Coverage: 3 thin coats or 2 thicker
Drying time: Quick, 1 minute
Finish: Shiny, very like the Gelly range even before applying the top coat. “Like a Nude” is slightly sheer even after 3 coats
Hardwearing: 8 days including incidents with knives and me picking, potentially longer
Barry M’s latest collection is jumping on the “like gel without being gel” bandwagon. Which they have admittedly already done with their Gelly range which, if you ask me, is simply superb. This new collection, the “Sunset” collection features 7 polishes and a top coat. So far I only have the one polish, “Like a Nude” because to be honest the others didn’t really inspire me. There is a royal blue, 4 reds/pinks (Peach for the Stars looks pink to me) and a lighter blue. Luckily they’re on 3 for 2 in Superdrug at the moment so I grabbed the top coat, the nude and another from the Matte range (“Crush” which will look fab over this nude polish).
The one thing I really love about this collection is that they’ve used the flat brushes again that were introduced with the Speedy Quick Dry collection although one of mine has a couple of stray bristles I’ll have to trim down. This brush makes life so easy, I can do my little fingers with only one brush stroke. Having said that I got carried away in my excitement to try out the new polish and made a right mess! Still, the beauty of this colour is it doesn’t show too much (luckily as I was rushing to take pictures in the sunset and didn’t do clean up for these). The instructions are pretty simple and what you would expect; apply a couple of thin coats of your polish, letting it dry between each coat and then add a thin coat of the top coat. Daylight (and apparently artificial light too) will then cure it to last like a gel without the hassle of UV lamps.
I do love this nude colour, it’s going to be a perfect base for nail art and it dries to a highly glossy shine which is heightened by the top coat. Now to see how long it will last; Barry M says up to 10 days so check back in a couple of weeks for the verdict.
Update with results:
In the end this lasted me 8 days quite comfortably. Take a look at the pictures with captions below to see what pitfalls befell the manicure! Overall I’m incredibly impressed with this – while I personally won’t buy any more as I get bored after 4 days with 1 colour, I would highly recommend this to anyone who likes a long lasting manicure but doesn’t want to splash out on gels.
Please let me know in the comments what your personal experiences have been, I’d love to hear if others have had such a success with it.