Friday, September 21, 2012

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Magnetix II Collection

Hey guys!

Before I show you today's challenge mani, I first have the China Glaze Magnetix II Collection to share with you!

I was much more intrigued by the colours of this collection than the ones from the first collection, and the magnet caught my attention as well.

Keep reading for the swatches and full review!

Bond-tastic is a browned orange shade. For some reason I had expected this to be more of a bright orange, which I would have liked, but this colour feels really dated to me. It did an ok job of picking up the magnetic design, but it's sort of a subtle effect. In terms of formula, it's good and I used two coats for my swatch.

Con-fused is a medium forest green. This is one of my favourite colours and it was also the best at picking up the magnetic design. The formula was good and this one needed two coats.

Get Charged is a silvery purple. I didn't think much of this one on its own, but once I used the magnet, I really liked how it turned out. This one is pretty opaque, so I only used 1 coat for this swatch. Again, the formula was easy to work with.

Gold Fusion is a warm shimmery gold. The colour isn't my favourite - I think it's just too warm for my skin tone, but I know some will like it. The magnetic effect isn't very strong with this one, though. I had some trouble getting the designs to show up well. The formula was good and my swatch is two coats.

Positively In Love is a pretty magenta shade. This is another of my favourites colour-wise. I also got a pretty strong effect after using the magnet. The design ended up looking sort of like abstract roses, don't you think? I like it. The formula was once again easy to work with and my swatch is two coats.

Sparks Will Fly is a medium blue with purple shimmer that really shows up once the magnet is used. This is the one I expected the like the most and it didn't let me down. The magnetic effect isn't super strong, but it's definitely there and the colour makes up for it anyways. As with the others, the formula was good and my swatch is two coats.

And here's a shot of the magnet that was released with this collection. Just like the first Magnetix magnet, it has a ridge at the base of each design so that you can rest it against your cuticle (as you can see from the indents on my fingers in the swatches above haha).

Overall, I like this Magnetix Collection much more than I liked the first one.

I like the designs on the magnet, in particular the target one. I find it shows up more like a swirl design than a target one, but I actually prefer that. The grid design is an interesting one, but I had a hard time getting it to show up. Because the full grid doesn't show, I think the design it does create ends up looking like a set of abs, which is kind of strange. The three line design is a simple one, but I really like the effect it creates.

My one complaint about the magnet is a familiar complaint - it's flat. I wish a company would come up with a curved magnet because I, like many others out there, have pretty curved nails. My index nail in particular is the most curved and it's always difficult to get entire designs on that nail. I'm really hoping there's a curved magnet in the works somewhere!

The China Glaze Magnetix II Collection is a September release so it should be available now.

The product(s) in this post were provided by the manufacturer or their PR in exchange for an honest review.


  1. Awesome magnet! I really liked the green and magenta ones :)

  2. I got the magnet by itself (as well as the first Magnetix magnet) because I already have six or so of the Sally Hansen polishes that I picked up from Walmart. Love the grid pattern, and it shows up really well on the black Sally Hansen polish! Seeing this makes me want to try the bullseye one now!

    Thanks for the swatches :)

    1. Interesting! I'd love to see the grid one looking really defined!

    2. Kayla, try using a fridge magnet! You know the little flex-y rectangle ones that sometimes come as calendars or business cards? #1, you can bend them over your nail, AND they usually end up living a lined pattern (every magnet is different, some a really skinny lines, some are further apart lines, and some don't have any). Then, if you really want to get creative you can cut them up and make your own patterns.

  3. These are really pretty! Con-fused looks like it would definitely be my favorite of the bunch I'm a sucker for greens and I always have such a hard time find them LOL

  4. There is a curved magnet from FLORMAR. It's portuguese brand, I think...

  5. I like these magnet patterns a lot. The normal designs were getting old to me. XD

  6. Thank you so so much for reviewing this!!! That blue one will be mine, and I love the bullseye/swirl magnet effect!

  7. P.s. Pure Ice magnets are curved are curved, they were reviewed by Manicured Monkey!

  8. I liked the blue, red and green, and loved the swirl pattern!

  9. I already picked up the blue and now I think I need the green!

  10. I bought the original China Glaze triple magnet and although I am generally very patient when it comes to manis, I can't seem to get it to work to my liking. I've heard other reviews mention that the China Glaze magnets don't seem strong enough.... but it very well could just be operator error. :) But it could explain why your bullseye was working well and the others were so-so, if the magnet strengths varied... thoughts?


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