Layla Magneffect is another new brand of magnetic polish and they have the widest color range I've seen so far. Twelve shades of magnetic effect nail polish, each with their own magnet. The shades are:
01 Gun Metal, 02 Changing Lilac, 03 Blue Grey Flow, 04 Turquoise Wave, 05 Purple Galaxy, 06 Golden Nugget, 07 Metallic Sky, 08 Velvet Groove, 09 Golden Bronze, 10 Brown Sugar, 11 Silver Galaxy, 12 Black Metal.
They have one called Black Metal. WANT. Anyway...
The Layla Magneffect polishes come with the magnet in the cap. It's a striped/linear patterned magnet that can be used to create a variety of designs. There's a stripe across the magnet to indicate the direction of the magnetic field. That little feature makes it easy to get consistent patterns. The design will change depending on what direction you turn the cap:
If you're new to magnetic polish, here's a quick run through of the application technique because it's very different from normal polish.
- Apply your first coat. You can use the magnetic polish or you can use black or a coordinating color (to conserve the magnet polish since the bottles are so small) as your base. The magnet polish will still work if your first coat is regular polish.
- Apply a coat of magnetic polish to one nail.
- Immediately expose the wet magnetic polish to the magnet. With the Layla polish, I find it easiest to hold the cap over each nail. Get as close as you can without touching your nail to the magnet.
- Repeat steps two and three, working one nail at a time. The magnetic pattern will only appear while the polish is still wet, so you must use the magnet immediately after painting each nail.
It's tricky at first, but once you've done it a couple times it becomes very easy. The main thing that goes wrong is making a crooked pattern by not holding your magnet level or holding it too far away, or messing up the design by touching the magnet to your nail. It's also possible to apply too much magnetic polish; the magnet is so strong that it will pull drops of polish off your nail and onto the magnet and make weirdness on your design.
What I liked:
- The magnet comes with the polish and is permanently attached. No need to buy a separate magnet or mess around with positioning.
- The magnet can be rotated to make different designs.
- Wide range of colors.
- Quick drying formula.
- Layla, you got me on my knees... Layla, I'm begging darling, please, Layla... Darling, won't you ease my worried mind?
- Available at one of my favorite online stores, Zappos. I love Zappos so much.
- The bottles are 0.4 fluid ounces. That's nearly a full sized bottle, not a mini like most magnetic polishes.
What I didn't like:
- Some topcoats erase the magnetic design somehow. I would recommend either not using topcoat (these are fast-drying polishes) or waiting a good 5-10 minutes before applying it.
- They're expensive, $15.50 each.
- The brush in my Metallic Sky was a little messed up, disappointing for a $15 polish.
- Formula is a little runny.
- Magnet design blurs over time.
Overall, I think they're great. The magnet isn't as easy to use as the Lancome or the Nails Inc, but the effect is just as nice. You can always use your own magnet with them (from another magnetic polish, not a regular magnet). I want to use the Lancome star pattern magnet on these! The other thing I like about these is that you get a little more polish per bottle than all the other magnetic polishes. More colors to choose from, too. I need to order Black Metal just for the name.
Magnetic polishes are expensive, but they're just so cool. I think everyone should own at least one, just to see it in person. The effect is really mesmerizing; it looks like Tiger's Eye on your nails. I mean it... You need to do at least one magnetic manicure in your lifetime just to experience it!
Layla Magneffect polishes are available from Zappos, $15.50 each.
(This was sent for review.)