Good morning! Today I have the China Glaze Magnetix Collection to show you guys, I was SO excited about these when I heard about them...I've pretty much been stalking my local beauty supply and they finally got them in so I went over and bought the whole collection along with the magnet! Unfortunately, I am a bit disappointed by these, I'll elaborate more in the review after the cut but basically the magnet was hard to use and didn't work very well. The photos make these look SO much better than they actually were in real life :(
For full reviews of each shade click the read more button below the collage.
Attraction is a grey/black with a subtle glitter. The formula was very thick on this one, it was good because you only needed one coat but it was not easy to apply. I used the star end of the magnet and while it came out okay on this shade it was hard to use. It's like the magnet wasn't strong so the design looked good for a second then got all blurry looking. Please see my pinky nail to see what I mean, that's what most of my nails looked like most of the time...I ended up redoing the other 3 nails in the photo 3 times to get the stars to look good.
Cling On is a dark and light green. I unfortunately don't love this like I thought I would but the name makes me laugh so it gets a pass haha! The formula on this one was very thin and a bit sheer, I used 2 coats for the photos below. The magnet used on this one is the diagonal stripes, it's no bueno. The design doesn't bend right around the nail like it does with the Icing magnet. I'm not sure if it's because the magnet isn't strong or what. I tried to make it work by rolling my finger to get the sides but it took about 15 seconds for the design to look good and by the time I got to the side of the nail it's like the polish was too dry and the design wouldn't pull. Hopefully that makes sense. I think this one would probably look a lot better with a different magnet.
Drawn To You is a light and dark purple with a very subtle glitter running throughout it. I really like this one even though I had the most magnet issues with it. The formula was a lot like Cling On...on the thin and sheer side but I only needed 2 coats. I used the chevron design on the China Glaze magnet for this one, it is by far the worst of the 3 magnets...I think the pictures do the talking here. I thought maybe it was the polish that was the problem so I grabbed my wavy magnet from my Icing magnetic polish and it worked a lot better as you can see on my ring finger.
Instant Chemistry is a dark vampy purple/magenta. The formula on this one was thick and only required 1 coat. I had issues with this, my brush was like crazy wonky...talk about frustrating, I hate when that happens. I used the diagonal stripes magnet on this one, same issues as I previously had but it does look better on the darker shade, perhaps because the sides where the design isn't showing up aren't as noticeable.
Pull Me Close is a blue/black, so pretty! By far my favorite shade of polish here, I love the contrast between the light blue and black. The formula was a bit thin and sheer but I only needed 2 coats. I used the awful chevron magnet again on this one...it sucks, no matter what I tried it looked like how it does below. I hope someone figures out how to make the chevron side work better so that I can actually use it in the future.
You Move Me is a light/dark brown. I was excited about this one, I thought maybe it would some how look like wood grain after you used the magnet...it kind of does in a weird abstract way haha! The formula was a bit thin and sheer, I used 2 coats. I used the star magnet on this one, it's okay but I did have issues with some nails and it completely like not getting any of the design on the side of the nail, you can see what I mean below.
Just for kicks I wanted to compare magnets with a couple I already had that were the same as the China Glaze design. Overall the China Glaze star magnet is a mile better than the LCN one, then the Icing diagonal stripe magnet was a lot stronger and pulled the design out a lot better the China Glaze one on the other 2 fingers.
On my index and middle finger I have the star magnet from LCN & China Glaze over Attraction. On the ring and pinky finger I have the diagonal stripe magnet from Icing and China Glaze over Cling On.
Alright now onto the magnet. I don't like it, sorry China Glaze. It's hard to use and the designs don't really come out that great. The magnet doesn't seem very strong and I was having to hold it over the nail for longer than magnets from the other brands I've tried. The chevron design was especially disappointing here, seriously if you get this and figure out some trick to make it work please let me know.
If you have Nails Inc or Icing magnets and don't want the star design on this one I'd probably pass on this. The other magnets work much better. Below are some photos of the magnet and whatnot, it does have the same little lip to rest on your cuticle like a few of the other magnets from other brands, I do like that. Unlike a lot of the other brands coming out with magnetic polish you have to purchase this one separately, I think it will be going for around $10. Also included in the box that I did not photograph are instructions...funny enough it says use only 1 coat of polish but 4 out of the 6 polishes are not opaque enough to only use 1 coat!
While I applaud China Glaze for doing this collection overall I don't love it like I thought I would...blame the crappy magnet for that. I was so frustrated that I almost said to hell with these swatches and quit about half way though...if you follow me on twitter you probably saw those ranty tweets haha! More than likely I will never use the magnet again, I'll be grabbing for the Icing magnets since they are my favorites of what I own. My favorites polish wise are Pull Me Close and Drawn To You!
The Magnetix Collection should be available everywhere Mid-February, the polishes will retail for $10 each, the magnet is separate and is also $10. I'm betting these will be up on most of the etailers like Transdesign, Head2Toe, VictoriasNailSupply etc... very soon so keep an eye out for them if you want them!