New Season Nudes From Barry M: Quick Drying, Hardwearing, Shiny Finishes

Springtime nail trends for 2016 are all about going back to basics. Gone are the days when bright neons and textured talons were the fashion editor’s choice; now we’re definitely embracing the understated trend of nude nails and subtle tones that don’t overpower what we’re wearing. I’ve been backtracking my nail choices for some time, preferring to opt for an ‘almost naked’ shade or berry tone that’s universal in its appeal; there’s something effortlessly chic about short and perfectly manicured nails adorned with a colour that doesn’t try too hard. This spring Barry M are taking a rather surprising approach to their best selling nail paint, staying clear of bold and bright polishes and embracing the femininity of a pale pink, grey or beige. With two different finishes to choose from (and all being available for the bargain price of £3.99) there’s nothing not to love as we step into spring.

If you’ve never tried the Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint then you need to get down to your local Boots or Superdrug stat. The rich formulas are a dream to apply, providing a rich colour result that’s touch-dry within seconds; although you still need to give it a good thirty minutes to be completely set through (like any polish) there’s no need to spray on a quick-dry spray or drying drops, because the encapsulated technology does that for you. Available in Flash, Freestyle, Winning Streak and Personal Best, all four shades are thoroughly suited to my English Rose complexion; I love the three understated nude shades that all offer up a slightly different take on the trend, while the lilac tone offers up a little taste of the pastel tones we’re so used to seeing.

Similarly, the Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint provides a super shiny finish that looks like you’ve just stepped out of the salon. Butterscotch Sundae, Cream Soda, Birthday Suit and Pink Lemonade offer a very similar shade to the Speedy polishes, just with an alternative finish. The texture is slightly thicker and helps create an effortlessly chic nail, but I do find these slightly more prone to chipping. However, the wide applicator brush glides over nails dreamily to provide a uniform finish in only one coat; it’s easy to ‘top up’ the tips of nails if they chip without overloading the surface with four or five layers!

It’s refreshing to see a spring collection that’s not full of the usual pretty pinks and pastel blues, while still remaining incredibly relevant and chic. I would absolutely wear all eight of these shades and have already been rotating the nude tones since they arrived on my desk. Although nobody needs all eight, it’s definitely worth popping down to your local store and grabbing a couple to get you through the springtime months with ease. Any shade that means I don’t have to keep changing my polish is a winner in my book.

What do you think of these new Barry M nude shades for spring?

The new Barry M nude shades are available now, priced £3.99 each.

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  1. Pam Scalfi
    February 19, 2016 / 10:38 am

    im really loving the entire collection, everything looks so good and the gelly paints are brilliant!Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. Fran Mcmonagle
    February 19, 2016 / 10:45 am

    I love the quick dry range, a complete god send! I'll certainly be picking a few of these up! ♥ Fran – xx

  3. Vivian Yuen
    February 19, 2016 / 2:09 pm

    Love all of these neutral colours! Vivian | LIVE . IN . LOVE ~

  4. Rebecca
    February 19, 2016 / 2:19 pm

    I cant wait to get my hands on some of these shades!

  5. Zoe Mountford
    February 19, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Wow these are all so stunning I can't pick a favourite x Zoe Mountford x

  6. Kirstie Melville
    February 20, 2016 / 12:48 am

    Some of these shades are gorgeous. These are two are my favourite nail polish formulas, with the Speedy Quick Dry winning ever so slightly.Kirstie | Behind The Scent

  7. Abigail Alice
    February 20, 2016 / 2:41 am

    O M G these colours are so beautiful! I'm especially liking the more purple/mauve shades.ABIGAIL ALICE X

  8. angelicaannaa.
    February 20, 2016 / 7:17 pm

    The shades are so pretty! I much prefer the quick dry nail varnishes I find they apply so much easier!

  9. London Vibes
    February 21, 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I love all those colours! I'm really into nudes for the spring

  10. Alison
    February 23, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    I've been testing some of them for my blog, but the palest ones are just too pale for my Celtic colouring. It looked like my nails had been Tippexed!

  11. Shona O'Sullivan
    February 24, 2016 / 1:26 pm

    These colours are so pretty! Definitely going to pick them up and give them a go!

  12. Cat
    February 24, 2016 / 6:03 pm

    I just adore the Gelly nail polishes by Barry M, they really are amazing

  13. Ria
    February 27, 2016 / 7:15 pm

    These look gorgeous! I'll be definitely getting 2 (or more) of them soon.

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