Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly

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 ūüôā

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!

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

Barry M Prickly Pear Gelly Nail Paint pale lavender lilac purple gel effect nail polish glossy pastel spring review swatches uk blog swatch

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.

Application:

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!

Which is your favourite Gelly Nail Paint? You can buy Barry M Prickly Pear from Boots.com and Superdrug.com, as well as instore and at Barrym.com, for a very reasonable £3.99!

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