Barry M do great nail polish. There’s no denying that. The gelly shades are hands down some of the best on the market – affordable, gorgeous colours, glossy goodness. Then they have the ranges of glitter and all sorts of other textures – they’re good at being a step ahead and bringing out exciting things when you thought exciting things for nails was over. The latest launch is the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint range. With a selection of nine shades (always nine…why not 10 then can have one colour per finger?!) that come with race-car like chequer lids and speedy promises on dry time. But do they perform?!
Colours wise, I was won over on first sight. A mix of pastels that have me longing for Spring but still with a nice dose of greyed-down shades that keep my inner non-girly-girl happy. The two that won me over on first look were the grey and the pale blue – both right up my street and I’m wearing the blue as I type.
The thing is, for me – speedy nail polish isn’t necessarily a make-or-break factor as I tend to rely on the trusty Seche Vite to delivery the quick drying top coat. But that’s not to say I don’t want a polish that dries quickly, I guess it’s just something I didn’t really deem an essential since discovering SV.
Above on the nail wheel each colour shows two coats – which is what I always do with nail wheel swatches. You can probably see above, some of the colours are absolutely fine, others could do with a third coat to really even out the coverage.
As I said above, my two picks of the shades would be grey and pale blue – and I gave the pale blue a bit of a whirl on my nails this week so see how it performed in terms of drying time. It’s a bit of a mixed bag I’m afraid – the colour is lovely and I’m wearing it as I type and really like it. But it did take a whopping four coats to get it properly even (shown in stages below – excuse the oddly pink sausage fingers) which obviously meant it was quite thick when I was done. Drying time wise, it was definitely touch dry within a few minutes – which is great. But I resisted putting a top coat on and an hour later managed to smudge one. Which is obviously a bit of a shame as would have hoped it would have dried properly by then.
But regardless of this, it is a good colour and the full collection offers a lovely rainbow of shades. But I would be a little hesitant on the formula – if these exact shades had been launched as the Gelly range I would be all over it like a fat kid on cake. That formula is awesome and zero faults as far as I’m concerned. For this one though I just feel it’s a little weak on pigment so takes a few too many coats to get the overall finish that’s needed. But shade wise, big thumbs up. Get them if you like the colours, but don’t throw away your quick dry top coat just yet!
Barry M Speedy Nail Paint * will be available from Boots.com later in Feb.
*Indicates PR sample or gift