Swatch Sunday: Barry M Sunset Gel Nails

Hello

I’m back with another Swatch Sunday, this time I’m testing out the new Barry M Sunset Gel Nails. Barry M have described these new polishes with this:

Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint and Topcoat deliver the look and resilience of pro salon gel nails without a UV lamp or the expense! All you need is a Sunset colour and the Sunset Topcoat – no need for a basecoat as the special formulation bonds to the nail like a gel in daylight but can still be removed with a regular remover. Hi shine, long lasting gel nails have never been so easy!

Barry M Sunset Gels Like a Nude Barry M Sunset Gels Barry M Sunset Gels brush Barry M Sunset Gels Like a Nude

This nail paint come with instructions – apply 2 coats of colour and 1 coat of the special topcoat which you need to ‘cure’ the gel polish. You don’t need any UV light it just dries in the sun (or any type of light) and it doesn’t take particularly long to do this. No base coat is needed, which is fine for this light nude colour but I’m a bit dubious on trying the brighter colours in the range as to whether they’ll stain my nails – I’ll have to let you know if I need any more.

Application was okay, the new brush helps and it’s the same as in the new Speedy Quick Dry nail paints, but because this is such a light colour it could do with 3 coats… However… I tried 3 coats but with this I found the polish peeled off after a day.. so I wouldn’t recommend that. The pictures above show 2 coats and I’ve found it’s holding up much better.. after 3 days there is one wearing on the corners but I think that’s more to do with my job… if you were relaxing somewhere I think it would last a lot longer.. Whether they’ll last a week is a different question! I have yet to try it..

It is also really easy to remove – just like any other regular nail polish – which is great.

All in all I think this is a good idea, not great but good. I still need to try some other colours to see if the application is better and to see if it really is ‘long lasting’ but the concept is there.

You can purchase these for £4.99 each, which is a bit pricier for Barry M, at Barrym.com, Boot or Superdrug – but don’t forget the topcoat, also £4.99!

C x

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint - Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust

Swatch Monday*: Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint – Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust

Hello!

I’m back! Sorry I’ve been away so long I just needed to take a break while I sat my final exams for university and completed my course. I find out my degree results in 2 days so I’m pretty nervous about that but I’m back to blogging now! At first it may not be as regularly as before my blog-break, instead I’ll be posting once or twice a week.

*this was meant to be Swatch Sunday, but I didn’t get round to writing it in time… oops.

So today on my one off Swatch Monday I have two of the new (ish) Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint from the first release of pastel colours in Lap of Honour and Eat My Dust. I know they were released a while ago and now they have added 6 more colours to the original 9 but I, obviously, haven’t been blogging so despite owning these for a good month or so I haven’t been able to share my views on them. Barry M’s description is:

NEW Speedy Nail Paint dries at lightning speed for a perfect mani in seconds. With an innovative new flat brush for an even easier application, a more precise finish can be achieved in just 2 quick coats!

I’m going to review this statement and see if it’s correct. Let me apologise in advance for the change in lighting but I was using natural light which isn’t very reliable in the UK.

Barry M Lap of Honour
Barry M Lap of Honour

Barry M Lap of Honour brush

Barry M Lap of Honour
Barry M Lap of Honour
Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats alone
Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats + topcoat
Barry M Lap of Honour
2 coats + matte topcoat

First of the two is Lap of Honour which is a stunning pastel lilac which is one of my favourite colours for nail polish. As you can see the brush is different to the old Barry M square brushes, it is wider and rounder which for me is much better for my nail shape so I really do embrace this change. This colour had perfect coverage after 2 coats, as advertised, and it really does dry at ‘lightening speed’, well… less than 1 minute. It’s great for a quick mani and you can add a topcoat or matte topcoat to finish it off although I don’t think it particularly needs it if you don’t need it to last for days as it already has a nice shine to the finish. I do find that with a topcoat it can last for at least 3 or 4 days with minimum wear.

Barry M Eat My Dust
Barry M Eat My Dust

Barry M Eat My Dust brush

Barry M Eat My Dust
Barry M Eat My Dust
Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats alone
Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats + topcoat
Barry M Eat My Dust
2 coats + matte topcoat

Eat my dust is a gorgeous soft pastel blue that I could easily wear all year round. The brush is the same, of course, but I found the formula to be a bit thinner, I show it with 2 coats but it could have done with a third. This isn’t really a problem because it dries so damn quickly. I’m actually surprised at just how quickly it does dry, I didn’t think it would be great as I’ve bought ‘quick dry’ polishes before and been disappointed. Barry M have obviously mastered the correct formula.

I love both of these. I love the formula, the brush and most of the colours of the collection. I will definitely be purchasing some more on payday! One thing I will say is that I prefer the original 9 colours released – the soft pastels – and I’m not so keen on the additional 6… but they are what Barry M claim so that’s a good thing!

You can purchase these polishes at:

Barry M – who currently have 10%

Boots and Superdrug – who both have a ‘Free gelly when you spend £6 on selected Barry M’

C x