Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint: Review

L-R: Blood Orange, Prickly Pear, Blackberry

I picked up these three BarryM Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paints last weekend during my spree in Boots – if you are interested in what else went into my shopping basket check out my drugstore haul here. 

I had been reading a lot of bloggers and watching YouTubers mention the great quality and colour selection and not to mention the great price of the Barry M nail polish range so I wanted to get in on the action! This was a classic ‘the beauty blogger in me made me do it!’ This is my first experience of any Barry M product and at £3.99 each and on a spend £6 on BarryM and get a free Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint what’s not to love?

Blood Orange

I love a good bright red nail polish and this is a welcome addition to my extensive collection (check out my nail polish collection here). The consistency is quite runny so needs a careful hand so as not to flood the cuticle and nail. Also the straight edged and rather thin brush on the polish makes it more tricky to apply so I needed to be very careful. This dried super super quickly – I was astonished at quite how rapidly it was dry to the touch. Once I’ve painted every nail on both hands once, the first nail on the first hand was dry and ready for a second coat. Two coats achieves a bright bold statement look and the polish by itself is incredibly Hi Shine (does exactly what it says on the tin!). I, however applied a top coat to elongate the lasting power to prevent premature chipping. 

Prickly Pear

This shade is a bit outside of my normal shade range but it looked so pretty in the bottle and I fell in love with the cute name. I am so pleased I picked this up as it is a beautiful soft creamy lilac shade and I just couldn’t stop admiring my handy work when I was wearing this shade. It is a wonderfully elegant understated pastel shade which is just perfect for the summer months. This is definitely my favourite out of the three polishes I purchased. The consistency of this polish also seemed to be slightly thicker than the other two making it easier to apply.


I actually thought I had picked up Blue Grape which is a bright royal blue polish. However when I got home I realised I had made a mistake but I am not disappointed. This is a lovely deep navy colour which with two coats gives quite a bold yet graceful look to the nail. I think this deeper tone is more suited to the autumn months and I’m sure I will be wearing it loads then. 

Overall I was pleasantly surprised by the quality and impressed with the number of shades and finishes in the range. For £3.99 you just can’t go wrong. Will definitely be paying more attention to BarryM in the future!

Let me know what you think of these colours – have you tried them? Which one is your favourite? Do you have any recommendations for me which I just must give a go?


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