This week I went along to Barry M's AW 15 launch party. I feel lucky to live in London as I could just pop along after work, some people had to travel hundreds of miles! Usually these type of events are held in swanky locations, Barry M however, like to do things a little differently. The Speedy launch earlier this year was held at a trendy bowling alley and this week's event was at The London Bridge Experience which is basically a series of tunnels and dungeon type rooms under London! I'm terrified of people in costume and most things horror related so was not looking forward to attending alone (Emma's still in Cyprus, lucky git!) Luckily I found Allie from Brit Nails outside so had someone's hand to hold if things got real - thankfully for Allie is didn't come to that!
The rooms were very dark and adorned with all sorts of creepy things (there was even a 'dead' body down an alleyway!) so I didn't manage to get many decent photos. I've put a couple up on Instagram to give you the feel! Although they only had four of the new polish releases on display it was definitely worth the visit to catch up with some nail friends and meet a couple of new ones!
We got our hands on the four new Gelly polishes so that's what I'm showing you today. There are also four new Speedies, and four additions to the Sunset collection. Instead of swatching them I decided to do a bit of nail art to show them off, you'll find great swatches at Brit Nails soon.
The new gellys are 'dark and moody' according to Barry M and have been dubbed 'Midnight Gellys'. They're all off black and perfect for the cooler seasons. I'm not usually one to wear dark nails but they will be used in nail art for sure! There's a purple called Black Current*, a burgandy called Black Cherry*, a green called Black Pistachio* and a blue called Black Grape*. Next to each other the colours are quite different but once I got them on my nails they were very dark. I used a white base coat and a very thin coat of polish to get the colour to stand out. This wouldn't be so much of a problem if you were painting the whole nail, I was just trying to get contrast as I had all four colours on at the same time! I have heard that Black Pistachio* can stain the skin but I haven't taken this mani off yet so can't confirm that. With the pigment of these polishes being so dark I would definitely recommend a base coat.
The formula is consistent with the Gelly formula we know and love. The colour pigment is great and the finish is lovely and glossy. There's not much to say about that as Barry M have yet to fail us with their Gelly collection!
I used a Nail Mail UK 'Honeycomb'* vinyl stencil to create this design. It was the perfect way to display all the polishes and the honeycomb pattern framed them perfectly. The dividers are really thin so I was nervous peeling the vinyl off but they stood up to the test wonderfully! Annoyingly my trusted Seche Vite smudged the polish so they look a little messy, this was the topcoat rather than the vinyls.
These polishes are available now in Superdrug and will be in Boots on 30th September, the RRP is the usual £3.99 per polish.
What do you think? Will you be buying any of these to wear through autumn and winter this year?