02 August 2012

Barry M magnetic swatches

Hello lacquered lovelies! Happy Thursday :) Can you believe it's August? Time is flying by for sure. I can't believe summer is almost over!

Today I've got some swatches of the Barry M magnetic polishes for you. Have no fear, North American friends - Katie of Harlow & Co. sells Barry M, thank goodness. I know I had a few lemmings (still do, actually... I should get on purchasing them haha) that I was able to get thanks to Katie!

I have three of the colours to share - Magnetic Burgundy, Magnetic Dark Silver and Magnetic Blue. There's a Magnetic Violet also - it looks pretty :) Not the most original names but that's okay! Each of the colours have a different magnet design, so I just went with what was already on the polishes. Let's get started!

Magnetic Burgundy. Two coats. I actually really like this one. The design came out nicely on it (I think!) and the shimmery bits are just so pretty. :) This magnet was probably the strongest out of the bunch - I didn't have too many issues with it. I wish it was a bit wider because my nails curve so much but that's about it.

Magnetic Blue. Two coats. Bah! I feel like this design would have showed up way better if my nails were longer. I've been keeping them really short lately so I had a hard time trying to line everything up so the design actually looked like something. I finally got the hang of it on my index finger - it looks more like the star-like design and less... abstract? Haha. I do like this magnet though, I'm going to have to try it again. And again, the shimmery bits. I die.

Magnetic Dark Silver. Two coats. I was most excited for this magnet but it turned out to really be my problem child. I could not get the design to show up as clearly as I'd hoped. :( More time, less time, holding the magnet closer to my cuticle, holding it further away, I just could not get the design to scream at me with awesomeness. I'm wondering if it's just because there isn't as much contrast between the design and the base colour with this polish? I'll have to try it again and report back to you guys.

Overall, I like these. I know Barry M is much more affordable than the Nails Inc magnetics and I like that there's a little more room for different designs rather than the standard squiggly bit. Magnetic Burgundy is definitely my pick of the bunch colourwise but I love the magnet design for Magnetic Blue, I wish it fit on my nubbly nails a little better though haha.

For those of us not lucky enough to live somewhere that we can find Barry M like everywhere, you can get Barry M polishes from Harlow & Co. Katie has them listed for $8.50, and you can find them on the second page.

That's it from me today. What do you lovelies think? I wish there was some way that somebody could create magnetic animal prints. Wouldn't that be awesome? Oh, if only certain companies would find a way to rip our ideas off for stuff like this... ;)

Thanks for reading! Have a beautiful day!

The products in this post were provided to me in exchange for an honest review. For more information, see my disclosure tab above.


  1. I'm liking these a lot! Gotta love magnetic polish with shimmer bits!! It gives it an extra pop, so pretty!

  2. I love the different magnets! So cool :)

  3. I really love the Burgundy! The design on it came out looking really nice!

  4. I always love how magnets work but every time I see them in the store I can't convince myself to buy them.

  5. The magnetic effect is so dramatic on these! I love how the blue has kind of a star sapphire design to it. ;)

  6. I like the magnet for Magnetic Blue the best!! It definitely reminds of a starry nighttime sky!! :)


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