Barry M – Marine Blue

Alrighty… I don’t mind admitting that Marine Blue gave me a few headaches initially. And not just from the non Big-3 fumes. Or the fact that over one year of running this site, Barry M are still yet to acknowledge or reply to one single review, tweet or email from Sheenie and I.

Oh no. The reason this gave me a headache is because I would see it parked in my stash looking all pretty and glimmery and special, and then every time I reached for it, it just looked horrendous there on my naked nail. This is the sheerest of the sheer (as Garbage almost sang).

However, I hit on an answer. Instead of resenting a nail varnish for not being all opaque and lovely, use it for layering. Which I did. And my goodness, aren’t the results fabulous?

This is a couple of coats of Marine Blue over the Barielle Swizzle Stick from the other day. I think it is going to work better on a blue base coat than any other shade.

This absolutely gleams. It’s kind of runny, so thin coats work the best. Believe it or not, the strong blue flash this has reminds me of Illamasqua’s Prism, but this is very much a golden blue base colour rather than the white of Prism. Similar effect though but for a quarter of the price.

Once I had this on my hands, I couldn’t stop looking at it. This really is one of the most unique and pretty manicures I have done since starting the blog. It’s just so glossy and shiny and multifaceted.

I’m now rather sad that I ended up putting this off for a seriously long time. Ive had it for a year, since I got fed up with the meagre selection of Barry M polishes on offer in Boots and placed an online order. 

Barry M…why don’t you stock your more exciting shades in the shops? I am sure anyone who’s anyone will have a bottle of Emerald Green / Red Glitter by now. Why am I even bothering asking the question? It’s not like they’ll answer…




  1. 28th June 2010 / 8:16 AM

    That is a very pretty blue, not the type of shade I would wear as I prefer turquoisy or darker colours but looks lovely on you.

    What shame the company can not even reply to emails though.

  2. 28th June 2010 / 9:39 PM

    Hmm, they have been a bit too quiet on Twitter lately. But their varnish lasts on my nails for nearly a week if I don’t get bored with the colour first, so that’s akin to a free pass…

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  4. 29th June 2010 / 6:48 AM

    Very pretty shade of blue. I get so annoyed at sheer polishes. I often forget to layer them. Sometimes I accidently find out how pretty they are. Some times I get a chip and I grab a polish and just paint it on. Someone said to find a nude polish that matches your skin and use the sheer polish. I haven’t tried that one yet. Barry M must be just plain rude. They’re really missing a big opportunity by not responding to blogs.

  5. 7th July 2010 / 4:21 PM

    This looks SO good on your skin tone. Isn’t that half the battle in liking a nail polish – complimenting your skin tone? This is a winner on yours!

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