I normally love Barry M. They have so many excellent polishes, and are always bringing out new things. Their nail varnish is good quality and cheap, easily available. I've already posted about how much I like the Croc Effects (in black) and then the newer dark red Croc. Both great. So I was very excited when I saw this in Superdrug yesterday:
WEB EFFECT! In ORANGE! As you may have noticed, I do love an orange nail varnish. And a web! Just in time for Hallowe'en! The bottle cap shows a lovely bright orange web over a black base. These are free in Superdrug if you buy any two Barry M product, or £3.99 on their own.
First off, the sticker is the same as the sticker on the Croc Effects bottles - they haven't bothered to change the wording, and still refer to it as 'croc effect' even though the cap and the sticker and the display all called it 'web effect'. Never mind, I went ahead anyway, as it's only one word. Like Croc, you apply this in a thin layer over semi-dry polish.
As I'd just bought some Barry M Gelly polishes, and was playing around swatching them (they're fab! More about them tomorrow!) I put the Web Effects over them first. Oh. My. GOD! What an ugly result!
(Sorry about the lack of clean up! But I was too depressed to even consider bothering about that!)
I mean - isn't that vile?
The orange is very thin and sheer, and does not show up over a dark colour, clearly. Or over one too similar to orange. And I see no web pattern, just something like the croc. Anyway, I then moved on to try some lighter colours, and a black - because, you know, the bottle cap shows orange over black, so I want to get that effect. Here I've used Essie Sand Tropez, Models Own Pro French White, Barry M Gold Foil, China Glaze Harvest Moon, and Rimmel Black Out.
I added my Web Effect, and waited. This is the splendid result:
Ok, so with the white base, this is quite tolerable. In fact it's a bit giraffey, which could be quite fun. But WEB it is not. And over black?
Yeah... I'm thinking this isn't a look many people will want, to be honest.
I will do a lovely positive post tomorrow about some things Barry M has done RIGHT. But today, I am a big GRUMP about this hideous monstrosity. And about the fact that I bought TWO bottles of this because it looked so cool and there were only two left, and I thought my American friend would like one. Grrrrr!