Essie Repstyle Nail Polish Review

I was looking for something new to try for my nails the other day and I stumbled on the Essie Repstyle Collection at Target.

I thought it looked interesting…you know the whole, comes with a magnet that makes your nail polish look like a reptile thing.

Here is what you get…

The black square is the magnet that you need to use. Here is what you have to do:

1. Paint one coat of nail polish on one nail. Once that is dry then apply your second coat.

2. While the nail polish is still wet (so immediately after you paint) hold the magnet as close to the nail as possible for 5 seconds. 

3. Move on to the next nail and repeat.

4. Apply top coat. 

Or for you visual learners…


It goes on just like any other nail polish, and looks like any other nail polish. The change is obviously when you hold the magnet over the polish. Here is what the finished product looks like (my daughter even wanted in on the action):

It comes in several colors, so you do have some options to choose from:

My overall thought was that they were just ok. I am not sure is was worth the $10.99 that I spent at Target. Although an old man (one of my customers) said I had some sexy nails. He also drives a convertible with a giant sticker that says “GO TOPLESS” on the top of the windshield. I can’t make this stuff up, people. Anyway….

~I messed up a few times because I was trying to hold the magnet as close as possible so I did end up having to touch up a few nails! 

~In order to get the reptile look on the whole nail you kind of have to move the magnet across the whole nail instead of holding it in one spot. If you do the reptile look will only go on one spot of the nail. 

~It sort of  has the “reptile” look but also has just a downright blotchy look to it. It does not look as perfect as it does in the step by step picture above. 

~You can use the nail polish by itself. You don’t have to use the magnet each time which is a plus. 

I think I could justify this purchase if it were just a little bit cheaper, but I don’t think I will be spending the $10.99 to get any other colors!! Sorry, Essie…I love your nail polish, just not the Repstyle so much! 



  1. Erika
    February 7, 2013 / 2:49 pm

    Weird! I love Essie – but this magnet idea just seems strange to me.

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      February 8, 2013 / 1:37 am

      It was strange. I thought it seemed so cool but really it was just eh…

  2. Arielle
    February 7, 2013 / 3:07 pm

    omgosh cool, I love it!! & I want to try it!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      February 8, 2013 / 1:38 am

      Maybe you will have better luck than me!! 🙂

  3. Shelley
    February 7, 2013 / 4:31 pm

    A magnet? Interesting!

  4. Kenzie Smith
    February 7, 2013 / 7:05 pm

    Hmm, that is really interesting! Bummer it didn't work better though.

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      February 8, 2013 / 1:38 am

      Yeah, but at least I can still wear the nail polish without using the weird magnet! Its a decent color!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      February 8, 2013 / 1:40 am

      I'm glad you said that because that was going to be my next purchase! Can't wait to check out the giveaway!!

  5. Nory
    February 7, 2013 / 10:07 pm

    I am so glad you posted this!!! I got one of these for Christmas and COULD not figure out how to make it work. They should come with instructions!! I kept touching my nails. Very eh in my opinion! Love all your posts!

    • Rebecca @ Mommy in Heels
      February 8, 2013 / 1:41 am

      Aw, thanks! The instructions were behind the bar code sticker on the lid…not much to them at all. Still was kind of crappy though!!

  6. Mom Fashion World
    February 8, 2013 / 6:47 am

    Cute nail polish!By the way, I stumbled upon your blog through Mama Style Link Up.I hope you can visit my blog and if you'd like we can follow each other.

  7. Anonymous
    March 19, 2013 / 9:41 pm

    I read on another review site that if you put a clear top coat on first before using the magnet it works better, I tried it and definitely agree. It is annoying that you have to get so close to the nail for it to work though. I feel like the Sally Hansen ones have a stronger magnet and there's a lip on one side to prevent it from touching, you would think Essie would have figured that out

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