Sunday 21 January 2018

Barry M - Candy Culture Collection Review + Swatches

It feels like forever since I last did a full review. I find that more and more I prefer using polishes in nail art and reviewing them that way, but now and again I can't resist an old-fashioned swatch post. And the latest Barry M Candy Culture Collection* was just too cute to be able to resist reviewing. It's been so cold and miserable lately that it's nice to have some lovely spring polishes to brighten things up a bit.  These gorgeous pastel shades are from the first ever Barry M scented range. I found that they all smelt strong enough that you knew they were scented, but not strong enough that it was overpowering. Barry M claim that these shades only require two coats and dry with a soft matte finish, read on to find out what I thought...

First up is Raspberry Sorbet*, a soft pink/lilac shade. This was 3 thin coats. It dried with a soft matte finish, which I think really adds to the colour. Shown without topcoat. 

Blueberry Bon Bon* is a gorgeous bright pastel blue. This again was 3 thin coats, but I easily could have got away with two. Of all the colours I found that this one smelled the strongest, and I'm not sure what it was about the scent but it really reminded me of being a kid in the nineties! Again it dried with a soft matte/ waxy finish, although I did find it to be a bit more shiny. Shown without topcoat. 

Coconut Cream* is a grey/lilac shade, I really loved this colour and I'll definitely be doing some nail art with it as a base. This was 3 coats, but again I could have 100% got away with two coats if I didn't have ridges in my nails at the moment. I didn't find this one dried as matte as the other colours, but for me I wasn't too bothered either way as I would be applying topcoat to them usually anyway. Shown without topcoat for the purpose of the review.

Strawberry Laces* is a cute baby pink pastel shade. I found that I needed more coats with this one for some reason, I used 4 coats but I could have got away with 3. Nevertheless, I will always be a fan of baby pinks and I really love this polish. This had a lovely soft matte finish to it when it dried, as promised. Shown without topcoat.

The Candy Culture Collection* is available now online, in Boots and in Superdrug for £3.99. 

Have you tried the collection yet? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

*Some of the products in this post were provided to me for review but all opinions are entirely my own and were not influenced in any way 


  1. Such pretty pastel polishes. I've been impressed with the Barry M polishes I've bought in the past too.


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