Monday, 8 February 2010

NOTD and review, Barry M NP294 (Cyan Blue)

This post is a response to a reader request from Huong, who asked for a review of a blue Barry M nail colour. (Sorry we're late with this Huong.) This is Cyan Blue, aka NP294, which is one of Barry M's huge range of rainbow shades.

For a tiny £2.95, this polish provides superb creamy-smooth application and thick, opaque-at-the-first-stroke coverage. I think it must be something to do with the pigment used, because normally I find polishes in this price range, Barry M included, to be quite watery.

I road-tested the polish for a week before re-applying for this NOTD. Conditions: 2 coats over base coat (No.7 "So Smooth"), finished with Sally Hansen Rapi-Dry topcoat (a poor-man's Seche Vite). I found the wear to be very good, with 3 days chip-free and minimal tip-wear, despite usual travel/home/office activity.

Some pictures are below. I had some trouble capturing the exact hue - these shots suggest a more powdery, pale blue, whereas in reality it has more green tones. It's about the colour of a blue Smartie.

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  1. I love barry m nail varnishes so much. This one is a particularly vibrant colour.

  2. It is a nice one. Do you have any other favourites that maybe I should try out?

  3. Barry M nail varnishes are amazing! I'm such a perfectionist and as a result almost never paint my fingernails, because halfway through I'll make a mistake and have to take it all off. I recently got two bottles because I wanted to jump on the matt, pastel bandwagon of this summer's nails and have been delighted with the results! Only the tiniest of chips after several days and that was after a day of serious housework. Still perfect on my toenails which I've never had before, because it always comes off on my second-to-last toes the next day for some reason. All in all, an absolutely incredible price for a brilliant product that's better than any I've ever tried before.


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