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LCN Magnetic Nail Polish Swatches, Photos & Review

LCN has a new line of nail polishes out that are called Magnetic Nail Polish.

Move over crackle, here come magnetic’s! No really, I am pretty sure this is going to be the next big trend and I can see why.

Magnetic nail polish isn’t a new thing, it’s been done before by other nail companies, but I have a feeling we are going to see a lot of big companies jumping on this trend in the next few months.

So how do these work? From what I understand, when you paint your nail, you hold the magnet over the polish and the magnet aligns the metal particles in the polish into a certain pattern. That’s about all I know!

What I can tell you is this was my first time trying them out and at first I did NOT get it to work. But then I did one nail at a time and that was the key.

The LCN Magnetic Nail Polishes come in eight different colors and in small 8 ml bottles. The names aren’t on the bottles but they have them listed on their website.

The magnets that go with these come in two patterns; a diagonal pattern and star-shaped one.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Apply whatever base coat you normally use (I don’t this this interferes with the magnetic patterns)
  2. Apply one very thick later of the LCN Magnetic Nail Polish to one nail
  3. Hold whichever magnet you prefer directly over your nail as close as you can (without touching the nail) for 10-12 seconds
  4. Once you take the magnet away, you will see the shape there
  5. Continue doing your other nails, one at a time

Things I learned:

  • You cannot paint a couple nails, then try using the magnet because it needs to be pretty wet and fresh for it to work. I tried painting four nails then doing it and I got no pattern at all
  • It can be challenging to hold the magnet over the wet nail without touching. The best way I found (after trial and error) is to prop your elbow on a table, take the hand you are holding the magnet with (try using your middle finger and thumb to hold it) and hold the magnet over your nail while steadying the finger with the polish on it with your pinky. That way you can see how close the magnet is to the nail
  • Another thing I learned is depending on where you place the magnet, you can place where the pattern is on your nail. So if you want the star in the middle, you put it directly over the middle of your nail. If you want it off to the side, you place it a little towards the left/right. Same goes for the diagonal striped one. You can change the direction of the stripes depending on how and where you hold it
  • Wait about 5 minutes before applying a top coat

LCN Lavender Magnetic
Fuchsia Attraction

Fuchsia Attraction is a lavender shade and I used it with the diagonal magnet. I love the way this came out, looks so cool!

Here I have all the diagonal stripes going in the same direction.

LCN Lavender Magnetic 2
Fuchsia Attraction

LCN Green Magnetic
Green Temptation

Here is Green Temptation with the star magnet. I tried doing most of them towards the middle of my nail, but it can be tricky to get them all exact.

LCN Green Magnetic 2
Green Temptation

LCN Purple Magnetic
Ferromagnetic Blue

Here is Ferromagnetic Blue and the diagonal magnet. I switched up the direction of it with this one, as you can see from the stripes. I really like this color also.

LCN Red Magnetic
Copper Seduction

Here is Copper Seduction with the star magnet. Here I used the star more towards the edges so you don’t see as much of the center of the star as you do with the green one above.


These are really fun I think, and don’t take too much practice to get down. I like that the learning curve is pretty small because I don’t have patience for super complicated nail art! I do think the prices are a bit high, especially for how small the bottles are.

Availability: You can find these on their website here.

Pricing: You can get the polish for $9.95 each and the magnets are $19.95 each.

Now I need to know, are you on-board with the magnetic nail effects?



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  • June 27, 2011

    O.O Need. All. Of. Them!

    • June 27, 2011

      Hi The Swatchaholic,

      Yahoooo! They are so fun to play with :)

      • June 29, 2011

        :D They definitely look like a lot of fun Kelly. :)
        I hope the mail will hurry up because I need to play with them.. now! *in love*

  • June 27, 2011

    I definitely like these better than the crackle. I’m really over that!

    • June 27, 2011

      Hi Katie,

      Me too!

      • June 27, 2011

        Ditto! And Sooo glad to hear VV admit – I thought most all bloggers were still nut over them.

  • June 27, 2011

    These. Are amazing! I need that copper in my life!!

  • June 27, 2011

    Beter than Crackle

  • June 27, 2011

    A little steep for my blood (20.00 for the magnet) but I would LOVE to have them. Your swatches are to die for!!!!

  • June 27, 2011

    I think a paintbrush could easily achieve the same effect. I like the copper colour but distinctly unfussed by the whole thing.

  • June 27, 2011

    Want! I am always a sucker for a gimmick!

  • June 27, 2011

    okay, that is WAY cooler than shatter. WANT


  • June 27, 2011

    Yeah, the hype was started all over again in Europe with Essence Metallics magnetic polish, but the magnet that came with polish was utter crap. Alessandro however had perfect colours with perfect magnets in their limited Go Magic! Twist collection. Not so perfect price though (18.5 USD per bottle), so i didn’t get any. Now i just might, with new LE four coming out. Good to know the trend is catching up, maybe I’ll get some cheaper alternatives and save some money! I love the Green Temptation, of course. :)

  • June 27, 2011

    Recently I saw a new shelf of LCN polishes at my local perfumery, but I always skipped them cause the colors didn’t appeal me, so I can’t tell whether they’re the magnetic ones or not. I’ll go and check again!

  • June 27, 2011

    I actually found somewhere to get hold of these in the UK/Ireland, so I’m very tempted indeed. The look like fun, and something a little different, though they are somewhat pricey.

    • June 28, 2011

      Where in the UK? I can’t find them anywhere! :(

  • June 27, 2011

    so cool!! When I first started reading I thought “gimmick” but it actually works!!! I just love it!!! I am sure it would get alot of comments when out and about!

  • June 27, 2011

    soooo cool! I want some so bad, a little pricey for the magnets though :/

  • June 27, 2011

    I’m not really interested in these. They seem cool, but meh.

  • June 27, 2011

    WOW! When I was reading your post I thought that sounds like too much work but after seeing the pix it is really cool!

  • June 27, 2011

    I may cave on this one day, but I’m not dying to go out and try it right at this moment.

  • June 27, 2011

    These are amazing, but pretty pricey. I do wonder what different sized regular magnets would do to the polish. Glue smaller magnets to a base maybe: small dot/dots, small square? Oh, and what if you had a magnet sheet that was thin enough to us a shaped craft punch? My curiosity is piqued, but my wallet is closed… for now.

  • June 27, 2011

    i HOPE this catches on with some big brands here in the US :D i have the essence metallics but they just have the stripe magnet. i would love the star pattern magnet!

  • June 27, 2011

    These are absolutely amazing! Too rich for my cheap butt, but SO cool looking! I love them!

  • June 27, 2011

    I really like these! I was all about them until I saw the $20 price tag for the magnet. I just can’t justify that. I guess I don’t like the effect enough :)

  • June 27, 2011

    Oh I like these. And I am not a big fan of any nail art – and esp way done with the crackles/shatters and all those – messy nasty looking things. This is like the best part of a hollo polish. I can see where they would be able to develop other patterns with the magnets. My only issue is what is possibly in the polish formulations that creates these effects. More harmful things possibly? Certainly we know few folks that even realize they need to dispose of their used polish bottles like they would paint for their house and other haz mat materials. Also OUCH with the cost on those magnets!

  • June 27, 2011

    Oh – forgot to mention your link ‘here’ you gave out for their web site to purchase is a dead link. It goes to ‘other suggestions’ none that work. So you need to check what URL you put into your ‘here’ link. I am off to Google them to see if I can find where to purchase. Maybe next months’ polish budget I can do these. I went way over board this month in that dept.

    • June 27, 2011

      Thx, it’s fixed!

  • June 27, 2011

    HELP! I am only finding a place on line in the UK who sells these…Vampy – what is the correct URL in your ‘here’ link that is not working?? Are these sold in the states or only overseas. If only over seas that’s a 2 fur me today as Scraggie posted some amazing Aussie polishes today.

  • June 27, 2011

    FYI there are some videos on You-Tube on app for these if you need help over the good 1,2,3 Kelly have given here. I have not watched any of them so cannot recommend one over another.

  • June 27, 2011

    ooooooooOOOOOOOOooo! How cool is that?!

  • June 27, 2011

    Neat effect, but too pricey to experiment with! Fr almost $30 I want something I -know- I’ll like

  • June 27, 2011
    Jackie S.

    Very cool, thanks

  • June 27, 2011

    I got this set too. I found it hard to get the design from the magnet. It said to hold for only 10 seconds. However, it takes a skilled hand! You make them look so beautiful!!!!

    • June 27, 2011


      Did you paint one nail at a time and try the magnet? That was the only way that worked for me, the polish had to be very wet. Also I held the magnet RIGHT above my nail, almost touching it.

  • June 27, 2011

    I totally hate the crackle, and hope it fizzles fast. This on the other hand is much more wearable and pretty! I love the tiger’s eye effect it gives!

  • June 27, 2011

    Here’s a link to a how-to video.

  • June 27, 2011

    vampy, have you tried using another polish’s magnet with this polish? the website says you must use their magnet, but i would think the magnet from my l’oreal star magnet polish would work just fine. i can’t really justify spending almost $20 one

    • June 28, 2011

      Hi nirfreak03,

      I haven’t tried, I don’t have one but if you have one you could always try it and see!

  • June 28, 2011

    AWESOME!!!! I. Need. This! Thanks for introducing me to this, VV! :)

  • June 28, 2011

    I REALLY wish I read your review before I ordered these. I was mistaken when I thought that the magnets actually came with the polish from reading another np blogger’s review. I spent $27.80 on two polishes that I cannot use. On the website they didn’t have any notice either. All they stated was that the polish wouldn’t work without one of the LCN magnets. The drop down menu had the polish shades listed, but it didn’t show the two magnet patterns.

  • June 28, 2011

    Too cool!! I love all gimmicky polishes XD

  • June 28, 2011

    I think it’s interesting in theory but for $9.95 a bottle, how’s the endurance of the polish once it dries? Does it chip easily? I mean, even just the polish is more expensive than salon brands such as OPI and China Glaze.

    • June 28, 2011

      Hi Rachel,

      I only just swatched them, so cannot comment on the wear. However I assume it’s the same as with most polish, it depends on the application and the person’s activities. For me pretty much every polish brand shows wear within 2-3 days and I remove it. Some people say their lasts 7-10 days with no wear, which I always find very hard to believe. I think it’s probably more $$ because of the magnetic properties they include in it, but not really positive about that.

  • June 30, 2011

    WOW! Looks like a Star Ruby, or Star Sapphire! Lancome did this a few years back, and the magnet came on the bottle.

  • July 1, 2011

    I was so excited to get this and try it! I have been looking for magnetic polish for a few months now. and while I love love love it, I do find that it chips easily. like if you look at it too long it will chip! LOL I would def use this for a night out or something, but def not a long wear polish!
    Thank you for posting this, I was so excited to find it!

  • July 1, 2011

    Showed this to my mom, and she’s just as on board as I am for this! Thanks again! :)

  • July 5, 2011

    Hmm, I like these, but I think I’ll wait and see what other brands might come out with. I’m doing a swap for the essence version and I’m hoping the price doesn’t impact the quality, but we’ll see! What does the magnet look like? Is it strips of magnet in those shapes?

  • July 12, 2011

    How can I purchase them over Malaysia? I just got few from Switzerland. I need more colours. Any ideas?