Recently I have been having a scandalous affair with Sally Hansen magnetic polishes. I was amazed at what those colors looked like on my nails and that magnet, oh that magnet did a magical dance with the metal particles in the polish.
Still, I wondered. Is there more? Am I missing out on another magnetic polish that can make my heart beat stronger?
Then I saw some Russian nail art witches. I use the word "witch" in the most highest esteem. Because clearly they can cast spells on those polishes that make them do fabulous things. Bow polish by Dance Legend and (oh I may faint) Masura polish are the ones most commonly used.
Since Masura takes so long to get here from Russia & since I was blessed with a polish gift, I ordered Bow from Color4Nails here in the US.
I ordered six colors. I am going to review 3 of them in this post. Let me start by saying it has been a difficult start to our relationship. My regular polishes have been in a rebellion with me over my lack of use of them and I suspect my Sally Hansen polishes heard I might replace them and threatened the Bow polishes.
Let's start with Revel. It is a coppery shimmery color with flecks of pink and swirls of light golden olive green and rust red. A glorious polish. I fell in love with this one at first sight. However the picture on the online store catalog gave me my first indication that this would not work magic with the magnet. That indication was right.
I painted a thin coat of polish followed by diagonal hatch painting in both directions from top of nail to bottom. I did a 5 second horizontal and a 5 second vertical magnet application. Not much difference. I let dry five minutes then applied a top coat of Sally Hansen Big Shiny Top coat.
While still wet I did a 7 second diagonal and a 5 second side of the nail magnet. Again not much difference.
Here is a picture with a nail charm I was gifted by IG@nailart_elegance
Here is the first try with and without a nail charm:
Also this polish needs more drying time than others before the top coat is applied and possibly between coats of polish. I did not notice any small bubbles on the polish until I put the top coat on. They seemed to look ok with the way the shimmers were but definitely not something I am thrilled about.
Cost comparison: Amazon had eight Sally Hanson polishes for a flat $15 including S&H and tax. They are now $24.99. The Bow sold on Color4Nails were $10 a piece and if you buy 4 or more polishes shipping is free and there is no tax. I found a discount code on a blog (holly10) which took off 10%. So the total for six polishes was $54.00.
The jury is still out on which ones I am going to continue my mad affair with. I have two red, fucshia and a purple Bows that I will be trying out in the next few days and I will do a review on them in the blog post. I will follow that up with a side by side (as much as possible) comparison between the two brands.
Now go paint your nails.