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      21.02.2016 11:33
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      • "doesn't feel like a drugstore product "
      • "lovely glossy finish"
      • "great colours"

      Disadvantages

      • "You need a bottom coat on darker colours"
      • "Takes a while to dry"

      I really like these nail polishes

      COLOUR RANGE:
      This product has one of the best range of colors out there. They have polishes perfect for every season. My favourites are 'sugar apple' 'papaya' and 'kiwi'
      DRYING TIME:
      This is only the only quite substantial disadvantage and why I don't pick these nail polishes up every time. Painting my nails with these tends to take a while because each coat tends to take around 20 mins to dry which is quite a long time.
      PIGMENTATION:
      I find that this normally needs between 2 and 3 coats depending on which colour you use and how thickly you apply it. I think this is quite nice because most drugstore polishes need 3+ coats.
      PACKAGING:
      I love the packaging it is a square glass bottle. Unlike most other drugstore nail polishes this is presented in such a nice and professional bottle.
      HOW TO APPLY:
      The applicator is perfect for this polish it is thin enough to allow precision application but big enough to let the polish gently glide over the nail.
      DISADVANTAGES:
      As much as I love this product I can't give it 5 stars simply because of these small reasons:
      1. You have to use a bottom coat on some of the darker colours as these will stain your nails if you don't.
      2. They take a REALLY long time to dry especially if you use thick coats.
      FINISH:
      I LOVE the finish of these they really look like gel nails. They have a really luxury feel to them as they are so glossy and compared to other drugstore nail polishes you don't have to add a topcoat to make your manicure look like a million dollars.

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      28.09.2015 15:29

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      • "Strong "
      • "Really high shine"

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      • None

      Low cost high shine nails

      I used to think that cheap nail polish wouldn’t be as effective as more expensive ones especially when it came to high shine effects but then I discovered Barry M nail polishes and realised that you didn’t have to spend a lot of money to get a really bright and shiny nail.

      The Barry M Gelly nail paints are great value for money as they only cost £3.99 but they look so much more expensive when you paint them on.

      The Gelly nail paint comes in a ridiculously large range of colours so you will always be able to find something to suit your mood. I really like the red colour because it is quite vampy and really suits the high shine look that the nail paint gives.

      The colour is very bright and vibrant and gives a hard shiny almost gel like finish. You do need a couple of coats to get the desired look but once it is on and has hardened it looks fantastic and is so shiny and really strong too. It doesn’t chip easily and stays looking good for ages after being applied.

      I love the way this looks especially when I have gotten dressed up and the contrast of the high shine colour gives a really dressed up glamorous look. I wouldn’t wear this paint to go to the supermarket but it looks fantastic for a dressed up night out on the town. I have tried loads of different brands that promise to give a high shine and this is the best one that I have tried and also one of the cheapest.

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      19.07.2015 23:06

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      • "easy to apply"
      • "long lasting"
      • "Good colour"

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      Fabulous Quality

      The Barry M Gelly Nail Effects is probably one of the best nail colours I own. It comes in a variety of different colours, which are all bright and vibrant - perfect for the summer. The application is easy, the brush itself is quite thick so it's easy to give an even spread onto your nails, and the paint itself is a very high quality. It is not gloopy at all, so when adding extra layers you can really build on the colour and get the same result on every nail that you use. I personally have been using the Green Berry colour, it's funky and fresh and perfect for the summer which is one of the reasons I love it so much. I have had the bottle for at least a few months now and couldn't be happier. As with some other nail polishes, after time their quality decreases rapidly, going gloopy or sticky, making it really hard to apply. However, this is certainly not the case with this nail polish, as even now I have no trouble putting on a smooth layer of the paint. The colour also doesn't chip, however if you don't put on a top coat, it can peel off very easily, however I still prefer this to having them slowly chip off and need constant maintaining. With this, you can leave it on, in my case for up to two weeks without any problems, so it's certainly something that I would recommend to buy.

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      02.07.2015 23:34
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      • "good price"

      Disadvantages

      • "chips quickly"

      Great Colors

      I am a huge fan of nail polish and I am an even bigger fan of Barry M nail polishes because they are so inexpensive and they also have a huge range of different colors.

      A pro that I like about Barry M is the brush size because they are a good size so you don't need to do to many strokes of the nail polish on your finger. In addition to this all the colors are really pigmented which means you only need to put one to two coats of the polish on your nails before you are finished with your nail. Another pro that I like about these nail polishes is that they're really cheap which I love because some brands like Essie are pretty pricey for nail polishes which can be really annoying if you are a student and just one a nice color to go with your dress or simply just use.

      However a pro that I don't like about Barry M is the hype. Yeah Barry M is a good company and I do love it ton but I think it can be a little bit overrated sometimes. In addition to this even though the colors are great some of the colors often chip. This really bothers me because it's often 2-3 days before I start to see a little bit of the natural color of my nails.

      Overall, I would have to say Barry M is one of my favs because of the colors and the price for the products as well.

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      11.02.2015 18:47
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      • Cheap
      • "Nice colours "
      • "Hi shine "

      Disadvantages

      • None

      Shiny nails

      love Barry M products because they are just so cheap that it means that I can buy and experiment and not worry too much if I don’t like something. The range is absolutely huge and within that they have some rubbish products but they have more good than bad especially because of how inexpensive that they are to buy.

      I love their nail paints and as well as plain colours they also have some with effects too such as the Gelly nail paints which give a really high gloss finish.

      The colours that the Gelly nail paints come in is really fun and vibrant too and there are loads of cute colours to choose from.

      The Gelly nail paints give a high shine gel like finish to them and they come with a chip resistant formula. They have a really high level of pigment in them which gives a smooth and vibrant colour and surprisingly for a cheap polish you only need one coat most of the time.

      The colour dries to a really glossy and shiny finish and it is definitely evident that these are high shine and not just a normal polish. They look amazing and make my nails very striking. I never really keep polish on that long as I like to change the colour quite often but when I am wearing these the colour is quite strong and resists chips even when I knock my nails which is impressive since I have used polishes which cost £20 and chip when I knock them.

      I have these in several different colours and all of them are great and the best thing about them is that they only cost £3.99 each so you can buy a few and experiment with different high shine colours without breaking the bank.

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      15.11.2014 16:58
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      • "Great coverage"
      • Amazing
      • "Love it"

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      Cute colours and great product

      This nail varnish is by far one of the best out there at the moment. They have a great range of colors and they are perfect. I think that they have great coverage and the jelly effect leaves them looking extremely shiny and and it lasts for ages.
      I am a MASSIVE Barry M fan anyway but these nail polishes are really good!
      I saw them in the shop & really liked the Blueberry shade, so immediately bought it. When I got home I applied 2 coats and a clear top coat and it last for 5 days without a chip. Even nail polishes that claim to be non-chip, chip anyway, but this was incredible. Plus it did have the 'Hi Shine' as promised and they looked really healthy.
      I love them as it looks like there constantly wet that how SHINY they are and they don't need a TOP COAT. Some people may think they are a little expensive for a nail varnish however with the super shiny last and beautiful bright colors then they are definitely worth it.
      I have fallen in love with them ! Applied it straight away and it dries within a few minutes and around 5 days later, the shine and pigments of the colors are still so bright and glossy after at least 5 days , absolutely gorgeous definatly going too buy more colors!!!
      I would definitely recommend this product to any one that wants the gel effect on their nails without having to pay the high price of visiting a salon!

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      10.11.2014 13:27
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      Advantages

      • "Excellent value "
      • "Doesn't chip easily "
      • "Dries quickly "
      • "Glossy finish "
      • "Lovely colours "
      • "Great coverage"

      Disadvantages

      • "Stains nails if no base coat is used "

      Gelly Nails!

      I try and paint my nails frequently to keep them looking good but have been getting a little fed up of polish either looking dull or chipping quickly. I therefore recently went on the hunt for some new nail polish that not only helped solve these problems but also was in a reasonable price range. On a trip to Boots I spotted the Barry M Gelly High Shine Nail Paint priced at just £3.99 a bottle

      The nail paint comes in a large variety of different colours, I opted for ‘passion fruit’ which is a bright coral colour. The polish comes packaged in a small square glass bottle allowing you to see the vibrant colour inside. The lid is sliver and screws onto the bottle with the application brush attached to the inside of the lid.

      The nail polish states that it provides a glossy finish in just one coat and has a chip resistant formula. To apply the nail polish it advises you to firstly apply a base coat, then shake the bottle well before applying ½ coats and to finish with a top coat.

      I have used this nail polish several times since I purchased it and have been very impressed with it. Firstly it is easy to apply, the lid of the bottle which also acts as the brush handle is easy to hold and the brush glides the polish over the nail easily and smoothly leaving an even coating. Even with one coat I am able to achieve a nice even covering and the colour is bright and glossy and my nail tip does not show through the colour. It also dries very quickly and hardens rather than being tacky for a long time. The colour I chose was very bright and I did use it the first time without a base coat which I would not advise as the colour did stain my nail. As far as longevity goes then this is one of the best polishes I have used as even one coat lasts 2-3 days before any chips being to appear and if applied with two coats and a top coat it lasts even longer. Since using this polish I have had several people comment on the colour and shine of the polish on my nails. You do need to have a good quality strong nail polish remover to take this polish off as it is quite a task but if you do apply a base coat as directed then it does make it easier.

      Overall I have been very impressed with this nail polish especially for the cost. It is as stated glossy and doesn’t chip as easily as some other brands. I also loved the vibrancy of the colour I purchased and others in the range and will certainly be purchasing some more in the near future. 5 stars from me.

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      20.10.2014 15:53
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      • "thick formula"
      • "easy to apply"
      • "gorgeous shine"

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      shiny, cheap and lasts!

      I have always loved barrym nail polishes since i was a teen so when they released the gelly formula i was keen to give it a go. When they were first released i honestly wasn't crazy about many of the colours but their new autumn colours for 2014 are just gorgeous and much more up my alley.
      Most recently i bought a gorgeous fall mustard colour and a deep brown colour called cocoa. I bought mine from superdrug and paid £3.99 a bottle for them which is a great price for a nail polish so definitely no complaints there! They are easy to pick up in boots and online too.
      The bottle is square which makes it easier to hold whilst painting your nails and the lid gives good grip too. The brush is a nice size and easily allows you to paint your nail in three strokes. The formula is gorgeous and thick and slicks on really well. I find 2 coats is perfect in any of the shades to get a super intense colour and you could probably get away with one if you were in a rush. The polish dries in average time for a polish and it is super high shine when it dries, it looks just like a professional gel polish, i was really impressed for a high street brand.
      It lasts fairly well, i got 3 days totally chip free which is good going as i am a mum of 3 young children so constantly using my hands and have them in and out of water. A top coat would probably help make it last even longer.
      Its easy to take off and ive not had any problems with it staining my nails either.

      This is one of my favourite nail polishes by far and is my go to for high shine pretty nails!

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      03.09.2014 17:23
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      Beautiful formula that creates a stunning finish to your nails!

      Barry M gelly shine nail paints are by far some of the best nail polishes on the market and at such an affordable price I can see myself continuing to buy these for a long time.

      They come in such a wide variety of colours from bright to neon to pastel, you name it, it's probably there. The gel formula comes off so opaque on the nails with just 2 coats and leaves a gorgeous "gel effect" shine. It is quite thick and does take a little longer to dry than thinner nail polishes. However when it has dried fully it is just as glossy as the initial application and lasts well on the nail.

      I don't start to notice chipping in this nail polish until at least 2 weeks of wear. Due to its gel formula, it does tend to peel off easily once it has become chipped and I would recommend taking all of it off before reapplying rather than touching it up. I have never experience staining of my nails with any of the colours I own and it comes off extremely easily with any nail polish remover.

      The brush in this nail polish is quite long and holds a lot of product so it is important that you wipe off the excess on the side of the bottle before you apply it to your nail. The brush spreads out nicely to create an even coat across the nail in 1 or 2 swipes. The polish settles beautifully on the nail leaving it smooth and evenly covered.

      At £4 this nail polishes are so affordable and great value so I would definitely recommend them to everyone.

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        22.07.2014 20:47
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        • "Great thick nail varnish"

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        Love this nail varnish, and it's a great price. Loveee :)

        I am a loyal Barry M nail varnish customer and I must say most of my collection is this brand with most colours and the occasional effects one. I also always use Barry M undercoat and topcoat which I also love.

        When I saw this gelly collection I was intrigued to see what the gelly was actually going to do, however I loved one of the shades and so decided to try it out. The shade I bought was a nude colour and as usual it went on really nicely, and did seem a slightly thicker texture than their usual polishes.

        To use this I would lift the brush and wipe off the excess from one side, using the wet side to paint the nail. Whilst painting on the nail it connected and sank in nicely together and did give a thick gel appearance which was nice. I didn't feel the need to go over them again but I did anyway, however I feel that with the lighter shades this may be neccasary. I also used this with my Rimmel matte top coat varnish and the shine dies down straight away so I know often paint all my fingers the same shade, and then matte my ring fingers and thumbs! :)

        I really liked the way this had gone on and once dried I liked the overall appearance, and I would definitely purchase more from this range. I would like to add however that I don't know if it's just me, but the Barry M nail varnishes seem to be so overpowering in scent.. I know all nail varnishes obviously smell but these seem extra strong. Just a side note - this could be just me :)

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        18.07.2014 13:14
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        • cost
        • "Colour range"

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        • "Doesn't live up to hype"

        No so hi-shine

        Because I am off on holiday soon I want a long lasting nail colour (I’m only taking hand luggage so can’t pack nail polish to repair chips so want something that will last for the four days I am away without paying out for Shellacs).< /b>< /b>
        So when I saw this from Barry M I thought I would give it a go as it promised to give that Gel like look (although it doesn’t promise to be long lasting) and having read reviews I thought it would be perfect. < /b>< /b>
        *What it promises*< /b>< /b>
        According to Barry M “Hi shine Gel effect Nail Paint provides an extra glossy finish”. So I thought I would give it a go to see whether I could get that Gel look at a fraction of the price. The colour range is quite good although it does focus on bright neon and fashion colours. < /b>< /b>


        *What you get*< /b>< /b>

        I bought the Coconut colour which was a pale pinky nude colour. Applying the polish was ok the packaging was fairly standard for a Barry M nail colour and the brush was a standard size so fairly easy to apply on that score but the nail polish was quite thick which wasn’t ideal. < /b>< /b>


        I applied two coats but was quite disappointed as it was far from Hi-Shine (the whole point of buying the nail polish) it just looked like standard nail polish which is ok as I like the colour but it only lasted about a day and a half and looked a bit uneven because it was so thick. < /b>< /b>

        *Conclusion*< /b>< /b>
        At 3.99GBP it is the same price as the SEVENTEEN Gel colour which also isn’t that shiny but lasts so much longer so I would rather buy that one. Maybe other colours are shinier of this but the coconut is a bit of a washout. < /b>< /b>



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        28.02.2014 00:16
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        Great product for a bargain price

        I am in love with nail polishes. Barry M was a brand I had never even tried until just over a year ago and I had been missing out.

        There products are fantastic and the Gelly Nail Effect Paints are no exception. These nail polishes are highly pigmented and have a very gel-like shine finish. These are not Gel Polishes and do not require UV sealing, they are normal nail polishes with an added shine.

        Do not expect these polishes to last like UV Gel polishes do as they are prone to chipping after a couple of days, depending on what you get up to.

        Although these polishes have the high shine finish, I often paint a top coat over them to further enhance the shine and staying power. You definitely require more than one coat to achieve full coverage, I have been known to paint 3 coats, although I am a bit of a perfectionist and need to see no natural nail colour at all.

        I have purchased these polishes in a few colours so far and have been very impressed with the quality, especially for such a fantastic price.

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        15.02.2014 17:42
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        Professional standard gel nails without the price tag.

        The Barry M Gelly Nail Paints (or Hi Shine Gel Nail Paint to give them their full name as per the Boots
        website) comes in 17 colours:-

        Dark Green
        Key Lime
        Guava
        Passion Fruit
        Blue Grape
        Mango
        Red
        Light Blue
        Lilac
        Orange
        Pink
        Raspberry
        Blackberry
        Lychee
        Dragon Fruit
        Green Berry
        Papaya

        They retail at £3.99 each in Boots and Superdrug but can be picked up a little cheaper from places like Amazon.

        The polishes aim to create a professional gel look leaving nails looking super glossy in just one coat.

        I think that Barry succeed in this aim. I have a few different shades of the Gelly polishes and you definitely do only require one coat in order for your nails to be fully opaque.

        Also, the longevity of these polishes is fantastic. I have nails that are notorious for chipping but I can wear these polishes for up to a week without any chips, usually I get a couple of them around the edges of my nails after five days wear. I'd say that's pretty good going for a nail polish and that it really displays how strong the formula is.

        The only negatives I do have are that if you apply a little too much it does look very gloopy on the nails and the finish isn't so nice, and secondly, they o take a little while to dry.

        Other than those little niggles, the Barry M Gelly nail polishes definitely come highly recommended from me and I particularly love the shade Lychee if you're looking for a place to start.

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        11.12.2013 10:28

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        Salon finished nails at a tiny cost!!

        After years of dealing with my nail polish instantly going dull and chipping within minutes of wearing it - i finally discovered Barry M Gelly Nail Paint and what a life saver!!

        First of all i notice it only takes 1 coat to get the perfect coverage! It's not patchy and goes on perfectly. The drying time is perfect - literally 2 minutes in my experience!!
        My favourite thing about the polish is obviously the 'high shine' - it looks like you've been and had shellac nails done at a salon and thats what i love most about the polish!

        There must be something in the nail polish that makes it less likely to chipping as i managed 5 days without a single chip! which is completely unknown in the world of normal polishes which seem to chip the moment you put them on!!

        I would highly recommend buying this polish (in any colour of your choice) if you want salon finished nails without the cost! It's available at most good retailers (superdrug, boots etc) so its so easy to get hold of!!
        :)

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        06.11.2013 12:45

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        One of the best polishes iv used!

        Im a nail technician and find it very hard to find long lasting nail polish at a reasonable price. This polish comes in a lot of different colours, which is a huge advantage. This polish was easy to apply and lasted on my nails for just over a week. Which in my opinion is excellent as normal polishes tend to only stay non chipped for a couple of days. It leaves a shiny finish and gel like feel. Its perfect on your toes as it lasts a lot lot longer. So ideal if your going on holiday, and don't want to go to a salon. I purchased mine for around £3.50, but I have seen them cheaper than this, so best to shop around. The only bad thing I could say about this as the brush can sometimes turn tacky if left unused for a space of time. But I would recommend this product, it is a must have!

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