My most excellent and wonderful little sister got me two exciting little bundles for Christmas, both from the OPI Skyfall collection. I am now the ridiculously proud owner of The Man With The Golden Gun real freaking gold top coat, and one of the magnetics called Is That Silva?
I won't bore you with how excited I was about Man With The Golden Gun just yet - I have plenty to say about that another time. Today I wanted to let you all have a look at Is That Silva?
I've held off on getting any of the magnetic polishes that have been coming out recently because I just got a real "meh" feeling about them. They're nice, but it just seemed so fiddly for a not-so-spectacular effect. But I was willing to have my mind changed, especially when one so graciously landed in my lap.
Unfortunately, Is This Silva will not be the polish to change my mind about magnetics. The holographic sparkles are lovely, but the contrast with the dull, brushed aluminium looking silver just makes them look out of place. I wanted to like it, I really did. But overall, it's just enormously bland. The other thing to note about the polish when you don't use the magnet is that it dries like there are little bits of grit all through it, which isn't particularly appealing.
Of course, to be fair, it's not really intended to be worn without the magnet pattern, so I tried that out too. After reading Anthea from NailedObsession's review of Morning Moneypenny (another polish in the same line), I made sure to leave the magnet over the nail for at least 20 seconds rather than the box reccomended 6-7. And yet, the results were still pretty poor.
I couldn't for the life of me get the pattern to go the whole way around the nail, which annoyed me enormously. I found myself wishing I could just get a polish that's the neat black colour this goes when magnetised, and be done with the nasty dull silver crap on top. The silver particles also drag quite a bit when you put the topcoat on if you're not really, really gentle with it. Actually, even if you are they still drag, and honestly, I would expect more from a polish this pricey.
On the whole, Is That Silva? was quite disappointing. Knowing me, I'll think of some neat design to use it for though, so it's not all bad news. More polish is never bad polish!