Review: Barry M Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener

From the title of this blog post, you’d be forgiven for thinking I was writing about three different products in this review, but no! Barry M has a wonderful All-in-One product – the Barry M Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener. It has been one of my favourite nail products of the last year or so, and I’ve just moved on to my second bottle of it.

Barry M Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener

On the surface, it looks like your standard clear polish – can all three functions really work well?

Base Coat

I always, always use this polish as my base coat, apart from when it is combined with a Barry M glitter polish – that always results in it just peeling off in one big sheet! By and large, it is a great base coat and protects your nails brilliantly.

Top Coat

I find that this polish is a little too thick to be a base coat, and can go slightly gloopy if it’s piled on top of existing fresh polish. Saying that, I would definitely use it in an emergency, as it does the job of keeping your nails looking fresh!

Nail Hardener

This isn’t my favourite nail hardening product – I prefer to use one that is purely for the purpose of strengthening nails. Nevertheless, it does a reasonable job but I feel that this is it’s ‘bonus’ feature instead of a main one.

Barry M Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener

One amazing thing about this Barry M polish is the price – it retails for around £2.99 – a huge bargain and extremely affordable product. I think I will always have one of these handy, if only for its base coat qualities. Good one Barry!

Have you used the Barry M Base Coat, Top Coat and Nail Hardener? What do you think of it?

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. January 5, 2012 / 11:36 am

    Sounds great! Haven’t tried any nail products from Barry M yet but if I ever get the chance I will probably 😀

  2. January 5, 2012 / 5:00 pm

    I use this as base and top coat it makes sure my nail varnish never chips, maybe because its quite thick like you said

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