Nailed: Chameleon

One of the exciting new arrivals from Barry M is the Chameleon range. As you may have guessed from their title, these polishes are colour shifters, all you need is a little clear nail polish to watch the magic begin. Another brilliant invention from the mighty Bazza! Standing alongside its new rival Denim, a blue, matte polish with a slight silver shimmer, and the new glitter shades (which I’m desperate to try!), Chameleon definately has the edge.

I have all three of the Chameleon naill effect polishes, in lilac, pink and blue. Pictured above is the lilac chameleon. The lilac has a silver shimmer and is one of the strongest colour changers out of the three metallic shades. After applying just one coat (which dries extremely quickly) you can create designs using just clear nail polish, which when applied, seems to melt and dye the original colour underneath. For my quick and simple design I used the brush of my clear polish to create a diagonal design on my nails. I used two coats of the clear polish to achieve a darker colour change, which is a dark lavender colour with a blue tinge. If you want just a slight, ombre change then opt for one, light coat.
Note – You cannot add a top coat to this design as this will just transform the colour of the entire nail.

I’ve always loved Barry M nail paint. Their prices are brilliant for the colour shades they offer and the nail effects you can achieve. If you love to experiment with polishes on a budget, Barry M is perfect for you as you can buy 3 nail paint colours for the price of just one Essie.

Barry M Chameleon nail paints retail at £3.99 online and at Superdrug and Boots stores. Original nail paints are still £2.99

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Nailed: All that glitz…

For the last couple of weeks I’ve happily switched between two gorgeous Barry M pastel shades – Peach Melba and Strawberry Ice Cream. But with all this lovely, sunny spring weather we’ve been having, it was only a matter of time before the dull rain clouds overcast Essex once again. This has resulted in me switching up my nail colour once again, reflecting a shade more suitable for the april showers that await. I’ve opted for a glitter encrusted design with a iris purple undercoat, for a sparkling galaxy look.

To create my look, I firstly used L.A. Colors Color Craze in Tropical Breeze. I received this polish as a birthday gift, and being my first time using it, I was generally quite impressed. Although you need a fair few coats before receiving a totally even colour (3-4 in my case), the polish dries quickly and thus far has a chip resisting quality.

Secondly, I used Rimmel London’s Lasting Finish polish in 500 Disco Ball. As with most glitter nail polishes, many layers are needed to create a thick sparkling look. This polish has silver glitter particles and slightly larger blue holograms and suited well with the Color Craze undercoat.

Finally I used one coat of Barry M’s 244 Hologram polish to add larger glitter pieces to my galaxy fingers. The polish also acts as a clear top coat, so no other polish is needed after this.

Although my nails are now thickly coated and did take a while to produce, I’m happy with the result (do mind my messy nails, not the best they’ve looked I’m afraid!).