I was in Walgreens the other day when I stumbled upon this HUGE display of Nabi Magnetic polishes. I stood in front of that display picking out colors for entirely too long. I was thinking about just getting all of them (and there were a lot, over a dozen), but then decided against it because I didn't want to spend that much just in case they weren't very good. But, now that I've tried on the four shades I chose, I think I might have to go back for more...
Nabi Magnetic Nail Polish in Candid. Candid is a greenish-greyish metallic base with lots of huge, chunky gold flake sparkle. When you expose it to the magnet, all the silvery grey-green parts pull away and leave the gold sparkles where they were and it looks flippin' amazing. In fact, it looks amazing even without using the magnet at all:
Nabi Magnetic Nail Polish in Dark Gold. This one's similar to Candid, but more of a golden-brownish-bronzy-warm color scheme. That flaky, chunky gold glitter is just as pretty in this one, but to my eye, it seems like there's slightly less of it than there is in Candid. Also looks amazing pre-magnet:
Nabi Magnetic Nail Polish in Wine. This one is a dark cherry red shimmer. No glitter in here, but it looks fine without it. I love the way this separates into black and red stripes when it's exposed to the magnet. I don't think I've ever seen another dark red magnetic, either. Super awesome.
Despite the extremely amazing colors, the formula on these is pretty bad. It's very thick and stringy, and has that sort of globby, sticky, foamy texture that makes a thin, even, smooth coat nearly impossible. I'm sure adding some polish thinner would help, but I haven't tried it yet. I did three coats of each, and only the two gold-based ones needed the third coat. The brushes were okay but not the best. The dry time is very long on these. Oh, and the smell. They smell HORRIBLE. Bad, chemical, scary.
The Nabi magnet comes in three patterns, and each polish comes with its own magnet, attached to the lid like so:
"Mysteryious power of magnets to turn your nails into shimmery and 3D nail art work."
What I liked:
- Full size (0.5 fluid ounce) bottles.
- Extremely inexpensive. These rang up $4.99 each, magnet included. So far that's the most affordable magnetic polish I've seen. The China Glaze Magnetix are cheaper per polish online, but they don't come with a magnet like these do.
- Incredible color selection, including colors and finishes I haven't seen from any other brand. A dreamy, magnetic rainbow.
- DRUGSTORE MAGNETIC POLISHES! Yay!
- They each come with their own magnet.
What I didn't like:
- THE SMELL.
- Difficult, unwieldy, foamy-thick formula. Frustrating globby-stringy application.
- The magnets are weak.
- The stickers are sloppy and the magnets aren't attached very well. A lot at the store were broken on the display.
- The magnet comes in three patterns, but the Chevron is kinda wavy and the diagonal line is redundant because the straight line pattern can be used to duplicate it.
- Long dry time.
- Hard to position the magnet without the little plastic cuticle guard that the Nails Inc./China Glaze magnet has.
I'm really impressed by the color selection (Dark green! Red! Purple! GLITTER!!), but not the formula. The magnet is pretty weak (even weaker than the China Glaze one), but I'll just use a different magnet next time I use these. But, because of the low cost, I'm definitely going to pick up a few more colors next time I'm in Walgreens. At only $4.99 a piece, magnet included, I really can't complain much!