Love / Hate Barry M Gelly Polishes

Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints – It’s such a love-hate relationship.

I’ve been eyeing up that delectable Mustard Yellow nail varnish from Barry M every since it’s release. Being a mustard yellow obsessive, I will often find myself drawn to anything in it’s murky tones no matter what the item. Clothing, decor and ultimately; nail varnish. Every time I go in to Boots I looked at this nail varnish and every time talked myself out of parting with £3.99 for it. 
I don’t know why, but £3.99 just seems like a lot of a nail varnish. I like to spend about 2 quid really, and something about the number 3 followed by 99 just sounded like something really expensive. I think if it was a solid £4 I would have got it sooner. But I suppose my brain does not work in normal ways. Anyway, on this occasion when I went in, the Barry M polishes were on offer. 2 for £6 they said.
So I picked up the object of my affection, the yellow nail varnish you see in the picture before you.  I also treated myself to a cobalt blue shade too, just for fun. And was it worth the wait?
I don’t know what it is about these bloody Barry M buggers which just don’t work for me.
On application, the formula seems gloopy and hard to get an even coat with. The first layer always dries fine somehow, but the second never. seems. to. dry. WHY WILL YOU NOT DRY?? Due to the high shine finish, you can’t tell simply by looking when they are ready to touch. So you’ve gotta touch them, only to smudge it everywhere. I’ve left it 5 minutes, 10 minutes… The other day I left it 20 god damn minutes. And still, I managed to smudge it. WHY ME BARRY? WHY ME? Once dried you get about 2 days worth of wear before the chips begin to appear. The whole experience is a sad story filled with woe. And for some reason the blue one really smells like an illegal substance popular  with Miley Cyrus and Snoop Dog.
Even though I love the shades and love the result when they actually dry, I just can’t bring myself to use them as often as I’d like or buy any more ever again. Sod ya Barry, I give up now. 
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Jessica Lister

I have a dark blue shade in the Gelly range and I didn't like the look of it on my nails but might have to give it another try and see how I feel about it now. X


I have the same problem with these polishes, that is why I do not understand the hype. But the mustard colour is oh so pretty. I'm on a hunt for an alternative. x

* Helen *

Love these polishes, so great! <3

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Juliet Tweedie

Top coat is the key and makes ANY polish turn into wonderpolish. It makes them dry quickly (seche vite is amazing, nails dry in 10 minutes and are super glossy), and they last for ages without any chips.

Amy Edwards Green

Ah damn! I was lured in by some of their pretty coral shades in Boots the other day, despite being unimpressed with the range when I tried it in the past. Still, may as well give it a go I guess!

Amy Keeling

Personally I love them but golly that blue one stinks!
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Charlee Greenhalgh

I'm exactly the same I have never got on with Barry M, the formula just never works for me and always ends up being a disappointment 🙁

debbie johnson

Seche vite top coat. Get it from Amazon for about 6 quid. Dries any nail varnish in 2 minutes. Life changing


I gave up on Barry M when I tried the Plum one of these a few years back – so gloopy, and WHY U NO DRY??