When I go shopping at the UK drugstore, one brand I have to check out is Barry M. Barry M do some of the best drugstore nail polishes and I already knew that they had recently come out with a new nail polish line. At first, I didn’t feel too inspired. But then me and my friend went to Manchester, found ourselves in one of the biggest Boots imaginable and on top of that nail paints were all buy 1 get one half price. So I picked up a few from the new line to try out.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail polish Eat My Dust, Pit Stop, Stop the Clock
The Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paints come mostly in pretty soft pastel shades and are all named after racing terminology. The names are just a nicely added touch and the colors looked very attractive in the bottles. These retail for 3.99 pounds a piece.
The bottles for Barry M nail polish are all the same: square bottles that contain 10 ml of product. The only way you can keep these apart in your stash is by looking at the colors of the cap and the name at the front. The name of the polish itself can be found on the bottom of the bottle, but I find that the names rub off very easily, which, if you’re blogging, or like me, simply own too much nail polish for one person, it makes it more difficult to keep them apart.
The brush for this polish is flat but rounded. I find that there is just enough product on the brush with most Barry M polishes and this is no different. Formula wise Barry M promises this will dry very quickly and I personally do think it dries a little bit more quickly than most polishes. However, I never wait in between coats (I know, I know, beauty faux pas!) and I use a quick dry top coat on top.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Eat my Dust
If you didn’t already know, I have a thing for light blue nail polish. So when this polish caught my eye there was no question I had to pick this up. This is quite possibly a perfect pastel blue shade that just looks lovely on the nails. It is perfect for spring and a color that is right up my street.
Texture wise this shade covers the nail in two coats. I already wore this on my nails and I find that it looks good against my skin tone too.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Stop the Clock
Secondly I picked up this pale yellow shade. If there is one shade to get wrong in nail polish it’s yellow, but this, despite its paleness is a nice surprise. Granted, I still have to test this on my nails, but on the nail wheel, which is 100% transparent, the shade doesn’t leave any empty splotches or streakiness.
I personally love this shade, but I am a bit contested on whether this will look nice on my nails. Yellows can be difficult to pull of sometimes, so I am saving wearing this until summer when my hands are hopefully a tad more tan.
Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in Pit Stop
Finally I picked up Pit Stop: a pale grey color. Pale greys are a ‘thing’ for me as well. Just like light blues, light greys have become some of my favorite shades to wear. I prefer it over nudes and I find these pair even better with glitter top coats too. And that would be one of my other loves.
Pit Stop is a grey with a hint of brown and maybe even a touch of a purply mauve. In any case, it is a bit more special than your average standard grey.
I wore the blue shade the other week and it last a day without chipping on my soft and bendy nails. If your nails are harder than mine, I’m sure the manicure will last longer. I took off the mani after 4 days as by that time it had started to chip so badly it really looked bad too. So wear time is decent, but nothing outstanding.
Yet, Barry M has done it again: create a great nail polish line with stunning colors and a decent lasting power. It doesn’t beat my favorite range by Barry M (Gelly Hi-Shine), but it is definitely at the top of my list.
If you could name one favorite nail polish brand, what would it be?