Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint in Blueberry, with my incredibly awesome floral jeans from Forever 21. Always cheap but classy!
Barry M’s Gelly polishes are currently a BIG DEAL in the British beauty world. Since gel manicures are so popular but so expensive, Barry M’s Gelly polish perfectly fills that niche. There are a plethora of pretty shades to choose from, 18 in total – mostly bright or dark fruit-inspired colours for summer – at only £3.99 each they’re far cheaper than a salon manicure. ‘Blueberry’ is a dusty berry blue with a slight nostalgia kick – it looks like the exact same blue from the blueberry-scented smelly gel pens everyone used to use as a kid. Seems weird how kids these days are obsessed with Justin Bieber and iPhones but in the 90s nothing made us happier than a new set of gel pens!
The colour applies smoothly and dries within a few minutes – the consistency seems no different than regular nail polish but does dry fast. I only have to apply 2 coats even with the lighter shades as they apply very opaque, ideal for a quick & easy manicure. The polish dries to a super-shiny gel finish for a just-out-of-the-salon look, no topcoat needed. Normally my nails only last 1-2 days as I’m constantly using sticky tape for packing parcels & picking at any loose bits of polish on my nails, but the Gellys last me 3-4 days before chipping and don’t peel or crack off easily like even the high-end polishes can do, so I can get some serious wear out of them each time. I’ve already worn and loved Dragon Fruit (pink) and since purchased Guava and Greenberry (mint green and dark turquoise-green) and can’t wait to try them out!
Have you tried any Barry M Gelly polishes? What colours are your favourite, & what colours do you want to see next?