If you’re a regular round her you’ll know I’m a big fan of Barry M, especially their nail varnishes. Great colours and finishes for a very affordable price, what could be better?

So when I spotted the new Barry M Speedy Quick Dry nail paints I was powerless to resist. They just dropped into my basket. We’ve all been there.

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Varnish

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Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish

Kiko 372 Nude Nail Varnish

This is another of the polishes I got in the Kiko sale in France (2.50 Euro per polish… it would’ve been rude not to take advantage of that so I got loads!)

Kiko 372 Nude nail varnish is a creamy blush coloured polish with more than a hint of grey (and regular readers will know how I feel about grey!) I really like this barely-there polish, it is so classy without being boring and will go with absolutely any outfit.

This nail varnish needed 2 fairly thick coats to get full coverage, but Kiko polishes always apply and dry very well so that wasn’t a problem. This is shown topped with Seche Vite.

You can get Kiko polishes HERE.

Lex

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Gabrini 398 Nail Varnish Review

Gabrini 398 Nail Varnish Review

Cabrini 398 is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home, apparently when I really like the look of a polish I don’t even bother to read the packaging! I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.

But this one was different. This is two easy to apply coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes – it’s softer looking and almost rubbery. It would be perfect for a first timer in the matte polish area.

Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one that I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!

You can look at the whole Gabrini Matte nail polish range HERE.

Lex

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Gabrini 398 Nail Varnish Review

This is a lovely grey polish that I didn’t even realise was matte until I got home. I love matte finishes on manicures, but prefer to paint a matte top coat over a regular polish so that I can do a layer of Seche Vite between. I have found the matte polishes tend to drag and leave a bumpy finish.

But this one was different. This is two, easy to apply, coats and as you can see the finish is perfect. I also like that it’s not as flat or dull as most matte polishes – it’s softer looking and almost rubbery.

Anyone else tried any Gabrini polishes? Every one I try makes me sure that I’m robbing them somehow by getting them for 99p!

Lex

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OPI It’s Totally Fort Worth It

OPI It’s Totally Fort Worth It

This little beauty is a polish from the 2011 Texas collection. When I first saw this collection I didn’t fall in love, so I’m really glad that I tried a few of the polishes because they really surprised me.

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Essie Chinchilly Nail Varnish

Essie Chinchilly Nail Varnish

Essie Chinchilly nail varnish has been on my wishlist for a while. I have a *thing* for grey polish. I don’t know what it is about it that I like so much: it’s classy but interesting, simple but eye-catching… if I’m feeling uninspired and stood staring at my collection, I will inevitably go for a grey.

And this is a really lovely grey. It’s almost lavender-toned in certain lights and looks soft (am I the only one who thinks that?). I’ve described greys as ‘dove grey’ before, but I think this is the truest representation of that description that I’ve seen.

This took two coats of polish and is topped with Seche Vite.

You can buy this classic polish HERE.

Lex

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Seventeen Rock Hard Nail Effects in Grey

Seventeen Rock Hard Nail Effects in Grey

Okay, I admit it – My name is Lex and I am a textured nail-a-holic. I can’t stop. They are everywhere at the moment and I can’t stop.

Seventeen (with their new branding, which I LOVE) do excellent nail polishes – great colours, keep up with the trends, long lasting. These are no exception. These are slightly grittier than the Barry M textured polishes and Seventeen have gone with edgier colours (grey, black and red rather than pastels).

I still love them. I still can’t stop touching them. I hope these new finishes stay around as they are the most interesting thing to happen to nail varnish in ages!

You can buy this polish HERE.

Lex

 

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OPI Skull and Glossbones

OPI Skull and Glossbones

This is another polish from the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ Collection – OPI Skull and Glossbones (I LOVE THAT NAME). Although I have no desire to ever (EVER) see this film, the nail polish collection to go with it has really impressed me.

This is a very light grey creme polish with a slight sage green tint. I love grey polishes in all their forms but this one is my new favourite. It is a perfect, classic nail varnish with an unusual twist. What’s not to like?

This required 2 thin coats and the pictures show the manicure topped with Seche Vite. I think OPI have no discontinued this range, but you can buy this polish HERE.

Lex

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