Product Type: Barry M makeup
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Fun nail effect but you need to get the technique right
Barry M Instant Nail Effects
Member Name: LillyAnnJones
Barry M Instant Nail Effects
Advantages: Fun, interesting, different colour combinations to try
Disadvantages: Things can go wrong, doesn't work if you overlap it, not long lasting
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.
Summary: A fun nail paint from a great brand, not worth the hassle if you don't like the effect enough