I have written a number of different reviews on the Barry M nail ranges and here is the new one I've tried, textured. Here are my thoughts.
As with most of he Barry M polishes the bottle is glass and square with a black matte lid. The designing the top signifies what this polish does. This has the word textured written around it in white and an almost fully pattern. The writing on the bottle are gold with the instructions on the back. As with all true varnishes I love it. This so classy looking hardwearing and easy to stack.
Top marks here.
This really surprised me for one reason or another I expected it to be almost filled with sand. Although I thought it was maybe sightly grainy and thick it wasn't that different to other polishes. This went onto the nails really easily with brush being just the right thickness.
Just one coat is enough to create a great textured effect but as usual I apply two as it just highlights it more. This nail polish dries very quickly and so in under a minute you can be putting the second coat on. The effect show very quickly too and the texture is obvious within a couple of seconds.
I like texture and feel it is something different that I will enjoy experimenting with but this just does not look as good aaa nail with a glossy finish and the texture so obvious to look at.It also feels a little odd if I accidnlakiy brush against my nail.
This lasts forever because of the consistency as long as you don't bite your nails this can last two weeks, this is quite impressive.
As with all Barry M polishes this dis stain the nails so always use a base coat as the yellow in this textured line is sill staining my nails after I forgot.
Price and where it can be bought
This is sold at both Boots and Superdrug and a number of stores online for just £3.99 I think this is great value.
A great product but maybe not for me .
I nipped into Boots last week and spotted this one. It's similar to the Nails Inc concrete, but at a fraction of the cost. It comes in four pastel shades. There are two blues, a pinky nude and a pale yellow. I picked up the "Ridley Road" shade for £3.99. This is a soft pastel blue, which is a very nice summery colour.
The grains in the nail varnish do make this a little tricky to apply as you can find you put on too much and it all pools on the edges and then runs. I found applying thin layers easier.
The first layer dries very quickly, possibly as it was a thin layer this helped speed it up too. The second layer was very awkward to apply. As the nail was now course and bumpy the second coat had to be almost (lightly) scrubbed on. After two thin coats there are still some areas that are a little more transparent than I would have liked and after the issues applying a second coat I couldn't be bothered to apply a third! No need for a top coat on this as it would ruin the matt look it gives.
The effect itself lovely and it feels, and looks, very unusual. The colour is a nice vibrant pastel (if that makes sense). It has lasted well so far, 3 days and still no chips or peeling off.
I do feel that this would work better as a top coat, with a normal nail polish in a similar colour applied first. This would give a thicker look as there would be more opacity to the finished look. There are plenty of nail polishes out there that would be suitable as a first coat matching these colours.
I have only seen this texture effect in the Nails Inc range and Barry M and I think for the price the Barry M makes a very good alternative. It's also very good for a subtle nail art look by doing lines or tips in a similar high shine colour you would get a lovely understated effect, or for more drama a contrasting high shine colour.
*Use a similar colour for a base coat and use this textured nail polish as a top coat
*Apply in thin layers
*Experiment with other textures (high shine, matt, pearl) and/or contrasting colours for some very easy and quick nail art (use masking tape for this rather than expensive templates)
I am a massive lover of nail polishes in general but one of my absolute favourite brands in Barry M. I have barely ever been disappointed with a nail colour from this brand and love to try the new things they come out with. Something I wasn't so sure of though was the Barry M Textured Nail Effects but luckily my flatmate Kate bought all four shades available so obviously, I gave them a go.
This range consists of four different colours, each named after famous places where Barry Mero began his career. Colours available are all in pastels for a spring/ summer look and are pink, yellow, green and blue. This product is available in Boots and Superdrug (often with offers on) or the Barry M website and they have a RRP of £3.99.
Each nail polish in this range comes in the signature Barry M glass bottle which is rectangular in shape. The glass bottle is see through so you are able to see the colour clearly inside. The bottom of the bottle states the shade and colour of the nail polish inside while the back of the bottle gives instructions for use. The black lid twists out to reveal the applicator brush. The lid also has a speckled effect to it and a white band stating this is a textured product so you know that you are not buying a normal nail polish. As the bottles from Barry M are rectangular, I find that they line up much better on a shelf than round bottles which is something I really like about the brand.
Unlike regular nail polishes, this one gives a textured effect which is why I was unsure about it to begin with. I like my nails looking smooth and well-manicured so I didn't quite know what I was going to think of the effect once on my nails. Barry M describe this nail polish as giving a 'grainy, matte formula creates a unique textured effect for a grunge-chic look.'
Upon pulling on the brush with nail polish on the end, you can immediately see that this is not a smooth polish. The brush provided is quite thin but to cover my nails, it generally only takes three strokes to cover a nail. For the first coat, I was surprised at how bad the colour looked. I decided to give each colour a try all at once so this review covers each colour in the range. The colour was extremely weak and thin looking but there was quite a lot of texture on my nail although quite spread out. The only way I can think to describe the texture is to compare it to sandpaper, but the smoothest kind you can buy.
Not being happy with only one coat, I applied a second, hoping that it wouldn't take more than this. Luckily, two coats really does the trick and the results are great. The colour looks much bright and thicker after a second coat and the texture was also covering my nail more. After the polish was dry, I ran my fingers over my nails to try to decide what I thought of the texture. I actually really liked it and I wasn't expecting to at all. The texture is quite rough but I think it gives it an industrial feel to nails and it is also really different. Once I had put a top coat on my nails, the texture wasn't quite as rough so if you don't like it to begin with, try a top coat to see if it makes a difference for you.
I was also surprised at how long this nail polish lasted. Due to working with a keyboard, the tips of my nails tend to chip easily and quickly but this lasted a whole week before there was any chipping at all. The textured effect does make this nail polish slightly harder to remove than a regular polish, much like anything with glitter in it. I find that a nail polish remover with acetone is the best thing for this kind of product. With this, you won't end up scrubbing your nails for ages in order to remove it all.
I absolutely love this nail polish and I wasn't expecting to at all. Now I just need to get some for myself!