Review: Barry M Nail Effects Paint in White

Since the first version of the Barry M Nail Effects Paint (in black) came out, I’ve been an avid fan – I’m not the most skilled nail-painter in the world, and this products made it easier to at least look like you had a talented nail-painting bone in your body. I think I’ve tried the black version with almost every other colour, and I have to admit that I was getting a little bored of the same colour all the time.

I went into Superdrug a couple of weeks ago and was delighted to find that they now have three more colours: a baby blue, a baby powder pink and a white. Baby blue and powder pink aren’t massively my thing (although I would like to try them out one day), but white most certainly is, and I was slightly over-excited at the prospect of some new nail looks.

All Barry M Nail Effects Colours

Of all the colours, I decided on the white. I really thought that I would try it out straight away, but with one thing and another I’ve only really got round to trying it out today. Here’s how it looks on my nails, under a black polish – please excuse my rushed painting skills!

Barry M Nail Effects Paint White

I have to admit that when I first applied it, I wasn’t wowed. It took a little bit of getting used to, much more than the black version did. I felt that the black Nail Effects Paint had a look of animal print about it, whereas this resembled cracked earth in the desert. There was nothing physically wrong with the product – the consistency is great for leaving the necessary thin layer to crack, and the cracking works great and dries quickly.

It was only when I showed my nails to my mum that I started to see a better side of it – she thought the design looked eye-catching, and after a while I began to agree. I think that once I experiment with different colours underneath, the design will come to life a little more for me.

For £3.99 each, I think I might end up investing in the other two colours – I’m sure I’ll manage to find a use for them given the amount I paint my nails! All-in-all, I would recommend this new white colour – just don’t be afraid to experiment.

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox



  1. May 19, 2011 / 6:57 pm

    I did a review on a Barry M polish on my blog today aswell =)

    I have the black nail effect paint yaet but I think I’ll go for the white aswell ! it must look great on top of a bright orange or pink for this summer !

    • May 19, 2011 / 8:24 pm

      Oo awesome! That sounds good 🙂 xx

  2. Helena
    May 19, 2011 / 7:04 pm

    Hi Chyaz…

    About 2 days ago i orded it on eBay ( with you’re advice <3 ) and i am really exited now that you have done a rewiev of it so much thanks and love from Helena.

    • May 19, 2011 / 8:24 pm

      Oo I bet you’re super excited to get it 😀 have fun xx

  3. Daynah-Rose
    May 19, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    Looks so good.WOW I didn’t know you could get pink.I’m just sitting here imagining how cool nails painted black with the pink cracks would look.Ohh I might buy some now.x

  4. Phoebe
    May 19, 2011 / 9:23 pm

    I bought this a few weeks ago and I really didn’t get on with it. 🙁 I had a black base like you, and the white from a distance looked pretty cool. Like people sitting a few seats away from me at work were like ‘ooo what’s on your nails? looks like flowers!’. But any closer, and it just look liked I was decorating on the weekend and ruined my nail varnish! lol. Maybe it’s just me, I just need some practise using it? 😛 x

    • May 19, 2011 / 10:20 pm

      After wearing it for a few hours, I’d have to agree with you – it’s not my favourite thing in the world :s I might try and do white underneath with the black Nail Effects on top for a better looking effect 🙂 xx

  5. May 20, 2011 / 1:16 am

    Looks cool 🙂

  6. May 21, 2011 / 12:27 am

    How cool! I’ll try to find those nail-polishes in Spain! I love them!
    On the other hand, do you know Konad? I have some products from them, and they are super cool! I’ll do a tutorial with them in the future =) If you don’t know Konad, here you have a link:

  7. May 24, 2011 / 11:51 pm

    Little tip – if you use a colour base polish and leave it to dry only around 10mins, so its touch dry but not properly dry, and then add the white Nail Effects on top, it picks out the lighter tones of the colour you’ve used instead of drying white. So for example I used a teal/green base and have yellow/green Nail Effects cracked on top!

    Elspeth xxx

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