Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints Review | Spring Nail Edit

Seeing as my hands are generally safely wrapped in gloves during the colder months, I never really bother to paint my nails through autumn winter (aside from Christmas of course!) but when spring and summer come along I truly fall in love with painting them! There’s nothing better than a pop of colour on the nails; it can really set off your outfit.

I thought I’d collect together my current favourite shades to wear on my nails – all of which happen to be from Barry M, because I love the formula of their polishes.

L-R: Rose Hip, Pink Punch, Sugar Apple, Passion Fruit, Papaya, Prickly Pear & Grapefruit
L-R: Sugar Apple, Pink Punch, Rose Hip, Passion Fruit, Papaya, Grapefruit & Prickly Pear

Price & Packaging

The packaging of these nail polishes is pretty basis – I mean, how incredible can a bottle of polish actually be?! – but it’s good enough! The bottles are made of thick glass so they are unlikely to smash (good for travel); the lids are silver and the brushes are the traditional circular shape which makes application easy.

They cost £3.99 each from Boots, but there’s generally an offer on so keep your eye out for a good opportunity to purchase!

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L-R: Sugar Apple, Pink Punch, Rose Hip, Passion Fruit, Papaya, Grapefruit & Prickly Pear

Colour Range

If you are after a specific colour for your nails, Barry M is honestly the best place to look! They have so many colours!
In the Gelly Hi Shine range there are 40 shades stocked on the Barry M website, which is an exceptionally large selection to choose from! There are colours prefect for all seasons.
The colours I’m loving at the minute are all either pastels or brights – perfect for spring and summer!


On the whole, I adore this formula! It’s very opaque and I only need two coats for full colour, even with the pale pastels. The opaqueness in formula does range throughout the colour selection, though – for example, Passion Fruit (the red) could probably be worn with one coat alone, but Prickly Pear (lilac) was actually awful; I had to do FOUR coats to get full pigment!

The texture is quite thick which means that they do take a while to dry – not good if you’re an impatient so and so like I am! I would say that a thin coat would take around 3-5 minutes to be 100% dry, but obviously you can paint your next coat a little sooner than that.

The finish is, as the name would suggest, very glossy even without a top coat (although I always use one anyway!). The result really is similar to that of shellac gel. The formula also lasts brilliantly – I get at least 4 days with zero chips!

Have you tried Barry M nail polishes? What do you think?

El xx

6 thoughts on “Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints Review | Spring Nail Edit

    1. I find that some of the other formulas can chip, but this Gelly formula actually lasts very well! I find it to be very chip resistant and last around 3 days before minor chips. I think it’s the best formula for longevity 🙂 xx

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