Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint by Barry M

I am not a fan of my hands.  In the words of Pooh Bear they are short and fat but, unlike Pooh, I am certainly not proud of that.  I think they look a little like a cross between shovels and sausages.  If you don’t know me I’d love to know what sort of image you have in your head right now.

I have never really been overly fussed on painting my nails as it tends to cause a little bit of attention and I like to hide my hands at every opportunity.  Having said that, if I am going out of an evening, I always feel a little incomplete until my nails are painted.  It just finishes an outfit I think.  I’d never worry about wearing nail paint on a day to day basis although maybe I probably should make the effort….?!  It does seem a little futile to spend a good hour painting and drying your nails only to then have to clean the bathroom or wash the dogs bowls up.

Anyway, enough hand hate.  This week I tried a new shade for me, it was the Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint by Barry M in the shade Sugar Apple.  I’ve seen various beauty bloggers raving about minty nail paints from Topshop, Essie and the like and so I saw this one in Boots the other day and used the points balance to treat myself to it.

It advises that you use a base coat before applying but I only had a top coat to hand so I whacked a bit of that on….aren’t they just the same anyways?

The first few strokes of the nail paint were a little patchy looking and immediately I wrote it off as rubbish but persevered.  I was then pleasantly surprised.  As the nail paint sort of spread over my nail plate and dried it looked a lot more even.  I allowed the first coat to dry, with a good technique you could get away with one coat, then went over with a second coat.  I was really impressed with the end result.  I always prefer darker shades for my short nails but I think although this is a pastel it’s a really thick and pigmented sort of formula so it doesn’t leave my hand looking washed out. It’s not shimmery either, it’s just a lovely glossy colour.  The nail paint retails at £3.99 and I think that it’s pretty good value for money.

Do you wear nail paint religiously or strictly for nights out?


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  1. July 2, 2015 / 9:28 pm

    I have never gone for bright/pastel colours on my nails but that looks lovely. I’ve always heard great things about Barry M x

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      July 6, 2015 / 8:52 am

      It’s pretty darn good. I must admit I wasn’t expecting to like it. x

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