OPI – Skyfall Collection Magnetic Lacquers (swatches & review)
Along with the 12 stunning shades of the ‘Skyfall Collection’ (previously reviewed here – part 1 & part 2), as well as ‘The Man with the Golden Gun’ 18K Real Gold Top Coat (previously reviewed here), OPI has a few more “007″ goodies to throw our way. For their first foray into magnetic lacquers, the brand launches 3 new shades inspired by Skyfall, the newest Bond movie coming to theatres this November 9th, each with their own unique magnetic pattern … thanks to these innovative little gizmos, we can all now create some big-screen magic of our own!
Boasting rich colour and interesting visual textures, the 3 new OPI Magnetic Lacquer shades are also fabulous stand-alone hues. Two of them (‘Is That Silva?’ and ‘Morning, Moneypenny’) are also filled with multi-dimensional holographic particles that rise to the surface quite prominently when the magnet is applied; the last shade (‘Bond, James Bond’) has an underlying patina of old gold – very luxurious and enhanced by its interesting magnetic pattern. All swatches are with base and top coats.
According to the insert provided with each combo – and as with other magnetic varnishes – the best way to achieve each magnet’s effect is to work one nail at a time. What I found works best:
- begin with base coat
- add one layer of magnetic lacquer on all nails
- beginning with the pinkie, apply a second layer of the magnetic
- with the ‘magnetizer’ resting on a flat surface – pattern side visible – place your finger inside & rest it solidly on the bottom surface
- ensure that the little indentation found on the top inner surface of the ‘magnetizer’ falls just above your nail & rests on the cuticle
- be careful to not let the inner surface of the ‘magnetizer’ actually touch the surface of your nail (I made sure I kept my finger pressed down)
- the instructions say to hold it in place for 5-6 seconds; I kept it down between 12-15 seconds and found the pattern was more clearly defined
- carefully open ‘magnetizer’, remove finger and … voilà! Instant nail art!
TIP: After some experimentation, I found that a thicker layer of the magnetic lacquer helps the pattern emerge in a more pronounced manner.
OPI Magnetic Lacquers & Magnetizers (boxed sets)
OPI Magnetic Lacquers & the “magnetizers”
instruction insert provided with each set
Is That Silva? – steely silver-grey hue dusted with incredibly fine prismatic glitter. The formula was of a medium thick density, but flows quite easily upon application. Self-levelling, hardly any visible brush strokes and finishes with a beautiful natural gloss. Absolutely no difficulty with removal.
After using the ‘magnetizer’, the pattern that emerged was surprisingly vivid, with the stripes appearing more like tungsten steel against a gunmetal-silvery base – all sprinkled with a light overlay of the holographic glitter.
Bond, James Bond – golden/pewter base hue willed with ultra-fine antique gold and bronze shimmer particles. The formula here was the thinnest of the 3, but still flowed amazingly well, totally self levelling and leaving behind a fairly shiny finish (although not as glossy as the other 2).
After using the ‘magnetizer’, the snakeskin-like pattern that emerged was a stunning surprise, with the deep golden tones standing out in sharp relief against a lighter silver/grey base. Even the shimmer seemed to be more emphasized – LOVE!
Morning, Moneypenny – dusty plum/burgundy hue filled with ultra-fine prismatic glitter, similar to ‘Is That Silva?’ in that respect as well as the formula (medium thick density). This shade appears slightly deeper and more muted when worn alone, with hints of purple in the base as well. Beautiful natural gloss to accompany its self-levelling application.
After using the ‘magnetizer’, I was in for a surprise; I expected the pattern to be simple horizontal lines across the nail (as the image on the ‘magnetizer’ appears to be). What emerged instead was a lattice-work of wavy lines, with the rich berry tones of the base shade showing up distinctly against a purple-plum background. It looks like an “X” to me (marking the spot?)
Final thoughts: I totally LOVE these! Everything I wanted previous magnetic polishes to have – a visible & clearly discernible pattern – but didn’t (see my previous posts on the nails inc. versions here and here), these OPI beauties have IN ABUNDANCE, along with being ridiculously easy and quick to use – always a nice bonus. I also appreciate the versatility of these magnetic shades, as they look absolutely beautiful even on their own, but with the magnet applied, you really get to appreciate all the hidden nuances found deep within each one. Ready for your Bond-girl moment?!
Available starting this month at professional salons, spas and OPI retailers, each Skyfall Magnetic Lacquer pack has a suggested retail price of CDN $21.95 – including the magnet.
*Disclaimer: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration