This is the Barry M Aquatic Collection *, not the mermaid collection as I keep referring to it as for some reason. It has four stunning looking duo-chrome shades and two chunky glitter flake polishes. Going from Left to right: Pacific, a blue duo-chrome, Mediterranean – a red duo-chome, Caspian – a rose gold duo-chrome, Arabian – a green duo-chrome, Mermaid – a blue/green glitter flakes polish and Treasure Chest – a gold and rose gold glitter flakes polish.
There’s no denying it, I am a sucker for the effect of a duo-chrome. I don’t know what it is, I think it’s maybe my inner magpie – but the double shade shimmer/metallic sheen just wins be over everytime. Even when the effect is almost invariably never as pretty on the nail. This is sort of the case with these – the colours are pretty and definitely retain the metallic sheen, but an element of the duo-chrome is lost a bit on them. As with a lot of metallic shades, they’re also susceptible to showing the brush marks on the nail. Personally, this doesn’t bother me at all and actually quite like how it prevents the colour from looking flat. But I know it bugs some people when this happens.
In terms of combinations, my favourites would have to be Pacific and Mermaid or Caspian and Treasure Chest as think these are the ones that go together the best – the two glitter polishes are actually the stand outs for me from this collection. With a lovely blend of colours and the chunks lend themselves well to application – so the colour builds, but without looking too intense or being uneven.
Which shade or glitter stands out to you? I do really like this collection as feel it’s something quite different for Barry M. My number one would have to be Mermaid…probably why I keep calling it the Mermaid Collection instead of the Barry M Aquatic Collection * as it should be!
Barry M is available from Boots.