Sunday, 23 March 2014

Gelly on a Plate

Recently Barry M added three new pastel shades to their Gelly collection, just in time for spring. Sugar Apple*, Rose Hip* and Huckleburry* are a beautiful trio of pale mint, pink and baby blue. We were super excited for these polishes to be released as you know how much we love a good pastel! Barry M have got it spot on with these shades, they are perfect for adding a subtle splash of spring colour to your nails. 

According to Barry M the Gelly Collection are Hi-Shine Gel effect polishes, with a super glossy finish. I admit, I did debate whether or not to add top coat to these swatches as they really are glossy. In the end I added a thin coat of HK Girl just to even out the surface and add extra shine. 

Clockwise from top left: Sugar Apple, Rose Hip, Huckleburry, all three
I used to struggle with the Barry M Gelly polishes, as the gel effect seemed to thicken the polish formula and make them difficult to work with. Either I've just got better at it or Barry M have adjusted the formula as these new ones are brilliant. For the swatches I used three very thin coats to ensure full even coverage, but for everyday wear I just use two coats as normal. Models Own take note - gel effects that are thick and hard to use are no fun! 

Gel effect polishes are often associated with a longer lasting manicure. I'm often dubious when polishes claim to last a certain number of days and am relieved that Barry M weren't tempted to go down this route. They never seem to live up to expectations and then you're left disappointed. However, I've had Huckleburry on most of the week and, excluding a few chips where I've picked at it, the polish is almost perfect! 

Seeing as nail art is our thing, we thought you might like to see one of these polishes in action. I used Rose Hip, Gold foil effects and a nail art pen to create a simple and sleek half moon design. This design was inspired by a studded thumbnail by @handjobsbyallison. I love how cute it looks and am happy that my half moons are improving, almost symmetrical now! 

Sugar Apple, Rose Hip and Huckleburry are available now in Superdrug and Boots for £3.99 each. 

Let us know what you think of them!


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