Today I have the new Aquarium collection from Barry M to show you! So far for 2014 we've had the Silk collection and the new Spring Gellies (swatches of those coming soon) so these are something completely different!
The Aquarium Collection consists of 4 duochrome polishes, accompanied by 2 shredded glitter top coats. The theme is very much tropical bejewelled sea! Before I show you the swatches, I'll let you in on an application secret: apply these over a black creme! Alone, the duochromes are quite sheer and you'll need around 3 coats, but if you apply a plain black creme first, they'll go on in one easy coat (2 in the case of Caspian) And frankly, it's more fun to apply them that way. You see the intensity of the duochrome straight away! It's personal preference though, the end result is pretty much the same and applying over black isn't completely necessary.
The formula of the duochromes is quite runny (as they all tend to be) so don't go slapping it on unless you want a pool party in your cuticles. Apply carefully!
Pacific is a metallic blue. Not really much duochrome going on here but it's pretty nonetheless. This is one coat of Pacific applied over Barry M Black (I haven't used top coat on any of the duochromes)
Caspian is a gold duochrome with flashes of rose gold. I'm not a big fan of this one as it's the most sheer of the bunch, but applied over black, 2 thin coats is enough.
Arabian is a gold/green duochrome. I used 1 coat over Barry M Black
Mediterranean is a pink/copper mix and my favourite of the bunch because it's channelling MAC Bad Fairy! I used 1 coat over Barry M Black.
Now on to the glitter toppers! They're both shredded glitter which is something we haven't seen from Barry M before. They do like to stick up a little bit so be sure to tame them with top coat.
Mermaid is green, blue and gold shards. Shown here is 2 coats of Mermaid over Pacific, with top coat.
Treasure Chest is gold and rose gold shards. Shown here is 2 coats of Treasure Chest over Caspian.
If you're a fan of duochromes (as I am!) or haven't tried them before, this is a great little collection. If you don't like them too much you can always just go for the glitters! The quality is great and visible brush strokes are minimal, which is what I want from chrome polishes.
My picks: Mediterranean and Treasure Chest
Available now from Boots, Superdrug, Larger Tesco stores and www.barrym.com, priced at £3.99 each.