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Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Member Name: angelboouk
Barry M Gelly Nail Effects
Date: 08/08/13, updated on 08/08/13 (52 review reads)
Advantages: quality, long lasting, easy to apply, shades, price, shine
Disadvantages: chips slightly at the tips of my nails
Barry M offer an extensive range of nail colours and today, I will be discussing my use of 'Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint'.
The Gelly range includes approximately 18 different shades including pink, orange, lime green and blue shades. Barry M promise that this nail paint will leave nails with an 'extra glossy finish' by applying just one coat. It also has a 'chip-resistant' formula. It is recommended that you apply a base coat to prevent your nails from staining and then one or two coats of nail paint. You can also follow with a top coat if you wish to.
The packaging for this nail paint is very simple yet quite attractive and eye catching. The nail paint is presented in a tough, clear glass bottle with a silver lid. The bottle holds 10ml of nail paint and the shade name is printed on the bottom of each bottle.
~Where To Buy~
A 10ml bottle of Gelly Hi-Shine is available from Boots (www.boots.com) and Superdrug (www.superdrug.com). Expect pay around £3.99 per bottle. Boots currently have a special promotion running whereby you can receive a second bottle of nail paint for 1/2 price.
I may not be a girly girl in most respects but do I love painting my nails. I look after my nails well and like them to look pretty and presentable. I own a number of Barry M nail paints and recently added this Gelly Hi-Shine one to my collection after reading some positive reviews. I bought shade 'Pomegranate' from Boots. I bought two nail paints and received a Limited Edition one for free! I was spoiled for choice when it came to choosing between the various shades on offer. There is an excellent selection and there is likely to be something there to suit everyone. I chose Pomegranate as I wanted a nice shade to brighten up my nails for a party as I was wearing a black dress and black shoes.
The first time I used this nail paint, I only used it on my toe nails and opted for a slightly different shade on my finger nails. Both nail colours were from the Barry M range but different collections within the range. I have to say though, I much prefer the overall look of Gelly nail paints and have gone on to use Pomegranate on my fingernails too. I have been impressed but not 100% satisfied with my Gelly Hi-Shine nail paint. Let me discuss further...
The nail paint itself is quite thick and I have noticed that the contents of my 10ml bottle are going down quite quickly when compared to other nail colours that I own. Within the bottle, Pomegranate is a gorgeous red shade which, at times, appears dark pink. The wand attached to the inside of the silver lid is a good length and features a good quality brush with a durable yet flexible feel to it. The lid is a good shape and size to hold which makes applying the nail paint very easy indeed as I have more control over it.
The nail paint takes very little time to apply. After applying a base coat and giving the bottle a quick shake, my nails are ready to be painted. This nail paint glides over my nails very smoothly and doesn't appear gloopy or make much mess considering how thick it is. I find that a sweep up the middle of my nail and then at each side more than sufficient to fully cover my nail. Any mess around the sides of my nails is easily removed with a cotton bud dipped in nail polish remover.
With my toenails, I found one coat more than sufficient. Barry M do not give any indication of how long this nail paint should take to dry but I would say my toenails were touch dry within a few minutes but I allowed at least ten minutes to ensure there was no smudges. Pomegranate looked lovely on my toenails - a bright red but not a vampy sort of red. The shine very noticeable and looked really good in my opinion. I actually applied the nail paint to my toenails nearly 2 weeks ago and aside from a very small chip at the bottom of my big toe on each foot (courtesy of my shoes), the nail colour is intact and still looks perfectly shiny so top marks there.
I have used this colour a twice on my fingernails now and really love how it looks. I initially applied a single coat to my nails and found that the colour was very vibrant and attractive. When I held my hand up to the light though, I noticed that the area around the tip of my fingernail was ever-so-slightly visible through the nail paint. A second coat covered this up perfectly and the result was super shiny, pretty red nails! The shine is enhanced further when the light catches my nails but I am happy with how it looks in general too. The nail paint feels very smooth on my fingernails and looks vibrant with an all over, even finish. There is definitely a high-shine finish with this nail paint and it looks much shinier than other nail colours that I personally own. Perfect for a party! My son keeps asking me if my nails are still wet because of how shiny they are which is quite funny.
I find that this nail paint is fairly hardwearing. It had excellent longevity on my toenails but they don't get as much exposure or work to do as my fingernails do. As I do a lot of typing, dishes and general household chores, any nail colour on my fingernails rarely lasts. I have noticed that within 3 days or so, the nail paint has started to chip very slightly on the tips of my fingernails. I usually top it up slightly with a tiny bit of nail paint and it is no longer noticeable. I haven't noticed any major chipping even after 5 days have past. I don't feel the need to apply a top coat and there is definitely no need for additional shine from a top coat either. When I decide that I want a change of nail colour, this nail paint is easily removed by dipping a cotton pad in some nail polish remover - no staining and no issues with my nails drying out.
Overall I have been happy with the quality and performance of this nail paint. I was impressed by the hi-shine that it offered and found the Pomegranate shade to be really nice indeed. I wish that it was as hardwearing on the tips of my fingers as it was on the rest of my nail but other than that, I have no issues with this nail paint. The finish looks really good in my opinion and I love the gel like appearance. I cannot afford to go to a salon and get my nails done regularly so having the option to create a gel like finish at home for just £3.99 per bottle is highly appealing. I can highly recommend this nail paint and will be purchasing more shades soon. I feel that I made a good choice with Pomegranate as it is a stand out shade.
Thanks for reading :)
Summary: a great nail paint with impressive shine