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Published on: 01 Sep 2011 by crissy78
I first saw this product advertised in Allure Magazine…since I’m a sucker for new products, just had to buy it ASAP! Here is a brief tutorial for LCN’s Magnetic Nail Polish, as well as product info, pictures & where to purchase:
Cost of Polish: 9.90
Cost of Diagonal Shape Magnet:19.90
(Star shape also offered for 19.90)
Shipping Cost: 8.95
Color Purchased: Fuschia Attraction (Purple)
Link to LCN Website: http://www.shoplcnusaretail.com/polish.html
Time to complete manicure: 1 Hour Minimum
Other supplies needed: Clear Top Coat or Clear UV Top Coat
Step 1: On a bare, dry nail, apply one semi-thick coat of Magnetic Polish to ONE nail only.
Do NOT try to polish all of your nails and then use the magnet. The polish must be wet for the magnet to work.
Step 2:Immediately place the magnet over the top of the nail – as close as possible without touching the nail. You will begin to see the stripes forming as the magnet pulls the polish into different directions.
*For wavy blurry lines, sway the magnet back and forth over the nail.
*For straight obvious lines, hold the magnet still.
Step 3: Repeat on all other nails.
Step 4: Wait until polish has dried (7-10 minutes) and then apply the first top coat. I used “Orly Sec n Dry for the first top coat.
Step 5: Wait until first top coat has dried (about 7 minutes) and then apply the last top coat. I used “Rhinestones Only” for the last top coat because it is a strong clear coat meant to harness down nail art for long wear.
Alternate UV top coat:LCN does offer a product called Polish Seal for $21.90 – I would highly suggest purchasing this, as it would definitely make the manicure last longer after all your hard work! But, it is not your typical top coat. For the Polish Seal, you need to cure (dry) it under a UV Lamp with a 60 watt bulb for at least 3 minutes. This is similar to Gel Polish (which I will be doing a tutorial on next) and will help the manicure last for about 1.5 weeks without chipping.
Tips and suggestions:
*DO NOT apply a base coat! It seems to negatively effect the magnetic polish and doesn’t allow the magnet to work properly. (Possibly because the polish adheres to the base coat too quickly, preventing the magnetic movement.)
*Do not try to apply this in a rush before a big event. It takes several tries to get it right, and requires a lot of patience.
*You need a steady hand. Brace your arms on a sturdy table while holding the magnet over wet polish, and hold your hands very still.
*Do not try to use a regular magnet – I tried a few other magnets and they did nothing to the polish. Unfortunately you have to pay for the LCN magnet. I suggest looking on Ebay to find them for a few bucks cheaper.
* If you get polish on the magnet, wipe it clean with paper towel dipped in polish remover. DO NOT use a cotton ball, because the cotton will stick to the polish & magnet, causing a fuzzy mess. The magnet will feel slightly sticky after wiping it with remover, so allow it to try for a minute before using it again.
Colors – Bright and vivid polish colors
Variation – Different ways to use magnet to create various effects
Originality – No other polish looks like this
Not long wearing – chips within 4 days without UV Polish Seal
Small product – very tiny bottle of polish – much is wasted on trial & error
Expense – 1 polish + 1 magnet + shipping costs almost $40
Time consuming – Takes patience and trial and error to get right
Final Thoughts on Magnetic Nail Polish:
Meh…for all the time, effort & expense it takes to get this manicure right, it just doesn’t seem worth it. Next time, I will try a Gel UV top coat to see if it lasts longer.
It takes about the same amount of time for a gel manicure, which stays shiny and chip-free for 2-3 weeks. I have only had this polish on for 4 days and it’s already chipped – even though I used two extra tough top coats.
The pictures on the LCN website are rather misleading. The stripes created by the diagonal magnet do not look nearly as striking in person. In the above picture, the flash on my camera did blur out some of the stripes – but still, the manicure did not come out looking as it does on the website. It might help if the magnet were a bit stronger, to create more defined stripes
Again, do not try to apply this in a rush. It takes several tries to get it right, and requires a lot of patience. I kept accidentally getting the magnet too close and botching up the polish. Sometimes, the magnet was ineffective and did not create any stripes, so I had to remove the polish from that nail and try again. They really should give you more polish in the bottle. I’ve gone through nearly half the bottle for only one manicure because it’s difficult to get a perfect result with every nail. I had to re-do almost every single nail at least once. The final result is definitely pretty, and I think if the Gel top coat allows it to last longer, I would be more apt to use this polish again.
Here is a link to my short You Tube Tutorial on how to apply the Magnetic Polish.
Review & Tutorial of UV Cured GEL POLISH for a manicure that will last 2-3 weeks without chipping.
I purchased some off Ebay from Hong Kong for only $5 each!! Here in the USA they cost upwards of $20 for just one bottle. On Ebay, I got 2 top coats and 2 colors (glittery pink and coral brown) for a total of $20. Am really hoping they function as well as their expensive domestic counterparts… we’ll soon find out!