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Barry M Prickly Pear

I’m on a bit of a Barry M roll recently. It’s not that hard though. I have 38 Barry M polishes – way more than I have of any other brand – and they have such a range of great colours, it’s highly likely I will pick one of them before any others.

This is Prickly Pear, one of the Gelly Hi-Shine polishes that came out last Autumn. It’s a pale purple, not quite as warm or red-toned as a lilac, but more blue-toned, so perhaps lavender is a better description. It’s certainly nothing like a prickly pear. Having come across them about 20 years ago in Arizona, I’m sure the cactus itself is green and the fruits are red! So I’ve no idea where Barry M got the name.

This is far less opaque than any other of the Gelly polishes I’ve tried, needing three coats. But like the others, it dried quickly and to a high shine, even though I’ve used top coat as I did this manicure not long before going to bed and wanted to be sure I didn’t get sheets marks overnight.

It’s a shame that the sun isn’t shining (again!) today in London, because this is a lovely spring or summer shade … which makes me wonder why it was launched in autumn. (Too many questions today!)

Barry M Prickly Pear
Barry M Prickly Pear


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Colour: three coats of Barry M Prickly Pear
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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