PHOTOS & WORDS: ZOE LONDON
BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING POLISH IN OUT OF MY RED*, LIKE A NUDE*, I’VE BEEN PINKIN*, FUCHSIA GENERATION*, FOR THE STARS*, MAKE ME TEAL*, DRIVE ME NAVY*
BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING POLISH TOP COAT*
BOURJOIS LA LAQUE POLISH IN NI VERNIS BLEU*, FUCHSIO BELLA*, ARE YOU REDDY?*, ORANGE OUTRANT*
So it’s not often that two high street nail launches come out at the same time with similar shades, but I couldn’t help but notice the similarities in shade selection from these two brand new ranges – from Barry M and Bourjois respectively. They’re actually both quite different in terms of finish and longevity, and it almost feels wrong to compare them, but as they were so similar I figured it wasn’t massively necessary to post twice about two very similar ranges.
Both with a bunch of pretty Summery bold shades, a mix of reds/oranges/pinks and some bold blues, with the Bourjois range actually encompassing 12 shades – of which I only have four to show you today – and the full Barry M range of seven with one topcoat. Seeing as i’ve now worn both, let’s get stuck in.
For reference, the red shade on my nails photographed is Fuchsia Generation from the Barry M range, and the green shade on my nails photographed is Ni Vernis Bleu from the Bourjois range.
BARRY M SUNSET DAYLIGHT CURING NAIL PAINTS
These are a really unusual high street launch from Barry M actually. Claiming to be a ‘gel manicure’ without the UV kit needed – the top coat supposedly creates the same effect under sunlight alone – they’re pretty different to anything i’ve seen in Superdrug. I use some great Gel Polishes from Revlon already – review here – and I had similar hopes for the Barry M range in terms of longevity. The Revlon Gel Envy topcoat is actually the best topcoat I’ve ever used and creates a thick, lush gel looking nail that lasts for days without chipping.
So, with that in mind Barry M’s Sunset Daylight Curing had a lot to live up to. The first thing I noticed is that it’s quite a thin coat of paint, and you definitely need two or three layers to create the thick look. It actually says on the little tag attached to it that it’s best to apply two thin coats, so that’s what I did and even though it didn’t seem that thick at first, after two thin coats it did fill out better. You then wait for that to dry and apply again, a thin coat of the Daylight Curing topcoat. Leave it to dry and it claims it lasts up to 10 days.
The skinny? Well unfortunately it chipped on me the very next day. I tried it again a second time with the topcoat as instructed and yup, chipped again after less than 24 hours. Really odd as the regular Barry M Nail Paints at least wait 2 days or more before chipping but on me these just didn’t work. I took that photo above less than 12 hours after painting this polish on and you can see it chipped all round the edges of my thumbs and some fingers, but after that photo was taken it chipped worse. I wouldn’t go ruling them out just yet, with seven gorgeous shades at only £4.99 each, they’re still a bargain polish. And if you already have a great topcoat like Seche Vite or my trusty Revlon Gel Envy, they’ll definitely last longer. Nice concept Barry M and you know I adore your polishes, but for me this one just wasn’t great.
BOURJOIS LA LAQUE
I was familiar with the previous launch by Bourjois called ‘So Laque’, but the newest addition to the Bourjois nail polish family is called La Laque, and while similar, is slightly different. With a thicker coat and more glossy pigment, they’re as close as gel nails on the high street but with an affordable price tag. Launching in 12 shades, so a few more than the Barry M collection, I have four of them today to show you.
The one I chose to apply to my nails was called Ni Vernis Bleu and in some lights it looks quite blue, and in others quite turquoise. It applied nice and thickly and pigmented on the first coat, performing better than the Barry M thinner coat, but was still a bit streaky and I found was a bit hard to ‘repair’ if I had put too little or too much on the brush as it seemed to dry and pull across the nail quite quickly. I applied another coat however and it turned into the glossy, pigmented finish that you see on my nails below.
Now I painted these two days ago and they’re still chip free, which is already holding up better than the Barry M polishes. I have to say that these did maybe have an unfair advantage in that as they didn’t come with a topcoat, I used my Revlon Gel Envy and I think that’s more why they haven’t chipped. The colour is so thick and luscious and I can’t stop staring at my nails! I found the brush dead easy to use, and it didn’t really go all over my skin surrounding the nail so the application was easy.
Well I think the Bourjois one just nips it ever so slightly, just as the finish appears to be thicker and have more of a luxe gel look. I do think though, that with a good topcoat, the Barry M one can have exactly the same finish and longevity. The colour range is so similar though that you only need to buy one or the other, so with Barry M’s offerings coming in at £4.99 each, and Bourjois at £6.49 each, it’s mostly just a matter of price…!
Let me know in the comments what you think and which range you prefer, or if you’ll be staying neutral and picking one or two of each – in an ideal world, that’s what i’d recommend!
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