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      29.06.2013 14:05
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      A fun nail paint from a great brand, not worth the hassle if you don't like the effect enough

      I bought the Barry M Instant Nail Effects Crackle Nail Paint in pink (shade 314) because I enjoy experimenting with my nails. Barry M are a brand I trust and I love their nail varnishes which are always fun and unique. They have every colour under the sun and a range of interesting effects such as glitter and magnetic nail varnish. I had seen photos of crackle painted nails and really liked the look of it. I also couldn't understand how a nail polish could do that... I just had to try it! It costs £3.99 in shops like Boots and Superdrug, it's also available online. Chemists such as Boots and Superdrug regularly have special offers on Barry M such as 3 for 2. The bottle is the same as all other Barry M nail varnishes, square and glass with a black lid. The lid has a crackle effect printed on it to represent the crackle effect it should give you on your nails. It's available in pink, white, black, gold, silver, purple and blue. I have the pink shade which is a medium pink, quite bright but not neon. The instructions state to apply a coat of any nail varnish and let it dry before evenly applying the crackle nail varnish. I like to wear white underneath to really show the effect. After applying a coat of white nail paint, I waited for it to dry. When your first coat of regular nail polish has dried you need to apply the crackle. The effects can really vary, from a small crackle pattern to a big messy blur. It is very, very important to apply the crackle evenly for a nice effect. It is even more important to NEVER let it overlap, if two strokes of the crackle nail paint overlap then it turns into a mess and the effects are ruined. This was very annoying for me because if I'd applied one stroke too thinly I wanted to go back over it but couldn't. Sometimes I had to start the whole nail again but I got the hang of it very soon. As soon as you apply the crackle nail paint, it starts to dry and the cracks begin to form! It starts forming the pattern instantly right in front of your eyes, it dries very quickly and there's no waiting around once you've applied it. The crackle has no shine to it, it's completely matte and feels quite bumpy to touch so I recommend a clear topcoat if you want a glossy look. I also don't find it to last long at all, I find it chips easily without a topcoat. Unlike the glitter and magnetic Barry M nail paints, this one is easy to remove. I really like the effect this nail varnish gives, it is fun and unique and looks like it has taken a lot longer that it actually has. I enjoy experimenting with different colours underneath but my favourite with the pink crackle is a white base coat. I do recommend this if you like the effect, there are a few issues to get past such as the fact that you do need to take care to apply it evenly and not overlap it. It also isn't very chip resistant and I do recommend a clear topcoat over this. There are a few colours I have applied this over and just hated the look of it, so find the colour combination you like. I only really do pink over white now and I am planning on buying the black crackle to wear over gold for a leopard print look.

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      29.06.2013 11:15
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      Buy the croc effect instead!

      I was bought the whole crackle collection by my boyfriend for Christmas last year, and I have had loads of uses out of them, here are my thoughts. Packaging This is very similar to the normal Barry m nail polish packaging, with a square glass bottle and gold writing on the front and back. There is a a black cap with the brush inside and this is covered with a gold pattern that also says instant nail effect. The packaging does not only look classy it also very convenient to store as they are all the same shape. Colour Range There are five colours in this range these are: White Gold Pink Blue Black All of these are really nice but my favourite is the white, when it is worn on top of a dark nail polish. Formulation This is quite similar to the croc effects this is fairly thick and if not applied properly it can just add a coloured layer on the top. Once this has gone onto the 'nearly dry' nail polish below this can take up to three minutes to create an effect and this does take this long. There is a small effect shown almost instantly but for the full show you need to wait the full three minutes. This also takes quite a while to dry, which although this can take a little smudging and it won't ruin the effect but this is still a pain as it doesn't look quite as a good as it should. The gold one is probably one of my least favourite as this does not create an obvious effect and I think this could have been changed for a neon yellow or green instead. This will last with a top coat about 5 days and if it chips it is not too much of an issue due to the effect, but this is not as good as the croc effect at all. The good thing is that there are more colours. Price and Availabilty These can be bought from a number of stores online and also at Boots and Superdrug, this retails for £3.99 but can be found cheaper. Conclusion I would recommend this as it can still create a nice effect and is a good introduction to the nail art world. I would always choose the croc effect offer these though.

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      16.05.2013 11:25
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      Not worth the hype

      Barry M took off with this nail varnish, its the reason everyone went crazy for the brand. They offered a unique product which gave you unique and interesting looking nails. Then other brands started copying the idea but the original is still the best. Priced at £3.99 this is £1 more expensive than the standard nail varnishes that Barry M offer. The top of the lid correctly shows what the varnish inside does to your nails. It creates a unique crackled design on your nails which is different every time. You paint your nails whatever colour you want as the base coat, then paint this over the top. As it crackles you can see the colour of your base coat coming through. I personally like the black and white look. It takes some practice to gauge how much of the polish you need. You need to work quickly as it dries very quickly. A plus point but it also means it takes practice to get the hang of. It is easy to be left with clumps and also you can go over an area that's dried which means it will not give you a good crackle effect. If you put too much nail polish on it simple doesn't crackle and you have painted your nail black. Too little and the black is see through and not very bold, making the contrast between the colour on the bottom and the black not as great. The brush is quite thin making it even harder to perfect this skill but after some practice I would say I am getting there. This can also make it difficult to make each nail look roughly the same. Obviously the pattern is not the same on each nail but each nail should have the same amount of polish on and give a similar effect. Again this is very hard to do. The main thing I don't like about this product is the texture it gives. It seems pretty obvious to most that once the varnish has crackled it makes your nail bumpy. The actual texture of the nail varnish itself is also quite rough. Personally, this isn't for me as I prefer the smooth glossy look. I also found that it chipped really easily. It didn't last more that 2 days which isn't long enough for me. I can make other nail varnishes last much longer but I think this is my standard experience with Barry M as a brand. A clear top coat does help it stay in place more and gives it more of a shiny finish. However my nails were still bumpy and I'm just not into that. In conclusion, it is pretty cool the first couple of times you do the nail art. I tried it as a bit of a novelty as everyone went crazy over it. However, I only use it when I am bored and regret the decision as I just don't like the texture and most times my nails look better without the effect. I would like to try the other effects Barry M do, such as the magnetic nail varnish effects as that would give a smoother finish which is what I would prefer. But in terms of this product, it is nice to use now and again but it isn't worth the hype.

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      29.12.2012 14:49
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      The crackle effect works, I personally just didn't like the finished look.

      I received this Barry M instant nail effects free when spending over so much on Barry M products in Superdrug some time ago. I was never bothered about trying it out before but as it was free I thought I may as well give it a go! It is priced at £3.99 in Boots and Superdrug which I think is quite cheap for a nail varnish. For this to work you first need to apply a nail varnish to your nails of any colour you wish. When the base colour has dried you then apply this nail effects varnish on the top, just as you would with any other nail polish. It then slowly starts to 'crackle' itself whilst drying on your nails to leave the effect that appears on the lid of the bottle. I have this in black as it was the only colour available at the time, but this is also available in several other shades too such as purple, pink, blue and white. I applied purple underneath the black and it did work really well however personally I did not like the look of the effect on my nails. It really stood out and worked well but I just kept thinking it appeared messy and I soon removed it. I think if I had the nail polish in a different shade I may have liked it more as black stands out on your nails anyway, never mind with the crackle effect. The nail varnish dried very quickly on my nails and was also easy to remove, not like glitter nail varnishes! I therefore cannot fault this product as it does what it is meant to instantly, and doesn't require much effort. It is just down to personal choice whether you then like the finished look or not. If you do want a crackle effect nail varnish then I would recommend Barry M as opposed to other brands such as Nails Inc as it is much cheaper and yet works. I may try this again sometime with different base colours underneath as I may come across one that I actually like. However, I am glad I got to try this out with it being a freebie, and not after paying for it, as it just isn't for me.

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        06.12.2012 11:13

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        A great nail varnish, really versatile

        I am always painting my nails and trying new trends. When I saw the cracked nail look I wasn't impressed at first, it took my a while before trying it myself. As Barry M is great value for money, I decided to just go for it. Putting it on for the first time was the scariest! I had decided to try it on a caramel base for an understated look, I also thought it would be best to try on a neutral colour so I could focus on the result of my new purchase. I put the black nail varnish all over the nail and within a few seconds the effect started to appear as it dried. It's a really versatile trend which can be topped over pastel, neons, ombre, multi nail art trends. The only issue I found with this nail varnish is that if you have to make sure that you evenly cover the nail with the same thickness of paint. If you go over a previously painted area, or cover one area thicker it affects the effect. The trick is to go slowly so that there is an even join between strokes.

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        29.11.2012 21:07
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        Gives amazing results!

        ~*~*~ Barry M Instant Nail Effects ~*~*~ ~ What is it? ~ This nail varnish is one that causes your nails to have a funky crackled effect, it can be used alone or over other nail colours for a more intense effect. ~ Price & Availability ~ The Instant Nail Effects is priced at £3.99 and is available in Boots, Superdrug, www.barrym.com to name a few. There is a good range of colours available. These are - Black Magic Pink Fizz Blue Print White Frost Purple Gold Silver I have the Black Magic, Pink Fizz and Blue Print and I bought them in a 3 for 2 offer in Superdrug not that long ago. ~ How to use ~ These nail varnishes are very easy to use, you can either paint it onto your bare nail or over a coloured varnish for a more eye catching look. You simply have to paint your nail, wait for them to dry completely and then add a stroke of the Instant Nail Effects to your nail, I find that I need at least two strokes to cover my entire nail but I try my very hardest not to overlap the Instant Effects as I prefer a more even finish, however you can play about with the Instant Effects to find a look you are happy with. When you paint the Instant Effects onto your nails you will see the colour cracking on your nails to reveal slices of the colour underneath. I have been playing around with different colours and have found a really cool colourway that I particularly love! I paint my nails in a bright pink, then stripe it using a glossy bright green. When I do this I don't need the results to be perfect so I go a bit mad and have diagonal stripes on one nail, vertical on another and so on. I then add a top coat to this and then when completely dry I paint over with the Black Magic Instant Effects, as it dries I can see a cool snake skin like pattern emerging which looks really funky and eye popping! The Instant Effects dries to a matt finish that I am not mad about so I always add a top coat of clear varnish which not only gives my nails a brilliant shine but also protects the colour and keeps it looking bright and good for at least four days I find. I have also played about and painted my nails with a gold glitter base and added the Black Magic over the top and this resulted in a fab crackled glittery effect which was very nice indeed. The results are different on every nail as the Instant Effects just cracks in any which way and I think this really adds to the overall look. I have in the past used Avon Mosaic Effects nail varnish but I do think the black in particular in the Barry M range does perform a bit better and the cracks more finely than the Mosaic Effects. ~ Packaging ~ This comes in a square shaped glass bottle, the brand and name are printed in an attractive gold font and the lid shows a crackled effect so it is easily recognised amonst other varnishes. ~ Overall ~ I really like these nail varnishes from Barry M and I think that at £3.99 for a 10ml bottle the price is more than fair. The effects have always come out just perfect. The only bad thing I can possibly mention is the fact that they dry to a matt finish rather than glossy but that is easily rectified with a clear top coat. I am impressed! Thanks for reading :o) x

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        15.10.2012 15:21
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        Best crackle polish available on the high street. Highly recommended and extremely addictive!

        Barry M effects paint is a brilliant must-have for anyone who likes to express a little flair at their finger tips. Providing you apply it properly, it produces an effective and individual result every time, leaving you with a funky and unique 'brickwork' pattern over your chosen base colour which can easily be mistaken for professional nail transfers. This polish is an affordable, DIY makeover for fingers and toes. Against its rivals : This low-cost nail polish retails at most outlets at around £3.50 however Superdrug tend to do 3 for 2 offers on Barry M products meaning it works out slightly cheaper if you buy in bulk. Retailers such as Superdrug, New Look and Claire's Accessories do sell their own brand of crackle polishes which are slightly cheaper than the Barry M paint but these do not provide anywhere near as good of a result. These cheaper alternatives leave a less vibrant 'streaky line' pattern (as opposed to brickwork like this polish) and they don't tend to get the proportions of base to overlay colour quite right when the crackle takes effect. The Barry M effects paint, however, reveals just the right amount of the base coat once it's worked its magic and the pattern is very detailed and distinctive. Furthermore, the consistency of the effects paint is perfect (not runny like low-priced polishes often can be!) and the brush gives flawless application. The only real down-side with this range compared to it's alternatives is that there are only limited overlay colours available - this isn't really too much of a problem though as you can pick and chose whatever base colour you like with the potential combinations being endless. It's all in the application : I understand that quite a few people seem to have problems getting a good result from this polish which I can only assume is due to application. The most important thing to note is that you must wait for each layer to dry properly; if the layers aren't dry the crackle won't work properly and the colours will smudge. If the crackle becomes smudged you will need to start that nail all over again because the crackle polish will only work once - that is to say, you cannot put a second layer of crackle polish to cover up a mistake as the effect won't work properly on second application. For best results, you should : 1. Apply clear base coat and wait to dry; 2. Apply chosen base colour (any standard nail polish of any brand, the stronger the colour contrast against the crackle paint the better); 3. Wait for base colour to dry thoroughly; 4. Apply one thin layer of crackle paint and wait to dry (do not put a thick layer!); and 5. Apply clear top coat to finish. Be warned - there is a strong urge to get impatient and apply the layers too quickly ; hold back and the effect is worthwhile! You will find the more you use this product, the more addictive it gets as the more combinations you try!

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        07.10.2012 20:05

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        An OK product but i wouldnt buy anymore of them.

        I bought this product when it first came out and its a cool idea but sometimes doesnt quite give the effect you want because it dries really quickly so if you have to top up your brush whilst still on one nail where it overlaps can become really strange looking. I also found that it sets a lot around the edge of the bottle so becomes really sticky . The effect is good if you can get it to go right and when you get the right colour combinations looks really effective but i personally think its too expensive for the product which you get as I only use it on the odd occasion. It's good that you can get different colours but not all the colours look effective, my advice would be that if you do want to buy this product to go for black as I have the baby blue and it only goes with black and dark blue.

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        06.10.2012 21:39
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        Don't bother ... Take a trip to the salon!

        As a girl who simply cannot abide bare nails I have tried TONNES of different nail polishes over the years. Some more subtle for everyday and then I'm always on the lookout for products that will make my nails stand out from the crowd a little bit. So when I saw this 'Barry M Instant Nail Effects - Crackle' on my shopping travels about a year ago I HAD to have it. It looked like it was an easy way to get something that looked really unique and professional but all in the comfort of my home - exactly the kind of thing I always look out for! I have to say I was bitterly disappointed - and thats something I have very rarely said about Barry M products, this one was such a let down for me! Useful Information: Price: I think this is sold for around £3.99 Stockists: Boots, Superdrug, Amazon - I see this in a LOT of places so it is very widely available - should you still want to purchase after reading! Colours: Now I bought this when it was very first released so I got the only shade available at the time Black - its not available in: Black, White, Pink, Blue, Purple & Gold. Effects: As I mentioned I bought this for Crackle effects but it is now available in - Croc, Gel, Metallic & Foils. Other Info: Promises to give you professional looking, and unique everytime you apply nails - all at home. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Packaging: Pretty much what you'd expect from a nail varnish really. It comes in a small glass bottle through which you can see the colour of the product - in my case it was a black colour. At the top is a small black lid decorated all over with a gold 'crackle' effect basically showing you what this would look like when it comes to application. Not the most stand-out bottle ever but it does the job and gimick wise as its showing you what the results should be right there on it, its actually eye-catching, well it was for me anyway. As you would expect the brush is attached to the lid and fits inside the bottle - I've found the design to be quite cute and its effective. Not the most colourful or amazing by any means but thats not why I bought this. I don't actually have the bottle to hand whilst writing this review so I'm unsure to the extent of information about the product there is on there - however you can find everything out by looking at the Barry M website (anything that ISN'T on the bottle anyway). - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Application: Something that should be oh so simple and very quick *apparently* turned into a big chore for me when it came to applying this for the first time! Firstly you have to apply a colour for the base coat - when using the Black shade like I did Id recommend using a bright colour for that simply so the effect shows up better and you get a more striking look - I went for a white base coat personally. Then it comes to applying the effect - or gloop! I'm unsure whether I may have got a dodgy bottle of this but the consistency was so thick it was really hard to try and paint it on - when using this your supposed to do it in stripes and not go over bits that are already painted in the black - this will stop the effect from working. However when the liquid is so gloopy thats very hard to do especially if you've never used anything like this before. But I persevered and eventually did have every nail painted in this and beginning to crackle before my eyes. It takes a long time trying to get this right so if you haven't got time on your hands (and a bottle of nil varnish remover if it all goes wrong!) don't try this at home!! I've been painting my nails for years and usually find IM pretty quick at getting them done with minimal mess but due to the thickness of this one it took forever!! - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - The Results: First off look pretty good. One of the main reasons I was attracted to buying this in the first place was that I wanted to have something unique and in all fairness this does offer something different each time you apply it. You do end up with a really nice cracked effect - one that looks slightly different on each nail and does look unique to you. However the finish a) doesn't last and b) feels so rough!! I'm a big lover of nice matte nails and I assumed I would get that from this - a nice patterned look without the patterned feel but sadly it didn't deliver. Even when I applied a clear varnish over the top my nails felt really rough and if anything that took something away from the pattern as even when dry (I made sure I wanted a VERY long time) it kind of smudges the cracks and changes it a little - even though it is recommended you put a clear varnish over the top. Also this just doesn't last! I think the first time I applied this (on hands and feet) it lasted only a few hours without chipping at all and no matter how many times I tried (thinking I was doing something wrong when applying) it never lasted without chipping for beyond about 24 hours. I wanted professional looking, long lasting patterned nails without a big salon price tag but going on the poor results and the lengthy application I just didn't get that with this product. The effects do look good don't get me wrong - very unique, but for all of a few hours sadly. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - Final Thought: Simply I wouldn't recommend this to anyone looking for quirky fun nails at home. Yes going to the salon is expensive but the application is much easier, it looks so much better and doesn't chip or come off nearly as quickly as this one does so overall your actually saving yourself some time and money going to the nail bar - like I needed an excuse! It just didn't work as well as Id hoped and although it did look initially good, the cracks soon started to show!! Stay away from this one it just wasn't good enough. Thanks For Reading. x0 Salz 0x

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        25.09.2012 21:23
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        An essential high street buy

        I first bought this in black last year when crackle effect nails were all the range, The Barry M one was the obvious choice for me as it is my go-to high street brand. First of all you roll the bottle between the palms of your hands (This is instead of shaking it, it helps to prevent air bubbles) then you paint your nails a hot colour and let them completely dry, then you paint the crackle over it. When i first bought this i remember finding it quite tricky to apply but i soon got the hang of it! Basically the problem is that it dries very quickly and you need to really either cover the whole nail in one stroke or be really careful not to overlap the strokes otherwise you wont get an even effect across all the nails. Don't be put off, it does get easier after after a few gos! The effect comes out quite thick so you only need a minimal amount of varnish and pressure. I have since bought it in white (looks great over pastel varnishes) and gold (great with every colour!) and they all look just as amazing as most the more expensive versions out there, especially if you paint a glossy topcoat over it! Also even without a topcoat it lasts around 3days chip-free. I personally think it's a complete bargain! Why spend out on more expensive brands when the cheaper version is this good? -DylanSonata.

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          20.09.2012 14:16
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          A lovely way to jazz up your nails

          When this product first appeared it was the only one like it and all of a sudden everyone was using the Barry M Instant Nail Effects to the point where I remember walking into town after 6th Form and not being able to find it in stock anywhere bearing in mind in the local high street there is 2 branches of boots and 2 branches of Superdrug. It was an instant hit and is still just as popular as it was back then. ...The Product... Like all Barry M Nail products it comes in a classy clear square glass bottle with gold writing on the bottle stating what the product is, on the back it tells you to shake well, keep from heat and apply a base coat before use as well as an address to get in contact with the suppliers. On one side is a bar code, on the bottom is the product number and on the other side is a list on instructions specific to the use of the nail effects products. The instructions are fairly small but still readable and are clear. "1. Paint your nails with your chosen colour and let them dry, 2. Apply a single coat of instant nail effects, 3. Watch the effect appear." The lid of the bottle is black with a gold replica of the pattern the nail effects polish should cause on your nails and the words instant nail effects. The product was originally only available in black but is now available in 6 different colours; Black magic, Pink Fizz, Blue Print, White Frost, Purple and Gold. I think this is a nice variety of colours and allows you to experiment with lots of different colour combinations. Personally I think the black and the white colours are the most useful as they tend to stand out best against any background colour. ...My Experience Using the Product... One word of caution; you really do have to make sure your first colour is completely dry before applying the effects polish. I have tried to use this in a rush before with disastrous, smudged and bumpy and lumpy consequences. The nail paint is quite thin and after a while tends to dry out around the top of the bottle creating small crusty lumps so shaking the bottle first is an absolute must. When you apply the polish I find it best to apply a fairly thick coat as you can't really reapply this polish or your nails look a mess hence if you do it too thinly or too thickly you don't get a well defined pattern. The nail polish does start to dry quite quickly so you do need to be quick and accurate with each nail although due to the nature of the effect if you don't make it all the way to the edges or if it isn't perfect it really doesn't matter. I find the brush is quite thin and aids the application process as it's of good quality. Once you've applied the nail effects polish you simply have to watch as it dries into the cracked pattern. It does dry quite quickly into a neat smudge free pattern. The nail varnish tends to last as long as your base colour. If the base colour you apply is of good quality then your nails will look lovely for ages but if not you may find they begin to chip within a day or so. You can apply a clear top coat on top of this nail polish to help preserve your look and make it that little bit more hard wearing. The nail effects varnish is easy to remove with any old nail varnish remover and as it goes on top of another colour I can't really comment about whether or not it stains your nails. I've not had any problems wit using this effects varnish with lots of different brands of nail varnish but I do recommend using it with Barry M nail paint simply because Barry M's colours are so vibrant they provide a really good contrast to the effects polish. ...Value For Money... At just £3.99 this nail varnish is very good value for money and it allows you to create so many different looks as you can pair it with lots of different other colours. Other brands are starting to offer effects varnish's but for me Barry M will always be my favorite.

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            16.09.2012 18:18
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            This product produces proffesional results in minutes and for a fraction of the price!

            Barry M Instant nail effects is a new way to achieve amazing nails in just a few minutes and strokes. With different effects available each time you apply it you can obtain a manicure inspired look every time. This product is available in Black, Pink, Blue, Purple, Silver, Gold, Bronze and White and is available for £3.99. Barry M has made achieving perfect nails easier than ever with Instant nail effects, with just a few strokes you can achieve a new look every time. The nail polish is easy to apply and is ready in minutes so is ideal for if you forgot to do your nails just before a night out or an occasion! When using it you may want to apply a bright colour first in order for it to still be visible after the effect, plus it makes the effect stand out more. Darker colours tend to make the effects fade into the background and not have that "wow" effect... The effect can be quite bold especially with the brighter colours such as the pink, white and blue, if you want a more subtle effect I'd stick to the silver, gold or bronze. At £3.99 this product is value for money as it saves you having to go for a manicure or buying more expensive brands of nail polish in order to achieve beautiful nails. Also, if you wait then Boots or Superdrug tend to have offers on that mean that you can get two for so much or if you buy so many you get money off (just a tip from a money wary student...), but even at full price the product is well worth its money! A problem with the product is that after time the polish starts to go gloopy which makes it harder to use and it doesn't give the same effect, it can also take a lot longer to dry when it goes gloopy because the polish on your nails is a lot thicker than what it should be! So just keep an eye out for if you need to buy a new one... Overall, the nail polish is good value for its money as you can buy similar products for twice the price which give exactly the same effect. I would recommend this product because Barry M has a good range of colours so there is something for everyone, from those who want a bolder and brighter effect to those who would prefer to go a little bit more subtle with their effects. Many people have complimented my nails when I have used this product so it must be doing something right...

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            14.09.2012 22:26
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            Overall a good buy

            I bought my Barry M Instant Nail Effects when it was first fashionable and most talked about, i chose the black colour and was pleased with the results! I chose a yellow base coat (the bright colours are best) but you have to make sure the base coat is fully dry before using the nail effects. It is great to watch when you apply it as it actually cracks before your eyes, although i would not recommend overlapping after one stroke of the brush as it will ruin the results. It also becomes quite thick and hard to use after some time (bearing in mind i have had mine for almost a year now) and i am not sure how it will react if u put any nail varnish remover in to loosen it up a bit, as thats what i would do with my usual nail varnishes. However I would not let this put you off because when it's applied well it has a professional look about it. I would and have recommended/ got my friends hooked on this product in the past! It is definitly a girls handbag essential! Ladies Enjoy ;-) x

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              06.09.2012 13:13
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              brilliant product

              I had wanted some of this for ages but any time I went into Superdrug it seemed to be sold out...and then I promptly forgot all about it. Around 4 months later I happened to be in browsing for more black nail polish and spotted the nail effects was not only back in but available in different colours. The store I was in had black, gold, blue and red available. I wear black, navy and dark red nail colours a lot so I decided to plump for the gold as I thought this would make a nice contrast. I was also pleased to see that it wasn't really any more expensive than Barry M's other nail polishes - it was only £2.99. I got it home and decided to give it a try over the black polish I'd just bought. After waiting on the black to dry I put some of this on. My first go didn't really work very well as I had hardly any on the brush - the trick is to paint on a decent coat. After realising this other attempts worked a lot better. I found the gold looked great against the black and I loved the crackle effect. It's so easy to get cool looking nails from this product and it lasted ages for me. Ordinarily my nails chip after a day or two due to gym workouts, typing and housework but a week later and this was still going strong. I would definitely recommend this and once the gold is used I'm definitely trying the other colours!

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              05.09.2012 23:49
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              I seriously recommend this!

              I bought some of the Barry M Crackle effect in my local Superdrug today. At the moment (as of 05/09/12) Superdrug have an offer where if you spend £6 or more on any Barry M cosmetics, you get a free bottle of the Crackle effect worth £2.99. As I was going in to buy some of the Barry M Foil effect (£3.99 anyway), I thought I'd make good use of this deal to try out a different type of nail polish. In my Superdrug they had about 6 different colours of the crackle. I remember seeing a black, white, pink, gold, purple and blue bottles - there may have been a couple I missed out though. I went for the purple as I thought it would go best with the colours I already own, but the other ones available still looked nice. I'm not sure what white crackle would look like, however I'm sure that it looks fine once it's actually been applied. I've only managed to try out my purple crackle effect on top of already slightly 'Mulberry' coloured nails, which probably isn't the best colour to try it out on. I did find that even though the colours were quite evenly matched, the crackle effect actually looked really good and you could tell that there was something different about the texture of the nail from a distance. I reckon that if you tried it with a brighter pink or blue-ish or green colour the effect would really stand out and look amazing. I'm a big fan of all Barry M products because they're all so reasonably priced and are of really good quality. The crackle effect only needs one layer on top of nail varnish for a really good effect. I probably wouldn't recommend any more than one later because it may end up going weirdly clumpy. Crackle nail effects are really popular at the moment and this product is a really good way to do your nails a bit differently!

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            Barry M / Barry M Instant Nail Effects