During the holidays last year, a new nail polish was introduced that made it’s own, unique designs, thanks to a magnet embedded into the cap. This polish was so popular, it sold out everywhere and literally caused a sensation as an instant, coveted, collectible. Now, Sally Hansen has come up with a more affordable version of this type of Magnetic Nail Polish. At just $9.99 instead of $15.00, you can choose from 8 trendy colors, and get magical, wavy designs, that look like you airbrushed them onto your nails.
The thing that is so compelling about this is that every time you use it, and on every nail, you’ll get a different pattern. And it is so easy to do! Simply apply one coat of any base coat (preferably Sally Hansen’s). Shake the Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color to activate the formula. Pull off the over-cap with the magnet, and set it aside for the moment. Then apply 1 coat (it covers very well) of Magnetic Nail Color to all 10 nails and let it dry. Apply a thick second coat of color to a nail and immediately hold the built-in magnet over the nail, resting the guide just below the cuticle without touching the wet nail polish (or hold it close to the nail, but without touching it). The instructions say to hold for 10 seconds, but you can keep it there a little longer for a more defined pattern. After you do this for each nail, all ten will be decorated with a unique, wavy design. Finish with a top coat, and your look can last up to a week.
Although it’s Summer and pastels and neons are trendy, these colors are on the deep side. That’s because light shades don’t show the curvy lines very well (I tried a silver polish in the pricier brand, and really didn’t get to see much of a design). The 8 shades are: Ionic Indigo, Red-y Response, Kinetic Copper, Silver Elements, Golden Conduct, Electric Emerald, Graphite Gravity, and Polar Purple. Wwhether you like grey, red, gold, green, purple, blue, or copper, you will find your perfect shade. The smooth finish and cool looking designs make these worth the price. Try the polish on your toenails too, if you’re limber enough to bend over (or get a friend to help).
For those who love designer nails, but don’t even want to bother with making their own, Sally Hansen has expanded their wildly popular and fun, Salon Effects collection for nails, to include a Salon Effects Pedicure Collection (srp. $9.99). These couldn’t-be-easier. All you have to do is find the right sizes for your nails, peel the backing off, and apply the strips of polish. It is just: peel, stick, smooth, with a cuticle stick, and file off the extra from the tip.
The new version just for toenails are obviously, sized larger, but work the same way. The patterns include: Snake, Rattle and Roll, Toe-riffic, Pink Boa, and a few standouts such as Strike a Posie (a field of tiny blue and red flowers, plus some green leaves, on a pearly background) and Puppytooth (black and white houndstooth).
Sally Hansen claims these designs will last up to 10 days although if you wear tight shoes that rub or you spend a lot of time in a hot tub, pool or at the beach, you might find that you’ve lost some of the polish before then. If the designs last more than 10 days, you’ll see new nail growth, just as you would with any polish. But these are inexpensive enough to just remove a design and apply another, any time you want. Keep in mind that this product isn’t a sticker, it is real nail polish that has no dry time, won’t be smudged, and won’t budge until you take them off with regular nail polish remover.
Sally Hansen products are available in drugstore and mass market retailers or visit www.sallyhansen.com