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I was bought these for Christmas along with a massive nail haul from my boyfriend at Christmas here are my thoughts.
These are meant to worn over other polsihes to create a croc crack nail effect pattern. These should be applied over nail polish that isn't quite dry otherwise the effect won't work, if the bottom coat is too dry this will come out with no effect at all just as a colour, if the polish is too wet this will be all clumpy and not look good at all.
This comes in the same sort of square glass bottles that all barry m nail polishes come in with the writing in the gold on the front. There is the usual matte black cap with the brush inside, but this is decorate with a gold sort of croc pattern to indicate what this polish is. There is also croc effect written on the lid. I really like this packaging as I do all the polishes as it is of great quality.
Formulation and Colour
There are currently two colours in the range and these include black croc and burgundy croc, as you can imagine both are very dark. This is a shame as a pastel additon would also be fun, and I like to have bright nails.
These are very thick and if applied incorrectly they just can just come off as gloss polish and no effect at all, so it vey important that these are applied just right. I ten to do my second coat of polish two at a time and then add the croc as this give them sufificient time to get 'nearly' dry but not all the way there. You thenneed to wait it says this should take around three minutes for the effect to show but it normally shows within seconds. These are most effective with very bright base coat colours sushc as yellows or pinks.
Due to the design you can even get away with the odd chip as people expect it! This again lasts around 5 days if applied with a top coat and about 2 if not thsi si perfect for me.
Does it work?
Yes it does if applied correctly and it looks really good.
These can be bought on line at many retailers and in store at Boots and Superdug, and retail for around £3.99. Considering what this polish can do I think it is well worth it.
This is a great start for people just getting into nail art and I would reccommend them. I just wish there were more colours in the range!
I first got this nail varnish for my birthday, and used it straight away!
I would recommend reading the instructions on the side of the bottle first- I didn't and it completely failed the first time I used it. I put the croc-effect nail varnish on top of the nail varnish I had been wearing for several days already, which was obviously completely dry. The croc-effect doesn't work on dry nail varnish. I then tried putting it on too early, which just resulted in a mess all over the top of my finger..
1. Apply a thin coat of your chosen nail varnish.
2. Wait 1-2 minutes until nails are touch dry. DO NOT APPLY TO DRY POLISH! (Missed that one the first time..)
3. Apply a thin coat of Croc Nail Effects.
4. After 3 minutes the effect will start to appear.
I loved watching the effect appear, it was so weird and clever how it worked out!
But timing really is everything here; too early and you end up with a mess, too late and the effect won't work.
Tip- it takes me about 20-30 seconds to paint one nail. Once you add re-dipping the brush into the varnish etc, I calculated that after doing my thumb and forefinger, I should quickly blow them for a couple of seconds each, carefully touch the edge to make sure it's not too wet, and then add the croc-effect varnish. Then I painted the other three nails and did the same for them.
But once you've mastered the timing of it, it can look really cool and you can play around with different colours as a base coat. You could even do a different colour for each nail if you wanted to!
I love Barry M nail varnishes especially their Effects range as they are so unusual and look really professional and not at all tacky unlike some of these nail polishes that you can buy that promise to give special effects on your nails.
The Croc Nail Paint is probably my favourite effect in the whole range as it the most professional and unusual looking one.
It is available in two colours black and red. For me the red is much more dramatic and stands out more but the black is also nice.
You need to first apply a base coat of colour on your nails with a different plain varnish. It should be a different colour to the croc effect nail paint for maximum effect. Make sure and choose one that goes with the red or black.
It is better to choose a base coat that isn't quick drying as you need to apply the croc effect on top of the base coat when it is still a little bit wet and tacky.
Once you have brushed on the croc effect paint you then just need to wait for it to start drying and it will start to crack and make up a pretty convincing croc pattern. It does take absolutely ages to work though especially in comparison with the others in the effect range which are a lot quicker.
Once the pattern has appeared and the polish has dried this looks absolutely amazing and you could quite easily think that I had spent £30 getting it done in a salon.
I like a gold colour under the effect polish and I think this colour combination is the best one but I have experimented with loads of different colours and have yet to find one that didn't look good.
Like all the other Barry M polishes this one is also hardwearing and doesn't chip or crack easily and it looks lovely and shiny on my nails and the colour is vibrant and glossy.
If you fancy trying some effects on your nails then I would recommend that you start with this one as for me it is the best in the range and then experiment with some of the others. It would look especially good if you have a special occasion and it always really feels as though I have made a special effort when this is on my nails even though it is easy and quick to use.
I also think that it is a fantastic price and only costs £3.99 and is always on special offer such as 3 for 2 so you could pick up some of the others in the range at the same time
Some time ago I tried out the Barry M crackle effect nail varnish, and in all honesty I wasn't that taken with it. But I recently got this free with another nail varnish purchase, so even though I wouldn't have bought this myself, as it was free I did of course give it a go!
This is available in black or dark red and costs £3.99. I picked up the red version.
Follow the rules...
Firstly it is very important to follow the instructions on applying this polish as otherwise it simply won't work. First you apply a coat of normal nail varnish - the first time I tried this I used a gold Barry M varnish. Then, when this coat is nearly dry - but not completely - you apply a thin coat of the croc effect varnish. You then wait for three minutes for the effect to appear.
At first I thought this hadn't worked as it does take a while to get going! But once it does, I have to say it does give quite a convincing croc effect! It cracks in a small circular pattern, revealing the polish underneath.
No easy application
However this isn't as simple as it may sound. Firstly it is a bit of a pain to apply, as you have to do it so quickly after applying the first coat of varnish. So you can only really do a few nails at a time - and even this is risky if one nail dries before the others. Also I have found that sometimes the effect may not work or be consistent on the entire nail. I guess this is if some of the coat underneath has actually dried - or if the top coat isn't applied thinly enough. In order to get the nails of both hands looking just right does take some practice, which is a bit of a pain if just one or two nails go wrong!
Also for me - and this is also the problem I had with the crackle effect varnish - I am not entirely sure if I really like the effect his gives. At a glance it can look like you've applied polish and then messed it up a bit! This may just be me but it makes me a bit unsure of the polish.
But on the plus side, I absolutely love the shade of red. It is a dark, vampy red that is really gorgeous and actually I plan to wear this varnish again just as it is without the croc effect as I like it so much, so for a freebie this is quite a good thing. However I am not entirely convinced how often I would go for the full croc effect as I don't really think it is for me!
I guess I can only give this two stars as I am not a fan of it overall. The colour is lovely, and it does sort of work, but it is a bit too much trouble to apply, and I am not sure I am mad on the effect when it does work. I definitely wouldn't buy this again, but I will use the bottle I have as the colour is nice.
Loads of my friends had this nail varnish and I thought it looked really great so decided to buy it for myself. I bought it in Boots when there was a 3 for 2 deal on, but the price should have been £3.99.
Excited when I got home, I decided to try it out over they pink nail varnish I had on. So I painted it over my nail varnish and was very disappointed that it hardly cracked at all and made my nails look terrible. In my excitement, I had failed to read the instructions on how to use it on the outside of the bottle.
To get best results you have to paint it over the top of nail varnish which you have just put on. It says (in small writing on the bottle) to put a thin layer of nail varnish on, then wait 1 or 2 minutes until your base coat is touch dry and then paint over that with the croc effects nail varnish. It also says 'do not apply to dry nail varnish'. Oops.
I have now found that for best results, you don't need to wait for the base coat to be touch dry. I paint from thumb to little finger with the base coat and as soon as that is done, paint over the top with the barry m nail varnish. That's how you get really big cracks to appear.
Having played around with a lot of colours, I have discovered that bright colours such as pink and gold work best whereas paler shades such as light green and yellow don't look as good.
As the nail varnish is prone to chipping (I guess due to the fact it cracks as it dries) I'd advise always putting a coat of clear nail varnish over the top to make it last longer.
The most annoying thing about it, is that it takes forever to get off with nail varnish remover! Also, the brush has dried up inside the bottle and it's pretty difficult to apply now without getting nail varnish all over the surrounding finger too...
I love wearing nail varnish and the polishes that you can buy these days are becoming more and more fun and adventurous. I like Barry M's nail polishes and I have quite a few of them in my collection but the one that caught my eye on a recent visit to Boots was the Croc Nail Effects by Barry M.
What does the product do?
The product is an alternative to the crackle effect polishes because although it does crackle, it does so in a pattern which resembles crocodile skin.
As far as an aware, the only shade that this product comes in is a black colour and that's the one I have.
How do you use the product?
This product is versatile because you can make it look different each time that you use it. You need to apply a base colour to your nails which can be any colour like you like. Once the base colour is has become tacky then you can apply this croc effect polish over the top. After a few minutes the polish changes before your eyes, crackling in a crocodile style to show the colour underneath. It can be removed using your usual nail polish remover.
Packaging and price
The product is packaged in the same way as a usual polish and you can see the colour through the bottle. The lid has a crocodile style appearance which shows you what to expect from the product. The whole bottle is black and gold, and the wand is in the lid as you would expect it to be. The polish costs around £4 to buy and it can be bought from most large department stores such as Boots and Superdrug, and also from a variety of online websites.
The product is easy to apply and the brush allows you to precisely apply the polish. It just feels like you are applying a normal polish. The only difference is that you need to ensure that you have plenty of time for the base coat to become tacky and then for this croc polish to take effect so it's not a job that can be rushed.
The product does take around four minutes to be completely ready but once it is then it really does look exactly like a crocodile skin pattern. It looks professional and really pretty, and the colour underneath shows through really well so it is completely adaptable. The results are very long lasting and it doesn't chip away. The other niggle I have with this product is that whatever colour you choose to wear, it has to have black on top and I don't particularly like to have dark nails all the time.
All in all, this is a lovely polish with a very special effect that will make your nails the talking point of any party. It is easy to use, if a little time consuming, and the results are good each time. You can adapt the look by using different base colours and the results are long lasting. I am very happy with this product and I will certainly continue to use it.
Barry M Instant Nail Effects: Mock Croc Nail Polish
A year or so ago, I was very excited when Barry M brought out its 'Crackle' Nail Effects nail polish in black, as it offered an affordable version of OPI's 'Shatter' nail polish. I immediately went out and snapped it up, and absolutely loved the designs it enabled me to create on my nails - my favourite effect was to layer it over gold nail polish to give a leopard-print appearance. The only problem I had with the 'Crackle' polish was that it became clumpy and clogged within the bottle, which made applying it more and more difficult as time went on.
Nonetheless, when I heard that Barry M were bringing out a similar nail polish, this time designed to give a 'Mock Croc' effect, I eagerly went out and hunted it down. Excitedly I got home and painted my nails with it, following the instructions given on Barry M's website. And......I hate to say it, but I was very disappointed with the results. This review will explain why.
As the name suggests, this is a nail polish which is designed to crack as it dries. It is similar to its predecessor, the 'Crackle' nail polish, except the pattern it creates is supposed to be more uniform in shape, size and design, similar to that of crocodile skin. It comes in just the one colour (black) and is designed to be painted over either a coloured nail polish or a basecoat.
The nail polish comes in a rectangular pot (the same shape as that of other Barry M nail polishes), but rather than having a plain black lid (like other Barry M polishes), the lid has a mock croc design printed on it in gold, making it easy to identify in shops. There is minimal writing and decoration on the packaging; the clear bottle simply displays the colour of the nail polish and there is some text to display the company and product name and some brief instructions:
1) Apply a thin coat of your chosen nail varnish.
2) Wait 1 to 2 minutes until nails are touch dry. Do not apply to dry polish.
3) Apply a thin coat of Croc nail effects.
4) After 3 minutes the effect will start to appear.
With an RRP of £3.99 (for 10ml), this nail polish can be found in Barry M stands at selected branches of Boots and Superdrug. It can also be purchased directly from Barry M through their online shop (http://www.barrym.com/products/product.​asp?id=166) and is available from some other online retailers such as Amazon.
As I'd enjoyed using Barry M nail varnishes in the past, I was really excited to test out the Mock Croc nail polish and rushed home to paint my nails in preparation. I followed the instructions to the letter, shaking the bottle before use and applying over tacky, touch-dry paint, and sat down and waited for the crocodile pattern to start to emerge. Three minutes ticked by. Four minutes ticked by. Five minutes ticked by. And still nothing. Looking at my nails, it looked like I was just wearing solid black nail polish with a few patches where the gold nail polish I'd applied underneath could be seen ever-so-slightly, but there was no discernible pattern to be seen at all.
After leaving my nails to dry for a further half an hour, I wondered whether I had perhaps done something wrong and removed all my nail polish, logging onto the Barry M website to see if they perhaps had more detailed instructions for usage online. I managed to find a video guide to applying the polish (http://www.barrym.com/make-up-tutorials​/video-tutorial.asp?vid=113) but all it confirmed to me was that I had used this product exactly as it had been intended to be used. Not one to give up on a product without giving it a fair trial, I decided to give it another go, this time applying it over a coloured polish rather than a metallic one. But again....nothing.
I've since re-tested this nail polish on numerous occasions and have no luck with it. Each time I use it it just looks like I'm wearing black nail polish that has worn away a little bit on a couple of tiny areas of my nails - there is no uniform pattern or 'crackle' effect like that of this nail polish's predecessor. I've tried modifying the instructions too, applying thick coats and thin coats, or waiting for different lengths of time before painting on this nail polish, but I've had no luck whatsoever.
As I hope this review has established already, I've been incredibly disappointed with this nail polish. Try as I might I simply cannot get a crocodile-print pattern to appear on my nails, no matter what nail varnish or basecoat I choose to pair it with or how I apply it. I guess I might have got a dud bottle, but to be perfectly honest I'm unwilling to spend another £3.99 testing that theory when there's a good chance that I'll just be disappointed again.
All in all, much as I love the idea of this product and I know that some people have had more positive experiences with it than myself, I simply cannot recommend this nail polish. One star out of five from me, and it would be a zero if I were able to give it a mark that low.
I was so excited when I came across this new product in my local superdrug when it was first introduced, I had seen advertisements in magazines and loved the effect and at the time it was the only one of its kind on the market so it was a little expensive (to me who swears by MUA £1 nail varnishes) but I thought it would be worth it.
I understand now its been out a while, as with most products cheaper versions are available in lots of different colours which is nice but I've only ever bought one, the Barry M original black. I was a little disappointing at the time because i felt limited as to what colours I could put under it, I wanted the best possible effect so I chose a hot pink colour
I must admit it took a while for me to perfect the art of applying this nail varnish, do not be fooled it is not as easy as it looks. I have a habit when applying varnish of stroking the brush across my nails a few times to spread the liquid evening however you mustn't do this, the cracked effect will only work if there is one layer. Also you have to get the thickness of that one layer perfect which is not easy either! If you do get it right I must say it looks fab but for me two out 3 times I just couldn't get it right!
A final note
For some reason my bottle went 'off' much quicker than any other nail varnish i've had before, I didn't ever leave the lid of and i didn't use it excessively so I don't know why it went sticky so quickly and I was disappointed. I did like the effect I got when I applied this nail varnish correctly but not enough to have went back for another bottle.
I had read about the Barry M Nail Effects Crackle nail polish on this very website, and it sounded so interesting that I decided to go into my local Boots and buy some.
Instead I bought this, the Croc Nail Effects nail polish, also from the Barry M range.
The nail polish comes in a typical small clear bottle, so you can see the colour inside. At the moment this only comes in black, but there are several colours in the Crackle range, so who knows if Barry M will bring out more shades. It has gold writing on the front, with the name of the product and the Barry M logo. The lid is also black, but with a gold mock-croc pattern; designed to show how the nail polish is supposedly going to make your nails look. I chose this nail polish over the Crackle range as I love animals prints, and the design on the lid looked great.
HOW TO USE
To use this, you apply a thin layer of your normal shade and allow it to dry for around 2 minutes - until it's 'touch dry' and a tiny bit tacky. You don't let this dry fully. I used an electric blue nail polish which is very bright and vivid. Once your nail polish has dried slightly, you apply the Croc Nail Effects over the top, again in a thinnish layer. I have found that the thicker you apply it, the less the effect works.
Once you apply the Croc Nail Effects, it completely covers your first shade of nail polish in a glossy black layer. However, if you wait 30 seconds or so, you will start to see the edges drying. As the nail polish dries, it starts to split, until your entire nail has dried and you are left with black nails with a distinctive pattern of your other shade below.
I liked how the Croc Nail Effects split into pieces so you could see the blue beneath, however Barry M say it creates a 'uniform pattern'. I didn't find this at all, and didn't think it looked like a croc pattern! The lines created by the polish were not uniform, they were random, and looked much more like what I imagine the Crackle range to create. However I still really liked the look of my nails - the black contrasted with the electric blue beneath.
This nail polish was about as durable as most other nail polishes. I found that I usually removed it myself before it started to chip, as after a while the croc effect started to look a bit shabby and as if I was just wearing chipped nail polish. However I imagine I will be wearing this for certain events or nights out only, not as an everyday nail colour, so I'm not really bothered about this fact.
This costs £3.99 which is a pretty average price for a cheaper make-up range like Barry M.
WOULD I RECOMMEND/BUY AGAIN?
Yes on both counts. It creates an interesting look which would be perfect for a night out, and a nail polish that gives certain effects is something that is new to me. I look forward to trying this with different colours such as purple and red underneath. As this didn't create a croc pattern for me, I might go and buy the Crackle nail effects instead and see if I like that also.
I love nail art, however, often find it to be very fiddly and time consuming to do at home or is to expensive to go to the salon every couple of weeks, so when Barry M bought out their 'crackle' nail varnish I was hooked, so when they bought out a new nail effect item this time to achieve 'croc nails' I just had to try it!
Barry M sell a very wide range of nail varnishes from matte to bright, metallic to glitter and so on and the 'normal' nail varnishes cost £2.95 and the 'nails effect' nail varnishes are priced a £1 higher at £3.95. So far Barry M have bought out three nails effect nail varnishes being; crackle, foil and croc. There are only limited colours avaliable in each of these, though as they are only to add design to a nail I don't think this really matters. Currently, there is only one colour to purchase the croc effect nail varnish in and that is black.
There are some instructions on the bottle of this nail varnish where it states to apply the nail varnish once your base colour/coat is touch dry and had not dryed completley, it then goes onto say that it will take 3 minutes for the design to appear. I am glad I read these instructions first as I was planning to apply it over the top of the nail varnish I already had on, much like I would have done with the crackle one-which is also very instant with the design.
One thing I liked about the nail varnish is that the consistency was much more liquidy than the crackle effect nail varnish. The consistency was very much like any other nail varnish, which I prefferd as it was easy and smooth to apply, whereas the crackle effect one can sometimes feel a little brittle to apply. It coated the whole nail easily and depending on the thickness/eveness that you applied the nail varnish different designs will appear. For example, it you apply a thin, slightly uneven coat the croc print will be much small and closer together and will not 'break up' as well, whereas if you apply a slightly heavier coat the croc print will be much larger and more noticable.
The croc print itself, I really liked! I would say it took 3 minutes or even longer on some nails, the thinner the coat of nail varnish that was used the quicked the design would appear. It seemed to happen by starting to 'crack' at the outer corners and work the design inwards into the middle of the nail. Though I would not say the design on the lid of the bottle is a necessarily good representation, the croc print itself looked really good. It looks like lots of little mis-shaped squares / scales across the nail and I love the fact that on every nail a different design appeared. I did wonder whether it would look to similar to the crackle effect nail varnish as they are a similar idea, however, they are definitley very different as this look is somewhat more smoother and manicured compared to the slightly 'jagged' crackle effect. I always finish it off with a top coat which makes the nails look really shiny and well manicured and allows the design to stand out even more!
Since wearing this nail varnish I have had lots of compliments on my nails and people asking me how I do it, little do they know how easy it it! Since the colour of the nail varnish is black I would reccomend only using it over lighter/bright colours rather than dark colours or metallics as then the design will not stand out as well!
Overall, it is definitley something that I would reccomend and will be buying again, I just hope Barry M continue to bring out more of these 'Nail Effect' items as they really are very good quality at a very good price!