Hi! Today I'm showing you the new summer Matte collection from Barry M. You probably remember the Autumn/Winter Matte collection from 2013 (which I loved so very much!) and now we have six new bright shades to add to the range.
The first thing I noticed about these polishes is that they don't seem to be quite as matte as the original matte collection, they seem to have a bit of a dull shine to them, though very subtle. They feel more satin to me, which is no bad thing because I love that sort of finish! The formulas are all pretty much spot on, no trouble at all and they dry quickly too. I'd recommend wearing a base coat with these just in case of staining because they're highly pigmented!
Copacabana is a bright red with a coral undertone. Such a nice formula, highly pigmented and perfect in two coats.
Waikiki is difficult shade to describe. It's sort of like a murky pistachio with a yellow undertone. That doesn't make it sound nice, but I really like it! This is the only one that was a bit streaky for me, so I used 3 coats to even it out.
Rhossili (I assume this name refers to Rhossili Bay, which is in the UK, making this the only one named after a UK place!) is a perfect magenta. This is 2 easy coats
Malibu is a beautiful bright blue, quite similar to Barry M's Cyan Blue. 2 coats
Miami is a flamingo pink. 2 coats here
Finally, Cancun is a pretty teal shade. This wasn't easy to capture, I'd say it's a touch more green in real life. I'm always happy to add another colour like this to my stash! 2 coats
I've done a quick comparison with Barry M's new Matte Top Coat, so you can see the differences in finish. The application of the top coat gives a much smoother, true matte finish. Personally I like both, each has their merits!
I love this collection overall, the formulas are fantastic and the range of colours is perfect. What's not to like!
My Picks: Miami, Cancun and Waikiki