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Barry M Strawberry Nail Paint review & swatches

This is Barry M's nail paint in 309 Strawberry. Honestly, I feel something like "Cotton Candy" would have been more appropriate, given the type of sweet, light pink colour this is; it doesn't remind me of strawberries at all. Oh well, maybe that's just me. I've bought a few Barry M nail polishes in the past, but I didn't like those much at all. My main issue is with the formula; it's thick, yet not very opaque. It goes on streaky, and you need multiple layers to get full coverage, which then takes ages to dry because of the thickness. Well, that was my experience with the old polishes, anyway. Because of that, I hadn't bought any new ones in like 3 or 4 years, so they could have changed the formula since then. At any rate, I was willing to give this new polish a fair chance.

Sadly, I was disappointed. The formula still has all the same issues listed above. It applied quite streakily, although you can't really tell from this photo. Another thing covered up by the light reflecting of the glossy finish in this photo, but apparent in real life, was that I still had a visible nail line (ie. still not 100% opaque) after three coats of polish. I had tried to keep those as thin as possible, and let the polish dry for a good 15 minutes, but I still completely ruined the polish on one of my nails immediately after taking this picture. (Read: I lightly bumped into the side of my desk, and it completely took off half the polish on that nail.)

In addition to that, it's just not my kind of colour. I prefer shimmers or even glitters to creamy polishes, for one, and I also prefer bolder colours rather than super sweet girly shades like this. Obviously, that's a matter of personal preference, though; this colour might be exactly what you love. Still, I doubt I'll be wearing this again.

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