Monday, 22 April 2013

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine

There have been so many reviews on Barry M's Gelly Hi Shine polishes and now I know why - they are pretty damn cool! I particularly like there choice of pastel colours.

I bought three of their Gelly Hi Shine polishes which are Blueberry which is a pastel blue colour, Green Berry which is a gorgeous mint green colour and Prickly Pear which is a lovely pale lilac colour. All three of these colours are now my favourites. There is no way I could choose just one.

I purchased these polishes when Boots had their 3 for 2 offer on ( yeh I had an amazing time buying up all of the polishes that I had had my eye on for so long and I got heaps for free - I couldn't believe my luck!).

They are similar to three of the brilliant Essie polishes that I have but they are not identical so I use them all and don't feel like I have heaps of polishes that are the same colour. They are all slightly different and unique in their own way.

The blue and the lilac polishes need two coats of polish to get an opaque look that is streak free. You could probably get away with just one coat of the mint green polish though I'd recommend two coats.

I have been wearing top coat over these polishes as I always do to make sure that my polish lasts a full working week. Again, if you want your polish to last I would recommend wearing top coat even if a product states that you don't need to.

If you want some pastel polishes but feel that Essie polishes are a little expensive then you will not regret buying a couple of these bad boys for the extremely decent price of £3.99 per bottle.

I am very impressed that Barry M always have such good quality nail products at such decent prices. In my eyes these polishes are total bargains and really good quality. 

What are your thoughts on the Barry M Gelly Hi Shine polishes?

Barry M's Textured Polish

During the 3 for 2 extravaganza at Boots last month I decided to take the plunge and purchase the Barry M Textured Polishes. I could not pass up on the bargain that was purchasing three for £7.98. They retail for £3.99 per bottle. I had read a number of reviews where people were not impressed with these polishes so I was a little apprehensive about buying them. 

The baby blue polish is called Atlantic Road, the pink polish is called Kingsland Road and the mint green polish is called Ridley Road. These polishes are lovely pastel colours. The fourth textured polish which is available is a yellow colour and it is called Station Road. I preferred the three colours which I bought over this yellow colour simply because I think they all go really well together. 

I have noticed that some people only apply one coat of this polish to their nails. I think that you need at least two to three coats for the polish to become opaque and to really show off the rough textured finish at its best. 

As this polish has a rough texture you would think that it would give off quite a tough, hard look but the pastel colours actually give the polish a soft, spring like look. I tried this polish around Easter time and it gave off a very Eastery feel indeed (I don't think Eastery is a proper word but you know what I mean!). It reminded me of Easter eggs and little spring lambs (if they had their fleeces dyed with pastel colours!).

This polish gains bonus points for coming in pastel colours. I have tried a concrete polish in a dark colour before and I think that these Barry M textured polishes are actually more flattering on the nail. These pastel colours suit my skin tone really well and are mush less harsh looking than concrete polishes.

The only down side with these polishes is that obviously you can't wear a top coat as it will ruin the textured effect. Therefore, your polish is less protected from the elements and it is more likely to chip.

Overall, I would give these polishes an 8/10 as they are a great spring/summer look and you will definitely be able to get use out of them next Easter!

Please let me know what you think of them?