Product Type: Barry M makeup
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Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Member Name: jimmychoogirl
Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Date: 19/03/13, updated on 19/03/13 (91 review reads)
Advantages: stroke free, smooth finish, hi shine, very opaque and pigmented, cheap
Disadvantages: does not achieve a gel effect, a little difficult to remove, stains nails
===~~Price and Availability~~===
I personally find these Nail Varnishes to be very affordable, they are priced at £3.99 which is just £1 more than the 'normal' range of nail varnishes from Barry M. I do also often find Barry M Nail Varnishes to be on offer such as buy 2 get one free or currently in Boots when you buy two 'Gelly' nail varnishes you save £1, which again makes them more affordable.
Like most Barry M products they are available from both from Boots and Superdrug along with their online stores. You can also order from the Barry M website, though in the past I have had a few issues with the wrong products being sent and the delivery time. Other stockists that have a more limited range include that of ASOS and Missguided and some pharmacies.
===~~Applying the Nail Varnish~~===
I did not find that this applied much differently from any other 'normal' nail varnishes I have used; whether they be from the Barry M range or not. It had a similar scent to all the others which is not at all overpowering, but is yet quite a strong 'chemical' smell which can sometimes linger if I don't have my windows open. The nail varnish did not seem thick or gloopy; which I had actually expected in order for it to create a more gel like finish. The brush for this nail varnish is the same as all the other brushes for Barry M nail points, being fairly narrow with a straight tip, yet large enough to coat the nail evenly with 3 strokes. I found the texture of this nail varnish to be extremely smooth, more so than others I have used in the past and was almost silky. I found that 3 strokes coated my nails perfectly and was very pleased to find that there were no brush stokes / lines left in the nail varnish - great for the gel effect! This nail varnish is really quick drying as I am often too impatient to wait for my nails to dry, so this was another advantage of this particular nail varnish. I was also really pleasantly surprised at how opaque these nail varnishes were with just one coat; if I was in a rush or wanted to paint them quickly I would have been more than happy with just the one coat applied. Although I was really pleased with this nail varnish after just the one coat, I decided to go ahead and paint on another coat as I did not believe the gel nail effect was achieved with just the one coat.
Although I did really like the results of this nail varnish, I was still disappointed to find it was not at all like a gel nail varnish in that neither did it feel, look or last like one. The things I did like about this nail varnish was firstly its opaqueness. I purchased this in two colours (lychee and plum) one of them being a very pale nude/ stone colour and often with these colours of nail varnishes I find their pigmentation to be not too great, yet after just one coat of this nail varnish I was very happy. The other colour, plum, faired equally as well in terms of opaqueness and after just two coats was true to that of the colour in the bottle. I also loved the shine this nail varnish had to it and would indeed describe it as being 'Hi Shine'. It reflected both natural and artificial light really well which gave it this almost 3D shine effect. Due to the glossy finish of this nail varnish I did not feel the need to add a topcoat and I was pleased to find that it maintained this shine for 3-4 days. The fact that there were no brush stokes left in the nail varnish meant that it both looked and felt very smooth on the nail which gave it that slight gel nail finish. I again really liked this as it meant there was no need to add a topcoat to any uneven strokes and the smooth effect also added to the shine of the varnish.
Despite this, I did not feel that is resembled a gel varnish in the way I had hoped it to. I personally would have liked the nail varnish to be a little thicker (as gel nails are fairly thick) as this would have allowed the nail varnish to both be more durable and increase the lasting time on the nails. I have tried applying a few coats of this nail varnish to apply a slightly thicker look, however often find this looks gloopy and messy on the nails, not to mention it takes forever to dry! I also would have expected this nail varnish to last a little longer than it did do, although the shine lasted longer than any other nail varnish I have tried they still chipped at around day 4. Although I wouldn't really call it chipping, it was more so as if the nail varnish was peeling off.
I do find that these nail varnishes stain my nails, especially that of the deeper, darker plum colour therefore I would definitely recommend wearing a bottom coat underneath. This did not really bother me as I find that most of my nail varnishes stain my nails a little and as I always wear nail varnish it is nothing I really notice. It is fairly easy to remove, though I do find it becomes a thick, gloopy like consistency when trying to remove meaning that it can be a little harder to remove than other nail varnishes. Though due to the fact it tends to peel rather than chip I do tend to find myself peeling it off rather than using nail varnish remover as it is a lot less messy!
Overall I did really like the hi shine finish of this nail varnish and although it did still chip/ peel it did last longer on my nails than others I have used in the past meaning that I do favour it over those. Had it not claimed to be a gel effect polish I think I would have really liked this due to the stroke free, opaque glossy finish, however due to the claim I was expecting a little more and therefore felt a little at a loss. Nonetheless as an everyday nail varnish I still really like it and actually prefer it to that of the likes of OPI and china glaze and its price is much more reasonable. Due to this I feel it still deserves 4 stars as it is a really great nail varnish, but does not work a 'gel effect'!
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