So I went into Superdrug yesterday on the hunt for the new Barry M sequin effects polishes! I'd seen mixed reviews - actually, mostly bad reviews, but I just had to see for myself. I'd decided as the 3-for-2 Barry M offer was over on the 7th May to just treat myself to the white sequin effects. But when I got in, it was 3-for-2 on all cosmetics! So I had to get three. Obviously. Here's what I bought, because you can mix brands, and I've had my eye on this Revlon polish for a while. It's called Girly, and I thought it'd be a good comparison to the sequin effects. Not cheap at about £6.50, I only justified getting it because it was part of the deal. My third polish was yet another Gelly. I picked up Grapefruit to add to my growing collection. Here are my goodies:
I couldn't wait to try them out, so while sat in Starbucks I quickly applied 2 coats of the Revlon polish on most of my fingers, and an accent nail on each hand with 2 coats of the Sequin effects. Sorry about the quality of this pic, I took it on my phone:
So - my initial thoughts on the Sequin Effects polish first. I don't like! Like others have said, it's so gritty and textured. It'd look beautiful if it was smooth! And adding a second coat just seems to clump it even more, and makes it look uneven and ....gross! So I wasn't impressed initially.
The Revlon was better, although I wasn't keen on it over a 'bare' nail, even with more than one coat. I did love the different sized and coloured glitters - such a lovely mix and a fab colour scheme. I love pink!
I decided that when I got home, I'd layer the polishes over a base colour so they stood out more. I layered two coats of the Revlon over two coats of Barry M's Prickly Pear (purple gelly) and the Sequin Effects over two coats of Sally Hansen's Lavender Cloud (white). On one hand, I added two coats of sequin effects, but on the other hand (first pic below) I just stuck with one as it looked better without the glitter all overlapping. I'm much happier with how they look now. They're both definitely layering polishes!