Midweek Manicure // Barry M Summer Gelly Hi-Shine & Matte Collections

July 30, 2014

If you follow me on Instagram or read last weekend’s InstaLIFE post, you’ll have seen that I was lucky enough to win 13 Barry M nail polishes – their new Summer Matte collection and their new Summer Hi-Shine Gelly collection wahoo!!! I thought I’d swatch and share them with you here!


Gelly Hi-Shine Collection

I have featured many of the Gelly Hi-Shine collection in my Midweek Manicure posts and always find them to be absolutely beautiful colours and, as the name suggests, having an amazing glossy shiny finish. The 7 new Summer colours from this range are no exception and I love how there are some bold brights represented, as well as more muted pastel and nude colours creeping in from the popular Spring colour palette too. 



Pink Punchbright summery pink. It really is punchy! How amazing is this shade?! It literally screams girls summer holiday to me!

Kiwi a bold turquoise toned green. I think this is my favourite of the lot and just the sort of colour I like to wear in the summer.

Damson a bright purple toned blue. This shade reminds me a bit of the Gelly Hi-Shine Blue Grape polish, but is a few shades lighter and almost with lilac undertones. How good does it look next to Kiwi?!

Elderberry a lovely pastel grey toned  blue. This is a really wearable, every season colour which I think will suit all skin tones.

Olive a yellow toned nude khaki colour. This is my least favourite of the bunch and I don’t think it really suits my skin tone. I think it would look fab on darker skin but the muted yellow shade of the polish is too similar to my skin for my liking.

Almond a beautiful taupe / mushroom colour. Ooh this is definitely going to be a favourite of mine in Autumn! I like my summer polish to be really bright so will be saving wearing this for a couple of months yet but it’s a lovely shiny nude which I think will suit everyone and every occasion .

Coconut a good coverage ever-so-slightly-off-white colour. This was one I was most excited to try as I am OBSESSED with white nails and can’t wait to use this for a full manicure.



Matte Collection

I love matte nails but previously only had black and nude colours (also by Barry M).  I was so excited to get swatching these bad boys – I mean look how bright and beautiful they all are! Who said matte nails had to be dull?! They each scream summer to me and I love how they’re all named after exotic places (except for Rhossili, which a quick Google told me is in Wales! This doesn’t seem too exotic to me, but maybe if you’re from somewhere far flung like Copa Cobana it does?!)



Malibu a beautiful royal blue. I would love a pair of jeans this colour!

Cancun– a stunning green toned turquoise. I think this is the matte colour I will get most wear out of.

Waikiki a yellowy lime green. This was the matte colour i was lusting over in the shop when try first came out. It’s so unusual and works really well as a matte shade.

Rhossili a gorgeous bright purple (actually more purple than the picture above shows). If this colour sums up Rhossili I want to go there! 

Miami bright flamingo pink, it’s almost neon! I think this is the most aptly named of all.

Copa Cabana a red toned coral. I never reach for red nail polishes but love how the matte effect works with this shade.



Aren’t they all BEAUTIFUL?! Haha even my boyfriend (who when I told him I’d won 13 new nail paints said sarcastically “that’s good as you don’t have many already…”) was pretty impressed when I showed him my new goodies! The range of colours is amazing and I think that there really is something for everyone. My only dilemma now is which one to wear first!

Have you tried any of these polishes? Which one is your favourite?

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6 comments so far.

6 responses to “Midweek Manicure // Barry M Summer Gelly Hi-Shine & Matte Collections”

  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt says:

    So many lovely shades to choose from. Barry M is a great brand for nail polish :o) XxMakeup by Candlelight

  2. Kirsty Williams says:

    Oh wow there's some really pretty colours here. I really like the look of Almond & Rhossili xxkizzyhearts.blogspot.co.uk

  3. Kirsty says:

    Lucky you! I'm super jealous that you won all of these gorgeous polishes. All of these colours are simply gorgeous. I'm not a huge fan on matte nail varnish but the three pinky/coral matte shades are stunning!! xxxKirsty – Effortlessly Excessive.

  4. Rachael Broomfield says:

    I really see matte polish as a winter thing but I love all of those mattes: especially Malibu, Cancun and Miami. You are so lucky to have won those – if only I was so lucky!Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

  5. theOMGdiaries says:

    So many lovely colours! I especially like 'Elderberry' and 'Cancun' xSophie x

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