Hey everyone 🙂 a couple of weeks back I showed you the new Barry M Speedy Collection and the Spring 2015 Barry M Gelly additions – at the same time they released the new Gelly Hi-Shine “Plumpy” Topcoat, which I was also sent to review. I thought I’d try it out for a little while to give a proper overview on it, hence why this review is a little late! 🙂
As this is part of the Gelly range, it’s designed to have a ‘gel effect’ to look nice and glossy and slightly thick.
The Plumpy Gelly Topcoat features the new flat brush that’s also used in the Speedy Collection, which makes neat application nice and easy.
To fully test out the topcoat I’ve been using it over glitter (index and pinkie), stamping (index and middle), and the Barry M Nail Art pens (ring finger). It works really well to cover chunky glitter up – usually 1-2 coats for me, and it doesn’t smudge stamping or nail art pens :).
It is touch-dry pretty quickly (about 30-60 seconds) but takes a little longer to fully dry. Despite this I’m a big fan – for those days when I’m not rushing out the door with wet nails, and I have a spare half an hour to let my nails dry while reading a book or something it’s really worth it. Despite being quite a thick topcoat (but not gloopy), it doesn’t cause shrinkage and has made my manicures last a good 3-5 days with no chips, which is great in my books! The finish SUPER glossy, and is also plumped up a little, rather like a gel polish.
For those of you wondering, this topcoat is a lot better quality (in my opinion) than the slightly thinner 2-in-1 Base and Topcoat from Barry M. They’re very different – the latter being much thinner and (for me) I don’t notice any added longevity when using it.
The Barry M Plumpy Topcoat is available at Boots and Superdrug, for a very affordable £2.99. I will be stocking up – as you can see from the photos, I’ve used quite a bit already!