Models Own HyperGels Vs. Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine

Friday, 11 July 2014

At home 'gel' style polish is a massive trend, this year especially and a lot of brands are bringing out more and more non UV gel style polishes. These tend to have a thicker consistency and can be more difficult to apply if you are not careful, however they are super pigmented and have an amazing shine to them when dry.
Models Own have now got 15 HyperGel polishes and Barry M have a massive 28 Gelly Hi-Shines and considering these are the 2 biggest high street nail polish brands I thought it might be nice to do a comparison of their gel style colours. I have grouped similar colours together so you can easily see how similar or different they are.
All the swatches on my nails are in the same order as the first picture of the set showing the bottle shot so I will only type out the names once. I have also created a collage showing the swatch with each of the bottles. Sometimes colours are very different on the nail than in the bottle and so this helps you identify again which is which and see the difference between them.
Prepare yourself for a colour explosion!
The Orange/Corals
Barry M - Satsuma
Models Own - Summer Solstice
Barry M - Papaya
Models Own - Coral Glaze

The Reds
Barry M - Passion Fruit
Models Own - Watermelon
Models Own - Red Lustre
Barry M - Blood Orange


The Magentas
Models Own - Sundress
Barry M - Pomegranate

The Dark Pinks
Models Own - Searing Pink
Barry M - Grapefruit
Models Own - Cerise Shine
Barry M - Pink Punch

The Light Pinks
Barry M - Rosehip
Models Own - Pink Veneer
Barry M - Dragon Fruit

The Nudes
Barry M - Lychee
Models Own - Naked Glow

The Greens
Barry M - Kiwi
Models Own - Turquoise Gloss
Barry M - Greenberry
Barry M - Sugar Apple

The Teals
Models Own - Blue Glint
Barry M - Guava

The Light Blues
Models Own - Cornflower Gleam
Barry M - Blueberry

The Purples
Models Own - Lilac Sheen
Barry M - Prickly Pear
Models Own - Purple Glare
Barry M - Plum

I have left a few Barry M colours out because they are not similar to any of the Models Own colours. I have done a comparison of Barry M polishes here, so go have a look at those if you are interested in the other colours.

I hope this has been useful, as you can see there are very few similar colours across the two brands within the same colour category. The most similar being the nudes and the light blues.

Hope you all have a great weekend.

Vicky x

P.S. Isn't the rainbow of colours so pretty. Here is a little altogether collage to show off the beautiful colours!

Models Own Hyper Gel Vs Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine


  1. Thanks for such a post, loved it.

    1. Ah thank you! I love doing it so I'm glad it's been useful x

  2. This post is so useful! Thank you so much for doing this! Pomegranate is my favourite Gelly polish from Barry M and I've been wondering how similar is was to Sundress so this has really helped! I didn't realise Cornflower Gleam and Blueberry are basically the same polish! The purples together look like a pretty ombre design too! :)

    1. Glad it's been helpful! t's amazing

  3. This is one of the best posts I have ever read. Your swatches are beautiful and your pictures so colour accurate. I would love to do something like this and always find comparison posts intriguing xx

    1. Thank you Lou! I love doing these type of posts even though it's so much work! Glad you liked it x

  4. That's an excellent post. I need some mo pinks in my life now ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  5. I can see so many similarities between the brands. Thank you for doing this post, it's incredibly helpful. I actually have greenberry and blueberry by Barry M and I wasn't impressed with the formula so to see Model's Own have almost identical alternatives is great! Even grapefruit and searing pink look very similar. Would you say in the flesh they're very hard to differentiate? I've got grapefruit and tbh I'm not impressed with that formula either! I have found a lot of the lighter barry m gellies are quite patchy and in dire need of 3 coats at least and even then there are bald spots. It's such a shame because the colours are beautiful :(

  6. Brilliant post! Love seeing them all :D xx


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