Review: Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint

Nails Varnish vs Baby: Round One
Painting my nails is one of the ways I like to preserve my “sense of self”. It’s a small outlet for my creativity, and I enjoy the ritual of applying polish, and the environment in which I do it: rubbish TV (usually Hollyoaks) and a glass of wine. 

Since having Busby I’ve discovered that nail varnish doesn’t tend to last longer than about 24 hours before chipping, after catching on a nappy tab, or peeling off after washing my hands for the 20th time that day! So when I was sent three bottles of Barry M’s new range, Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint, to review, I thought I’d give the polish the ultimate challenge: nail paint vs baby. Who will come out on top?

The colours in the Gelly Hi-Shine range have a fruit theme, and are lovely, fresh, bright colours for Spring. I was sent “Lychee” (nude), “Prickly pear” (purple) and “Dragon” (pink). I decided to use “Lychee” for the nail paint vs baby challenge. 

After the clear base coat had dried (I use the Barry M base coat polish), I applied the first coat of varnish – it went on like a dream. It’s a little thicker than regular polish, which I imagine is due to the “gelly” element. I could’ve got away with one coat, but decided to apply two to ensure overall coverage. The nail paint dried quickly; a useful advantage with a baby!

Once dry, the finish lives up to its “Hi-Shine” name; so much so that I didn’t apply a top, clear coat as I usually do with other varnishes. The colour is subtle but really pretty.

(Please ignore the wrist support – I have RSI at the moment. Babies should come with health and safety warnings!)

Nail paint vs baby?
I applied the polish on Friday last week – as I type it’s Wednesday evening. Examining my nails there is one chip on my left thumb. My hands have changed around 30 nappies, have been washed numerous times, have had alcohol gel smeared over them just as many times, and have been munched upon by a teething baby!

I’m impressed! Not only has the varnish lasted more than 24 hours, it still looks presentable five days later. I would definitely recommend this product to any Yummy Mummies out there looking for a durable, reasonably priced polish. The Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint retails at £3.99, and can be found in most Boots and Superdrug stores, as well as on the Barry M website


*I was sent three bottles of Barry M Gelly Hi-Shine Nail Paint free of charge for the purpose of this review. All views expressed in this post are my own.*


  1. 11th April 2013 / 7:11 pm

    Impressive, I treated myself to a few new bottles of varnish the other day, and am so disappointed. Up today 10 days it says on the bottle, didn’t even get to 24 hours!
    Will have to buy a bottle or two!

    • 11th April 2013 / 9:43 pm

      I’ve found that too – but this stuff is seriously good – and reasonably priced! xx

  2. 28th April 2013 / 3:55 pm

    I love these polishes so much. I only have orange and pomegranite, and I’m starting to consider buying all the rest of them;)!
    I love your blog! Nail polish vs. baby really made me laugh:)

    • 29th April 2013 / 2:57 pm

      Thanks! They’re great – so many mums have come back to me and said “it really works!” – my reply is “yes, I wasn’t lying” 🙂
      I’m now following on BlogLovin’ xx

  3. 5th June 2013 / 10:28 am

    I have just applied the dark blue one. I have a 3 year old and one year old. Lets see how it does x

    • 5th June 2013 / 5:18 pm

      Oooh good luck 🙂 xx

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