The next polish from my May Maven box is Kylie, a magnetic polish from Julep! Mangetic polish is big right now and so Julep has thrown their hat into the ring. Julep describes Kylie as a "sultry violet magnetic polish. It's gorgeous without the magnetic effect, or use the included magnet to create dark accent stripes in whatever direction you choose."
To be honest, this was my first experience with magnetic polish. It's not a new thing, but is currently enjoying a resurgence and just about every brand has some magnetic polishes out right now. I haven't actively sought out any magnetic polishes, but was happy to receive one as part of my box. The theory behind magnetic polish is simple-- you apply the polish, then one at time use the magnet to create a design on your nail while the polish is still wet (so the iron particles can move).
The formula on Kylie was decent-- I used two coats in my photos below. I applied one coat and it went on nicely and was basically opaque, and then I added a second coat one by one and used the magnet. I didn't use a top coat in these pictures below, though with magnets you do want to wait for the polish dry so you don't smudge the design.
Artificial light with flash:
Natural light - shade:
Here's the magnet that came with the polish:
I think it photographed beautifully!
There's no lip on the magnetic which means you need to be careful about placing it too close to your nail, otherwise you could wind up denting your manicure. I afraid of this but manage to avoid it. I did close enough to create a design, but I wonder if I had gotten closer if the lines would have been better. I also got the feeling that the magnetic lines started to to fuzz out after I'd had this on for a little while, but I didn't wear it very long because I was swatching. I was also a little disappointed that I only got two lines on my nails... I would have liked to see more!
Overall, I don't know how to feel about this. It's cool, and I like it but I'm not completely sold. It does take time to do, though I love the way it looks. Nail art for dummies! I probably need to play with this some more before making a final decision.