My Top Five Spring Nail Polishes: Barry M Edition

Sunday, April 07, 2013


Even if you've never been enticed by Barry M makeup products, you have to admit their Nail Paints are impossible to resist. With the huge number of colours, finishes and effects I can always spot a new one I want to add to my collection; I'm like a moth to a flame every time I'm shopping for makeup, drawn to their rows of pretty colourful goodness! It wasn't an easy job choosing my top five because there are so many I absolutely love- all of the shades in the textured nail range and Gelly Hi-Shine paints are perfect for spring, but these are probably my favourites of the moment. When I feel a colourful spring manicure coming on, these are the ones I'm most likely to go for.

Papaya (Gelly Hi-Shine)
Of the Gelly Hi Shine collection this is probably my favourite shade. It's a gorgeous peachy orange which is the epitome of spring and summer, and the glossy finish is a bit more special than your average nail varnish too. I think this would be perfect with a tan, and can also imagine would be a good choice on the toes with sandals when we finally get some decent weather. If you're not comfortable going for full on neon orange nails over the summer this is a good alternative, because it's a bit more peachy and easy to wear.

Mint Green
I think this is more of a light green rather than a true mint colour, but I still think it's lovely and is one I know I'll be wearing a lot over the next few months. If you're looking for a lighter mint shade Barry M's Ridley Road from their textured collection is a really pretty colour too, a similar colour to the famous Mint Candy Apple by Essie. I don't think I'd have looked twice at green nail varnish before I started blogging but I can't get enough of it now!

Blueberry Icecream
I could have included any of the 'Icecream' shades here, they're some of my favourite colours from the regular Nail Paint collection. If you like pastel colours I definitely recommend trying them out, as far as I know there are four shades: Blueberry, Berry, Lemon and Strawberry Icecream. Blueberry Icecream is an amazing light sky blue colour.

Prickly Pear (Gelly Hi Shine)
Prickly Pear seems to be one of the more popular shades from the Gelly Hi Shine collection. I do find you need two coats with this shade as the first one applies a bit thin and streaky, but as you can see from the swatch above it's beautifully opaque after a second coat. This is fairly similar in colour to Berry Icecream also by Barry M, I think I slightly prefer Prickly Pear just because of the glossier finish.

Pink Flamingo
If I had to choose my absolute favourite nail varnish from Barry M, it would probably be this one. And that's got to be a compliment, because there are some real gems out there from this brand that are just gorgeous. Pink Flamingo is a beautiful bright coral-pink, it's a shade that would look good all year round although I do especially love it in spring and summer.

What's your favourite spring/summer Barry M shade?

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29 comments

  1. They're all beautiful shades! My favourite is prickly pear :) I've never tried the icecream shades from Barry M, but I might just pop in and have a peek now. Love pastel colours!

    Great Post Stacey xxxx

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    1. Thanks Char :) Yes you have to try the Icecream shades they're beautiiiffulll, if you love pastels you will definitely love them! x

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  2. Same name! Love it when that happens :) I love all of these shades, and I'm yet to indulge in the gelly varnished. Would you recommend them or are they not worth it? I think pink flamingo is my favourite.. xx

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    1. hello name twin! :) I really recommend the Gelly Hi Shine paints, they look a bit thin and streaky after the first coat but are lovely after the second. All the shades are great for spring too x

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  3. Papaya is next on my hitlist! Great post!

    caperepulchra.blogspot.com xo

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  4. Im wearing strawberry ice cream right now< i bought it the other day. LOve it! think i would like to try that green colour out, will look good when i tan :) x


    justaddicingandsprinkles.blogspot.co.uk

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  5. Wow Papaya and Pink Flamingo are gorgeous! I love Barry M polishes, they are such brilliant value for money.

    Kimberley x

    www.kimberleysbeautyblog.com

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  6. I need to pick up Papaya and Prickly Pear, getting my bum into Boots before 3 for 2 ends! xo

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  7. Great choices! i absolutely love Barry M polishes.. they're just the best. I LOVE Papaya... it's such a beaut xxx

    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

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  8. I need to get involved with those Gelly paints, they're gorgeous!! I have 3 out of 5 of these shades, amazing <3 can't beat barry m!
    xxx

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  9. I keep seeing this brand on British nail polish enthusiasts but have not been able to find it in the US!

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  10. They are all lovely colors. I'm especially drawn to the mint one.

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  11. I love Barry M! Prickly Pear is one of my favourites, I was less keen on Papaya but I think it'll look lovely with a tan, like you say. Blueberry Icecream is a good'un, too. Great post :)

    Jesss xo

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  12. i adore prickly pear!

    www.okfashionbeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  13. I love Barry M for summer shades :) I need to pick up Papaya! x

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  14. Hi! I was eying some pretty pink nail polish yesterday at the store, now I'm kicking myself because I didn't get it. Havent' painted my nails in such a long time. I like the blueberry ice cream nails!

    I am a new follower from the Beauty Blog Hop

    Heather from Mommy Only Has 2 Hands

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  15. I'm a massive fan of Barry M :) They do such amazing shades :D I really need to pick up some of the gelly polishes, they look great :) xo

    beaumaquillagex.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Finally linking up with my Friday Flash Blog community. Thanks for linking up and sharing in the fun! Have a terrific week and see you on Friday.

    Jennifer
    www.TheJennyEvolution.com

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  17. Those are all great colours for this season! I'm currently wearing the flamingo!

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  18. I love all these colors, but Pink Flamingo is calling out to me.

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  19. That mint green is gorgeous^^!Dropping by from the Monday Beauties Blog Hop.

    New follower with GFC
    GabsG(BeautyMadness)
    http://beautymadn3ss.blogspot.com/
    http://www.bloglovin.com/blog/4579613/beauty-madness

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  20. Here from the blog hop and LOVING the pink flamingo- great choice!

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  21. Wow...I have never heard of this polish, but I really love the colors! Found you via love my post!

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  22. Thanks for linking up with the Meet & Greet Blog Hop! :)

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  23. How do you know if a nail polish is going to be shiny or not? I just recently purchased one and it was beautiful in the bottle but so dull when applied. Is there something to look for so you know?

    Maybe it says glossy or something?

    The colors you have here are pretty. I'm visiting today from the Meet & Greet hop.

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  24. I love the blueberry ice cream. It's so pretty!

    Heidi’s Wanderings

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  25. Barry M is fantastic. A few of these are my favourites or on my wishlist!

    Emily Jane xo

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  26. Papaya looks lovely! Perfect for spring! And i think Pink Flamingo is my favourite Barry M shade xx

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