Evening lovely loves!
After a ten day nightmare with Royal Mail, I have at last got a review and swatches of five of the new Barry M Sunset polishes for you. They claim to give you a gel-like manicure with a topcoat that cures in daylight as opposed to a UV or LED light that you would use with a true gel polish. I will start off by saying that all of the non-gel 'gel' polishes I have tried to date have resulted in, well, nothing at all like a gel polish finish. So lets just say I didn't have high hopes... But I was pleasantly surprised!!!
First thing I noticed was that the formula was quite a bit thicker than the usual Bazza's, it also smelled different - stronger, but wasn't overpowering. I was also pleased to see the large flat brush as featured in the Speedy polishes and Plumpy topcoat. It's the topcoat rather that the colours themselves that cure in daylight and the instructions advise two thin coats of the nail paint followed by one of the topcoat...
This is Peach For The Stars a lovely coral (more than peach) shade, three coats with topcoat.
Here's my favourite I've Been Pinkin' a lush, almost Barbie pink, three coats with topcoat.
Now for Fuschia Generation a beautiful winey, raspberry kind of colour, two coats with topcoat.
Next is my nearly favourite The Way You Make Me Teal a gorgeous blue, two coats with topcoat.
Last but no means least is You Drive Me Navy a stunning deep, deep blue, two coats and topcoat.
So why was I pleasantly surprised??... Well, these polishes really do dry to a gel-like finish! I think they're almost as close as we're going to get with a non-gel polish; the finished result is a very smooth, super shiny and lacquer hard one which you just can't stop running your fingers over. It doesn't feel thick on the nail like gel does, but that's no bad thing! Just need to see if they are as hardy to wear and tear now... *Check out my Geometric Daisies manicure to see how they held up*
They do require the recommended two (the lighter shades really needed three) thin coats to build an even and smooth colour. The formula is thick but also dries fast and impatience in the form of thick coats or too-fast second coats, can result in a puckered, streaky mess lol! My mani's were touch dry in just a couple of minutes, dry to do light tasks within fifteen and dent proof in thirty; I have no idea if the sunny weather helped and I do wonder how they would fare with no daylight??! You remove them with regular nail polish remover and in my opinion they wipe away easier than normal polish.
I liked the names and the colours but it's really the formula that was the something new in this collection, overall I'm really very impressed and can't wait to see what shades will be coming in future...
Have a great weekend peeps!