Swatch Sunday: Poundland Polishes

Hello 🙂

It’s been a bit longer than I anticipated since my last blog post.. sorry about that! But.. today I have some more Poundland polishes for you. At Christmas I swatched some of their glitter polishes but today I have 3 standard polishes from the ‘Quick dry nail colour’ range. The polishes are meant to be ‘High shine, long lasting colour with a quick drying formula’, and are £1 (obviously) for 10ml. All 3 swatches show 2 coats + topcoat.

Poundland: Blood Red Poundland: Blood Red

First up is Blood Red, it’s actually darker than this in person but my camera wouldn’t capture the true colour, unfortunately. It’s opaque in 2 coats and lives up to it’s claim of being fast drying 🙂 I forgot to take photos before a topcoat but it is reasonably shiny without one. It also lasted about 3 days with minimal tip-wear or chipping.

Poundland: Deep Amethyst Poundland: Deep Amethyst Deep Amethyst is a deep, rich aubergine colour – which I love! It’s opaque in 2 coats, dries quickly and again (without topcoat) is shiny. Wearable for about 3-4 days with minimal chipping.

Poundland: Midnight Black Poundland: Midnight Black

Midnight Black is a very good black. Opaque and super shiny without topcoat, I just used one to smooth things out a bit. The formula for this is a bit different to the other 2… and seemed to chip easier but I change my nail polish so often that it doesn’t bother me too much.

For £1 each these polishes are a really good bargain. The only issue I have with them is that, although the brushes are nice and wide, they’re a bit square for the shape of my cuticles so I had some clean up to do… But other than that.. no problems for the price! They apply relatively well, dry quickly and have a nice shine too them.. I would add topcoat though just to prolong the wear-time.

C x

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Barry M Glitterati Collection: Part 2

Hello 🙂

Last week I posted Part 1 of the Barry M Glitterati Collection and today I have part 2. All of the polishes in this collection are packed with glitter and have a tinted base. I used Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener and Matte Topcoat in all of these swatches, all base colours are also Barry M polishes.

Barry M Glitterati Catwalk
Catwalk
Barry M Glitterati Catwalk
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Cancun + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Cancun + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Catwalk
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Cancun + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Cancun + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Catwalk
1 coat over Cancun + matte topcoat

Catwalk Queen is a green based polish with glitter that is both holographic and regular hexes, in various sizes. It was easy to apply and drying time is relatively quick. I think I prefer it as a topper over a base colour due it being quite textured.

Barry M Glitterati VIP

Barry M Glitterati VIP
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Malibu + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Malibu + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati VIP
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Malibu + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Malibu + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati VIP
1 coat over Malibu + matte topcoat

VIP is a mid-blue and is once again packed with the same glitters as in the rest of the collection. Drying time is the same and yes, I prefer it as a topper for the same reasons.

Barry M Glitterati Rockstar

Barry M Glitterati Rockstar
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Matte Black + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Matte Black + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Rockstar
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Matte Black + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Matte Black + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Rockstar
1 coat over Matte Black + matte topcoat

Rockstar has a black base, that again has both holographic and normal hex glitters. The formula seems to have very high coverage in just one coat. Once again, it dries relatively quickly and is pretty textured. I think this might be my favourite of them all. The black brings out all the colours.

Overall I love this collection – as toppers. I find they’re a bit too textured when you’ve applied 3 coats alone.

These are still available to buy in Boots, Superdrug and online from Barry M for £3.99 each.

C x

Barry M Glitterati Starlet, Socialite and Fashion Icon

Barry M Glitterati Collection: Part 1

Hello 🙂

I know I’m a bit behind the times, but I finally got round to buying the Barry M Glitterati collection 🙂 Hurray! Today I have the first 3 for you and the other 3 will be up at some point this weekend or early next week. All of the polishes in this collection are packed with glitter and have a tinted base. I used Barry M Basecoat, Topcoat & Nail Hardener and Matte Topcoat in all of these swatches, all base colours are also Barry M polishes.

Barry M Glitterati Starlet
Starlet
Barry M Glitterati Starlet
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Miami + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Miami + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Starlet
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Miami + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Miami + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Starlet
1 coat over Miami + matte topcoat

Starlet is a hot pink based polish with glitter that is both holographic and regular hexes, in various sizes. It was easy to apply and drying time is relatively quick. I think I prefer it as a topper over a base colour due it being quite textured and not easy to smooth out with topcoat but it does apply opaque in 3 coats.

Barry M Glitterati Socialite
Socialite
Barry M Glitterati Socialite
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Rhossili + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Rhossili + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Socialite
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Rhossili + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Rhossili + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Socialite
1 coat over Rhossili + matte topcoat

Socialite is a fuchsia pink and is once again packed with the same glitters as in Starlet, although I felt that it had better coverage/more glitter pieces in. Drying time is the same and yes, I prefer it as a topper for the same reasons.

Barry M Glitterati Fashion Icon
Fashion Icon
Barry M Glitterati Fashion Icon
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Plum + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Plum + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Fashion Icon
Index finger – 3 coats + topcoat. Middle finger – 1 coat over Plum + topcoat. Ring finger – 3 coats + matte topcoat. Pinky finger – 1 coat over Plum + matte topcoat.
Barry M Glitterati Fashion Icon
1 coat over plum + matte topcoat

Fashion Icon is a blue based purple, that again has both holographic and normal hex glitters. The formula for this one seemed to be a bit thicker, making it a little more difficult to apply smoothly, but it meant it had very high coverage in just one coat. Once again, it dries relatively quickly and is pretty textured.

Overall I love all of these as toppers and it will be interesting to try over lighter bases to see how the tinted base works out. I found the formula inconsistent across these 3 polishes but other than there isn’t any real issue and I can see myself using all 3 – Fashion Icon has to be my favourite so far though.

These are still available to buy in Boots, Superdrug and online from Barry M for £3.99 each.

Keep an eye out for Part 2 🙂

C x