Magnetics is one of the special polish types I really like, and Isadora’s offerings look quite seductive. The colours are dark, duochrome, and packed with multicoloured shimmer. The magnets are not attached to the bottles, and while every bottle comes with the same pattern, additional patterns are sold separately. There are many reasons I should like, perhaps even love these polishes.
But I don’t.
The polishes annoyed me even before I had bought one. The magnet is attached to a piece of cardboard, and the cardboard wrapped around the bottle cap. The way the bottles are placed in the nail polish stand in the shop means the most convenient way to lift one out for a closer look is by grabbing the cap, and here comes the problem: The cardboard is not attached in any way. When I lifted a bottle out, the cardboard was tight enough to let me do this without problem, but not tight enough to hold on for more than a few seconds — which means the bottle crashed down and smashed against the floor, splattering polish all over the place. Even so, I bought three bottles — lifting them out with considerably more care.
The application leaves something to be desired. Every other magnetic polish I’ve used have been single-coaters. Isadora’s require a minimum of two coats. Not a huge deal, but an annoyance, considering Isadora’s brush is too wide for my fingernails. This makes it difficult to make neat edges. Even after cleanup I have the messy result you can see below.
The magnet is quite strong. The pattern shows up mere moments after placing the magnet, and the lines are nice and crisp. However, every topcoat I own erases the pattern completely. Using the magnet again immediately after applying topcoat brings the pattern back, but the lines are now soft and blurry.
The lovely duochrome is not entirely gone, but it is hiding well. Northern Lights, which has clear greens and purples showing in the bottle, is a dark grey on the nails. The greens and purples come out only rarely.
I’m quite disappointed.