Since my favourite Seche Vite Porcelain nail polish smashed months ago I’ve been on the hunt for a lower cost replacement. I’ve tried various whites and regardless of cost they can be very hit and miss, I love Essie Blanc for example but it’s streaky, thin and takes 3 if not 4 coats to get an opaque finish. On top of that some of the nicest formulas to apply then crackle and look awful a couple of days in.. I don’t know what it is about white but it seems to be very tricky to get right. So given my recent obsession with the Barry M Gelly nail paints you can imagine how excited I was when several of my readers tweeted me pictures of a new WHITE launch from the range!
It arrived this morning and I only just applied it so I can’t give you a full review but application wise it’s definitely comparable to the seche vite, thick and glossy but still needs a top coat. Relatively fast drying as these glossier polishes go and only £3.99 – plus there’s almost always an offer on Barry M! I picked up a few new shades from their new pastel launch so expect a post on those along with a follow up on the wear time of this one very soon however I’m still yet to pick up their new ‘Plumpy’ top coat, have any of you given it a go yet? I’m loyal to my super thick Seche Vite for the ultimate gel nail shine but if I could replace it with a £2.99 equivalent I’ll be all over it!
Since we don’t get LORAC here in the UK I was especially excited about this recent launch from Makeup Revolution. I’ve had the Pro palette on my wishlist for a while and for comparison purposes I might still pick it up in America next month to show you side by side swatched but for now, this is the closest we can get here.. and it’s not half bad.
You get 16 shadows split by finish, the top 8 are matte and the bottom 8 are shimmers. As with ALL brands (budget or not) the shimmers are slightly creamier and easier to blend BUT you can see from the swatches that even the shimmery shades on the pale end of the spectrum here are a little lacking is pigment. They come off as a subtle sheen on the lid but not much in the way of colour. I don’t really miss them however as the remaining selection is great and the sheerer formulas are good transitional/blending shades. I particularly like the milky, chocolate shades in the middle, lovely for everyday and reminiscent of a couple from MAC I used to wear together religiously – if the names come to me I’ll update! You can get a great variety of looks from this versatile palette and since this was such a success they have also released an Iconic Pro 2 which includes a few more colourful options. Next on my list! Oh and in case you didn’t spot it they comes with a double ended BRUSH (not sponge applicator) in each set!! I have the full range of MUR brushes ready to review so expect more on those soon..
This is just too funny not to share and I don’t feel like I will reach enough of you on twitter – you ALL need to see this if you haven’t already, KILLED ME! I don’t know if it’s staged or not and I don’t care, supposedly this cop forgot his dash-cam was still on.. you’re welcome
Feel free to link to any other killer virals in the comments..