When I saw the Boots & Superdrug Barry M LE Nail Paints bouncing around social media I really wanted to get my hand my hands on them. They all looked unique and not like anything Barry M have released before… which they are in some ways, but not in others…
Mystic PurpleAt first, I thought this was something new to Barry M but looking at it (and my collection) more closely I realised it’s very much like Persian from the discontinued Aquarium Collection (see here). It maybe has a slightly different purple base, IRL – my lighting is different in the 2 swatch photos, but my eyes could be deceiving me. It’s a purple (obviously) with a gold shift (not captured here, sadly) and micro glitter running through it. The formula is a little on the thin side, meaning it needed 3 coats!
Galaxy GreenNow this one is new to Barry M, with it’s dark green to gold duochrome base and micro glitter but the formula is AWFUL. I mean this is 4 coats, yes F O U R and it’s still patchy. It is one of the thinnest polishes I’ve ever come across. Now, maybe if I put it over a dark base it’ll look great because I can’t deny I’m loving the shift of the micro glitters. I’ll have to give it a go.
Purple HexAnother disappointing polish on the formula front. Although not quite as thin as Green Galaxy, this still took 3 coats (shown) to even start looking like it was full coverage and even then it needed more. Nevertheless, I love the duochrome shimmer and it would probably, again, look better as a topper over a base. For all I know, that was what was intended!
Copper DreamsThis was the one polish out of the four that I thought was going to be a dupe – for Gingerbread, one of last years Christmas LE nail paints. I was wrong though Gingerbread is much more sparkly (see here)! This has a gorgeous copper to brown shift and it has holo micro glitter. It also 3 thin coats but that is actually all it needed this time so a bit of an improvement.
The Superdrug duo is definitely my favourite of the two and despite the problematic formulas, the colours are perfect for this time of year (think spooky). These are still available from Boots & Superdrug for £3.99 each, but as they are limited edition they won’t be for long so I would pick them up while you can. That’s if you aren’t phased by the opacity issue (or are sensible and wear them over a base colour). They’re all included in the 3 for 2 offers that are currently running on both sites (and in-store).