“ Brand: Barry M / Type: Nail Varnish / Subcategory: Nail Colour / Suitable for: Nails „
Barry M are a well known make up brand that have always delivered well with their vast variety of nail varnishes. I for one haven't been disappointed and often go for Barry M over other competing brand names as the quality you receive for the price is usually great. Not only do they provide your usual nail varnishes, they have lots of different effects like glitter, magnetic and now the new Chameleon range. There's three colours to choose from in the Chameleon range which are Pink, Blue and Lilac - all of which are meant to change colour when you apply a clear top coat to them.
I opted for the Chameleon Pink as the colour on the lid was meant to indicate the original colour and also the colour it would change to with a top coat on top, both of which I liked and thought would go with lots of different outfits. I bought mine in Superdrug for £3.99 but it can also be purchased in the likes of Boots and other Barry M stockists. For this price you'll get 10ml of the product in the classic square glass Barry M bottle.
The handle is easy to keep grip of while applying the polish to your nails and the brush takes a couple of strokes to cover a whole nail. I found the consistency of the polish was just right, it wasn't thick and gloopy yet it wasn't too runny and slipping all over my nails. As I'm not the neatest at painting my nails, the consistency plays a huge part in how neat they end up in the end! The drying time wasn't too bad and was quick enough for me to wait without smudging them (being impatient this is usually almost impossible) and the colour seemed just slightly darker than it looked in the bottle, but still a nice colour. I did two coats like I do with any other nail varnish just to make sure I had fully covered my nails and there weren't any noticeable brush strokes left behind.
Now for the effect... I used a Rimmel clear top coat rather than Barry M's. In hindsight it probably would have made more sense to team it with the same branded product to get the true effect, however it isn't stated that you need a specific one so it shouldn't really effect the results. After applying it I only saw a slight change in colour, that it had gone a tiny bit darker. When it had fully dried my nails did look a bit more of a purple-y colour but I wouldn't say the top coat had a really drastic affect at all. This might be because I used a different branded top coat, I don't know, but I wouldn't say it was worth the hype. I wasn't expecting a miracle but just something more.
I'll still continue to wear the nail varnish as it is a nice colour on it's own, but I wouldn't buy any others from the Chameleon range. It seemed to last a good 4-5 days without chipping too, which is a plus.
Barry M are renowned for their nail varnishes and not just basic ones but nail varnishes that provide effects such as the glittery ones or the magnetic ones. Last month whilst in Superdrug I spotted they now had a "Chameleon" range. I was looking for a nail varnish to go with an outfit I was wearing for that night and thought that a colour change nail varnish would provide a bit of fun. There are several shades available but I chose "Chameleon Pink" I would also recommend that if you haven't already buy the Barry M 3-in-1 top coat, base coat and nail hardener as you will need it to create the chameleon effect. (Other top coats may work but it would be a risk to try it I feel.)
The packaging is typical of Barry M, a square glass bottle for the varnish but this time the lid isn't black it's purple and pink to display the "colour change" nature of the varnish. There is basic information on the bottle and also an indication that there is 10ml. On the side of this particular Barry M polish though there is also two bullet points. One says - "Always use a base coat then apply chameleon" and the other says "When dry, use clear top coat to create your design and watch it change colour!"
This version of Barry M's nail paint is currently priced at £3.99 in Superdrug.
As always this is another quality product from Barry M in terms of the nail varnish itself, the brush, the way it applies and the fastness of the drying. However I must admit I was a bit disappointed with the final "chameleon" look.
You firstly apply your Barry M base coat, wait for it to dry then apply chameleon. My chameleon at first looked a darkish purple so I was assuming that I would then get a contrasting pink for the effect. When I let chameleon dry and began to add my top coat I did begin to see a colour change but it wasn't as drastic as I was expecting. My nails looked more like a marble effect really than a colour change.
When the varnishes had dried properly though after a while the effect did become a bit more noticeable. I love Barry M nail varnishes but I think with this one I was just expecting that bit too much. If you want a really drastic effect you can probably find a similar nail varnish from a more expensive brand but if you want a more subtle effect this one is the one for you.
Despite the fact I was a bit disappointed I still use this nail varnish as the colour compliments a lot of my outfits however I won't be trying the other "chameleon" shades on offer.
The varnish lasts at least 5 days on my nails with the Barry M base and top coat.
Overall I was a bit disappointed with this effects varnish from Barry M but I think that's down to me personally expecting one thing and receiving another in terms of the changing colours. I still use the polish but much prefer Barry M's traditional paints and glitters.
I love nail polish and painting my nails, but I have so many nail varnishes that I like to look out for different effects or colours. Barry M seem to be leading the market with its range that spread further than just a selection of colours. When I was in Boots recently I decided to add some new varnishes to my ridiculously large collection (much to my husband's horror - he just doesn't get it!) and when I saw the chameleon colour change nail varnish, two were in my basket quicker than he could object!
The nail varnish is pretty much what you would expect from a product called chameleon. It changes colour! The varnishes come in 3 different colours: pink, purple and blue, but once applied and covered with a clear varnish it changes colour. This isn't really what I expected it to do; I thought it would show different colours under different lights/ angles, like a metallic finish.
The pink and the blue are the colours that I chose. Upon application the colour is strong enough that you only need one coat however I sometimes lightly go over with another thin coat. The colour is nice enough on its own however if you wish to change the colour you simply paint over with a clear top coat and the colour will change. The pink changes to a pale purple colour which is lovely, the blue to a dark purple and I believe the purple changes to a silver colour. The colour change colour is on the top of each lid so you can see the colour before you buy.
I wouldn't recommend applying the product straight onto your nails (nor would I recommend you do this with any colour nail varnish), and would say you need to prep your nails beforehand to make sure you get the most from each application and the best effect. A quick file and cuticle moisturiser should suffice before applying a base coat. After applying the colour, you should then leave it to dry and then apply the clear top coat to allow the effect to take place.
If you are quite good at painting your own nails then I would say you could mess around and have a little fun with designs. I opted for a diagonal stripe across each nail to allow the colour to show through. Because of the size of brushes however, depending on the size of your nail bed you are going to be limited to what patterns you can paint on with the clear. I have long thin nails so I found it to be time consuming and tricky to get it to look good. For anyone that doesn't paint their nails very often I wouldn't recommend this product as the effect would look pretty rubbish! You definitely have to be a regular 'nail painter' with a steady hand to make this product worthwhile. It would be really handy to be able to apply some kind of top coat with a pen style applicator to be able to really go to town and apply patterns.
Priced at £3.99, which is a fairly average price I think. Occasionally I have noticed them on a promotional offer but only every now and then. It looks much the same as other Barry M products in the glass square bottle with lid.
~ Barry M Nail Paints ~
When it comes to nail paints, my preferred brand is Barry M. This is because Barry M does a fantastic range of different colours for day or night and you will find any colour to go with that special outfit. I find Barry M nail paints of good quality and long lasting and I also think they are fantastic value for money. I have been using Barry M nail paints for at least 2 years now and there's not many other nail paints that I will consider unless I can't find a suitable colour in the Barry M range which is quite unlikely. About a year ago Barry M started to create some different Nail Paint called Nail Effects, these paints are not only a varnish but also create professional looking nails that you can do yourself at home. When I first tried the Barry M nail effects I was quite impressed, how-ever I was disappointed by their recent release of the magnetic nail paints which didn't really work very well. I always have high hopes of the Barry M products and I never normally get let down, how-ever on this occasion I was. It wasn't until I was in my local Boots store browsing the Barry M range that I noticed some new nail effect paints, so I thought I would give them a try. I did only purchase one bottle of this as I didn't want to feel disappointed again.
~ Chameleon Colour Change Nail Polish ~
The nail polish is a new addition to the Barry M range and comes in 3 different colours which include Chameleon Pink, Chameleon Lilac and Chameleon Blue. The product is called Chameleon because although it looks like one colour in the bottle you actually get to nail polishes in one. The nail polish simply changes colour when a clear base coat is put over the top of the Chameleon polish. Each of the different polishes change into different colours. I purchased the Chameleon Blue and this polish changes into a deep purple colour. This product sounded really good, how-ever after using the last Barry M nail effects polish I wasn't too sure how well this was really going to work.
* Chameleon Pink - This is a metallic pink nail polish and has a light purple coloured lid.
* Chameleon Purple - This is a metallic purple nail polish which has a silver coloured lid.
* Chameleon Blue - This is a metallic blue coloured polish which has a deep purple coloured lid.
I think the coloured lids actually show you the colour that the nail varnish turns when the top coat is painted over the top.
~ Price/Availability ~
I purchased the nail polish from my local Boots store for £3.99 which is the average price for a Barry M nail polish. You can also purchase this from www.barrym.com along with their other products.
~ Packaging ~
The nail polish comes in a small square glass bottle; each has a different coloured lid and has the words Chameleon printed across it so you don't get this confused with the other nail polish in the Barry M range. You can clearly see the nail polish inside the bottle which is a metallic blue colour. The lid of this particular bottle is a deep purple colour which I think is to tell you what colour the nail polish changes into after applying the clear coat on top. The nail polish does stand out due to the colour lids as most other nail polish bottles have black lids to them. On the bottom of the bottle is a number and the name of the colour of the varnish. This tells you what number and colour in the range the product is so you can collect the different one. I always find this handy as I often tick off the one's I have in their small catalogue which you can chose to get sent to you when ordering from their website.
~ Using the product ~
Before using the product you need to apply a base coat to your nails, I always do this anyway to help prevent my nails from becoming stained when using strong or dark colour. I tend to go for a strengthening base coat which is kind to my nails and helps them to grow and become stronger. After the base coat has dried simply apply some of the nail polish like you would with any other nail polish. The brush to the nail polish was quite long and thin so it was easy to apply the polish without getting it on the sides of my fingers next to my nail. The product had the typical nail varnish smell to it, which is quite strong. The colour was easy to paint onto my nails and when I had finished my nails looked a metallic blue colour. This colour on its own was actually very nice. I decided to apply a 2nd coat to ensure my nails had a good coverage of the paint and to ensure it lasted longer. The nail paint looked smooth after the 2nd coat had dried and there weren't any lines or brush marks on my nails. As soon as the 2nd coat was dry I used a clear topcoat (you can use any clear top coat, it doesn't have to be Barry M) to create a design onto my nails. This was where the colour change should take place. I painted the clear top coat down half of my nail and sure enough this area started to change colour into a deep purple colour. As soon as I painted the top coat on the area immediately changes and you can watch it change colour. I was limited to different designs so I did just paint half of each nail using the top coat so that half of one nail was blue and the other was a deep purple colour.
~ Results ~
The nail polish has a lovely metallic looking colour to it and it's great that you can create different nail effects just by painting a clear topcoat over the Barry M nail paint. The final colour/effect was nice and it looked very different. The nail paint was strong and lasted at least 3 days before it started to chip off and then I had to remove the polish. The polish can be easily removed normal nail polish remover and cotton wool balls or pads. As I had applied a base coat to my nails before applying the polish my nails weren't left stained or discoloured. I often find that some metallic looking polishes can leave lines or brush marks in the finished results, how-ever this wasn't the case with this polish and it left my nail looking smooth.
~ Overall Opinion ~
This is a great product from Barry M; how-ever I do think there is a down side to the product which is applying the top coat to create the colour change. Most top coat polishes have the same size brushes as most nail paints which are quite large to ensure quick application. As the brush to most top coats is large it's hard to create any decent design in the polish to enable it to change colour which is why I decided to just paint half the nail a different colour. I think it would be a great idea for Barry M to release a top coat bottle bit with a thinner brush so it's easier to create lines or dots on the nails for more effects. The nail polish is a fantastic product and I love the metallic looking colours. I would buy the other colours in this range, although I think they are much suited for the night rather than during the day. In terms of value I don't think £3.99 is bad at all as I would normally pay this for a decent nail paint in the Barry M range anyway. Despite it being hard to create different designs I think this product deserves at least 4 out of 5 stars as it does what it claims and the finished results looks great.
(review also on ciao)