Friday, 13 September 2013

Barry M Matte Nail Paint Swatches and Review



Press Sample

If you're anything like me, you'll be more than happy to wear bright colours on your nails all year round, but there's something very palette cleansing about neutral Autumn and Winter shades, and we all need something to go with our cosy chunky knits and boots! Step forward Barry M's matte polishes, 5 sophisticated, warming shades that you'll almost definitely be able to wear at work!





The formula of matte nail polish is different (obviously) to regular glossy polish, and can be somewhat trickier to apply if you're not used to it (it can tend to drag, dry too quickly or cause bald spots) but even a fool (read: me) could apply these ones! The formula is thicker than normal polish but it applies very easily, and I'd recommend using thick coats. They are very matte (sounds odd to say that, but in my experience it is possible in some cases for matte polishes to not be very matte!) although Mocha perhaps leans towards a satin finish. The names are all coffee inspired, which to a coffee monster like myself just spells cravings!

One thing I did notice with 2 of the shades (Vanilla and Caramel) is that it separates every so slightly on the first coat and looks a bit oily on the nail. It's not a big deal though as the second coat clears it up. Perhaps something to do with the formula of the lighter colours? Enough babble, onto the polishes.

Vanilla is a light grey with almost lilac undertones. I used 2 coats.




Espresso is a perfect black matte, not much else to say here! I used 2 coats.




Caramel is a creamy nude and I found it to be a little more sheer than the others so I used 3 coats, but you may find 2 is enough.




Mocha is melted milk chocolate brown and as I said earlier, leans towards a satin finish. I used 2 coats.




Crush is a very deep burgundy wine colour. 2 coats here



I'm suitably impressed with Barry M's first foray into matte polishes and I really can't find much fault with them. They're perfect for the Autumn/Winter season and I wonder if we'll see bright mattes for next Spring/Summer? I hope so!

Availability

The Matte collection will be available in Superdrug stores from September 25th, and Boots stores from October 2nd. If you're lucky enough to live anywhere near Topshop in Oxford Circus, they're available to buy in there now! Priced at £3.99 each.

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23 comments

  1. Been waiting for this post! They all look gorgeous - so excited to buy them!

    Bring on the rest of the A/W collection!

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  2. I love the look of these so much! I think I''ll be going for Espresso and maybe Crush or Mocha ;D Will you be swatching the Royal collection? I'd love to see what those look this!

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  3. Need Crush and Mocha! I'm so glad to see they aren't chalky :D

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  4. They are so classy! I especially love Vanilla.

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  5. Espresso looks perfect on you. Sexy swatches as usual lady face x

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  6. The whole collection is beautiful! I can't wait for my trip to London I'll buy them all :D

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  7. I love Barry M, I have their shade Red Wine on at the moment. I need to get Vanilla & Caramel!

    Belle x
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  9. I don't really own any neutral colours, but I love the matte effect of these. I have a bad feeling I will end up owning all of them!

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  10. I'm not a huge fan of matte polishes but this post makes me want to go put some on right now! The colors are so gorgeous, but I probably cant pull it off, :( lol!

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  11. Lovely matte finish... I hope it is not as difficult to apply as you say... lol

    xoxo

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  12. Some of these really remind me of the Nails Inc leather effect polishes! absolutely love these matte shades, would love to see a lime green one for spring/summer :)

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