Saturday, 13 April 2013

Barry M 317 Blue Moon Swatch and review

Hi All!
I feel like I haven't blogged for aaages!  It's only been a week though, and I do have some photos ready to go, so it's about time I got my blog on.

Been a busy week this week, work has been super-busy, and pretty stressful, so I'm happy that it's finally the weekend.  Amazingly the sun is out, and things are starting to warm up at last.  Spring might be finally here, after a couple of false starts. 

We watched the movie 'In Time' last night.  I enjoyed it, if you get a chance to watch it I'd say go for it.  I also realised how much I like the actor Cillian Murphy  ;-)

Anyway, back to the nail polish...

I've been wanting to do a review on this polish for a while, but something else always comes up.  I bought it a while back as part of a haul when I was looking for a(nother) light blue for a particular look I wanted, but this one didn't make the grade.  "Why not?"  I hear you ask.  Yes, in my head.  I worry about that, but not often.  Just joking.....
So anyway, enough of this revelrie, let's get on with the review.  Here's Barry M Blue Moon at one coat:
Barry M 317 Blue Moon review
Noooo!  Look at the sheerness! *sad face*

Actually though, application wasn't bad, and dry time was med/fast.  So I perservered.

Here's Blue Moon at 2 coats:
Barry M 317 Blue Moon Swatch
Starting to get some coverage.  This is usually my limit for a polish.  If it's not opaque in 2 coats I'm not interested.  But I was intrigued to see how many coats it took to become opaque.  There is a blue shimmer in this polish that looks pretty in the bottle but it doesn't really show when it's painted on my nail.

So, I went for it again with another coat as I'm in a more patient than usual mood today:
Barry M Blue Moon Review
STILL some VNL!! Although, to be fair, most people would consider this enough coverage.  If you look on my middle finger, you can still make out my nail line.  That would drive me insane, I would feel like I had to apologise for it every time someone commented on my nails.

So, in a bold move I went for another coat, here we are at the heady heights of four coats:
Barry M Blue Moon Swatch
This is finally enough coverage for me, and it also meant I couldn't see my nail ridges.  However it does dry slightly brighter than the bottle colour, which was a little disappointing, as I like that slightly dirty blue look it has in the bottle.  I guess that's the shimmer, and that's why it's different when worn.

So, if you have the patience, at four coats Barry M Blue Moon is a pretty light blue polish with a completely hidden shimmer.

Here's a picture of the brush, as it's the thing that's missing in most polish reviews:
Yes, we do have chipboard wallpaper.  The brush was fine to work with, not too soft and not too stiff.  It also delivered the polish at a consistent speed, with no blobbing or bubbling.

And, me being me, I couldn't resist putting a bit of simple nail art on the top:
All I did was use a blue striper which I bought from the makeup stall at Carlisle indoor market, and a silver striper that I bought from Claires Accessories, and drew on the stripes.  I was going to do some dotting either side, but I think you have to know when to stop sometimes, not one of my strong points, but on this occasion I managed.

Here's another pic of it, along with one of the stripers:
I bought a couple of these stripers, but if I remember rightly this was the only one I really liked.  Am quite liking this look, but am not sure if I can be bothered to do the four coats it took of Blue Moon on my other hand!

I've just been to the Superdrug Website (here) and they're calling this pale blue.  But 317 is Blue Moon, according to the sticker on the bottom of my polish anyway, so I don't know if that's a mistake by Superdrug.  It's available at £2.99, and at the moment they're on 3 for 2.  I've also seen it on Amazon (here) for around the same price once you factor the shipping cost in.

Barry M nail polish is cruelty free, vegan and vegetarian, so at least when you're applying all those coats of polish, you won't be feeling guilty!

In brief, unless you have the patience for the amount of coats it took in order to be opaque, or you don't mind VNL, I wouldn't give this one a thumbs up.  5/10 from me.  Sorry Barry M, because I love alot of your other polishes! 

Until next time...



  1. I have this and love it, when I have the patience to do three or four coats! It's a shame it's so sheer because it's a lovely colour.
    I love what you did with the nail art, too - super pretty!


    1. Thank you so much! Yes, I agree you have to be in the mood to be patient if you want to use it! x x x

  2. Hi Wendy. Your patience is admirable. Recently I was beginning to get really annoyed at my sheers in my collection, until it occurred to me they will still be useful for gradients, or nail art.

    I like the stripes you put on the nails. I can never be satisfied with my own striper manis! Well done.

    1. Thank you lovely lady! Sheers for gradients, great idea! I'm wondering if I should segregate my sheers and store them somewhere else, they're getting in the way! x x x

  3. I have to agree, when a polish takes more than two coats... I'm not impressed. I don't have time or patients. But this colour does look awesome on you, and so does the nail art. Great work!

    1. Thank you so much! It's growing on me x x x

  4. It looks like such a pretty colour once you have put all the coats on but I don't think I would have the patience! The nail art on top looks fab as well :) x

  5. Well done dahling! Next time...try white undies. You shouldn't have to pile on da polish to hide VNL. <3


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