So I’m currently counting down the days till my next holiday (45 days till I say HELLO to the Caribbean!) and I’m trying my best to save up. This means no spending on extras like having my nails done. So instead, I’ve got some at home gel polishes to tell you about!
Barry M Gelly Hi Shine Nail Paint in Shades 24 Elderberry and 25 Kiwi*
I instantly fell in love with these Barry M nail polishes. The Kiwi shade is so bold and bright, perfect for holiday nails as it will look fab with a tan. The softer Elderberry shade is perfect for a more subtle day-time look.
The polish is quite thick which makes it easy to apply and gives even coverage. ‘Hi Shine’ does describe the nail paint well, plus it dries really fast. As always, apply an undercoat to prevent staining and a topcoat so it doesn’t budge! Applying two thin coats creates a beautiful intense colour with both!
I’ve found the shine lasts around three days with these paints. Obviously a real gel manicure stays shiny for longer, but at just £3.99 a pot I’ll just re-do them! These Barry M nail paints are a great budget way to get expensive looking gel nails for a night out.
They have everything: colour, shine and easy to apply… I’m sold!
Midi Rings from Topshop, past season but both Topshop and Accessorize have some amazing rings in at the minute!
George Cosmetics at Asda Gel Pro Nail Varnish in 02 Poppy Red and 04 Nude Beige*
First off, if you don’t apply an undercoat with these George nail paints, you’ll be in trouble. The varnish is thin and very runny which makes for quite an uneven coat. A high quality, thick undercoat definitely goes a long way with these polishes.
Whilst I do like the bold poppy red shade and the understated nude, there wasn’t much more that I liked about them. I found them hard to apply and it felt as though they took forever to dry. Even when they seemed dry, a slight nudge completely moves the varnish, making it look bumpy and messy.
At £3 a pot, they are a little cheaper than the Barry M counterparts but there is no way I would recommend them!
Left ring from Topshop, as above. Right ring is the Queen of Hearts Ring from LVNDR, £3.69.
To make the varnish go more than an hour without smudging, you need to apply the thinnest possible coats and a topcoat with staying power.
So if you do decide to go with an at home gel polish, I’d recommend you get your hands on the Barry M Gelly Nail Paint which comes in 28 shades.13 Papaya and 28 Coconut are next on my list to try as they look scrummy!
Have you tried any at home Gel nails paints? What do you think of the shades I used? Packing for somewhere exotic?
I want to hear about it, so let me know in the comments below!
A faux-ginger, gin drinking, digital marketing gal with a thing for food styling. That was basically my old Tinder bio... Living in Leeds, I'm forever heading out for dinner, buying too many clothes, spending 50% of my money on ubers and, as of now, putting my stamp on my new apartment!