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I am a huge fan of Barry M nail varnish and their isn't a lot of their products I haven't tried. I do think that when it's not nail varnish their nail varnishes can be quite hit and miss.
I did however see a shade in the lipsticks whilst I was browsing their collection, that I liked and decided to buy. The shade was a frosty baby pink colour and it looked so cute. I never test lipstick on my atpctual lips, I put a line on my hand.. I don't know why I do this, I think it's because my mum always used to. However when I did with this one it was true to its colour and seemed quite soft in texture so I proceeded to buy.
On getting home and actually trying this lipstick I was so disappointed. The colour was almost transparent and seemed to have a cracked appearance on my lips. Needless to say it didn't look good at all and I knew I wouldn't use this again.
I did find this out the other day and decided I would try to mix it with another colour and see if I could find a shade I liked. I couldn't throw it away after using it only once but I didn't like it at all alone and didn't have the highest hopes of mixing it. I did however first try it with a dark purple shade I bought from rimmel and straight away it looked fab. It made a fuchsia colour and it stuck really well. I don't think I'll be this lucky with every colour I mix it with however I'd be pleased just to have this one colour.
I would not however recommend this colour to wear alone.
Along with my collection of many lipsticks and lipgloss is my Barry M Lip Paint in 150. I always wanted a soft brown lipstick and my friend at work is also a lover of lipsticks and she had the 150. When she applied it to her lips I was just in LOVE with the colour so I had to buy one for myself. The lipstick is a pefect size with a perfect amount of product attached inside and only costs £4.50 to buy. It must be a popular colour as it was a few weeks before I could actually get my hands on one. The lipstick has a smooth consistency and glides across your lips. Personally I think this colour really suits me and I would buy it again along with other colours. I do find myself re applying through out the day and transfers onto cups etc easy but it dosent really bother me so if it does bother you I wouldnt buy it. Apart from that a lovely lipstick.
I picked up this Barry M lipstick a little while ago when Superdrug were doing a 3 for 2 promotion on Barry M products. I chose shade 146 which is a vibrant and gorgeous bright pink.
The packaging is the same as any other lipstick bullet. It is easy to twist in and out and the lid is a nice and secure fit so no lipstick marks on the inside of your handbag!
The lipstick glides onto your lips perfectly and is such a beautiful colour. It looks creamy and really pigmented. However this is where my love for this lipstick ends.
I found the lipstick to be very drying. I tried wearing it on its own at first which is when I first recognised the dryness. Since it is the winter I thought it might just be me so then tried wearing it with a lip balm underneath. This did help the problem slightly but my lips still felt incredibly dry a little while into wearing the lipstick. After a couple of hours my lips were in desperate need of moisture.
I also found the staying power to be pretty awful to be honest. I put this on before going out for lunch, had one drink and a plate of chips and afterwards the lipstick was no where to be seen, not even the slightest bit of colour remained on my lips. The staying power didn't improve much without the added measure of food and drink. It still only lasted a couple of hours at most.
This lipstick is priced at around £4.50. I do not think I ill repurchase this as I feel that there are better quality products that are available with this price tag.
Usually I like Barry M products but this one is just a huge miss for me. However I do really like the colour so will be on the hunt for another lipstick to match this one!
When I am happy I buy lipstick, when I am sad I buy lipstick - either way lipstick features pretty prominently in my life and buying habits! I love trying out new brands and formulations and of course new colours. Barry M are a brand who are best known for their cheap and cheerful colour cosmetics. Up until recently I had only used Barry M eye and nail products. As I was so impressed with these purchases I branched out and decided to see how their lipsticks fared. I picked up three colours:
LP153 - pink ribbon - a pinky red coral
LP155 - pretty pink - a light blue toned milky pink
(TMLP) Touch of Magic Lip Paint - this is a green lipstick that turns red when applied to the skin... I have no idea how it works and it really stains the lips a lovely pinky red!
The lipstick comes in a rectangular matt packaging which looks rather slick and is emblazoned with the Barry M name on the lids. These lipsticks are smaller than the average lipstick and I just love their compact, minimalist nature! The lipstick itself has no scent and the formula when swatched is creamy and has quite a bit of slip.
--Application and Results--
As these lipsticks are not very moisturising I have found that I do need to prep my lips with a balm before applying for perfect results. However, they can be used by themselves if you are in a hurry for a quick hit of colour. The colour payoff is amazing and all three of the lipsticks only one swipe is needed for opaque colour. The finish of these lipsticks is a kind of semi matte - there is still a little bit of sheen but this is muted and doesn't take away from the colour.
I am definitely going to purchase more of these lipsticks as they are perfect for creating that statement lip. They offer really bold colours which are more vibrant and daring than other brands. The lipsticks are available from Boots and Superdrug and retail at around £4.49 which I think is great value for money.
I got my first Barry M lipstick when I was 17, it was in Pillarbox Red and I haven't looked back. Now I own about 20 here are m thoughts.
All of the Matt lipsticks come in matte black packaging with Barry M embossed in gold on the top and the name of the lp colour in gold on the bottom. The packaging is totally plastic and after a lot of use a little split can occur in the lid, but as the lipstick is still perfectly safe inside this is ok. I like this packaging it makes it look classy and it could be any lipstick, not one that was under a fiver!
One downside is the gold on the bottom rubs of really easily so I have no idea what half of my colours are.
I believe there is 35 colours in this range and there is even a green and black! My favourite colours are by far Pillarbox Red - this makes such a statement and Punki Pink this is so bright you will know it from a distance! They also have a moisture lip range too but these are quite different so I will review them separately.
These lipsticks are designed to be very matte - which means they can be quite drying. What I do is wear smoother my lips in DHC lip cream each night to keep them in check. The lipstick is still creamy enough to apply easily and evenly to the and generally one layer is enough to get the pop of colour but it can be built on to.
This will last a few drinks before needing to be reapplied so I would always reccommend a lipcote as this means it will of budge. And when the lipstick is on it does transfer quite easily so be careful who you kiss!
Price and Availabilty
As far as drugstore lipsticks go this is one of the hardest to find and you will not generally find it in supermarkets or chemists. It is however available in a number of outlets on line and in most Suoerdurg and Boots outlets. These retail for around £4.49 but I have seen them on sale for less on some websites.
These are not miracle lipsticks that last all day and night, but this is not what I want - I own lipcote after all. Just want a nice pop of colour and good cheap and range and this is it.
*Barry M - The Brand*
Barry M are a fun, youthful brand found on the high street, where the focus is on decent quality, colourful bright ranges at very affordable prices. Their range is at the lower end of the scale for makeup products, and they can be relied upon for more interesting and unusual colours not found in other brands, for those more daring then me when it comes to makeup! After purchasing many, many products from this brand I can say that overall, if you can look past the crazy red glittery eyeshadow then there are some real bargain beauty products to be found here, that can rival higher end products in quality.
Barry M stock all of the usual makeup products, with a focus more on colour than bases etc, and overall seems to be aimed towards teens, although as I mentioned, if you are willing to look there are products that everyone can love! Just maybe not the fluorescent orange nail varnish...
The Lip Paints are Barry M's lipstick range, and as is always the case with Barry M, they focus on highly pigmented colours which range from the way-out-there to the wearable. They are simply lip colours, they have no claim to be 'moisturising' or 'long lasting' or 'plumping' or anything else you might get from a different range (or at least so they say...) they are simply to give colour to the lips, nothing else. If you are a fan of a particular type of lipstick for one of these reasons, you can still enjoy the Barry M lip paints, you just have to be more careful when picking them.
A wide range of colours are available, the usual shades of pink, red, brown and coral can be found, as well as blue, green, black, and glittery as well! For the purpose of this review, I will be telling you about the ones I have purchased and worn, as follows:
100 : pale candy pink
101: beige nude
129: lilac (!)
146: bright barbie pink
147: peach pink
These can be bought online at the Barry M website, on Asos.com, or at the majority of Boots and Superdrug stores. Barry M nearly always have a stand dedicated to them. They cost a very reasonable £4.50, less than you would pay for a lipstick from nearly any other makeup brand, bar perhaps Collection 2000 or Miss Sporty, but definitely less than Rimmel or any other brand in its general price bracket.
They have a range of testers available, but first thing I will say is BE CAREFUL with the testers. Having been handled by many people, they tend to be a little melted and softer in consistency that you will get with the real thing. This isn't true in every case, but its something to be aware of.
Sleek plain black little plastic tubes. They look nice enough, clearly designed to rip off more expensive brands such as NARS which use streamlined black packaging, but the plastic is pretty cheap and not especially durable, as a result my beloved hot pink has a big old craacckkk down one side (the lipstick bullet is also completely smooshed into the lid, but thats my own stupidity at forgetting to wind it down before i rammed the lid on!) however, they are nice and compact, storable and transportable, and I definitely prefer them to my obnoxious rimmel lipsticks in their massive metallic purple cases. Plus, they don't look like any others, so i can always quickly reach for my Barry M's.
Now, this is where they start to get a bit funny. Remember what I said about the testers? Well it isn't always a problem. Some of these truly are soft and creamy and smooth and apply like a dream. The lilac 129 and hot pink 146 are good examples of this. However, the 100, 101 and 147 fall into what I call 'bad Barry M'. They are much thicker and dryer, and apply much more chalky and with no gloss to them whatsoever, almost like a crayon in consistency. In all cases, the colours are strong and true to what you see in the tube, but if you have dry, cracked lips or generally like moisturising creamy lipsticks, there is a chance you will hate some of these.
The colour you get, however, is simply amazing. Truly a 'paint' in that it doesn't seem at all affected by your natural lip colour, as lipsticks usually are. What you see is what you will get. Whether it suits you is another thing...and that's personal preference.
Consistency issues aside, these are some of my favourite lipsticks purely for the colour payoff. They have great pigmentation and are great to make a statement. They last for ages, particularly the dryer ones, annoying as they may be to apply, and their colour stays great for hours and is really resistant to wearing off even when eating and drinking.
The colours are great, and even though some are a bit 'out there' they can all be made gorgeous and less scary if you play around a bit. If you layer on the 101 nude super thick, you get concealer lips, however if you dab it on under a peach gloss, you get gorgeous nude lips. The 100 baby pink might look a bit...tarty...to some, but if you again, dab it on, and add a bit of 146 hot pink, you get a beautiful feminine milky pink. And 129 lilac will always be lilac no matter what you do with it, so it's just whether or not you dare...
*Would I recommend?*
If you're a makeup enthusiast who loves colour, if you don't mind a lipstick being a bit drying, if you want long lasting colour, and if you don't mind messing around with makeup to make it look great, then you could LOVE these. I adore them, for all their faults they are my favourite lipsticks and I will continue to look at this range for more colours. If however, you simply want to slick on an easy pink and go (as we all do sometimes...) then these may not be for you.
I have a few lipsticks in my collection which consists of pinks and peachy/nude shades. One that I like to wear in the summer whilst I have a tan is Barry M lip paint in baby pink. (100) It is a very pigmented lipstick which is why I only wear it during summer as I don't think it would suit a pale skin tone.
The lipstick is presented in a matte black plastic square tube with a black plastic lid. A black glossy band goes around the lipstick and sits just under the lid giving it a nice modern stylish look. On the top of the lid is the brand name 'Barry M' in gold lettering and on the bottom of the tube it tells you the shade number (100) and that it is from London, England.
The lipstick is a baby pink colour and had a really nice thick soft consistency with a smooth texture. To apply simply pull of the lid and gently twist the bottom to reveal the lipstick and apply to the lips. Because the lipstick is full of natural moisturisers it glides on really easy and has long lasting wear. It gives a great colour once applied that is a matte colour rather than glossy one. I find that this lipstick does not dry my lips out at all unlike many others that I have tried.
- 22 shades available from the range
- Contains natural moisturises which help glide on the lips
- Long lasting wear
- Soft smooth texture
Price and availability.
The lipstick is widely available from some beauty stores and on line and usually retails around £4.49. Superdrug currently have a special offer on allowing you to purchase 3 for the price of 2.
The full range of shades can be found on their website - www.barrym.com. It also lists the full ingredients of each shade and it also tells you that they are an animal friendly company.
I really like this lipstick it gives a lovely colour for the summer months when I have a tan and glides on smooth and there are some nice shades available including softer pastels as well as the brighter bolder ones.
~* Why I Bought It *~
I have got two Barry M lipsticks which I bought last year after seeing them on offer. I bought them mainly because they're a lot cheaper than MAC and Bobbi Brown lipsticks but also because I liked the cute, compact and simple packaging design.
~* Price *~
These lipsticks are very affordable and the retail price ranges between £4 and £5 on average. I got my two on offer and paid around £3 for each lipstick if I remember correctly - bargain!
~* My Opinion *~
I don't wear lipstick very often but when I saw how cheap the lipsticks were I thought that it would definitely be worth buying one to try. There were so many different colours though that I ended up buying two as there were two shades in particular that I knew would really suit me. I have shade 121 which is a bright, pillar box red and shade 147 which is peachy pink.
Nudes don't suit me at all with me being pale, and I assumed that shade 147 would be a nude but when I swatched it I really liked the shade and it was a little darker than I had expected so I bought it in the end! There are around 15 other shades to choose from so there's lots of choice and a colour to suit everyone! A few of the colours that I saw while looking at them all included green (oh my gosh, haha) and black, which I thought was unusual and I haven't seen many other brands which sell green and black lippy!
The design of the lipstick tubes is really nice and they come in very neat little rectangular tubes which are black. The lid pulls off and to get the lipstick out of the casing you just need to twist the top part of the tube. The lipstick is slanted and has got a hard, smooth consistency which isn't too waxy so it doesn't feel like it is going to snap it half or anything while I apply it to my lips, but it isn't too hard either and it spreads onto my lips really easily.
The lipstick does feel a bit waxy once it is on my lips but as long as I don't apply too much it doesn't have that heavy feeling that some lipsticks can do and it feels surprisingly moisturising and my lips never feel dried out once I've applied it and they're never dry once I take it off either. It doesn't highlight any lines in my lips and the finish is smooth with no lumps of was or residue left on my lips.
The colour payoff is brilliant and I don't need to use loads of it to get the colour to show up - one to two coats is more than enough and I don't feel the need to blot afterwards as it isn't a thick or greasy lipstick. The two shades that I have are matte, but my lips don't look dry or anything with the lipstick on and I don't feel the need to apply lipgloss over the top as the shades aren't dull, they're nice and bright.
The lipstick has very good lasting power and I find that it lasts for around eight hours before the colour doesn't look as bright, but it never goes patchy/looks old and as long as I re-apply when needed (usually only after eating or drinking) it will easily last all day long. It is transferable though so it can make quite a mess if I am eating or drinking.
~ All in All ~
A cheap lipstick with great colour payoff and a lovely formula which looks nice on my lips and doesn't dry them out. I'd definitely recommend the Barry M lip paints and next time I spot them in the shops I am going to be buying a couple more shades.
I am not the biggest fan of lip sticks and usually preer to just wear a gloss or a balm on my lips to stop them from becoming dry and to give them a little bit of colour and shine but sometimes there are places and occasions where only lip stick will do.
I am a big fan of Barry M and their lip sticks are every bit as good as their polishes. They have some of the most amazing colour selections of any brand and some really unusual ones though I tend to stick to the more normal pinks and reds.
They are also really good value at only £4.50 when you consider my favourite Guerlain and Chanel lip sticks cost so much more than this.
The packaging is nothing to write home about but you wouldn't be embarrassed to be seen taking this out in public and reapplying it.
When you apply these lipsticks the colours are true to life and they match what you think you are buying whereas with some lipsticks you can see a colour and when you put it on your lips it looks nothing like you thought it was going to.
They are nice to apply and just glide on my lips and they aren't too matt so give my lips a nice little bit of shine. The best thing is that as well as giving my lips colour they also moisturise them too as I absolutely hate dry feeling lips. They aren't going to replace a good balm but you can put it on and know that your lips aren't going to be dry and cracked within a few hours.
The transfer of the colour isn't too bad either and I can actually have a sip of a drink without all the colour just transferring to the glass. I do have to reapply but I can go a few hours before I need to do this. If I put a coat of clear lip balm on top I find that this gives the colour extra longevity and also makes it slightly more shiny.
I really like Barry M lip paints and find them to be really good quality for a very reasonable price. If you are looking for an unusual colour then make this your first port of call but even if you are just looking for a lippie in a more common shade then these are just as good as most expensive lipsticks and better than most other highstreet brands.
I adore make up have done since my childhood. I was always in my mum's make up and wanting to wear her lipstick she never objected and bought me my very own lipstick when I was about ten.
I have had this Barry m product in my makeup bag for a couple of months now. I bought it in Boots as I was having a clear out of my old lipsticks.
Comes in a black lipstick case with the Barry M log written in gold at the top. I chose a nice
cerise pink colour. My best mate hates the colour and says it is what grannies wear I don't care I like. If it was out of fashion Barry M wouldn't sell it.
I apply my lip liner first as this tops the lipstick from bleeding. My lips feel moisturised and not dry or flaky like some lipsticks out there. The lipstick has no smell at all and goes on fantastic with a lipstick brush. Once applied I blot it and reapply. I have noticed that the lipstick stays on for three to four hours without needing to reapply, this does depend if your are a smoker or eat or drink whilst wearing it. It will need to be reapplied more frequently.
Another fantastic buy. Available from Boots or boots.com costing around £5.50.
When it comes to lipstick it is the one product on my face I don't like too much. I don't like ones that dry my lips out and I hate ones that make me lips squidge all over the place which is why I am no a fan of lipglosses however when you get dolled up something on your lips has to go on doesn't it ladies to finish the whole look off!
Recently I've had a huge throw out of make up, it was long overdue with stuff that hasn't seen the light of day in years or was half used and I was really rather ruthless which then gave me the excuse to go out and get a few new bits and pieces.....on a budget!
This Barry M Lip Paint I bought in Boots for £4.49 which I thought was good for a lippie and any contact I have had with Barry M products in the past (and still do!) have been worth it and of great quality.
The packaging is simple. The lip paint comes in the usual tube style that lipsticks usually do, twisting up and down and with a lid that stays put securely and we are simply told what it is on it and on the base of it the colour is stated along with contact details for Barry M and its nice and robust enough.
Like I say this is a traditional style of lipstick and you can apply this to nude lips or within lip liner or however you usually apply it of course!
This comes in a whopping range of 17 colours with a really good choice to choose from with lots of shades of pinks a shade of bronze and a few peachy coloured tones and me I went for the Coral as I wanted one suitable for day time use really.
Applying it is simple. It glides on lips easy enough and leaves the lips looking saturated with colour. My colour is quite bright with a little gloss to it however I agree with another reviewer on here it doesn't feel very moisturising however it doesn't dry my lips out.
I also agree with another reviewer who says it isn't kiss proof and when you eat and drink you do lose a little of it however that is like the top layer of the lippie because it does stain my lips quite a bit which means that I find this lip paint sticks about longer than a lot of my lip colours and that I get about 5 hours of wear from one application before I feel the need to reapply it.
All in all I am very pleased with this purchase! My colour suits me and the ease of applying it and that fact it doesn't make me pout like some old trout is great!
Available from all good chemists.
This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.
I like Barry M products because I think they are good quality and reasonably priced. The company also has a good "no testing on animals policy" so I like to support them when I can. I have recently been trying out some new lip stick colours and looks which bought me to the Barry M counter. I knew that they would offer some truly individual shades! Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for anything too outlandish, I just felt a bit bored with my usual pale pink and cherry red lipsticks.
Barry M call their lip stick lip paint, but it is the same as any other lip colour really. I have used one or two before, my favoutite being "Pillar Box Red" which is a vibrant colour that always makes me feel more cheerful when I wear it!. The colour I chose on the most recent occasion was number 141, Royal Raspberry. This is a dark cerisey pink with a shiny almost metallic finish. As I type these words I realise that the colour doesn't sound very appealing at all when described like that, but it is much more attractive than it seems! In all, there are about 30 colours to choose from, ranging from nude pinks to black. They are a great range for anyone wanting to experiment with colour, especially as the standard price is just £4.49 a tube in Superdrug and Boots. I usually buy a shade that I know I like from Amazon, as they cost slightly less there - £4.25. I would not have chosen Royal Raspberry from the Amazon picture though - it looks like the lip paint has purple swirls though it which it doesn't. At the time of writing, a few colours are being sold at Amazon for just £2.50, so it may be worth having a look if you are a fan.
The lip stick comes in a simple, chunky black tube, with the Barry M logo on the end of the lid. All the colours look alike from the outside, which can make things confusing if you have several different ones in your make up bag. The tube keeps the lip stick in good condition which is the main thing though.
APPLICATION AND RESULTS
I think Barry M lip paints have an end that is a bit more rounded rather than sculpted like some lip sticks are. I find this makes them slightly more difficult to apply neatly at the lip line, but I soon have it worn down into a shape that suits me. Overall, it feels smooth and pleasant when applied. The colour goes on nice and evenly, and the level of pigmentation is excellent. There is a shine to the finish but it isn't too lip gloss like. I like the fact it doesn't make my lips feel either dry or sticky, even when I have worn it all day, every day for a week. It is simple to remove but I don't usually find lip sticks that tricky in this regard - a few lip stains excepted.
The only downside for me is that I found that Royal Raspberry has the effect of highlighting any small lines in the lips, probably because of that almost metallic look. I noticed this after I had a cold and my lips were left dry and in poor condition - this always happens to me! Once I had exfoliated and moisturised my lips for a few days they looked better and it was safe to wear raspberry again. I haven't noticed this effect with any other Barry M lip paint, so it doesn't change how I feel about them.
In terms of how long it lasts, I think Barry M have made a good quality lip stick. I wouldn't call it kiss proof, but it doesn't completely vanish after having something to eat or drink. I would typically need to re-apply it before the end of the work day, just to get the vibrancy of the colour back. If I didn't, the lippie would mainly be gone by then. I think this is fine given the price, and the fact that lip sticks that have cost me twice as much don't necessarily last all day either.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE LIP STICK?
Overall, I would recommend Barry M lip paints to anyone. The quality is good for the price and the range of colours gives plenty of choice. There are colours there I would choose for both summer and winter, when I want the lips to be the focus of my make up, and colours for when I don't. I think it is easy to see the more unusual colours on display such as black and the colour changing green lip paint, and presume that they don't offer more natural and subtle looking colours but they do. Pillar Box Red remains my favourite shade, but I would buy the warm and eyecatching Royal Raspberry again. I think it is more of a winter lip stick but that is just my opinion, as I tend to wear lighter colours in the summer. Avoid that shade if your lips are not looking their best though, for the reasons mentioned above! The lip paints are available from many places including Boots and Superdrug, both of which have multi buy cosmetics promotions running at the moment. As always the larger branches have the best selection, but you can see the colours available on the Barry M website where the photos are more realistic than on Amazon.
[This review is also on Ciao under my user name.x]
Lipstick is a fairly new venture for me, having spent years using only lip glosses I decided recently when going on holiday that it was time to try something brighter! The last time I wore lipstick was in college and due to a bad choice of colours it always looked terrible, so I trusted my adult judgement better and set about finding something to suit me!
I love Barry M products so having tried a couple of different brands first and only finding it ok I decided to go for this, which cost me £4.49. I opted for a gorgeous bright coral colour which really makes a statement! The packaging is quite sleek and the lid stays on well (may seem like a silly comment but I know how annoying it is when the lid slips off in your bag and you lipstick gets all bits of crumbs and fluff stuck on it!!).
Firstly I have to say that I adored the richness of this colour, it went on really well and although I would maybe have preferred it to feel more moisturising I think that sometimes the very moisturising ones just wipe off too easily. This lasted really well, on a night out recently it was still there at the end of the night having only reapplied a touch of it once and having drunk several glasses of vodka, so it certainly passed that test!
I would still have liked it to feel slightly more moisturising, as I felt the urge to add a bit of lip balm later in the evening, but maybe that is due to me being used to lip gloss.
Barry M has long been a brand of which I have associated with the words "cute" and "classy" at the same time, which is always a commendable achievement. I have enjoyed using many of its products, including its famous Dazzle Dust and the quality has always been very good. However, throughout the last few months for some odd reason, I find that I have been turning more and more to brands such as MaxFactor and Maybelline, meaning that I am buying less from Barry M, which is quite a shame since the brand has been one of my favourites for ages.
The pricing of the Barry M products are reasonably cheap; I would say that they are in the middle to low price range out of all the make up brands available. They are not considered as a value brand like Make Up Academy by Superdrug or Collection 2000... however, they are in no way as expensive as the products from those products from higher end brands, for example Clinique or Estee Lauder. I consider Barry M products to be quite good value for money, since they are not too expensive at all, whilst being as good quality as some other brands double their price.
These Barry M Lip Paints are currently £4.49 from Boots, which is a very good price for a decent lip product, especially compared to those useless lip sticks from certain brands which charge you many times over that price yet look terrible! I believe you can save some money, but not shockingly much, from other retailers. At the moment, Amazon are charging £4.25 per tube, saving you, wait for it, the grand sum of 24p per lip paint! Well, as they say, every penny saved can go a long way; also, Amazon have a 'subscribe and save' option saving you 10%, which brings it to only £3.82. However, I do not think I will be opting for this, since I like to try out different lip products in case I am missing something fantastic.
I had seen these Barry M Lip Paints around whilst going cosmetics shopping and was very tempted to buy one just to try every time I walked past the Barry M section, but alas I did not, since I was in possession of quite a few lip sticks at the time, including a really lovely MaxFactor one, and I was reluctant to spend money, however little, on a product that I probably would not get around to using much and would probably lose in due course. I was lucky, therefore, that a friend had the sense to buy me one for my last birthday, which I was very grateful for.
This lip paint comes in many different shades, as Barry M has always seemed as a colourful and vibrant company. The colour my friend decided to buy for me (and the colour that I have been sticking with) is the shade in Pillar Box Red (121), as she knows that I like to wear bold, "out there" colours. It is a vibrant shade of bright red, and it looks very classy and sophisticated when applied- I could not be happier with the colour. My favourite colour this is available in, apart from Pillar Box Red, is Marshmallow (101), a lovely pale colour which is quite a contrast to the vibrant red.
The colour, when applied is bold and bright, though you may need another coat to add an extra bold effect. For a lighter tone, simply press down lighter on the lip paint. The lip colour lasts for quite a few hours, but not all day so if you are planning to wear the lip paint all day for something, you will need to bring it along and reapply. It is rather a matte colour, which suits me just fine, but may be slightly disappointing to others.
It is packaged in a slightly chunky (but not so much so that it would be considered as overly large) black tube, with a slightly what I would call "soft" texture to it. The lid can be easily removed to reveal the colourful, slanted lip paint. Printed on this in metallic writing is 'Barry M', and this gives the product quite a sophisticated, bold look. It is very portable, in either you handbag, make up bag or pocket, so you can look great when you are going out and about.
The one problem I have experienced with this product (and many friends who have tried this Barry M Lip Paint have agreed with me on this one) is that it dries out quite a lot, and at quite an alarmingly fast pace. It can even clump together, and emphasise if you have chapped lips, which is not at all that attractive. This feels a bit unpleasant whilst you are wearing it, very unlike the smooth creamy texture you get when you first apply it. A way to combat this would be to apply something moisturising such as petroleum jelly or lip balm before and after application. You will find that this will give you a slightly more shiny effect as well.
But here is just a big, big warning, though. Do not, and I repeat, NOT, roll up this Barry M Lip Paint accidentally whilst the lid is still on (this applies for all lip sticks and lip products of which you have to roll up), or else you may end up a little upset at your end product (after hearing a dull mushing sound). The end product in question will be a disfigured coloured bit of mush, with half the lip stick on the main body and the other half all stuck on to the lid, without its sharpened and slanted tip for precision. Though I try to avoid this as much as possible, it seems inevitable to accidentally mush up my lip stick now and then! This is not impossible to use, however it is unpleasant to, and you lose a lot of precision so you may end up looking a little like a clown. The reason I am telling you this? Well, simply because this is what happened to my Barry M Lip Paint, sadly. However, this is in no way a defect of the product's quality; it only happened because I was rather careless with my product! On my next trip to Boots, I went off to buy a replacement.
In conclusion, this is a great value Barry M lip paint, and it is one of my favourites, with a nice colour and price. Yes, it is very drying, but this can be easily fixed with plenty of moisturising. Altogether, I would highly recommend this product should you be looking for a good quality yet well priced lip paint.
This is my first time buying a Barry M lipstick and I am quite excited. I mainly picked up this colour as Lisa Eldridge had made a video about peachy lips and she looked stunning and as this looked quite similar but a bit more brighter I decided to snap it up!
The packaging is a sleek black matte tube and it is quite petite! It is absolutely adorable and its great to chuck into your bag or clutch! On the top of the packaging it says the BARRY M logo in gold and on the very bottom it has a sticker telling the product number which in this case is 147. I really do not like the fact that they have numbers, I never used to mind before but I find it quite cute when brands come with innovative names which are most likely easy to remember.
This particular lipstick is a peachy pink, but more to the peach side. The texture of the lipsticks in general do tend to vary but this one in particular is quite matte when it dries onto the lips. It is a bit creamy but this will emphasise any dry patches on your lips so make sure you have exfoliated before Also it is best to pat this colour in to smooth it out a little so you can warm the product a bit before it sets. I also advice to use a lip balm prior to wearing this lipstick as the application will be a lot more smoother. The pigmentation is excellent, you do not need alot and it will last for ages. This lasts around 3-4 hours if a gloss is not applied so I think that is a good amount of time for a lipstick. This colour looks perfect alone, or with a gloss and it looks very natural if it is sheered out a bit.
I bought this in Boots for £4.49. You can also buy this in Superdug and also on the Barry M website. Boots stock around 10 shades I think of this lipstick but on the Barry M website there are around 32 shades! But the swatches are quite deceiving though.
I will definitely be buying more of Barry M lipsticks and although this formula was a tad drying and sinks into the fine lines of my lips I think the colour range is excellent and the formulations vary from every colour, odd but what can we do?!
Hope this helped! X