When I was little I wanted to be Ariel from The Little Mermaid. I yearned to be friends with a crab while singing about gadgets and gizmos a-plenty (whozits and whatzits galore.) There’s something a little bit magical about mermaids, the texture of their tails and the shimmering nature of their scales. This springtime Barry M are bringing a little bit of Ariel to all of us with their Aquarium inspired collection of nail varnishes and effects. I’m not normally one to rave about Barry’s nail varnish, but with this collection of six polishes they’ve really got me hooked. (Sorry.)
Available in two mini collections (with red or green undertones,) the Aquarium sextet includes two strong shades of polish and two more delicate interpretations, as well as a complementary textured topcoat. All six varnishes include hint of two shades and a touch of gold, which catch the light to create a ‘petrol’ type effect. The colours are really quite strong and provide a true-to-bottle effect in two coats, as well as helping to smooth the nail and disguise any imperfections or ridges.
Not normally one for sparkles or topcoats, I really fell in love with these two topcoats as soon as I saw them. Unusually featuring chunks of foil an irregular shapes, they remind me of seaweed and create a striking look on the nail. They almost look like nail foils and can be arranged delicately on the nail to create the look you want; brushing the topcoat on doesn’t work particularly well, so you do have to take a more artist approach to dabbing and blotting!
Because this collection is just so damn awesome, I’m giving the whole lot away to one lucky reader. That’s SIX Barry M nail polishes (the entire Acquarium collection) worth £3.99 each, available to you before they launch next month. Want to win? Just enter via the widget below. Good luck!