I’m normally quite behind on new polishes and trends, so when I heard Barry M were bringing out some textured polishes, I knew I had to get at least one of them. Yes, I bought 2 but I’m glad I did.
Initially, I wasn’t sure if I would like the whole textured thing, but based on pre-release swatches I had seen, I really wanted to at least try Station Road (the yellow one). I do like a good yellow polish and this looked gorgeous, but now, although I like the yellow one, I’m glad I got Ridley Road as well because it is lush and definitely my favourite of the two.
So this is Station Road. The application was really good, although I did find the consistancy a little bit runny compared to normal Nail Paints, this might be because of the textured effect. I applied it in thin coats and although it was pretty much covered in 2, I added a 3rd for good luck. When applying, you can kind of see the little white particles and the drying time is pretty quick so you start to see the textured effect appear quite soon. It dries matte with the effect, which is good for hiding any imperfections. The actual textured effect is quite hard to explain, its like a smooth, grainy feeling when you run your finger over it (best I can do).
You can’t actually see it in my photos, but Station Road does have tiny flecks of gold shimmer in it. Tbh you can barely see them when it has been applied, but when the sun catches it, it looks stunning. It is visible in the bottle so cue obligatory shimmer in bottle shot.
And this is my new love, Ridley Road. It’s a gorgeous mint green colour and the textured effect seems to have come out better with this polish but then I’m not 100% sure this wasn’t due to my application. It applied much the same as Station Road, went on easily, dried pretty quickly and I used 3 coats again for good measure. I thought they might be a bitch to clean up afterwards but it was a lot easier than I anticipated.
I did have a problem with getting the true colour of these in my photos, they are just a little bit more pastel than the photos show and they are perfect spring colours. I’m going to be wearing these a lot me thinks.
They are quite sturdy polishes as well, I have had them on for 3 days now and have no chips at all, even without a top coat, even though I have Station Road on my right hand and Ridley Road on my left, I just couldn’t bear to take them off.
As usual, Barry M are great at bringing out quality products for a nice low price. The Textured polishes are currently available from Superdrug and the Barry M Website for £3.99 each or in store they are currently 2 for £6, it does show the 2 for £6 offer on the website but only on Kingsland Road and Station Road. They will also be available in Boots (those that stock Barry M) from February 20th, which is this Wednesday.
These are great for those who are on a budget but want to try this trend, and they are a great alternative to Nails Inc Concrete Polishes which are £12 or OPI Liquid Sand Polishes which can range in price depending on where you get them.
I’d like to see a proper side by side comparison of Barry M textured and Nails inc Concrete as I think they look pretty much identical. So if any of you have done this or know of anyone who has, let me know in the comments.
I might end up buying the other 2 from the textured range (even though I’m not a massive fan of pink) just because I’m loving these ones so much.
What do you think of this trend and will you be buying into it? I’m really hoping Barry M bring them out in some darker colours as well, I think they would be lush is Black and a dark purple. So, please Barry M’ers, make it happen.