It seems 2016 is the year of the coconut. Everywhere you look coconut oil is being touted as the newest thing to help with every beauty regime you can imagine; teeth whitening, skin cleaning and now even nail health. I’ve spotted at least 4 brands on my Instagram feed who have announced some form of coconut nail polish but of course Barry M is the one that tempted me.
The range has been released with 9 colours to start with; I must admit when I looked at them I was a little disappointed. The colours themselves are lovely but there are 4 nudes/browns and while I love a nude/brown I’m not sure a new range needs nearly half of its shades to be this! There is also a baby blue, a teal, a pink, an orange and a coral. The only ones that really interested me were the teal (Bikini) and the lightest of the nudes (I think this is Skinny Dip but my label is rubbed off). They were in the 3 for 2 deal at Superdrug so I also picked up Super Mani, a base coat.
The coconut infusion polishes are “high reflective colour infused with coconut water and coconut oil to hydrate and nourish nails.” It is recommended to wear them without a base coat to gain the full benefit of them so it does save you one step in your manicure routine as well as improving your nail health. Super Mani is a 7 in 1 treatment and basecoat designed to be used twice weekly.
Me being the super nerd I am decided to experiment. I used Super Mani on my little finger, one of each coconut infusion on my middle and index fingers and left my thumb bare as my “control” nail. My ring finger already had some spray on nail polish on so that just stayed as it was and is irrelevant to this experiment (but it looks shiny and lovely in the pictures!)
I left the polishes on for 6 days and stopped my usual routine of applying nail oil so that the only effects I’d see would be to do with the polishes and base coat. I reapplied the base coat after 3 days as it is advertised as twice weekly and I also topped up the polishes as they’d been slightly chipped due to me not wearing top coat.
The polishes themselves go on like any other Barry M polish. They’re using the newer, wider brush and only took two coats for full coverage. They dried in a couple of minutes and weren’t watery or thin at all. The natural finish is shiny; not as high shine as the Gelly range but not far off.
As you can see in the above picture I didn’t really notice a difference looks-wise when I took off the polishes and base coat. I could feel a slight difference on the two that had been polished; they felt slightly smoother and shinier but I do feel that as my nails are in good condition anyway my nails are possibly not the fairest test for these polishes. The Super Mani didn’t seem to do very much but it certainly did its job as a base coat so I’d recommend getting it rather than “just” a base coat; can’t harm to be nourishing your nails under your manicure right?
I’d love to know if anyone else has tried these or any of the other brands that have also released coconut polishes? Please leave comments below with what you’ve found.