Barry M. High Shine Gelly Nail Paints

Friday, September 27, 2013

I'm sure that regarding the Barry M. Gelly Nail Paints (£3.99), that you've all heard the excited proclamations of every. single. British beauty blogger by now, so this post will not really serve to inform, so much as to share in the excited conversation.  And yes, I am VERY late to this little nail party.  So much so that I don't think it can even be considered fashionable at this point (my lateness, that is), but oooOOOhHHH these nail polishes!  <--A phrase I have literally never said.  As you may be able to tell by the picture above, I was smitten immediately.  The shine is HIGH, the coverage is opaque (it took me two coats each), and the finish just looks so damn professional.  My landlady actually asked me if I'd been to the salon for a manicure (no, but I went to Superdrug!).

Greenberry is by far my favorite and is one of those nail colors you just can't stop staring at when you're wearing it. Satsuma is a gorgeous orange-red that just screams summer, and it even comes with the Vivianna stamp of approval, so I'm there.  Now Mango (the bright, light orange) is pretty as well, however I think I may have gotten a dud bottle.  It was just patchy, gloopy and chipped within less than 24 hours.  However, a new friend of mine (who is a nail polish connoisseur, and who may have egged on my purchase just a tiny bit) bought two of the darker colors and got them to look flawless in just one coat.  I was obviously clinging onto summer with my polish choices (where has it gone!?), but it seems like the lighter colors of this range are just a bit trickier to work with, so beware.

To be fair though, nail polish longevity is really something you can't take my word for, as my nails are literally terrible.  They've always been weak, and I've never been able to go chip-free for much more than a day or two with most polishes I try, even with a top coat.  However, the shine on these babies is so high that you will definitely NOT need a topcoat.  So whether you're anti-topcoat, just don't have one, or are simply in the mood for something new, these polishes are basically a must-try.  I'm sure you've all tried these by now, actually, so I'd love to hear any recommendations you have?  (Pro-tip: these are on buy one get one half-off at Boots atm)!


    Greenberry is amazing! I had a friend send me over 5, haha! I can recommend Papaya (it's sherbert orange-y shade, but SO lovely), Lychee (SUCH A NICE NUDE, and I'm not a huge fan of nudes!) and then Prickly Pear which is a nice pastel purple shade. I love the look of the darker ones too! The red one looks beautiful <3_<3 Haha, I have a blog post on these polishes sitting in my drafts because I don't know how to coherently show my love for them without the use of these !!!!!!!!

    Hope you're having a great time in London! :)

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

    1. Seriously let me know if you want any more! I will probably pick up a few more over the next year that I'm here, because they're just soo tempting. Lychee and some of the darker shades are next on my list! xx

  2. The shades you chose look amazing! I've got to get my hands on these things! :-)


    1. I think they're available from Asos which do free shipping!! I might be picking up some darker, more seasonally appropriate shades soon because I seriously love this formula x


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