I’ve been on a gel polish kick lately, mostly because I keep using a peel off base coat underneath it now that I know what a pain it is to remove! It’s such a shame sometimes because I do love the shine and the finishes of the polishes by Madam Glam, but a girl’s gotta paint.
This week I tried out a magnetic polish from Madam Glam. I’m not ordinarily a fan of magnetized polish because the magnets don’t always work so well over curved nail beds. However, the benefit to using a magnetic gel polish is that if you don’t like the effect, you can easily “reset” your color with another swipe of the applicator brush and try it out again. The downside is that if you wait too long to cure your polish after applying the magnet, your design will fade as the polish starts to spreads out. I did not want to get stuck curing one nail at a time, so you will notice that the magnetic effect does not look overly strong in my swatch.
I used a magnet from China Glaze that I purchased separately seeing as the Madam Glam magnetic gels don’t come with one.
Simply brush a layer of magnetic gel over an already cured layer of the color, balance the magnet over your nail for a few seconds, then remove it to see the pattern in the nail polish. If you don’t like how it looks, brush the gel out and try it again. It is one of the huge benefits to using a gel polish for this technique as the design won’t set until you cure it under a lamp.
The polish looks pretty enough on its own, so I didn’t want to do anything too crazy. I opted to put some light holiday stamping as an accent nail using Jumbo Plate 6 from Cheeky Beauty.
I used the silver bells on the far right, 2nd row down from the rectangular images. I only wanted one set of bells, so after stamping the image, I isolated the part I wanted to use by cleaning off the excess polish from the stamper using some Scotch tape.
Of course, within a few hours after doing this, the polish on my ring finger managed to completely peel off thanks to the super effect peel off base coat from Ünt that I used. I didn’t want to change my nails quite so soon, so I applied a different polish to replace the lost chip instead.
I think all the different manicures here look cute and festive. Do you have a favorite one out of the pictures here? Let me know in the comments!