Monday, 22 February 2016

Barry M Spring '16 Speedy Polishes - Swatches and Review

I think this week will informally be known as 'Barry M' week. I've got the Spring '16 releases from THREE of their nail polish ranges to show you guys so it's going to be swatches upon swatches this week but you guys like 'em. The first post this week is all about the new Speedy polishes that have joined the fast-drying range. The four new shades cover a variety of nude shades, as well as a nice dusky purple shade.

First up, we have Winning Streak, a light peachy nude. I love this shade because it's so light and delicate. It's one of those classic bridal or safe-for-work shades that would go with any outfit or occasion. It took three coats to get full opacity and of course dry time between coats is pretty short so whilst you need to apply the extra polish, it doesn't really take that long (about a minute drying time). This swatch, as well as the rest, are without base or top coat because if you're using the Speedy polishes for their intended purpose, you're the type of person who's not bothered by that sort of thing.

Secondly, we have In a Flash, a pink-toned nude. Winning Streak and In a Flash are EXTREMELY similar when put side by side in the bottle and as you can see in the swatches, the difference between them on the nail is minute. It all comes down to personal preference on this one, if you prefer peachy nudes, go for Winning Streak and if you prefer pink nudes, then In a Flash is the one. In a Flash did take four coats to get full opacity so it does have a slightly streakier formula than Winning Streak but its still a pretty shade.

Freestyle is a dusky pink shade. I'm a big fan of these sort of dusky shades which make shades which are usually bright and in your face more subtle. Freestyle needs three coats for full opacity.

Lastly, we have Personal Best, a mid-purple shade which sits inbetween Lap of Honour and Need for Speed, shades from the same collection. This shade is a little more opaque so you could get away with just using two layers if you'd like but I used three to be on the safe side. Lap of Honour is a lovely shade that will be a good transition shade between the darker shades of Winter and the paler colours of Spring.

Whilst there are a few shades that are pretty close matches to these new ones already in the collection, the pastel shades from last Spring's launch of the collection are definite pastels whereas the shades released this season do appear to be more nude in tone, except Personal Best of course. The polishes are as quick drying as the rest of the polishes in the collection and give a good colour pay off for the thinner formula. The polishes are prone to a little bubbling but this is part and parcel with quick-drying formulas. If you want a flawless finish, then take the time to use colours from the original collection or the Gellys or Sunset collection but if you're that gal who is always painting their nails when they should have left the house five minutes ago then you can't go wrong with the Speedys.

Barry M Speedy polishes are priced at £3.99 and are available from Barry M's website, Superdrug and Boots. Let me know which shade you like the best and be sure to keep up-to-date on all my social media accounts, until next time :)

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