A brand new addition to Barry M's line up is the Speedy Quick Dry range, a collection of, well, polishes that dry quickly! Launching with 9 pastel shades, there's pretty much something for everyone here. I've got swatches of all 9 to share with you today!
I love it when Barry M have a themed lid! These bottles come with racing flag-style lids, making them instantly recognisable, and the polish names also go with the theme of all things speedy. One of the most exciting things about this range is the introduction of a new flat rounded brush, which I'm so happy about! This style of brush makes getting a line around your cuticle so much easier; I needed little to no clean-up while swatching and it really helps to get an even distribution of polish on your nail. Hopefully this is something we'll continue to see in future!
So to the big question, do they actually dry quickly? Yes, they do! 1 coat dries in around 60-90 seconds, and 3 coats was touch dry in less than 5 minutes. As a nail artist the drying time doesn't interest me too much because I almost always reach for a quick dry top coat anyway, plus quick drying polishes aren't great for nail art as they get stringy too fast. Also keep in mind that body chemistry and room temperature can play a part in the speed a polish dries, so the times I've given are just a guide. All in all though, they do what they claim.
Formula-wise, they're pretty great, as you would expect. They're shiny but not overly glossy, and I found 3 thin coats works better than 2 thick ones, so that's what I've done in all my swatches, but with some you could possibly get away with just 2. Personal preference!
Road Rage - dusty mint with a hint of a grey understone. 3 coats plus top coat
Pole Position - a brighter shade of pastel mint, my favourite of the collection! 3 coats plus top coat
In a Heart Beat - Not sure what to describe this pink as, I want to say salmon but that doesn't sound very nice! Anyway, it's a pretty, sophisticated shade of pink. 3 coats plus top coat
Kiss Me Quick - bright baby pink. This was a little sheer so I used thicker coats. 3 coats plus top coat
Eat My Dust - baby blue. As above I needed thicker coats due to it being a bit sheer. 3 coats plus top coat
Lap of Honour - dusty mauve with a hint of grey. I adore this one, so beautiful! 3 coats plus top coat
Pit Stop - light pastel grey. I'm a huge fan of grey polish so I'm happy with the inclusion of this! 3 coats plus top coat
Full Throttle - a super refreshing, peachy orange sorbet. 3 coats plus top coat
Stop The Clock - pastel yellow. I'm in the minority that loves yellow polish! 3 coats plus top coat
That was a lot of swatches! The shades offered here may not be the most exciting, but the colours are lovely - I'd describe them as basic but beautiful! If pastels aren't your thing, I'm sure you'll have some brighter and/or darker shades to look forward to in the future.
Will you be buying any of these? What's your favourite shade?
My Picks: Pole Position, Lap of Honour and Pit Stop
- Available in Superdrug from 11th February and Boots from 18th February, priced £3.99 each