ProcrastiNails: China Glaze Magnetix 2012 Swatches! Attraction and Positively in Love!

Alright, let’s get a start on this pile of swatches I have to do! China Glaze Attraction was at the top of the list, so I decided to swatch it along with the other Magnetix polish that I own – China Glaze Positively in Love. My only issue? I. Hate. Magnetic. Polishes. Arrrgghhhhghgh. My nails are very curvy so I’ve never been able to get a full or clean magnetic image when I use the magnets. But for you guys I gave it another try (grumble grumble). So let’s take a look. I swatched both of this before and after the use of the magnet, so you can see what they look like as normal polishes, too.

China Glaze Attraction
China Glaze Attraction – no magnet

Since I really hate doing the magnetic effect my usual way of wearing these polishes is just to use them as a normal metallic shade. On their own they’re pretty nice, and they’re nicely opaque/pigmented so you can get really good coverage with one or two coats. They’re also good for use in nail art, and I imagine they would be good for stamping (though I haven’t tried that yet).

In these pictures I didn’t use any top coat but I would suggest adding it if you were wearing them as a base because the polish is slightly matte.

China Glaze Attraction – no magnet

Attraction on its own is a lovely, warm metallic coal grey. You can see the flecks in it make it look very sparkly and shimmery!

China Glaze Attraction with the vertical stripe magnet

And believe it or not, this is a shot of it using a magnet. I used one with vertical straight lines going down, so part of the issue here is that the natural shadows in the picture line up with where the darker magnetic bits decided to pop up. You can see a bit of it on my ring finger – the magnet makes both darker and lighter bits come through.

I probably should have tried doing this polish over again with a different magnet, but as I said earlier: I. Hate. Magnetic. Polish. So that wasn’t going to happen. I almost decided to just show you these polishes as bases without any magnetic designs, but Positively in Love came out a bit better so I decided to just go with it. Blah. Speaking of that next polish…

China Glaze Positively in Love
China Glaze Positively in Love – no magnet

Positively in Love is a lovely plum shade. It applied really well, again with just one or two coats. And again I would suggest adding a top coat if you were going to wear it on its own since it dries to a satin finish.

China Glaze Positively in Love – no magnet

This polish has more of a slight shimmer of metallic rather than the sparkle that was in Attraction, and part of that is probably because they came from two different collections. (If you look at swatches of the full collection with Attraction you’ll see that they all have that same heavy sparkle look.)

China Glaze Positively in Love with the circle magnet

The magnet I used this time worked out MUCH better, as you can see. Though my circles aren’t consistent or particularly attractive you can at least make them out. I know that certain designs (for whatever reason) have stronger pulls with the polish, so if you were to try these yourself I think it would just be some trial and error to see which worked best on your nail shape.

Overall swaching these didn’t make me love magnetic polishes any more (in fact it reminded me of how frustrating they are) but that’s okay. At least they’re done. And it reminded me of how much I love both of these shades on their own as base colours if nothing else. 🙂

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