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Barry M Gelly Effects
Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Author Name: daisylee3
Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Date: 04/12/12, updated on 04/12/12 (59 review reads)
Advantages: Range of colours, lovely glossy finish, cheap
I am a huge fan of Barry M cosmetics and I love their range of nail varnishes - they're extremely good value, amazing quality and there's a huge choice of colours and types including glitters and metallics.
I have got quite a big collection of these nail varnishes and usually find myself browsing the nail varnish section when I'm in superdrug to see if there are any new colours. I came across the gelly varnishes quite recently and although I thought it sounded a bit gimmicky I decided to buy one to try and I've since bought two different colours - I love the effect that it gives my nails!
The varnish retails at £3.99 per 10ml bottle which in my opinion is great value for money and much cheaper than the likes of models own and nails inc but just as good quality. It is available from lots of shops including boots and superdrug and superdrug currently have a 3 for 2 offer on so now is definitely a good time to stock up! There are a lot of colours available including green, red, purple, blue, pink and orange.
I have three different colours - 'prickly pear' which is a gorgeous pastel lilac, 'blueberry' which is a pastel baby blue and 'blood orange' which is dark red. You need to be really careful when choosing a colour if you're buying online because the names are really misleading, for example prickly pear doesn't really reflect the colour of lilac and blood orange is dark red with no hint of orange. As I bought mine in store though I was easily able to see the exact shade thanks to the transparent glass bottles that the varnish comes in.
The packaging is pretty basic but it doesn't look cheap or too boring and I really like the silver lid and silver writing on the front as most Barry M varnishes come in a glass bottle with a black lid and gold writing so silver is a nice change and it makes it easy to see which ones are the gelly effect ones amongst my many other Barry M nail paints.
The lid screws off and it has the brush attached to the end. The brush is a good length and width and one coat is enough to cover most of each nail rather than only covering a little bit. The brush is compacted with no stray bristles and the bristles aren't too flexible but the aren't stiff either so it's easy to smooth the brush over my nails. The varnish has the same chemical nail varnish smell that a majority of varnishes do but this soon fades.
The consistency is good - quite thick but not ridiculously so and it spreads evenly over my nails with no blobbing up or anything. The finish is always smooth with no grittiness at all. I find that one coat isn't enough as it looks quite washed out and I usually apply two to three coats and the finish is really impressive. It takes around two minutes to dry. Once dry it doesn't feel at all heavy on my nails.
After applying this my nails look amazing and really funky! Is very high gloss and really eye catching. It looks like normal varnish with about ten top coats on it but it doesn't look over the top at all. It looks glossy in most lights but when it catches certain lights it looks even glossier and it's just lovely! All of the colours I have are really vibrant and I especially like blood orange as it looks a bit more Christmassy and warm - blueberry and prickly pear are best suited to spring and summer time. As for the lasting power, it's great. I'd say on average it lasts for four or so days before it starts to chip and after six (ish) days it can start to look quite tacky so this is when I usually remove it. I use mine on my natural nails and find it reasonably quick to remove, but I'm not sure how easy it'd be to remove if used on acrylics.
Overall highly recommended.
Summary: Highly recommended