Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint

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I'm a big fan of Barry M nail polishes. They're inexpensive and the choice of shades is seemingly endless. So when I saw their new Daylight Curing Range in Boots a few weeks ago, I just had to give it a try.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint

In case you haven't seen these yet, the concept is intriguing. You buy the shade of your choice (I went for Fuchsia Generation) along with the Daylight Curing topcoat. Apply two thin coats of colour, allowing the first to dry before applying the second. Then follow with the topcoat, and allow this to dry in the natural daylight. The effect is supposed to mimic a professional gel manicure and stay chip free for days. If you happen to chip nail varnish in your sleep, like me, this is a very attractive prospect. Yes, it's slightly annoying having to buy the special topcoat, but I figured it was worth it for the results promised.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint in Fuchsia Generation

Application of Fuchsia Generation gets a big thumbs up from me. It went on smooth as silk and felt somehow "stronger" than a regular polish, which made me feel quite hopeful about this whole no chipping business. I followed the instructions to the letter and allowed each coat to dry completely before applying the next.

At first, I was seriously impressed. I loved the colour, and the finish was impeccable. It was absolutely streak free and really did look as though it had been applied by a professional.

Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint in Fuchsia Generation

However, I'm sorry to say that, at least on me, it chipped as quickly as any other polish. Within 24 hours, to be precise. Normally, that's about what I would expect, but in a polish that specifically claims to be long-lasting, I do find it somewhat disappointing.

So would I buy more of these?

Well... I might. As I said, the finish is lovely, and at £4.99 they're not exactly extortionate (although more expensive than the other Barry M formulas.) So now that I own the topcoat, if I saw another shade I liked I'd probably pick it up. Even so, I can't recommend buying this product solely for the purpose of enjoying a chip-free manicure for longer because, in my experience, this just didn't happen.

I would love to know if anyone else has tried this. What did you think of it, and did you have a better experience with the chipping than me? Let me know in the comments!

Kate x
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29 comments

  1. Love the concept behind the polishes, and the effect they have on the nails! The colour is gorgeous very vibrant! I'll have to give this collection a go :D


    Serene | I Am Serene L

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    1. Yes the finish is impressive, that's why I'm not quite ready to give up on this range, despite the chipping! x

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  2. Hello Kate! I really love the Fuchsia colour! And your nails look great! Like you said, as though it's done by a professional

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  3. DO you need daylight or sunlight? And sorry to hear the lasting effect wasn't as promised. I chip my polish very easy, too. So annoying.

    LindaLibraLoca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. Now this is a good question! It says daylight, but a gel manicure is usually done with a UV lamp, I think. So I have been wondering after I posted this whether I should have stuck my hands out the window to get a better effect! However, the instructions don't tell you this is necessary. Might experiment with it next time though! x

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  4. As much as I love BarryM colours, I stopped buying their varnishes long ago because they chipped so easily. Sorry to hear that this new one didn't live up to expectations either!

    Ayesha xxx
    Http://alycheeaday.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. With me the brand doesn't seem to make a difference, I don't know why. I can wear Essie or OPI on really short nails with Seche Vite over the top and it will still chip in a day or two. I don't know what's wrong with me! x

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  5. I love that color!
    Melanie @ meandmr.com

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  6. I have heard a lot of negative reviews for this range and it is so disappointing but sadly unsurprising. While the concept seems great, it isn't ideal :/
    Angie x | Chocolate & Lipstick || UK Beauty and Lifestyle Blog

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    1. Interesting that you've seen others have a negative experience - I did wonder if it was just me! Such a shame as it would be so great if it worked! x

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  7. I'm with you on Barry M polishes Kate, always so gorgeous aren't they? I really love the look of the Daylight Curing Range, the topcoat in particular, love that gold! Such a shame the longevity wasn't there though, especially as that's what was promised! The polish looks so tropical on you though, and loving all your pretty rings <3

    Sophie | soinspo xo

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    1. Thanks Sophie! I have to say, I do love the colour and finish, despite the fact that the longevity was such a let down! x

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  8. It sound a bit disappointing, I've never been a massive fan of Barry M polishes x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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  9. Lovely colour but I must say although I enjoy Barry M's polishes (more for the shade variety and quick dry), I don't think they are that great. I prefer Maybelline polishes. They last a seriously long time on my nails. Have you tried them? Also, do you mind if I ask where your triangle ring is from? I love it. :) x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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    1. Not sure if I've ever tried a Maybelline polish actually, will give one a go and see if the longevity is any better! The ring is from Accessorize, from the Z for Accessorize range. x

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    2. Thanks for letting me know. I have ordered it. Accessorize is having up to 50% sale so I got it for half price. :) x

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  10. It's such a stunning colour, but such a shame about the chipping- I hate it when products don't live up to their promise! X

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  11. I've eyed these up in store a few times recently. I too love the Barry M nail paints so have been curious about these. It's often hard to find a top coat that actually keeps the nails chip free for longer but the coloured polish looks great and I'd be keen to give that one a go.

    Samio
    www.samio.co.uk

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  12. Amazing post dear!

    https://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/printed-sea-3880191

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  13. That sounds so neat.
    http://www.dianavilic.com/

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  14. I need to look into these as I have heard mixed reviews. Nail polish doesn't last two minutes on me though, gel or not!

    Anoushka Loves xx

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  15. Pity they chipped so easily! I find chipping isn't as bad if you wrap the nail polish around your nail - so paint on the edge of the nail onto a little bit of the underside.

    Angelina Is

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  16. These look so high end even though its only Barry M, I think by adding a top notch top coat like Seche Vite there may be a increase in its longevity but its disappointing that its not any better than your average nail vanish

    bubbasdoll.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. I love the vibrancy of the nail polish. I think chipping is pretty common when comes to nail polishes. Hence, the reasons why I often do shellac nail & redo my nails monthly. I am such a clumsy women when comes to post nail polish application hehe

    | Bold Expression | Hana

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  18. That's such a shame that this doesn't live up to it's claims! I do usually love Barry M nail polishes and this colour is stunning, I'd be tempted to buy it even without the expectation that it would stay chip free for a long time :) I love their Gelly nail paints though and I find that they do stay chip free for a few days, plus no extra top coat required! X

    A Blonde Moment

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