Sally Hansen Magnetic Nail Color Ionic Indigo

Believe it or not this is my very first experience with magnetic nail polish! I remember way back in the day there was a department store brand that had a magnetic nail polish. I can’t for the life of me remember which one, but regardless, I was in middle school and buying a high end magnetic nail polish was not high on my list of needs (international editions of Backstreet Boys cds however, was!). So, to say the least, I was thrilled to find out magnetic polishes were coming back in a big way.

Before doing the magnetic thing Ionic Indigo is a medium steel blue. Quite honestly, the color is rather dull. But after applying a second coat and using the magnet the color transforms into a beautiful deep shimmery blue with purple undertones and a cool wave design of a much lighter blue.

Overall, this turned out to be a really cool manicure and it was fun to do. Even you non nail art people out there would enjoy doing this manicure!

Below the jump there are a ton of swatches, instructions per Sally Hansen on how exactly to do the magnetic manicure and information about a nail art contest Sally Hansen is doing (you could win $1000!).

I’d love to hear your thoughts on the magnetic nail polish trend!


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The way Sally Hansen designed the bottles for their magnetic line is interesting. When the bottle is new there is a plastic overlay over the lid to match the color of the polish (to see what I’m talking about click here!). Once you remove the plastic a black top is revealed that is removable. The magnet is on top of the lid.



I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle and had no issues.


Out of curiosity I tried holding the magnet over the wet polish in different directions. As you can tell, this significantly alters the way the design on the nail turns out. It was fun experimenting but I must say I like the way the design looks best using the magnet the way it was intended.

If you’re interested in entering the Sally Hansen #GETMAGNETIC contest it’s super easy. Just go to this app on Facebook for all the details! And even if you don’t want to enter, you can go check out some of the entries. There is some amazing nail art!


  1. I don’t understand why it seems all the magnetic polishes are in the same color ranges across the board with all the companies making them. Maybe only certain pigments can take the magnetic particles and not end up muddy looking? This one looks OK. Not been of fan of the few I have tried at all.

    1. I don’t know why but it didn’t cross my mind that all the magnetic polishes are in the same color range, but you right, they are!

  2. So initially I was going to do the newpaper print then realized I didn’t have alcohol………so I turned to magnetic instead. I have the Silver one, it turned out ok but it was hard getting the desgin on my thumb nail and I did touch the magnet on a couple of the nails and had to redo them 🙁 but overall it turned out ok for my first try.

  3. This product (SALLY HANSEN’S MAGNETIC NAILCOLOR, NO. 906, IONIC INDIGO) is so cool, but unfortunately does not appear to be available anymore at cosmetic stores. Can someone please let me know where I can get a few bottles for my own personal use. I am a resident of Toronto Ontario, Canada.

What do you think?