Sunday, 15 February 2015

Barry M Coconut vs Barry M Cotton

As you may have noticed over the last few months, I'm a huge fan of Barry M Coconut, from the Gelly range. It's really good for nail art, and has become my white polish of choice. It's not actually white though, it's a very slightly off-white.  We've just had a few new colours added to the Barry M Gelly range, including Cotton, which without seeing them together, looked very similar. 

On the left here is Coconut, with Cotton on the right.

As you can see, there is a difference, but it's a pretty subtle one! So, do you need both? 

I've applied them here on alternate nails. Thumb, middle and little fingers are Cotton, index and ring fingers are Coconut. This photo is in fairly bright direct light, and shows how Cotton is brighter and whiter, with Coconut being very slightly beige-white. It's not a huge difference though!

This photo is in the less bright light of my living room. The difference becomes much more obvious here, although again, it's fairly subtle. 

This photo was taken outside in daylight, and again, shows the difference between the shades. It's far less obvious outside. 

As far as formula and consistency goes, I really like both. Coconut is a two-coater, definitely (although I know some people like three). Cotton is a bit thicker and more pigmented, and if you're one of those people who does quite thick coats, you could get away with one, especially if you're going to do nail art on top of it.  While I'd never wear all-white nails (too much like a 14 year old playing with Tippex!), Coconut is slightly more flattering and less harsh if you were going to wear it on its own. I have surprised myself how much I do use white polish though - either as a base under neons or sheer glitters, or for stamping, or under water marbling, or for blending into gradients or for freehand flowers or dots or stripes... and so on!  If you're doing that, then I reckon either polish is good, and I think I need both!

If you're still stuck, here's a handy dandy flowchart to help you!

(My colleagues will tell you how much I LOVE a flowchart! They come second only to spreadsheets in the list of things I love.)




  1. Cotton looks amazing! I really like it :-D

    1. It is going to be really useful for nail art, I'm sure.

  2. Hahaaaa at the flow chart. I guess I need to buy both!!!

    But seriously, I did spend a bit of time in the shop looking at both. In the bottle and on the nail they do look very similar, but in the end I decided that coconut is kind of bridging the gap between a white and a nude. I have plenty of nice nude shades, but it was the white I was desperate for so I did just go for Cotton in the end. I'm so happy I did, it's perfect!!

    Great post though, it's good to see them side by side on the nail in different lights!

    1. Thank you!

      I find Cotton very bright for wearing on its own, but I'm certain I'll use lots of it in nail art.

  3. Loving the flow chart! (Currently wearing Cotton as a tip under N*de - together they make for a perfect French Manicure).

    1. Haha, thanks!

      Do you know, I don't think I've EVER done a French manicure! I may have to try.


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