Gelly Hi Shine by Barry M- not for me!

My pet hate is chipped nail polish. I’d rather be late ( which I often am) than go out with a less than perfect set of nails.

It doesn’t bother me on other people, not at all, it’s just on me I feel undone like when you wake up with last nights makeup on!

Anyway to avoid chipped nails I always use a home gelish kit by SensatioNail which on me last forever. I could go 3 weeks with no chips and I’d only need to redo them because of the re growth and them being too long.

Recently however I’ve seen a lot of people using the Barry M Gelly nail polishes and as pamper time is limited with a newborn I thought I’d give them a go!
The good
The colour range is fab, I’d been wanting a light coral and the Papaya shade is perfect for me plus the Grapefruit takes me out of my comfort zone as I don’t tend to go for pinks.

It was easy to apply, only took two layers and dried really quickly. I was left with a similar look to when I use my gel kit but in less than half the time!

The bad
I was really happy with the initial results but low and behold, within 2 days they’d chipped. Not only chipped by flaked too.

They also got those really annoying dents where something’s dug into the polish.

The ugly
I was left with pretty awful nails that as I didn’t have time to completely redo I ended up painting another couple of layers over and I’ve now ended up with nails that won’t dry completely and have fingerprints on them!

Overall they’re better than normal nail polish in that they lasted longer than a few hours, but I think I’ll still stick with my gel kit. It may be more time consuming but at least I know it’ll last me a lot longer!

What are you experiences with gel nail polishes?

Thanks for reading



  • Louisa
    29th May 2014 at 9:32 am Reply

    I recently tried Pupa Milano and that was pretty good. You can’t beat a proper gel nail though!

    • Jessica
      12th June 2014 at 11:44 am Reply

      Is that the shade or another make?

  • Hayley chall
    29th May 2014 at 2:55 pm Reply

    Oh I love my Gelly polishes, they’re favourites of mine! Love reading what other people think though xxx

    • Jessica
      12th June 2014 at 11:45 am Reply

      Yea I saw your fab review of them, I guess Im comparing to my kit which lasts forever but then is time consuming to do each time

  • coralreefuk
    29th May 2014 at 6:01 pm Reply

    These work well on me – admittedly not as well as proper gel nails but I definitely tend to get at least a week out if them. The first two colours I bought were actually the ones you mentioned, so if you don’t want them…… 😉

    Great blog by the way, keep up the good work x

    • Jessica
      12th June 2014 at 11:46 am Reply

      Yea they worked even better than when I did your nails with the kit lol Haha you can have them 🙂

  • unprepared mother
    30th May 2014 at 11:54 am Reply

    Oh that’s interesting, I generally love Barry M but haven’t tried these and have never tried any gel and I find it a bit intimidating…
    My nails generally only last a couple of days so the time wouldn’t bother me…but I wouldn’t see the point if they couldn’t do any longer! Sadly fingerprints, dents and not properly drying seems to be the general story of my life…I must try harder!

    • Jessica
      12th June 2014 at 11:47 am Reply

      Its just such an effort isn’t it? The great thing with my gel kit is you don’t get those dents or fingerprints because of the UV lamp. I think I just need to invest in more colours for that and admit defeat lol

      • unprepared mother
        13th June 2014 at 9:12 pm Reply

        It sounds like I need to invest in a gel kit! They always seem expensive and a bit complicated…but maybe i should bite the bullet!

        • Jessica
          14th June 2014 at 6:49 pm Reply

          The SensatioNail one I have was half price from Boots at the time so check for a good deal – totally worth it!

          • unprepared mother
            14th June 2014 at 7:16 pm

            Oh top tip I’ll keep an eye out! Then I’ll be after you for instructions 😉

          • Jessica
            16th June 2014 at 9:05 am

            🙂 I gave in an used the Barry M one again this weekend as I was in a rush … Bad move! Lol

  • Gemma
    7th June 2014 at 11:15 pm Reply

    I feel exactly the same! I selected the gelly hi shine in Rose hip- a beautiful colour but it has chipped and flaked within 2 days. Not enough hours in the week for re-doing chipped varnish! X

    • Jessica
      12th June 2014 at 11:48 am Reply

      Every girl should be given a nail technician to keep in the home lol Its such a chore to do I just need someone on hand when I feel like a colour change haha

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