Barry M – Sunset Daylight Curing polish

Wearing "Like a Nude" on my nails and showing off the Top Coat bottle

Wearing “Like a Nude” on my nails and showing off the Top Coat bottle

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).

Sunset bottles in the sunset

Sunset bottles in the sunset. They come with a little instruction booklet as well (some in the shop were missing these however)

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.

Couldn't resist this shot - taken in the last of the sunset, just love it reflected in the caps

Couldn’t resist this shot – taken in the last of the sunset, just love it reflected in the caps

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.

Nude nails, nude polish! Taken outside in the last rays of the sunset.

Nude nails, nude polish! Taken outside in the last rays of the sunset.


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.

5 days in and the first tiniest bit of damage appeared on the corner of my index finger. Later that day however the nail itself peeled so I don't think the polish would actually have chipped if it weren't for that.

5 days in and the first tiniest bit of damage appeared on the corner of my index finger. Later that day however the nail itself peeled so I don’t think the polish would actually have chipped if it weren’t for that.

7 days in and there is a tiny bit of wear on the middle finger. So tiny you might not even be able to make it out. Maybe a little on the others too, but bear in mind this is after 5 days of working in an office (lots of typing) and a weekend of PC gaming (lots of typing)

7 days in and there is a tiny bit of wear on the middle finger. So tiny you might not even be able to make it out. Maybe a little on the others too, but bear in mind this is after 5 days of working in an office (lots of typing) and a weekend of PC gaming (lots of typing)

Another quick one of the 7 days in. I got bored and put a design on the thumb then sliced it with a kitchen knife! So not the polishes fault at all!

Another quick one of the 7 days in. I got bored and put a design on the thumb then sliced it with a kitchen knife! So not the polishes fault at all!

Final day, 8 days in and it's still looking pretty impressive. Ignore the knife gouge on the thumbnail. The huge missing piece on the index is from where I noticed the edge starting to lift slightly. I ignored it for the morning then couldn't take it anymore and had to pick. So it may actually have lasted longer if I had more willpower.

Final day, 8 days in and it’s still looking pretty impressive. Ignore the knife gouge on the thumbnail. The huge missing piece on the index is from where I noticed the edge starting to lift slightly. I ignored it for the morning then couldn’t take it anymore and had to pick. So it may actually have lasted longer if I had more willpower.

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.

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