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

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!

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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. 

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Barry-M-Summer-Gelly-Hi-Shine-Nail-Paint

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.

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Barry-M-Summer-Gelly-Hi-Shine-Nail-Paint

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?!)

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Barry-M-Summer-Matte-Nail-Paint

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.

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Barry-M-Summer-Matte-Nail-Paint

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

  1. Charlotte MacDonald-Gaunt
    July 30, 2014 / 6:26 am

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

  2. Kirsty Williams
    July 30, 2014 / 7:32 am

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

  3. Kirsty
    July 30, 2014 / 8:53 am

    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
    July 30, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    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
    August 1, 2014 / 4:46 pm

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

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