Saturday, 26 September 2015

Barry M (sort of) Nudes

If you either know me personally, read this blog regularly or follow my Instagram/Twitter, you'll probably have gathered that I love Barry M. They're my favourite bargain brand for sure - they do colour well, they're dirt cheap and they've been cruelty-free from the start.

So, I had a naughty browse in Boots last weekend and couldn't help but purchase a few bits - some new, some not. Here's some initial thoughts...

The recently-launched Sunset Gel nail polish range is something I've had my eye on for a while; but from what I could see, most of the colours in the collection are quite bold. Nothing wrong with that at all, I love a bold mani, but I rarely find a nice nude polish, so I chose Dark Side of the 'Shroom (GREAT name) and picked up the Daylight Curing Top Coat too. This just shows you really can't trust the lighting in Boots, as this is far more a muted lilac than the nude dusty pink I thought it was, but it's lovely all the same.

Let's cut to the chase - I love this stuff. I painted my nails with it on Sunday - it's now Saturday, and I have my first and only chip. It's amazing! Most nail polish lasts on me 2-3 days tops, so this is brilliant for me. Two coats and the colour was opaque, and the top coat dried really quickly - no smudges. It is worth noting that I used the Orly Bonder Base Coat (equally brilliant) even though Barry M do say you don't need a base, but all the same the results are fantastic. Here's a couple of snaps of it in all it's glory - you'll also note that the brush is much wider than the traditional Barry M one - bonus.

I also bought a couple of nude lip products. Well, again, I thought they were nudes - they've turned out to be much darker than I thought too! There's not as much to say about these - I really rate the Barry M Lip Liners, so do check them out, they're soft without being moveable and are super pigmented. This shade is number 9, Mulberry, a deep pink. I also received a free Gelly Hi Shine Lips with my purchase, so I went for number 6, Orion - probably the only shade I bought that actually is a nude. It's a really pretty soft pink with a nice sheen.

If you're into the whole brown-toned nude look then you'll like this combo - oddly, together they create a dark, almost rusty colour! It's not for me personally, but I'll get use out of these two separately. At £2.99 for the liners and £4.99 for the crayon, you can't go wrong really.


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