Review: Barry M Foil Nail Effects in Silver and Gold

I’m a big lover of anything metallic – the magpie in me is hugely attracted to shiny things and you don’t get much shinier than metal! I was really excited when I heard that Barry M (my favourite drugstore nail polish brand) were bringing out some new, super metallic Foil Nail Effects Paints. Now, it doesn’t actually state anywhere that they’re metallic, but just one look at them tells you all you need to know! After all, some foils are quite matte.

The Foil Nail Effects Paints come in two colours – Silver:

Barry M Foil Nail Paint Silver Bottle

And Gold:

Barry M Foil Gold Nail Polish Bottle

I own quite a few metallic nail polishes but, in the bottles, these two looked like they were going to take ‘metallic’ to a whole new level! I decided to paint one hand with one colour and one with the other (I’m hip, dontcha know).

I started with the gold, on my left hand. As I was painting, I was starting to feel a little underwhelmed by just how ‘foil-like’ the polish was appearing on the nails. Nevertheless, I persevered, and once the nails has dried this is what I was left with:

Barry M Gold Foil Paint on Nails

Hurrah! Foil at last! Once the polish had dried I loved how it looked. To be fair, gold foil isn’t something you see every day (unlike silver) so I guess it was harder to make a snap decision on how much I liked it. I was even more excited to try the silver – the one I was really looking forward to using!

From the minute I started using the Silver Foil polish, I was super happy; it was literally like painting tin foil on to my nails! When first applied, I  could see a few pesky brush marks but when it dried properly they soon disappeared:

Barry M Foil Nail Silver on Nails

How awesome does it look? It was great that you only need one coat too – although for £2.99 per polish, it’s hard to complain about price! I thought it was cool that you can almost see a reflection in the polish – I was considering re-positioning my camera to make sure you couldn’t see its reflection in my nails!

I bought these two Foil Nail Effects Paints in Superdrug; I had been finding it difficult to spot them in stores, and was lucky to find the final gold one on the Barry M stand and the silver in one of the ‘bubbles’ Superdrug likes to have near their tills. I can tell that I’m going to end up using the silver much more frequently than the gold, but I’m sure one of my housemates will help me out on that count!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. Sarah
    October 3, 2011 / 3:48 pm

    These r sooo cute NEED to find them!

    • October 3, 2011 / 10:57 pm

      They are super fun 😀

  2. Shauna
    October 5, 2011 / 9:26 pm

    Rimmel London Do A colour Really Similar To The Silver Fol effect One There ^_^ It’s The I <3 Lasting Finish Line In Your Majesty 😀
    Loove The Colour So Much, Definitely One Of My Favorites 😀

  3. October 7, 2011 / 3:08 pm

    Unfortunatley I couldn’t read your review as your blog doesn’t display properly. 🙁

    • October 7, 2011 / 4:15 pm

      Which browser are you using? x

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