Barry M Matte Nail Paint

I’ve admired the matte nail varnish look from afar for a while, but hadn’t got round to buying any to try it out for myself. I like the look, stylish and clean with a bit of grunge. My friend was wearing some grey marl matte in the pub the other day and I kept stealing glances (yeah, I’m a polish pervert…). So, this weekend I decided to invest in a couple of bottles from Barry M.

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I am currently wearing Barry M Matte Nail Paint in Espresso.

I hate to say it, but I’m not keen. The nail varnish itself is absolutely great. I put it on on top of a Sally Hansen Maximum Strength base coat. Barry M goes on smoothly and dries in minutes. It didn’t chip for ages which is a god send, chipping is the bane of my life when typing for hours at work, so some major positives here. Mattes have a bad rap for chipping more quickly than regular polish but Barry M held well.

However, I just don’t think it works for me. I kept having the feeling that they weren’t quite done and having the urge to throw a shiny top coat on – which I have now done, by the way. I could also see a lot more clearly for some reason, any little mistakes I had made whilst painting. This absolutely drives me mad in general so to have the mistakes amplified was even worse. Not sure why, maybe something something shiny top coat reflects light to make mistakes harder to spot something something, who knows.



Not a fan, I’m afraid! They’ll not go to waste though, I’ll find another home for them.

I think I’m just going to carry on admiring matte from afar – just like bright clothes and big dangly earrings. They look wonderful on other people but they’re not quite me. And why not? Be yourself always, I say.

By the way, if you spend over £6.00 on Barry M cosmetics at Superdrug at the moment, you get a free Sparkling Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint! I chose the red one – absolutely perfect for Christmas. There’s a purple one too which is very pretty. I’m going to be taking off the matte tomorrow to try out the red and am looking forward to it.

Sorry matte!

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