Swatch Sunday: Barry M Sunset Gel Nails


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

This nail paint comes with instructions – apply 2 coats of colour and 1 coat of the special top coat 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.

The 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, Boot or Superdrug – but don’t forget the top coat, also £4.99!

C x