Product Type: Barry M makeup
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Barry M Instant Nail Effects
Member Name: Katie83
Barry M Instant Nail Effects
Advantages: Cheap, quick to use and looks good.
Disadvantages: Gets gloopy very quickly.
I first saw the crackle effect nail varnish on a shopping channel and when i saw the live demo i was mesmerised! what a cool effect with so little effort!!! The demo was done with an OPI version that was pretty expensive and to be honest i didn't want to pay that price for what looked like a novelty product!
I came across the Barry M version in Superdrug and thought at £3.99 it was worth a try, I'd just got there loyalty card too and they where giving back quite a few points for the purchase so extra bargain price. I could not wait to get home to try it out and chose a deep pinkish purple to try it over. My first attempt went surprisingly well and I was impressed with how easy it was to use.
I find to get the best result you need to use a vibrant base colour and allow it to dry for 5 minutes or so before you apply the effect varnish. If you don't apply a top coat the effect is matt and dull looking so a good top coat is a must to finish this look. Also I find Barry M varnishes chip after a few days generally so if you use a quality base colour and a top coat such as Seche Vite you can get the look to last up to a week or longer. A good thing about this look is that even if you do get a chip you can easily touch it up! usually if you do this it looks really obvious but because of the crackle effect you can do it in no time and get away with it.
The brush is pretty good and holds a good amount of varnish so helps with the ease of use. The varnish does tend the thicken and dry up quite fast after only a few uses which is quite annoying. I'm halfway through my black bottle and its starting to become awkward to use and I may need to buy a new bottle before this one is any where near running out which is a bit pants. As for how long it takes to dry when applying it appears to dry pretty quickly so you can apply your top coat soon afterwards but the final drying time depends on your top coat primarily.
I've also bought this in white and blue. The blue is not bad but the white looks terrible in my opinion like when you where at school and painted your nails with tip ex lol not a good look! even with top coat on and a nice base colour I can't get the white to not look eek. Black is best with this product and I doubt I would try any more other colours.
I would recommend this product to friends as it is easy and quick to use. Its a fun product to try out for a change and at a reasonable price why not!
Thanks for reading my review xxxx
Summary: Not bad for the price especially if your wanting to experiment with the various colours available.