*Purchased by me
To save me repeating myself too much, all of these swatches show 3 thin coats, no undies, and 2 coats of topcoat, as they did dry a little gritty. Application on all 6 was nice too - while they're not as easy as putting on a well pigmented cream polish, all of my swatches here are without any clean up......
* I also had massive issues photographing these. My camera really couldn't handle the iridescent and holographic effect together, so in real life, the holographic glitters are more prominent than they appear here. It was all I could do to get a couple of shots of each that weren't blurry as shit. :D
So, we'll start with what has to be one of my favourites - Fashion Icon. This is a gorgeous purple jelly base, with fine blue/purple glitter, silver holographic glitters, and blue-purple iridescent glitters. The shift on this is definitely the most prominent. Looking at it straight on, it seems a very cool toned purple, but at funny angles, like the one below, it shifts to a much warmer shade of purple.
A £4 OPI DS (possible) dupe, huh? That would be very nice! :D
So, this collection gets a massive thumbs up from me. Firstly because of the complexity of the glitter mixes. Some of the jelly bases have their colour completely altered by the shimmer they contain,I actually had to apply a super thin amount of each polish onto white paper, just so I could pick out what colour came from the base, and what came from the glitters in it. That's the sort of detail you'd expect from an indie polish, not really from a budget brand you can pick up in Superdrug. I also like the fact that using silver holographic glitters allows them to be altered by the colour of the jellies.
They do seem a little bright for an Autumn/Winter collection, but with the earthy tones in the new Gelly's, and the deep autumnal colours of the new silks and core nail paints, I think this was a good call on their part. A lot of us don't feel the need to have seasonally appropriate nail colours on, and it's really refreshing to see a brand take that into consideration. Well done Barry! Good show old chap! :D
I purchased my bottles from the Superdrug website, but these are also available at nailpolish.co.uk (free 1st class delivery), Boots, asos, and of course, direct from the Barry M website.
I hope you've enjoyed looking at these swatches. I'll be back over the weekend with an awesome Halloween nail art design to show you. It's my Nan's 80th birthday tomorrow though, so it may not be until Sunday, depending on what time I get back. See you then lovelies!