Barry M nail polishes – Textured, Gelly and Chameleon
Last week a former work colleague asked me about Barry M’s latest addition; Gelly hi-shine nail polish. She wasn’t too impressed with the polish as the only difference she could see was that it took longer to dry. So, I took up the challenge and went out today to purchase one. However, when looking at which colour to get I discovered they had several new lines out that I wasn’t aware of and so I’ve decided to review them.
OK first up is Gel hi-shine in Blackberry (number 309)
So the idea behind the Gelly range is that each colour is rich and glossy for a professional gel manicured look. I bought Blackberry – a dark blue gloss effect. I started by applying a base coat and then added one coat of the BarryM Gelly nail polish. It glided on perfectly and looked extremely slick. However, it did take a while to dry.
Pros: Great glossy finish
Only 1 coat needed
Range of colours
Cons: Long drying time
BarryM Chameleon Colour Change in Pink (number 330):
This had me really excited. Apply your base coat and then a coat of the Chameleon nail polish. Once dry, take a clear nail polish and create any pattern you want. The polish will react under the clear varnish and change colour – appearing darker. I liked the pink best and created a polka dot pattern as well as a colour change tip, however it looks great without the colour change – so best of both worlds!
Pros: Easy to apply
Looks good on its own
Only needs one coat
Cons: Takes time to dry
BarryM Textured Nail Varnish in Kinsland Road (number 308):
I love this idea – it gives a grain-like texture for a chic matte look and is available in a number of summer shades for when the sun comes out. I started by applying a base coat and then two coats of Kingsland Road to really show off the textured effect and finished with a top coat to seal the look…and this is what I got:
Pros: Looks great on
Great summer hues available
Cons: Need at least two coats
So, which was my favourite and which would I recommend? I did like all three, but my favourite was the Textured polish. It was easy to apply and despite the need for two coats it gives a great look and feel for a super summer look!
I really liked the Chameleon polish as it’s fun if you have some time to really experiment and create some great patterns. However, I really just liked the first coat I applied and so will probably stick to one coat for certain occasions.
As for the Gelly polish – it’s a great idea and looks sleek and smooth, especially when a top coat is applied to really bring out the hi-shine. Despite the long drying time and the difficulty I had trying to get it off my skin, it gives a great finish, but maybe doesn’t deserve the hype? I’ll let you be the judges, but there are some great colours!