Perhaps my expectations were too high with this product, I mean it’s a budget supermarket ‘generic’ brand so it’s not going be that great, right? NO! Everything I buy should be great.. okay maybe not AS great as slightly more expensive versions but it should be good. Some believe you get what you pay for and too an extent that is true but I KNOW you can get better than this for less so in this case I’m just plain disappointed. When it comes to nails I love me some shine, anything dubbed gel is top of my ‘to try’ list so as soon as I spotted this I had to have it. It’s £3 which is reasonable but 5p more than the regular Barry M line so y’know.. if we’re comparing. The shade selection was good but it must have been popular because there was little left to choose from so I bought ‘Plum’ with the coming season in mind.
The colour (I’m sure you’ll agree) is very pretty and the parts that set smooth have a very glossy finish (far better than the Barry M Gelly’s) but this was an absolute b**tard to apply. So thick and gloopy which those of you fellow polish junkies will know doesn’t bode well for an even finish. Going off on a tangeant slightly, the best Gel top coats I’ve tried have ended up with air bubbles towards the end of their life and the reason for this (usually) is the consistency. When it’s no longer thin enough to coat the nail nicely without drying almost immediately on contact it created this kind of textured mess – with the exclusion of Seche Vite which I have always found to be perfect from first coat to last. This was a brand new bottle but even as I was applying it (messily – it wasn’t easy) I knew it wasn’t going to end well. Now when I posted a picture on instgram some causes were suggested, 1. Heat – okay, it’s humid at the moment but I was painting my toes with an Essie colour at the same time and had no issues. 2. Not enough drying time – I can accept that and because it’s so thick I would imagine regardless of time the bottom layer would never have totally dried but regardless of these factors – it’s just not very good.
At the same time I bought a coloured eyeliner from the George makeup line and that I actually do really like but there have been more disappointing products from this range for me than ones I’ve enjoyed so I’m in two minds as to whether I should try any more. Any recommendations welcome and if you’ve tried this and loved it let me know.. perhaps it was a bad bottle but it’s all I have to judge it on