I think the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes have probably been the most controversial nail polishes to hit the beauty World in quite a while! Some people adore them and hold them highly as their favourite polishes, others haven't quite been so lucky and think they don't quite meet the standards we are all used to with Barry M. But the negative reviews and comments on the Gelly Hi-Shine really did put me off trying them. Until recently...
Recently whilst in St Pancras waiting for my train home from a busy day in London, I popped into Boots for a 'quick visit and look around'. As you can imagine, in beauty blogger terms that means going in, having a look, and leaving with a lot less money than you walked in with. When I saw that Barry M had an offer of buy two get £1 off, I decided it was about time I picked up a few shades to try for myself. The shades I picked were Lychee, probably one of the most popular shades, Dragon Fruit, Papaya and Greenberry. So what do I think of these controversial polishes?
On me, I find these just to be like most nail polishes. I don't really get why they are called Gelly polishes. They definitely have a high shine finish, and I don't need a top coat when I use these. My favourite of the four shades is actually Papaya, a beautifully bright and cheerful coral which is just perfect for this time of year and the Summer months ahead. I do find you really need to take the time to let these fully dry as they can remain quite tacky for quite a while. I find using my Elegant Touch Rapid Dry Spray really helps in the drying process and speeding things up. But other than that, I've had no reason to dislike them and certainly think I'll add a few more shades to my collection. You can find the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes on the Boots website and they retail at £3.99 each.
What do I like about Barry M?
I remember first trying Barry M Nail Paints when I was about 20. My friend had on this gorgeous navy blue polish which was so, so glossy and vivid in colour. So she told me all about Barry M and how they were her favourite brand for polishes, and obviously after that I had to try them for myself. Barry M has been my brand of choice for polishes ever since and I have quite a collection. I like Barry M because the colour range is fab, the price is great and there are often deals making it far too easy to pick up a few shades and save a few pennies (who doesn't love Boots offers?) For me at least these polishes stay put, don't chip and last well. I probably own more Barry M Nail Paints than any other brand and they are my favourite aspect of the Barry M cosmetics range.
*The pink shade is actually called Dragon Fruit. Sorry! My bottle didn't have the 'fruit' bit so I just went by the bottle!
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