Summer is on the way (not that you would be able to tell by today's sky) and if you are dreaming of perfectly painted fingers and toes then the seven new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints may just be what you are looking for?
When I popped a sneak preview of the new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine polishes on my Instagram a few commented that the shades looked really familiar and I'm sure a few worried that they would be identical to existing shades. I can happily report that this is not the case, don't get me wrong some of the new shades do remind me of polishes past but they are somewhat different.
The new shades are as follows:
Almond (GNP22) - A light glossy mushroom shade which will draw comparisons to Barry M's Lychee Gelly Nail Paint. I would say that Almond is a little deeper in tone than Lychee and has a stronger lilac undertone. I think with the addition of Almond you now have the choice between two nude glossy nudes meaning one should be more suited to your skin tone. At least that is my theory.
Olive (GNP23) - I own (or have) all the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints and none of the now vast line up are similar to Olive. This is a light, almost pastel green shade that has a slightly beige tint and is a great take on a nude nail with an added hint of a tint. I can see this polish being flattering on just about everyone.
Elderberry (GNP24) - Not so long ago Barry M launched a collection of pastel Gelly shades one of which is a baby blue - Huckleberry which is not all that dissimilar to this shade. Huckleberry is by far more milky in tone and lacks the almost dusty quality of Elderberry. If you like a muted take on baby blue then Elderberry is a good option.
Kiwi (GNP25) - This is another shade that has no outright dupe and in my opinion is a great summer bright especially for the toes. Barry M Kiwi is a brighter than bright green that is almost neon but not quite - perhaps tropical green is a better term? I can't help but think that will look killer with a tan?
Pink Punch (GNP26) - Barry M have a lot of bright pinks in their polish line up but not within their Gelly assortment until Pink Punch. Again this is a bright option that isn't quite neon but it still commands attention. If you are a fan of bright pink nail polishes this is one to add to the collection.
Damson (GNP27) - This is my favourite out of the bunch - a bright almost cornflower that satisfies my need for both lilac and blue nail polishes in one. In fact it it is not totally dissimilar to Nails Inc Baker Street which is pretty much my favourite nail polish of all time. There is not really a similar shade within the Gelly line up - Blue Grape is much deeper and Bluberry lighter but if you are a fan of the latter I do think you will want to snap Damson up!
Coconut (GNP28) - Best described as a glossy off white that is super chic and makes all nail shapes and lengths look great. This is the only shade of this type within the Gelly range and it doubles up as a great base coat for layering under a neon polish to really make it pop!
I have to be honest and say that the Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paints formula tends to be a little hit and miss. I typically find that the lighter shades require a little extra work and coats as they have a tendency to streak where as the deeper shades are a dream to apply. I do think it is important to keep in mind that the polishes are only £3.99 each so along the way there is going to be some misses. In the past I have noticed that patience is required when it comes to letting the formula dry otherwise you will end up with smudged nails - that or you can speed things up with a fast drying top coat et al?
The new Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint Shades for S/S14 will launch next week via all the usual outlets.
- This post contains press samples.