• Ellie Stennett


First of all, I hope everyone is having a super awesome 2017! It's Februrary already, like this is madnesssssssss! Time flies when you're doing nothing with your life except university work and scoffing junk food 24/7 while scrolling down ASOS for cute underwear you'll never fit into (my life in a nut shell.) Shall I move on from self loathing and actually start reviewing some products? I think so.

We all love a good set of fresh claws don't we? Parties, nights out, dates... scratching the eyes out of our enemies, but having them done all the time is soooooo expensive and sometimes we just don't have the cash to splash! So, what's the answer? paint them ourselves! There is something very therapeutic about painting your own nails, don't you think?

Now I KNOW, and do not pretend like you haven't, we have ALL been through that Barry M nail paint obsession stage where you collect as many colours as you can! Barry M is like our nail paint 'knight in shining armour' and ONCE AGAIN they have come through and supported us during our Metallic obsession. During the summer of '16, Barry M released a mini collection called Molten Metal Nail Paints in four BEAUTIFUL shades, and can we just appreciated how SASSY the names are? HUNNY YES!

Bronze Bae

Silver Lining

Copper Mine

Gold Digger

Barry M is cruelty-free!

(yes I did need to use a large font there because this is just amazing news!)

Barry M have a whole page dedicated to being cruelty-free and vegan in which it explains that since the company started in 1982, they have never tested on, engaged with companies or used any ingredients which test on animals. Barry M is listed as cruelty-free on the Naturewatch Compassionate Shopping Guide, as well as working with amazing animal protection charities such as Humane Society International and FOUR PAWS. SOME products do contain bees wax, making them unsuitable for vegans, which is a shame and hopefully this changes in the near future! HOWEVER, Molten Metal nail paints ARE CRUELTY-FREE AND VEGAN... SO BUY THEM NOWWWWWW! and while you're at it, sign the pledge too. Help stop animal testing.

(Photo: Barry M website)

They're all £3.99 at Boots, Superdrug and even on the Barry M website which is incredible for a nail varnish that lasts the better part of a lifetime. Highly rate that. I ordered mine from the Barry M website, the products came extremely quickly, I think between 3-5 days? However, they only sent me 2 out of the 4 nail paints I ordered, which was a bit of a let down. BUT, it got sorted quickly, I rang up, spoke to a super lovely lady who sent my missing items out that day, and they arrived a day or two later with no problems! They also sent me a cheeky few freebies which was sickkkkkkkkkk! Everyone makes mistakes, let's just hope it doesn't happen again!

Some people think there is problem with metallic nails, you're either walking a fine line between 'teenage girl who is too big for her boots' or 'sassy lassy who's jumped straight out of the 80's who we inspire to be.' Personally, I love metallic nails and I think if you like it, wear it. A good aspect of metallic nail varnish is they literally go with everything and adds a hint of 'unique' to your style.

Bronze Bae - Bronze metallic foil.

Classic metallic shade, but Barry M have taken an unusual approach by adding cool, golden undertones which reflect the light creating a shimmer affect. I think this shade looks incredible on all skin tones and it doesn't clash with much in terms of outfits and accessories. A strong shade in my opinion, highly recommend. Although, you do need to apply 2/3 coats to get a strong colour.

Copper Mine - Warm copper/bronze metallic foil.

Out of this mini collection, this one is my personal favourite. I find the shade extremely unusual which is probably why I adore it so much. I would have assumed this metallic collection would have included a rose gold tone, but Barry M obviously thought "nah we don't want to be predictable, let's shake 'em up a bit" and BAM, this stunning warm copper shade was born! I'm a bigggggg fan of dark natural shades, I find them to add a statement to a once simplistic style. A casual outfit, say black jeans, white tee, black leather jacket, some accessories, classic makeup, darker nude lippy and then Copper Mine on the nails to complete. Sassy yet effortless. As this nail paint is darker than the rest, it doesn't need more than 2 coats to be opaque.

Gold Digger - pale gold metallic foil

When I think of a gold nail paint, I think tacky. Yet, Barry M have avoided that by creating a pale gold metallic foil finish with a dash of shimmer in there. The colour is not overpowering at all and will complete any outfit that has incorporated some golden aspects. It's the subtle things. The only issue I had with this paint was that the viscosity was extremely thin, I did have to apply around 3 coats to really get the colour popping.

Silver Lining - Dark silver metallic foil.

I do love a cheeky bit of silver, I will admit. I feel like silver goes with any skin tone and it just all around SLAYS. Although this shade is not very 'original', there are dark undertones to the shimmer that adds a sense of 'unique' to the nail paint which is just stunning. I'd say don't wear this nail paint if you're outfit has any other metallic shade in it as it will clash harder than a wasabi flavoured KitKat (I haven't tried it, it just sounds vile from start to finish.)

With this collection, Barry M have used a flat application brush which is dopeeee because you only need one stroke of the nail paint and its covered your nail! I find they take a little while to dry, but I'm not sure if this is down to the formula of the nail paint(?) I'd recommend not painting your nails if you're on a tight schedule, otherwise it'll be smudge city. SMUDGE CITY!

Apply 2/3 coats of the nail paint for a stronggggggg opaque coverage and then applying a clear top coat to lock in the colour and add protection. To be honest, I never really applied a top coat with the Molten Metal collection because I found they did not chip as easily as other nail paints. They're very trustworthy, they've got your back. Bae is in the form of nail paints now. Deal with it.

Overall, the Molten Metal mini collection is stunning. I loveeee it! I want them forever and to never, ever ennnnnd! I highly recommend giving these bad boys a try, even if you're not a fan of metallic nails, they will change your mind!

Have you tried any shades from this collection? Which was your favourite? Let me know in the comments below x

Until next time,

- E x

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