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Brand: Barry M / Type: Nail Varnish / Suitable for: Nails / Suitable for: natural or acrylic nails

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      17.03.2014 22:08
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      Would definitely recommend :)

      Barry M are currently one of the leading nail varnish brands in the UK. At a low price and high quality, it is easy to see why it has become so popular.

      I own many Barry M nail varnishes, including lots of different effects, such as:

      Metallic
      The metallic nail varnish is amazing! It creates a brilliant pattern which only takes about 15 seconds to create, and once it is dry it last chip free for at least a week. This nail varnish is great because it is quite durable, especially if you put a clear top coat on afterwards. The only downfall is that it is quite gloomy when you paint it on so sometimes you end up with a thicker layer than maybe you would like.

      Gelly
      The Gelly nail varnish is my favourite from the Barry M range. It comes in a huge range of colours and in my opinion lasts the longest without chipping. It is also really easy to paint on (whether you have a base coat or not) and once it dries it has a lovely shine, which means you don't have to worry about putting a top coat on to make it look nice.

      Matt
      The matt nail polish is not one of my favourites, I prefer my nails to be shiny. However, the paint goes on fine, and is durable just like the rest of the Barry M range, it just depends what your preference is. Obviously with the matt effect you can't put a top coat on because then it would just become shiny.

      Shimmer
      The shimmer nail varnish's look lovely and do last for quite a while. However, they often come out of the bottle quite gloopy which means that it is difficult to get a thin, even layer. If you can get past that however, the colour is lovely.

      Normal
      The normal Barry m nail paints are the most practical out of the lot and at only £2.99 per bottle they are great to stock up on different colours. However, they only last chip free for about 5 days. The colour is really vibrant and the paint is quite thin so it makes it easy to paint on (although sometimes it is a bit more difficult with a base coat).

      Overall I would definitely recommend Barry m nail varnish because it is quite high quality and a very good price.

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      28.11.2013 22:09
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      Fabulous nails at an affordable price

      INTRODUCTION
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      I love nail polish! I have a huge collection of them, probably one of every colour you could I ever want!! The range I am reviewing today is Barry M nail polish.

      THE BARRY M RANGE
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      Barry M is a very well know range of make up and beauty products including nail polish.
      All the Barry M products I've ever had have always been really good quality but the thing I love most about Barry M is that it's top quality and still usually at a good affordable price. Barry M products are widely available. They are available to purchase from the larger supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda and from the drug stores like superdrug and boots. Barry M is also available to order from the Barry M cosmetics website, www.barym.com , and from online stores like Amazon.

      THE BOTTLES
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      All Barry M nail polishes seem to come in a similar bottle. It is a square shaped bottle, different to the majority of nail varnishes that come in a round bottle.

      I like the way the bottles are different from other brands. This is probably a bit OCD of me liking things tidy, but I also really like the way they fit together (as I have quite a lot!!), they stand together really nicely.

      THE NAIL POLISH
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      Barry M nail polish comes in a huge variety. You can get the normal nail paint, glitter colours, sequins and a newer effects range which is applied showing different patterns like cracking or patterns applied using a magnet.

      They are all suitable for natural and acrylic nails.

      COLOURS
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      In each variety of the nail polish there is an absolutely huge range of colours. Whatever colour you are looking for, Barry M are almost certain to have a shade for you.

      The great thing for me about Barry M nail polishes, are how the colours are always so vibrant. I have never used a Barry M nail polish where the colour has been faint or 'washed out' as so many other nail polishes are (sometimes even the expensive well known brands are the worst for looking pale and watery).

      APPLYING THE NAIL POLISH
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      The brush is inside the twist cap as with most other nail polishes. The brush is thin and smooth so it is good to apply the nail polish evenly. When you begin to apply to nail polish you can see straight away that the polish is quite thin so that is goes on nicely (nothing worse than thick gloopy nail polish that needs spreading around) but it is still thick enough to see the nice glossy colour.

      After just applying the first coat the colour is bright, bold and glossy. Straight away you can see what amazing quality it is. It usually doesn't need a second coat at all but I usually like to apply a second coat as I do with most nail varnishes, (probably just out of habit though, as the colour with these are good enough it doesn't really need it.)

      Once applied it is very quick drying. It doesn't take long at all, just a few seconds, until it is completely dry to touch.

      I find it is long lasting and doesn't chip easily. I need a decent long lasting nail polish as I am a very busy working mum of two toddlers. Most nail polishes don't last too long with me but I am definitely a fan of Barry M!

      PRICE
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      The price really depends on what style you go for. The normal nail polish is generally about £2.99 but is often on offer where it is cheaper or on a multi - buy deal such as 3 for 2.

      If you are going to go for a special effects polish or one of the magnets one they usually cost a bit more but again, shop around and you're bound to find a deal on somewhere

      CONCLUSION
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      As you can probably tell from my review I LOVE Barry M nail polishes!
      I think they are fabulous and at a great price!
      I would definitely recommend Barry M to anyone!

      5/5 dooyoo stars from me!

      Thank you for reading my review, I hope it was useful

      xx Mrs K xx

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        27.10.2013 22:37
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        Good nails. Great price

        This Barry M nail varnish is cheap and cheerful! It costs just £2.99 for a 10 ml bottle which is a normal size for a bottle of polish. It is available from Boots and Superdrug and on Friday I noticed that my local Tesco has started stocking it too so it is certainly becoming more popular.

        It is available in a whole host of colours and in particular Barry M seems to favour bold and bright colours rather than more natural shades

        The nail varnish bottle is square which is quite unusual which I like. It makes it easily identifiable on the shelves and if you have a whole lot of these Barry M polishes they will stack together quite well due to the bottle shape.

        The Nail varnish is quite thin and watery though so I have to use two coats to get a nice colour on my fingernails. I do not mind this though as I much prefer to later up thin coats rather than it coming out too thick as I find that can look lumpy and also it chips more when it is thick.

        The brush is thin enough that it is not messy to apply and quite long which is good for applying a nice sweep of colour.

        I finish off with a clear top coat to boost the nail varnish's lasting power.

        The nail varnish looks good, no cheaper than any other brand I have ever used, and with the application of a good top coat, my nails remain free of chips for 4 days.

        Removing the nail varnish after a week when my nails really do start to look tatty is easy enough with boots own brand nail varnish remover and cotton wool pads

        I recommend this product and will continue to use it!

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          18.10.2013 16:29

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          Great nail varnish for people who love to change colours frequently

          I absolutely love painting my nails and Barry M is my first choice in nail varnish.
          I regularly change my mind about what colour I want and like to have a wide variety so Barry M is perfect for me. They have a wide range of colours and are normally priced from about £1.50 - £2.00, so you can stock up on a good selection without breaking the bank!
          For the price, the quality of the nail varnish is exceptional. The paint spreads on your nails evenly, although I would recommend more than one coat otherwise the colour can come across a bit thin. I bite my nails and the colour still last without chipping for roughly five days.
          Personally I wasn't impressed by the crackle nail varnish range released by Barry M, the overall look comes out tacky and gives the impression of chipped nail varnish, rather than the decided crackle effect.

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          27.09.2013 14:10
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          Cheap and cheerful, with a huge variety of colour choices

          I love to do my nails and am always looking out for new brands and shades to add to my collection of nail polishes. I give myself a full manicure every week at home, and as I have long nails I like to make a lot of effort to keep them looking neat and in good condition. I received a bottle of this Barry M Nail Paint as part of a gift set, but they are also available to buy individually from most high street beauty stores. It costs RRP £2.99 for a 10ml bottle.

          I already have a few different Barry M nail polishes from their different lines, including a crackle top coat and a gel effect polish. This particular nail polish I am reviewing now is from their standard range of Nail Paints, which is available in a huge choice of colours. I have this in the shade "Buzz" which is a dark shade of pink - imagine a deep, dusky rose with just a hint of red tone to it. It bears a striking resemblance to raspberry formulation and spreads easily over my nails, with the thin brush giving me control over the application and coulis. I'm not 100% convinced if I actually like this colour or not. It seems ok but I usually prefer to go for either a very pale nude toned pink, or a candy coloured girly hot pink, rather than this darker shade.

          The nail polish comes in a square glass bottle with a rounded black handle on the lid. It has a really smooth allowing me direct the strokes of the brush to fully cover each nail without smudging or going streaky. The polish goes on evenly, and gives a good level of colour coverage when two coats are applied. On the negative side, it gives off an awfully strong plastic sort of smell, which is pretty nasty and doesn't go away until the polish has dried. Once it has fully dried you are left with a bold block of colour that has a nice glossy finish to it. I found that this polish does seem to last well to begin with, and only started to show some scuffing around the edges by the third or fourth day of wear. However, the following day after this it starts to deteriorate more quickly, and bigger flakes come away leaving a messy, patchy look.

          Overall I think this is a reasonable nail polish. It is a good price and very easy to use, with a huge range of colours to choose from. I'm not especially keen on the particular shade I have, but there is sure to be something to suit everybody's tastes within the selection that is available. I would probably buy it again, but in a different colour.

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          20.09.2013 10:18
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          Great if you are just looking for one day wear

          Barry M has a great variety when it comes to nail varnish. I love their broad range of colours and styles and at a bargain price of £2.99 (more for the more fancy effects like glitter etc) you can't go wrong. Boots also often do offers like 2 for 1 or buy 1 get one half price so I often snap a couple up when these offers are on.

          In my opinion, Barry M definately provide the biggest range of colours in the nail varnish market. The colours are bright and there is one to suit every mood! The polish comes in a sturdy bottle which isn't easily breakable and the brush is attached to the lid for easy application. Though the colours are brilliant in their range, I am yet to find one that I only need to apply one coat of, this could be personal preference but I find I need to use a couple of coats to get the result I want. This hasn't stopped me from buying them though.

          I do find with these nail varnishes they are not long lasting and do chip easily. If I'm going on a night out I have to paint my nails just before I go out, as I've found that it can chip within half an hour of it drying, not every time, but it does. I am a housewife and mum of two so this is quite frustrating as my hands are constantly busy and this nail varnish just does not last.

          Like many females I have a massive collection of nail varnish and have found that Barry M varnishes do kind of 'go off' before the other brands I have. I notice within a couple of months they go that thick and gloopy consistency which means you can't apply them well so they need to be binned. This is annoying as they have to be replaced then.

          Despite the negatives I've listed I do love Barry M nail varnishes. I love the range of colours, at the moment I particularly like all the pastel colours they have. I've also noticed that they keep up with the 'trends' making colours that are currently popular in the fashion world.

          I would give Barry M polish 3 stars, for the colour range and the price but it loses out on longevity and chip factor.

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          18.08.2013 23:51
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          great nail varnish, but have to replace after a couple of months

          I've been buying Barry M products for a few years now, and I do really like them. They always have a good selection of colours and styles like glitter, shimmer, different effects, etc. The prices are always very reasonable, and there always seem to be offers on in Boots and Superdrug. They're usually around £2.50 or 2 for £5.

          I've had quite a few Barry M nail varnishes over the years, and they've all served me well, apart from one problem which I shall elaborate on later. The bottles are very sturdy, made of thick glass which if dropped do not smash easily. The bottle has Nail Paint - Barry M written on it in in gold lettering, and barrym.com written underneath. It is simple and easy to read, and the gold stands out no matter what colour is in the bottle so text is easy to read. The lid is made of black matte plastic, and is easy to unscrew. The lip of the bottle does not get gunked up with nail varnish, and is left clean. The metal balls inside the nail varnish keep it smooth and you can give it a shake every so often to keep it fresh.

          However, I have had one problem which has been the same with all the Barry M nail varnishes I have bought. They all seem to go gunky and gloopy really quickly, after only a couple of months of use. Then you have to buy another one, which is a shame because most of the nail varnish in the original one is still left over and is a bit of a waste. It means you can't use it properly, it won't dry and the texture of the coat on your nails is not smooth and shiny like you would expect with nail varnish. I don't like waste, and this is definitely a waste. This has happened with every single nail varnish I have bought from Barry M.

          This is a real shame as Barry M has a great variety of colours and nail varnish effects such as croc, glitter and caviar, just to name a few. They always have great offers on in Boots such as 2 for £5 They don't chip easily and stay on for what seems like weeks. I would be raving about this nail varnish, but the fact that it goes bad so quickly is just something I can't be happy about.

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          09.07.2013 11:37
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          Was good for the money

          I have been painting my nails again after a few years of not bothering, started after a family wedding when I wanted my nails to look lovely. I usually buy Rimmel nail polish but someone suggested I try the Barry M range instead so off I went to have a look for it.


          I found the range of make up in Super Drug and was surprised at the low prices. They were £3.99 each which I thought was a good price to pay. I like to be a bit different so decided to buy the emerald green colour which surprised my Other Half who was with me.


          I got my nails all filed down ready for painting and had a go. i am not that good at painting as my hand shakes a bit but with this nail polish it was quite easy to paint as the polish was not too thick. The brush was nice too without hairs sticking out the sides like some have and it left a nice clean edge so was easy to paint right up to the edge of my nails.


          I gave them one coat on both hands, the coverage was not bad but you could see blurry bits through, think it was because I tried to put quite a thin coat on so I didn't have it dripping. I didn't know how long it would take to dry so gave it a good 5 mins for first coat then gave them another coat. This time the colour looked solid all over and the finish was really nice. I gave them a good ten minutes this time before moving my hands about. Even then I was pretty careful for half an hour or so to make sure they had set hard.


          the polish stayed on my fingernails for about 4 days without me having to retouch which I thought was good as I usually end up knocking one and a bit flies off but with this it didn't seem to move.


          I found the polish quite easy to take off, it is quite strong colour so had stained the edges of my finger nails a bit, think if I had had some stronger nail polish remover I might have got it off better but it didn't really matter as I was repainting them again and by the time I had finished you couldn't see anything.


          I would certainly buy Barry M nail varnishes again, they have some lovely colours out at the moment which are just right for the summer.

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            20.06.2013 15:02
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            Perfectly pigmented polish

            My first Barry M polish was bought as a present from my boyfriend a few months ago and I was really impressed. Here are my thoughts.

            Packaging
            These are small square glass bottles with black lids that have the brushes inside, the cap is matte plastic. All of the information is on plastic labels and writing is gold. The indigents are all on the back and the label on the bottom tells in the colour in white.

            This glass is also nice and thick and does not break when dropped.

            Colour range
            There is a huge range of colours from the very pale, to the very dark and even includes a massive range of glitter. Also, two coats is more than enough to get the right colour pigmentation. You can get a nice sheer colour, with just one coat. I find this perfect when combined with a layer of glitter.

            I also like to use a light colour as a base and then use a dark colour to create an effect on the top. As the brush is quite small this is very easy to do and leopard print style is one of my favourite! I would also like to point out I am not particularly good with my hands but even I can manage it!

            Formulation
            This is a nice thick, formula that doesn't clump, this means it is very easy to apply. This also drys very quickly around 1 minute for each coat and it is very easy to layer. This does not get bumpy and as long as worn with a to coat it does not chip.

            The one thing I would recommend with this polish is always wear a base coat as this polish has a tendency to stain the nails. This can be awful especially when it is green.

            Staying power
            This lasts about two days on its own but with a top coat it can last 5 days. I think this is decent as anyone particularly into nail art will change their nail colour every few days and will always use a topcoat.

            Pice and Availability
            These normally retail at about £2.99 but they are often on a 2 for £5 deal and these can be found at a whole host of different places. These include Superdrug, Boots and some chemists and a number of places online. Barry M have a huge range of different texture, effects and style and these are all priced differently.

            Conclusion
            I have tried a number of their nail polishes now and I love them all. I have already tried a number of the different effects and I will be trying these in the future. Great product.

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            28.05.2013 04:29
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            A good little nail paint that won't break the bank.

            I'm reviewing Barry M Nail Paint

            It cost £2.99 in Superdrug .
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            I bought this Barry M nail paint a few months ago to match a christening outfit I'd just bought.
            I was looking for just the right shade and this colour was near enough perfect for me. It's called "Berry Ice Cream" (308) and is a nice deep sweet lilac.

            It comes in a small clear glass bottle that contains 10ml of nail paint .

            The brush seems just the right size in my opinion, and the polish/paint itself is quite a good consistency.
            Being so cheap I had thought it might be runny and thin, but it wasn't and the first coat went on really easily and dried in reasonable time, but I hate needing to strip and re-do my nails, so I waited a full 20 minutes anyway before applying the 2nd coat .

            The second coat really brings these kind of colours into their own I think, and that was the case with this one. I added a clear top coat from the same range to give it a bit more protection. The top coat didn't affect the colour at all and it stayed true.

            Like I said,this was for a Christening day ,so as long as I got the full day and evening out of it I would have been happy, but it was actually still perfect for three days, before starting to show signs of chipping round the tips of the nails. That's not bad at all for a £2.99 Polish. Plus there is still plenty in the bottle for a few more uses .
            I'd say it's good value for money AND a decent product and there is an amazing array of colours to choose from in this range. I picked a quite sedate colour, but they do bright rainbow colours , glitters and dark colours too for £2.99 and £3.99.


            Would I recommend ? Yes.

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            27.05.2013 14:38
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            Great nail varnish

            I am not a real girly girl and don't wear make up very often but I do like my nails to look good and feel great with a great set of colourful nails, I have loads of different nail varnishes and a great array of colour. One range I have a few colours from is the Barry M range.

            I have seen these nail varnishes in both Superdrug and Boots but you can also buy them online directly from the makers website or from Amazon, a nail polish contains 10mls and costs £2.99 which is a decent price as these are great nail varnishes.

            There is a great range of shades in this range and there are also different styles such as glitter, nail effects, high shine and textured, I personally just go for solid plain colours but do like the high shine nail varnishes in the range. The colours are great for me as there are plenty of pastels which I have to wear for work and then there are lovely bright colours which I like for brightening up an outfit.

            The nail varnishes come in a very simple small glass bottle which is squared, there is a small black or silver lid on the bottle which screws and on and off and of course has the applicator brush underneath. On the bottle there is the nail of the company and then the colour is printed on a sticker underneath the bottle you also get the web address on the front of the bottle.

            The applicator brush is quite narrow but seems to spreads out quite well when you are applying the nail varnish and I can do my largest nails in 3 strokes, I always think the less strokes on the nail the neater the finish looks so this is pretty good.

            The nails varnishes are really smooth and paint on your nails very easily, the nail polish is really smooth and most colours generally take 2 costs to get the finish I want. The nail polish dries pretty quickly which is fantastic as that is one thing I really hate waiting for, these take about 5 minutes between coats which I think is a decent time.

            The nail polish lasts about 3 days before it begins to show little chips around the tips of my nails but I do find once it begins to chip it does wear off quickly. I am pretty happy with 3 days wear generally as with the pastel shades you don't notice as much so it's not an issue if I don't have chance to take it straight off ad with the brighter colours they're never on for more than 3 days anyway as I generally only have 3 days in a row off work to be able to wear them.

            I would give this nail polish 5 stars, it is a decent price, gives a lovely finish, dries quickly and lasts a period of time which I am happy with.

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            20.05.2013 11:00
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            A great cheap range of nail polishes

            So in an attempt to whittle down my ridiculously large nail polish collection I am currently trying them all before reviewing them which brings me to the Barry M polish. I got three of these for my birthday just over a year ago and for the price these are pretty decent.

            ***The packaging***

            The packaging of this nail polish is fairly standard - although the bottle is square and chunky looking rather than a round bottle. The brush isn't the biggest on the market but it is easy to hold and goes on in about 3 strokes.

            *** The product***

            One of the best things about Barry M nail paint is the array of colours they come in. You name it they probably have a colour of it in the collection and they are pretty ahead of the fashion curve so if there is a must have nail colour Barry M will try and reproduce it.

            I have this polish in a lilac, deep red and dark blue and I find that it applies really well. In fact with the darker colours you could even get away with one coat but for the best coverage two is optimal. Once applied there is a nice sheen to your nails and the colour is even with no stroke marks visible on the nail. The other really impressive thing about this nail polish is that I have had it over a year and it still has a good consistency - it has not gone gloopy or claggy at all (unlike the rather more expensive Nails Inc polish I bought at exactly the same time which is now really difficult to apply).

            It also (despite not making any claims that it dries quickly) dries in about 2 minutes which is a nice time saver. The other criteria I have for nail polish is how long it lasts and while we I don't get the same wear as I do from my Ciate polish (that is at about four times the price after all!) it does last well - about 3- 4 days which isn't bad. In fact my polish started chipping after 3 days on the most recent wear but that was when I was travelling by coach and around London on the tube so they did take a bashing. With a good top coat you are going to extend the wear of this polish but even without that it does last well.

            ***Price***
            At £2.99 a bottle from places like Boots and Superdrug it is excellent value and while I would still use Ciate for the classic colours that never date Barry M is perfect for a cheap fashion fix and for nail art. So while it doesn't last as long as Ciate I am still going to award it 5 stars because for the price and range of colours you can't go far wrong and when you compare it to similarly priced polishes (Boots 17 for example) you get a far superior product.

            This review also appears on Ciao under the username SamanthaL82

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              Amazing

              ~~* A Little Obsessed *~~

              I am turning in to a bit of a hoarder when it comes to these nail varnishes I think! have been a massive fan of them ever since I was about fourteen and I am now nearly twenty.

              Over the years I have tried a lot of the different colours and types, and I have amassed a pretty impressive collection of the varnishes and spent a fortune on them! I tend to buy a new one every couple of weeks (or whenever they're on offer) because I always spot a new colour shade that I've not tried yet and there are often new versions out too, for example the metallic, glitter, neon and gelly and cracked effect varnishes.Though I do use these and think that some of them look really nice, I tend to opt for the simple, slightly more toned down opaque varnishes (the nail paints) and I love changing the colour of my nails every week or so.

              ~~* Spoilt For Choice *~~

              There is such a wide range of colours in the Barry M range and I really can't name all of them as it'd take so long! There is literally every colour of the rainbow to choose from and I think that there are around 80 all together. Obviously this includes the usual colours like pink, blue, red, black etc but I love that there are more unusual colours like blood orange, lilac, really light blue, chocolate brown and even white! I will admit that I very much doubt that I'd ever actually buy or use the white one, but most of the colours are gorgeous and the pastel shades are definitely my favourites as they're awesome for brightening up my nails during the depressing winter months and they really brighten up and add a little personality and a pop of colour to any outfit!

              There is a colour to suit every personality and it is fun to experiment with the different colours. I wouldn't say that I'm much of a girly girl but from time to time it's nice to wear a bright pink varnish to feel a little more feminine, and then the next week switch it to black or a grungy metallic shade.Or, sometimes I will paint each nail a different colour if I'm particularly bored and feeling brave! The neon colours are great for fancy dress or clubbing and they really help to finish off the look I want to achieve.

              ~~* Cheap As Chips *~~

              Another thing that I love about this brand of nail varnish besides the huge colour choice is the cheap price. A 10ml bottle (which lasts for ages) is only £2.99, which is a lot, and I mean lot cheaper than the likes of models inc and OPI, yet just as good quality and the colour payoff is no different, nor is the length of time that it lasts.

              ~~* My Opinion *~~

              Applying this nail varnish isn't too fiddly. The little brush that comes attached to the lid is well designed and I can get a good, secure grip of the lid, so it isn't messy or awkward to apply! The only thing that is a little annoying is that the thin plastic part of the brush above the bristles tends to gather the varnish in the slight ridge, and the varnish then drips off so I have to remember to wipe it before I use it.

              The colour payoff is excellent. Two coats is enough to be bold and completely opaque on the nail with dark colours and 3-4 coats is sufficient or the lighter colours. After I have used the varnish, the finish always looks amazing. The colour is always the same shade as shown in the bottle rather than washed out or full. The opaque varnish had a gorgeous glossy shine which lasts for the whole time that I wear it.

              The nail varnish doesn't smell as harsh and chemically strong as some of the other brands that I use and the smell really isn't too noticeable if I don't have my hand/nails close to my nose before the varnish before it has dried, and once it is dry the smell is gone. It takes about 30-60 seconds to dry which I think is really quick and I never need to hang around, staying still for ages waiting for it to dry!

              The lasting power of this nail varnish is excellent. I can usually get away with wearing it for a fortnight before it looks tatty and chipped, though because I enjoy switching up the colours so much I usually remove it and re paint them after a week when the varnish is only slightly chipped. This is without using a base or top coat, too so it is really long lasting.

              ~~* Conclusion *~~

              These nail varnishes are brilliant. The quality is outstanding and they are extremely long lasting and they look amazing! I highly recommend these varnishes and will continue to buy them.

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                09.03.2013 00:30
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                A bargain nail polish for those who want to stand out

                I love BarryM!

                Since the days of my waywood yoof I have used this brand because they were one of the first companies to do BLACK lipstick and I was a rebel who wanted to scare old ladies. Well not really but that seemed to be the effect :-o

                I grew up in a very conservative and middle class area. Monied and beautiful, there was no room for alternative really, the one pub which housed the freaks/bikers/acid casualties/rockers/punks et al closed down in the end and is now a horrible complex of "luxury flats".

                Anyway, I digress.... as a yoof we wanted black lippie and with BarryM we sure got it. NOW that I am an old fart I still have flashes of colour craving and these nail paints tick all the boxes for me.

                BarryM nail varnish is not only easy on the pocket, but you will find all manner of mad colours and effects to delight. My favourites are the blue hues and the electric purples but I have not seen a colour that BarryM do not produce in a nail polish.

                It is not particularly hardwearing, but that is ok. For the price you are not going to get top quality stuff that stays on for weeks on end. And be warned- if you do not use a base coat you WILL end up looking like you have a magnificent and rare foot fungus when you remove the nail colour. This stuff stains....

                Conclusion- fantastic stuff if you like your colour loud

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                  27.01.2013 14:51
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                  Better than a lot of much more expensive brands

                  I bought this from Superdrug for £2.99, although you can get it cheaper by buying as part of a 3 for 2 offer at the moment.

                  I chose shade 312 Indigo as I like to wear more unusual colours and this, as the name suggests, is a dark blue with a hint of purple.

                  It's in a nice chunky, clear bottle with yellow/gold writing that doesn't stop you from seeing how much is left, which is always useful. It is also a bit bigger than the tiny writing on most bottles so I can actually read what is says. The address of the Barry M website is on there, which might be worth a look, and on the back, is simply says to shake well, keep away from heat and advises that you apply a basecoat before use.

                  Being the rebel that I am, I skipped the basecoat and on went the nail paint. The brush was just the right size, and I found that one coat gave a good, even coverage.

                  There are no claims of this being particularly long lasting, and for the low price I was expecting it to chip before it had even dried, but I was very surprised to find that it took a couple of days before it started to chip, and even then it wasn't very much. When I did remove it after about 5 days, there was no staining or discolouration of my nails despite not having used a base coat.

                  This is one of the best nail polishes I have ever used and they have a fantastic range of colours, I can't wait to try more of them!

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              • Product Details

                Choose from over 50 different shades, covering the whole colour spectrum-from pure white to decadent red / There are metallic pearls, matts and shimmering finishes to suit every mood and taste / All Nail Paints are in a quick-drying base suitable for natural or acrylic nails / We always recommend the use a basecoat before applying any coloured Nail Paint /