
This is 2 coats of Lime all the Time plus 2 coats of the cat eye magnetic gel. The lime green is toned down a lot by the magnetic topper and the result is more of a forest green with the magnetic pattern. This time I went with spiral patterns – more successful on some nails than on others – but you can see the magnetic effect on each nail, even where the spiral isn’t as clear.
Although I had anticipated that this base would not be the ideal colour to combine with the magnetic polish, I can say that it definitely works better to have a base colour. I think a dark teal would be an ideal base for this magnetic gel.
The magnetic effect is pretty cool! It’s been ages since I had played with a magnetic polish, but they have always fascinated me. If you’re interested in trying this magnetic gel polish, it’s available here, and there are also 2 more colours to choose from. The magnet pen I used is available here. Don’t forget you can use the code KGG10 for 10% off any Born Pretty Store orders.
Do you own any magnetic polishes? What do you think of them?