Barry M Gelly – Pomegranate

I actually have 3 shades of this new Barry M formula (I went a bit beauty blogger crazy and bought them all at once) and was holding back the swatches to review them all at once but the third didn’t turn out so well and I decided to go ahead and tell you what I though of them individually. First and foremost Essie have totally spoiled me with their uber wide brush (Rimmel’s Lycra Pro is similar) so the twiddly little thing on this was a bit of a disappointment but I know some people prefer a finer applicator. Formula wise it’s nice and opaque and two coats is enough to achieve the bottle colour, it does take a while to dry but I always paint my nails when I have plenty of time so that’s no huge con for me but I have to say the finish wasn’t as exciting as I expected. It had been so hyped up to be the glossiest polish but I find you still need a top coat, not just to promote longevity but also to smooth off the finish as the polish shows ripples and ridges and shiny as it is it’s not gel-like as many have claimed. Perhaps it’s just me, I do tend to reach for super glossy top coats so this just doesn’t compare but for those using a regular one maybe is does? Overall the formula and colour range is nice but I wouldn’t pay the extra £1 for the Gelly range in future as I’m not benefiting from the hi-shine finish.Pomegranate is a rich raspberry red that’s a nice alternative to pillarbox for those who prefer a pinkier shade.

Available online here for £3.99

Have you tried any of the Gelly polishes? What do you think?

Miss BB



  1. Butterfliesandlillies - Michelle
    7 December, 2012 / 6:49 pm

    I wouldn’t get anymore of these either, the brush is awful .. I much prefer essie’s wide brush. Also it chipped within a day or two so not the best. X

  2. 7 December, 2012 / 10:22 pm

    Really want to try these! This colour is just perfect! ♥

    • missbudgetbeauty
      10 December, 2012 / 10:23 am

      I’m kind of taking back the top coat comment now, I wore another this week and it was actually very shiny.. hmm..

  3. 9 December, 2012 / 9:43 pm

    I bought the dark purple version of this, gave up on waiting for it to dry, and really didn’t like the brush or the finish! Majorly overhyped, I think x

  4. liloo
    10 December, 2012 / 10:11 am

    what a gorgeous colour! xx

    • missbudgetbeauty
      10 December, 2012 / 10:15 am

      it’s actually my favourite of the 3 I picked up and I’m kind of coming around the the shine. I need a little extra something on the tips to prevent chipping so I’ve been using glitter and that seems to work nicely

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