Recently Barry M launched a new range of Nail Varnishes- The Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paints. They claim to give the look of salon gel nails but without the need for a UV lamp. I really liked the sound of this (and I thought the idea was interesting) so I picked up a couple in Superdrug. The colours I chose were a blue shade called “The Way You Make Me Teal” and a nude called “Do It Like A Nude” (anyone else have Jessie J in their head?).
Colour and Finish
I absolutely love “Like A Nude”. It’s just so pretty! The shade is a very pale pink and would be great for work or for anyone who prefers a more subtle look. It is by far my favourite colour out of the two I purchased. I have been wearing it constantly since I bought it. The other colour “The Way You Make Me Teal” is also very pretty. If I’m being honest I wish I’d bought one of the other shades. It is quite bright but not exactly a ‘summer’ colour. It’s not really for me, but I should have realised that when I bought it! One of my favourite things about this polish is the finish. After putting on the topcoat, they look so shiny! This does seem to wear off after a while, but it does make them look like gel nails.
Ease of Use
If you read my Mini Superdrug Haul Post you would have seen my review of the Barry M speedy nail paint. These Daylight Curing nail varnishes have the same new, flat brush which makes applying the varnish easy. The brush covers more of the nail than the standard Barry M brushes. As for the actual process each bottle has a mini instruction leaflet. It recommends applying two layers of the colour followed by a layer of the topcoat. The instructions are easy to follow, however I found that “Like A Nude” required 4 layers to become opaque. I did find that these varnishes dry pretty quickly, which is another thing I love. The colour also “bonds” to the nail (so no need for a base coat), but it is still easy to remove.
One of the most important things I look for in a nail varnish is how long the colour will stay before chipping. I mean why spend ages painting them just for them to chip the next day?! I am happy to say that these varnishes lasted well. They didn’t quite last the 10 days that is claimed, but they lasted longer than nail varnish usually lasts on me. The advantage of the nude shade as well is that it is not as noticeable when it chips, so you might get an extra couple of days of wear.
The cost of these is higher than the standard Barry M nail varnish at £4.99 each, but I think they are still very reasonable. The only downside is that you have to buy both the colour and the topcoat for the daylight curing to work, so you need to spend almost £10 to get started. The range is also quite small at the moment so you don’t have many colours to choose from- hopefully in the future they’ll add some more!
Overall I am a big fan of these Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paints. They look good, last well and won’t break the bank either! I wouldn’t say they replace gel nails if that’s what you like, but I think they are great when compared to standard nail varnishes. I didn’t love the Teal shade, but that was more my fault for choosing it in the first place and the Nude more than makes up for it. Have you tried this Barry Nail Varnish? What did you think?