Barry M Spring '15 Speedy Quick Dry Swatches and Review

Saturday, 31 January 2015

PR Sample 

Barry M's pivotal launch this Spring is their Speedy Quick Dry range of nail paints. These 9 pastel coloured polishes have been designed to dry quickly without compromising the shine of a longer drying polish.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Collection

As ever Barry M have themed the lids and names of this 9 piece around the collection title. I adore the checkered lids and clever formula one style names. The colours, as far removed from car racing as can be are gorgeous for this time of year. On a side note wouldn't it be much more enjoyable to watch racing if the cars were painted in these gorgeous pastel colours?

Yes these polishes dry quickly, I timed 70 secs for a thin coat to dry which is fab. Should you be hasty and apply before it is dry you'll drag the previous coat and will need to start over ... not so speedy. The formula on these is great with most needing 3 coats, however considering the drying time, it wasn't a problem for me. One word of cuction, when applying a couple of these colours I found I ended up with a few bubbles on the nail, so be prepared to pop these before it dries.

Full Throttle is a bright mango sorbet colour. It's so warming that I am sure this will be a big favourite of mine come the summer. I used 3 coats and Plumpy topcoat for these pictures.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Full Throttle


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Full Throttle

Eat My Dust is an icy blue. This colour is so cold, but beautiful. I used 3 coats, plus topcoat for the pictures.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Eat My Dust


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Eat My Dust

Road Rage is best described as a muted mint. It's so pretty on and I can see this being a hit on release. Again it was good to go in 3 coats and I applied Plumpy to give it extra shine.


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Road Rage

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Road Rage

In A Heart Beat is a red toned coral. I love these types of shades and again, am sure this will be a colour I'll wear right through summer. I used 3 coats plus Plumpy.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint In A Heart Beat


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint In A Heart Beat

Pole Position is a bright, pastel, spring green colour that touches on neon. I love these types of green and am so pleased Barry M have released something like this as I felt it was missing from their range. I used 3 coats and topcoat.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Pole Position


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Pole Position

Pit Stop is a lovely pastel grey. I only needed 2 coats of this and I was actually surprised at how much I loved this colour. It's sophisticated and warming, I can see it being on the nails of many office workers this year.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Pit Stop


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Pit Stop

Stop The Clock is a pale yellow that I think looks a lot like melted vanilla ice cream. It's a lot brighter out of the bottle and on the nail. I used 3 coats and topcoat for the pictures.


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Stop The Clock

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Stop The Clock
Lap Of Honour was the colour that first caught my eye at the launch. I'd say this colour is mauve and it does lean grey, but it's unmistakably gorgeous. Like Pit Stop I only needed 2 coats and added Plumpy for extra shine.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Lap Of Honour
 
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Lap of Hnour

Kiss Me Quick is a bright baby pink. Barry M do all colours so well but I am always a fan of their pinks. I used 3 coats plus Plumpy for the pics.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Kiss Me Quick


Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Kiss Me Quick
Wow, what a collection. I am always so excited to see what Barry M bring out and they have not disappointed this spring. I wasn't sure they could top last year but they are already well on they way to doing that.

These Speedy Quick Dry nail paints will be released on the 11th February in Superdrug and the 18th February in Boots for £3.99 each. I can see these racing off the shelves (sorry, I had to include at least one pun in this post)! You can also buy them after these dates on Barry M.com.

Will you be buying any? Which is your fave colour so far?

P.S I created my accent nail using the Barry M nail art pens. Do you like it?

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint Checkered Accent Nail


PR Sample

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints

Friday, 30 January 2015

PR Sample

I adore the Barry M Gelly collection. The addition of these 3 polishes mean the total number of Gelly nail paints stands at 37.

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints, Plumpy, Cotton, Fondant & Sky Blue

First up is Cotton, a slightly off white creme. The formula is thick, like most Gellys but it's very opaque and applies easily. I used 2 coats and topped it off with Plumpy (the new Gelly topcoat).

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Cotton

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Cotton

Fondant is a sweet pinky toned, berry lilac. The formula of this was a little thinner than Cotton which meant I needed 3 thin coats. I also topped it off with Plumpy (love saying that).

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Fondant

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Fondant

Sky Blue is a pastel aqua colour. The formula was similar to Fondant but a tad more opaque. I used 3 coats plus Plumpy. If you do thick coats with these Gelly polishes, you'll end up with bubbles in the polish which never look nice, so go easy, be patient and think 'thin is best'.

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sky Blue

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Sky Blue

Plumpy is not a quick dry topcoat, however it is touch dry pretty quickly (5mins). Barry M have used a new style brush with this topcoat that's flat with a rounded end. It's makes application incredibly accurate and you can cover the nail in topcoat very easily. I hope they roll this brush out to all their nail paints as it's a winner in my books.

Barry M Spring '15 Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Plumpy

Overall these colours are lovely and a great addition to the range. Lorraine from Barry M described them perfectly yesterday when she said they're colours within colours. I am sure there are plenty more Gellys to come, we've still not seen a true yellow and I feel like we're also missing a rainforest green colour.

You can buy these 3 new Gelly nail paints from Barry M online, Superdrug on the 11th Feb and Boots on the 18th Feb for £3.99 each. Plumpy Gelly topcoat will be released on the same days and will cost £2.99 which is a bargain!

PR Sample

Barry M SS15 Launch

Yesterday I visited All Star Lanes where Barry M hosted their Spring 2015 launch. I remember the day I got the invite, I was so excited. As you all know Barry M is my most fave UK brand, their nail paints are always amazing & I adore the way they've moved into collections, funky lids and quirky names. It was like Christmas Day & my Birthday rolled into one. 

The venue was decked out in gorgeous pictures of their new products and goodie bags littered all available spaces. A choice of 2 cocktails (minus the alcohol) were offered plus a large selection of food and nibbles. I was immediately shown the new Speedy polish, the star of the show & the reason we were at the amazing bowling alley, and then was talked through the rest of the sparkling new releases. There were 2 tables set up for manis, the lovely ladies @toptwentynails & @nailsbymets were there to show us the new Speedy Quick Dry nail paints.


Barry M Spring 2015 Launch

I met the lovely Georgia (@xxgeorgina18), Lauren (@thenailymail), Kerry (@sherbertlondon), Jo (1/2 of @dahlianails), Allie (@britnails) & Hannah (@pollypolish). The 3 ladies Lorraine, Caroline & Beth from Barry M were lovely, beautiful and so clued up on their brand. Did you know they get to help with product design, have input into naming and colour selection and best of all, get to spend every work day surrounded by Barry M. Anyone else want their job?!

Here are the new products, I adore each of them.


Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints, £3.99 each, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints

Spring '15 Gellys, £3.99 each, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.
Plummy Top Coat, £2.99, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.

Barry M Plumpy Topcoat and New Spring Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints Cotton, Fondant and Sky Blue
Chisel Cheeks Contour Kit, £6.49, released 4th Feb in Superdrug & 11th Feb in Boots.

Barry M Chisel Cheeks Contouring Palette

Flawless Perfecting Powder, £5.99, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.

Barry M Flawless Matte Perfect Powder
Gelly Hi Shine Lip Pencils, £4.99, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.
White Bold Waterproof Eyeliner, £3.99, released 11th Feb in Superdrug & 18th Feb in Boots.

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Lips and Bold White Waterproof Eyeliner
My guess at the best sellers are the Chisel Cheeks Palette & the Plumpy Topcoat (anyone else think of Love Actually when they say plumpy?).

I'll be posting pics of the new Gellys tonight so keep your peepers peeled.

#OWWWP Barry M Pinks

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Another edition of On Wednesdays We Wear Pink ... check me out doing a regular feature on my blog again. It's so nice to be blogging a bit more and also having the time to do it.

Today I have 3 gorgeous pink Barry M nail paints from their classic line and 2 glitter toppers. These nail paints have been out for a while but they're still being sold now (bar 1 topper) and they're all super gorgeous.




Strawberry Ice Cream is a yummy pastel pink colour. It applies easily, if a little shear on the first coat. It builds right up on the second and even if it needs a third, it dries well. I used 3 thin coats, no topcoat for the photo.


Bright Pink is a medium pink shade with a slight blue undertone. Although this shade is pretty standard, the formula is great on this polish and I love it. I used 2 coats, no topcoat for the photo below.



Shocking Pink is aptly named, look how bright it is ... wow! I have always loved this shade and need to get a backup of this incase Barry M ever do something crazy like discontinue this colour. I used 2 coats, no topcoat for the photo.



Barry M do great glitters and I have had some kicking about my stash for ages which I've not used so I thought I'd show off some pink glitters today as an add on to this post.



Pink Iridescent is a glitter I believe is now discontinued. However a quick browse around the web and you should find it. It's full of tiny iridescent square glitters in a slightly pink jelly base. I used 1 coat for the photo.







Rose Quartz glitter is full of copper/rose gold coloured medium hex & tiny scattered holo hex glitters. I used 1 coat for this photo below


 
Barry M do many other pink nail paints which will be featured over time, it's a colour they do so well. You can buy Barry M nail paints from Barry M, Superdrug and Boots for £2.99 or £3.99.

Which is your fave? What other Barry M colour should I do a swatch spam of?

Nail Polish - What's Your Budget?

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

The other day I was chatting to my friends over tea and cake about polish ... of course! I had mentioned that I am starting to think about buying the Harmony Gelish kit and some of their colours for when I launch my business next month. I mentioned that their gel colours are around £25 each and from the following gasps that emanated from the table, you would have thought I'd just admitted to some hideous crime.


However it got me thinking, especially with the soon to be released Victoria Beckham x Nails Inc Duo (priced at a whopping £45), is there a standard price point for polish (not gel) that most of us wouldn't go over. For me, buying polish is in the same bracket as a takeaway coffee and the latest Nail It magazine. I will easily spend between £3-£5 and think noting of it, however above that I have to seriously think whether I want to commit to buying something I will no doubt wear once and then use very occasionally, occasionally if it's lucky.

With the release of many high end and in my opinion, over priced nail polishes, I was wondering if I am the only one that thinks of polish this way? Last year I remember adding the gorgeous Rouge Louboutin to my Harvey Nicks shopping basket and entering my card details before I realised what I was doing. I know many across the IG nail community raved about this product but the more I thought about it, the more I realised I was caught up in a very clever ad and pr campaign. For one thing, I don't really wear much red polish, for another, I'd need a whole new storage solution for that ridiculous bottle and lastly, I could get around 10 Barry M polishes for that price.


Don't get me wrong, I spend money on beauty products that I believe warrant a higher price tag. Face and hair products being a couple. I will happily spend £36 (the price of the Louboutin polish) on a cream, plus more. However I use this day in and day out. I was never going to wear that red on my nails everyday.

Louboutin isn't the only label to produce a nail polish line that's pricey, although it is one of the most expensive. Chanel, Micheal Kors and Dior are all brands which I have products from however I would never spend the money on their polish regularly. It's also why I have few indie brand polishes. I appreciate they have to make a living, but here in the UK we have to buy through 3rd parties and I feel the standard price of £10 is a little steep. 

I love to go into a shop and feel I'm getting a bargain. The thrill of the hunt and the illusion (it is an illusion) I am somehow getting a great deal by buying 3 for 2 or 2 for £6 is what makes polish buying fun and allows me to do it on a weekly basis. Something my bank account wouldn't thank me for if I was buying the new Louboutin range rather than the new Models Own collection.

I'd also like to state that a higher price tag doesn't mean a better quality product when it comes to polish. Many of my Essie polishes I own are the worst to weather the test of time and a lot of the indies I was fortunate enought to get back in the days we UK girls were able to have nail mail, have turned nasty. I think each brand on the high street has their good and bad polishes, however I am happily their biggest fan. I will more likely recommend a Gosh/Models Own polish over Nails Inc/OPI.

Saying that many pricey polish brands have upcoming and recent releases I would be happy to own, if only someone else footed the bill.

Here are just a few;




What are your thoughts? Do you have a price limit on polish? Have you spent a lot of money on a polish and regreted it, or thought it was the best decision ever?
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