Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Varnish Review

Welcome to my new section where each week I’m going to be reviewing a different beauty product. I’ll be looking at products that are particularly great for mums and anyone else that doesn’t have a lot of time on their hands!

My first product of the week is Barry M ‘Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint’ in ‘Prickly Pear’ which retails at €5.99.

Gel style nail polishes are everywhere at the moment and they all promise something similar – to give you the same results as you’d get at a nail salon i.e a glossy, highly pigmented finish that lasts (minus the need for a UV lamp).

The first thing to look at is the application – I have always found applying nail colour tricky and it doesn’t help if you try and do it when you’re in a rush! For that reason I didn’t used to bother with a base or top coat but now go by the philosophy if something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right! Incidentally during a conversation I had with a professional manicurist I said that I used to get frustrated waiting so long in between all the coats and she said that I was probably using too much product, in fact by the time you get round to the same finger again your nails should be dry – good tip.

So, once you’ve applied a base the varnish goes on much more smoothly and actually on the back of the bottle they direct you to use a base coat. The brush itself is pretty thin in comparison to a lot of others and I actually much prefer it. It means you can paint the product on in small strokes and gradually build up the coverage and it is also easier to avoid making a mess.

The finish is great but much better after two coats (even though they suggest only one is necessary) and they definitely deliver on the hi-shine effect. I still use a top coat too though so this exaggerates the effect even further.

The main drawback of DIY manicures is that they don’t last as long as Shellac; I find that I get about 4 days out of this varnish which is pretty good taking into account the stress I put my nails under on a daily basis!

In summary, while applying the polish yourself is no quicker than going along to an appointment I love the fact that you can remove it in a flash rather than going to have it removed. You can also get it done during nap time rather than waiting for someone to look after your little one. As the price point is so good I would regularly turn to this varnish to keep my nails looking pretty but would still visit the salon if I was going on holiday or to a wedding as you just can’t beat the longevity and reliability of a professional manicure.

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