Saturday, 12 July 2014

The Barry M Matte Topcoat Test

Barry M Matte Topcoat Test Challenge Nail Polish Varnish

Today's post is a review with a twist, as I'll be putting the Barry M matte topcoat to the test against various nail polishes. The idea behind this topcoat is that you simply apply the colour polish you desire, then finish off with a layer of matte topcoat, which in theory should then give a matte effect. So the question is, did it work?

Barry M Matte Topcoat Test Challenge Nail Polish Varnish Hand

I found the glossiest and shiniest Barry M polishes I owned and applied one shade to each nail, (from left to right), Aquarium Collection Mediterranean, Limited Edition Promenade, Gelly Hi-Shine Greenberry, Limited Edition Summer 2013 B (Green) and Vivid Purple. I applied two coats to each nail (three for the limited edition green shade), and then went in with the matte topcoat.

Barry M Matte Topcoat Test Challenge Nail Polish Varnish Hand

How freakin' awesome is that! It completely changes the appearance of the polish, and leaves my nails feeling so smooth. I was sceptical if it would affect Mediterranean as it is a duochrome polish, however the matte topcoat maintained the rose pink/copper mix while reducing the overall shine.

The best thing about the matte topcoat is that now I can get two looks out of one nail varnish! This is the first matte topcoat I've tried before and I'm very impressed. At just £2.99, I definitely recommend you give it a go - it gives a completely different look to the polishes you already own, updating your polish collection with ease.

My picks from the matte effect would be Promenade and Greenberry, as they are perfect summery pastel shades! Which is your favourite?

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46 comments

  1. Ahhh I need this, I love matte nails! I had an ELF matte topcoat but it went gloopy and horrible after a while. I love the look of Mediterranean with a matte finish :)

    Jess xo

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    1. Good pick, I love the shade of that polish! Hope you didn't waste too much money on it, but I'd definitely recommend picking this topcoat up if you like matte nails :)

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  2. Amazing! Gonna have to to buy this now :)

    Becky xx
    www.geekgetsglam.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm really impressed with it, didn't expect it to be this good :)

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  3. the top coat looks really nice!!!works wonders! I also love the colors ;)
    I need to find a way to try Barry M! I keep hearing such good things about their polishes!!
    xo
    Alice|Alice's Beauty Madness

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    1. I'm obsessed with Barry M nail polishes, and even more so that the matte topcoat actually worked!

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  4. This is great, you can really see how matte it is! i personally like my nails to have a shine to them though x

    JustJulie | Beauty Blog

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    1. I love shiny nails too, this matte topcoat means that if I ever do need a matte polish I don't need to go and buy a separate bottle which is perfect & also saving a few pennies! ;)

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  5. It looks awesome on Promenade, but I absolutely love the Mediterranean polish by itself. I've never seen this brand before, it looks fab.
    Lena | Lenatalksbeauty.com

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    1. It's definitely a gorgeous polish regardless if it's shiny or matte! :)

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  6. I'm a huge Barry M fan and will have to pick one of these up x

    Kate | A British Sparkle

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I'm super happy I discovered it too :)

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  7. wow it does an amazing job! Lovely post :) xo's

    Laura
    Pink Frenzy

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  8. I need this in my life:))
    Lovely post!:)
    Keep in touch xoxo
    Antonella

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  9. I love the shade "Greenberry". This top coat looks amazing, give you loads of different options with just one nail polish. :)
    In Katie's Corner

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    1. That's why I love it so much, and great pick! :)

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  10. I love matte nails, Vivid Purple looks great with the top coat :) xx

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    1. Great pick! I love the effect it's had :)

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  11. Ohh that matte polish works so well! Barry M never seem to disappoint in the nail polish front :D

    Sophia Meola | A Fashion, Beauty & Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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    1. second that, I always head straight to Barry M whenever I want to purchase more polishes :)

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  12. I love all of the colors! But the blue one got me the most! <3

    http://allaboutjoann.blogspot.com/

    -JoAnn

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    1. It's a very pretty shade, great pick! :)

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  13. Your nails look amazing! The matte looks great :)
    Lovely blog by the way xox

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  14. im not a fan of matte nails, im hoping they bring out a gel top coat!!! <3
    Natasha
    adesignrookieblogspot.com xxx

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    1. They do a 3 in 1 basecoat, topcoat and hardener which is pretty handy too! :)

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  15. It looks so awesome, and for the price - wow, what a bargain! Im so impressed! I'll be running to the shops soon enough to buy this gem :)

    Lots of Love, Ana
    x

    anasofiachic.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. I'm glad you like it! I was very impressed, especially at that price as you said :)

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  16. The matte top coat makes the polish looks awesome, especially in the candy colours. I love the Barry M colour 'Peach Melba' so might give it a go! x

    http://bilgi-steppingontothescene.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. I bet that shade looks gorgeous with a tan!

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  17. I bought this a few weeks back and love it, matte nails are so stunning! I absolutely love the Mediterranean polish, it is stunning! But I think the light blue one looks nicest matte!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

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    1. Definitely agree with you there! I'm glad it kept Mediterranean's pretty shade :)

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  18. Great post, I'll definitely have to get this! So much easier to buy a matte top coat than buy both matte and normal polish.
    Elesaurus

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    1. Thank-you! And absolutely, I won't be needing to buy two separate polishes ever again! :)

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  19. matte always slays! love it . it looks good on the orange one!

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    1. Good pick! I've only had one tiny chip since this was posted so it works well as a topcoat too!

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  20. i need this topcoat!
    great post
    x
    http://anoddgirl.blogspot.com.au

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  21. That is great. I onc tried this mate effect and it was awsome. Just like in your picture. Great post.

    LEJA

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    1. I think it's fab that there's such an obvious difference, so I think it's well worth the money :)

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