Barry M Sunset Nail Paint

Barry M have gone and done it again and launched another snazzy little nail range. Nails is without a doubt what they do best and the latest offering is the Barry M Sunset Nail Paint – a range of shades and a top coat that are ‘Daylight Curing’ and combine to give a gel-nails like finish in terms of shine and staying power. But using only daylight, no need for a UV lamp… IMG_8193
Well, first things first – you don’t need actual daylight to cure the nails. I painted mine at night in artificial lighting and they dried just fine. Quite quickly in fact. It also says to only use the nail colours and top coat together – I haven’t tried in alternative combinations (i.e top coat with non-sunset colours or sunset colours with alternative top coat…) so can’t say what happens but I am a little hesitant on this…it’s a bit like brands saying you have to use shampoo and conditioner from same range/brand together… not always. But then there is the argument that they’re more effective as a pair. But if you have tried with others let me know how you got on.

Colour wise I like how they’re all quite rich feeling colours. Sort of rich jewel tones rather than just bright colour pops or pale pastels. The rose gold touches to the bottles make them look a little bit extra fancy too.

The first colour that caught my eye was the deep blue (obviously, given my obsession with blue nail varnish) called ‘Drive Me Navy’. The other colours I particularly like are ‘Like a Nude’ the pale almost white-nude and ‘Make Me Teal’ the turquoise shade of the bunch.

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The shades as from left to right are: Drive Me Navy (blue), Out of my red (red), Like a nude (pale nude), Fuchsia Generation (rich pink), Make Me Teal (turquoise/teal), I’ve Been Pinking (bright pink – one of my 10 to try for Summer) and For The Stars (coral).

There’s a good range of shades that will be pretty suited for year round nails. In terms of application and quality – the picture of ‘Drive Me Navy’ above is after 4 days wear, which I thought might be more interesting than freshly pained as it shows how good the staying power is. No chips, the slightest bit of tip wear and a little less gloss than on first application…but pretty darn impressive. I’m sure I could have just applied a fresh top coat to dial up the gloss on this again. But staying power and application wise – I’m impressed.

My only question is that I don’t totally see how they differ from the Gelly nail polishes. Perhaps it’s the staying power but in terms of glossy gel-like finish, Barry M already had this formula down. So I guess this is a longer lasting addition to the range via the top coat and base colour shades?! I think the top coat must be the magic bit as this is in a opaque bottle so think this is the bit that does the light-activated bit to make it glossy and last…

At £4.99 each they’re a little more than the usual Barry M price, plus you need the separeate top coat too. But I have been really impressed with how well they lasted…

Barry M Sunset Nail Paint * available from Boots & ASOS

*Indicates PR sample or gift.



  1. May 4, 2015 / 10:19 am

    i’m really impressed that yours stayed on for so long…mine peeled off after a day! My toes did last a bit longer but it just didn’t work for me.
    I reviewed ‘like a nude’ though which needed a few coats before it was opaque on the nails so that might have been why. I think I’ll be sticking with the gelly range from now on 🙂

  2. May 4, 2015 / 10:38 am

    As much as I love Barry M, I can’t help but feel like these are a bit of a con. Although I’ve heard some people say they last ages, I’ve also heard that they chip and peel within a day! The colours aren’t original either, I think you could do better with their £2.99 range and apply your favourite topcoat!
    Great review though, it is interesting to hear more about these! x

  3. May 5, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    I would’ve thought they’d be quite similar to the gelly nail range too! But I like the variety in the colours of these, so pretty and versatile. It would be good if the top coat made any nail polish look glossy and make it long lasting – huge bonus if it is! Great post 🙂

    Neelam //

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