Reviewing the new Barry M Gelly Nail Paints reminded me that I still have yet to wear a few of the original Gellies, so today I have Prickly Pear to show you! I mentioned a few weeks ago that I’m getting a lot more ‘into’ purples, so here is evidence! This is definitely one of my favourite Gelly Nail Paints, along with Dragon Fruit and Green Berry 🙂
Lately my nail polish picks have been quite Springy, although as I write this I am wearing a very unseasonal nail polish, but pastels certainly never used to catch my eye and lately I’ve been loving them!
I remember when the Gelly polishes first came out and everybody was half-hoping the collection would consist of actual ‘jellies’ (nail jargon for a sheer polish that resembles the squishy, almost glassy appearance of real jelly). It turned out though that the ‘Gelly’ naming was to identify the polishes as having a gel-effect finish. Prickly Pear was the only semi-jelly polish of the collection – on the first coat it gives a sheer wash of colour which quickly builds up in the second and third coats to a totally opaque finish, but there is still a hint of the free-edge, in a good way. The glossy finish feels so chic! I feel like this polish would make a good jelly sandwich.
The polish is the perfect blend of red and blue – the purple isn’t too pinky and it’s not too blue either. If I could make a pastel purple, this would be it. It’s incredibly flattering to my pasty skin tone and I really think this is a shade for everyone.
The polish does take 2-3 coats to be totally opaque, depending on how thick your coats are. It dries fast, and to an incredibly glossy high shine – you won’t need topcoat for the gloss! The first coat was a little streaky but it was all evened out on the second coat.
I can’t fault this polish, I absolutely love it and it will certainly be seeing some use this Spring!