I recently picked up a couple of the new Speedy Nail paints from Barry M. All the colours are gorgeous so I had trouble narrowing it down, but in the end I went for these two.
Eat My Dust is a light periwinkle blue, perfect for the Spring. In A Heart Beat is a bright corally pink which will look amazing in the summer with a tan. Both colours go on quite sheer and streaky to begin with but a second coat evens everything out. In the pictures I’ve done 2 coats plus my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. By the second coat the colour is completely opaque, glossy on it’s own without the need of a top coat and they do dry very quickly, especially if you use thin coats. It’s not quite as fast drying as my Seche Vite – I feel like although it was dry to the touch a lot faster than most other nail polishes, it’s didn’t have that hard-as-glass effect that I get from the Seche Vite and since I was going to bed immediately after painting my nails I didn’t want them to smudge.
The application is very smooth and I love the size and shape of the brush. This has to be the best brush I have ever used! It’s not too big or small, and the shape fits perfectly around the cuticle to give a really neat line. I think it’s the tidiest manicure I’ve ever done! It really was a quick and easy experience.
I’m really impressed with this line and need to pick some more up stat! What’s your favourite nail polish at the moment?
Available at Superdrug for £3.99 each (currently on offer – 2 for £6)
Whilst perusing the shelves in Superdrug looking for items for a box swap (video coming soon!) I saw this new-season nail polish from Barry M in Vintage Violet and had to pick it up. Purple is my favourite colour and this deeper, muted version is the perfect shade for this season. It has a hint of grey in it so it’s not uber bright but adds a pop of colour whilst still being relatively neutral.
The formula is perfect – not to thick or thin so it doesn’t gloop onto the nails but also doesn’t apply streaky. Two coats is all you need to get an opaque, glossy finish, although if you want to give it some lasting power you may want to add a top coat.
There are 2 other shades in this mini Autumn collection – Ballerina is a soft baby pink (just what you would expect from the name), and Nightshade, a much deeper, blackened plus shade. The perfect trio if you ask me!
What is your current favourite nail polish for this time of year?
It’s been the longest time since I painted my nails but I’ve been stuck at home this week with a pulled chest muscle.. Not fun but it did give me time to pretty up my finger tips. The weather’s been getting a little cooler this month so I decided to go for a slightly darker colour. This is OPI’s Dutch Ya Just Love OPI with China’s Luxe and Lush over the ring finger.
And just for the fun of it here’s a FOTD – it’s a sneak peek from an upcoming video and blogpost on the MUA Undressed palette that I’ve been working on.
I’m bringing a little bit of summer to my nails with this bright polish from Models Own. To be honest it’s not really a colour I would typically go for and although I like it, I think it would look much better with a tan.
The colour is called Golden Peach and it’s a beautiful coral orange with fine golden shimmer running throughout it which gives it this gorgeous sheen. I used 2 coats to give me this full opacity of colour and the brush was easy to use.
I definitely want to expand my Models Own collection so if you have any recommendations of shades I should pick up then let me know in a comment!
I haven’t tried a whole lot from the brand MUA. I picked up a few makeup items towards the end of last year and was really impressed with them – if you’re interested you can watch my first impressions video here. Just recently I have been on the hunt for a pale mint green nail polish and rather than fork out £7.99 for Essie’s Mint Candy Apple that everyone and their sister seems to rave about, I decided to pick up this one from MUA.
The colour is called Pistachio Ice Cream and although it’s not quite as bright as the Essie one it’s a really close dupe. The bottle, as I’m sure you will notice, is extremely similar to Essie’s, even down to the brand name embossed into the glass. The MUA one is a little smaller though and I have a side by side picture so you can see the difference/similarities.
So as for the polish itself…. I have to say I didn’t love it straight away. First things first, the brush is VERY small – similar in size to something you would get with a miniature nail polish. I found I have to re-dip the brush in the polish and use several smaller strokes to coat each nail. Secondly, the formula is quite thin and very streaky, particularly if you like to apply thin coats. This is all starting to sound rather negative but… when I applied the second coat I went in slightly thicker as I didn’t want to sit painting my nails all night to get an opaque finish. This second coat really evened out the colour and left a beautiful, shiny cream finish. If you look closely you can still see a little bit of streakiness but it’s barely noticeable.
On the whole I am once again really impressed with MUA and will be looking to pick up more polishes and makeup from them in the future. Let me know if there’s anything you think I should try. MUA polishes are available at Superdrug for £1.