Barry M Cobalt Blue

I have said it before and I’ll say it again. I just can’t get along with this colour.

It’s daft really, as there’s nothing wrong with it at all, but to me this type of blue is forever going to remind me of my school uniform. Granted, Cobalt Blue is a smidge lighter than my old secondary school jumper but not by much. It just conjurs up images of being all itchy in a nylon V-neck and boiling to death as we had to wear a blazer over the top that we were only permitted to take off when granted permission by a teacher. *shudders*

However, if your school uniform was a different colour, you might fare a little better with Cobalt Blue. This is definitely Barry M at the top of their game formula-wise as this is two coats of pure pigmented creme loveliness.

It’s not an exact dupe for Illamasqua’s Force but it’s close enough. Force is perhaps ever so slightly more dusky and creamy but really, unless you’re a total fanatic (cough cough) then you don’t need them both.

It’s a funny thing as I just can’t get comfortable with these mid blues. Navy, or pastel and pale blues are ok with me, but I’m never really drawn to the mid range of the colour spectrum. I think it is because these types of royal blue are so in your face and eyecatching that I don’t really feel comfortable somehow. Mad, isn’t it?

Anyway, I know that plenty of you simply adore these shades, and if that’s the case then Cobalt Blue is a definite winner. It’s bright, shiny and does the business. Just not for me, I’m afraid.




  1. 11th July 2010 / 10:51 AM

    Don’t tell me this is a dupe for Force! I just ordered it! *screams*

  2. 11th July 2010 / 10:42 PM

    Beautiful shade of blue. I can understand your resistance to this shade. No one wants to be reminded of something that was uncomfortable and regimented. Thankfully I only wore a uniform for 3 years! It was navy and I love navy polish. So good thing I didn’t wear it long.

  3. 12th July 2010 / 12:32 PM

    I have this one and I find it a bit brash on its own, but I layer a coat of clear -glitter polish over the top and it changes its personality completely.

  4. 12th July 2010 / 3:35 PM

    This reminds me of Crayola’s ‘cornflower blue’ color. It’s a flashback!

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