It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything due to various circumstances (exams and an OITNB marathon are partly to blame). Anyway, I’m going to review nail polish which is something I haven’t done before on this blog. For several years now I have had long nails and have worn nail polish almost continuously for two years. So during that time I have experimented with different brands and different types, however I always came back to Barry M as the polished are good quality, cheap and have numerous collections and effects. Despite this I was reading a post by The Beau Parlour and she talked about this nail varnish in the shade Moka Chic. I knew I had to have it. After rooting around a few shops I got my hands on it alongside 2 others as it was a 3 for 2 deal. So altogether I got the shades:
- Moka Chic
- Café de Nuit
- Rose Ballet
When testing these polishes I used the same base and top coat that I always do and that it the Sally Hansen Advanced: Hard as Nails Strengthener (it’s not amazing but once I’ve finished it I’ll invest in something more appropriate) and China Glaze’s Fast Forward Top Coat. I’ve picked up 3 bottles of the stuff from TK Maxx over the past few months and it’s really shortened the time needed for my nails to dry. Plus it was cheap and that’s always a positive~
Moka Chic is actually a colour that I never would have gone for, but after seeing the swatches I was intrigued as to how it would look on me. But believe me, it’s such a gorgeous polish and is pigmented enough to only need one coat. However, I always like to use two to level out the unevenness of my natural nails.
This lasted a solid 7 days and if I did not have the bad habit of biting off my nail polish it would have lasted long into the second week. I kept it on for a total of 2 and a half weeks which I think is a record for me, and that was because the colour was so interesting. Like the others I can’t really smell anything out of the ordinary.
Overall I give this colour 5/5
CAFÉ DE NUIT
I would say that this colour, in terms of formulation, was the weakest – it took around 3 coats to get a decent opaque colour, (as opposed to the 2 needed by the others). However, the colour itself it very pretty and subtle against my skin tone. Despite not wrapping the polish around the edges of my nails it lasted quite comfortably for about 6 days. I kept it on for another week however the polish started chipping from the edges and I had a lot of nail growth which didn’t look too pretty. Scent wise, I couldn’t smell much, although I am quite desensitised to the smell of nail polish.
Overal I would give this colour a 4/5
I also picked up this insanely gorgeous pink colour called Rose Ballet. Actually, I had initially swatched these three colours on one hand and when I asked a group of my friends which one they liked best, they pointed to this one. I don’t actually have a swatch of this as I’ve had a back order of several other polishes that I wanted to try which I had bought before this. However, I wanted to include a photo of it so you can get an idea of the colour that it is due to the colour on the nail being extremely similar to the colour in the bottle.
Overall I think these nail polishes are definitely worth a look at, there is a relatively large spectrum of colours, there isn’t a pungent smell and even without a top coat, the finish is very shiny (which holds up and doesn’t dissipate after a day or two), and comes with a classy looking bottle. However I’m not quite sure about the glass that it’s made out of – when I accidentally knocked two of the bottles together it sounded like I had hit delicate wine glasses together. It’s not that important but they don’t sound as tough as other nail polish bottles so I’m careful not to fling them around, (not that I fling my polishes around…) Oh, and the brushes are also really easy to use. They’re slightly wider than the classic Barry M ones and have a rounded tip so the cuticle areas are a piece of cake.
These polishes cost £4.99 and I definitely recommend them – they are widely available at Boots and Superdrug!