NOTD: Barry M - Countess (with & without top coat)

Sunday, 9 February 2014

Usually I'm a total sucker for nail trends, but the whole 'textured' thing is one that I've allowed to pass me by.  Until now of course.  My friend Sophie gave me a trio of Barry M Nail Paints as part of my Christmas present, and my eyes were immediately drawn to this one.

This shade is called 'Countess' and it's from Barry M's Royal inspired Collection last year.  In the bottle it looks like an intriguing metallic bronze meets purple with fine flecks of gold and red glitter, but on the nails it translates to a more purple glitter with a matte finish.  The 'textured' look of this feels a bit dull and boring to me, but it wasn't as rough feeling as I was expecting.

Still, I wasn't digging it.

I applied a thick coat of Seche Vite over the top (see below) and it was like HELLO!

That glossy shine just makes this shade pop and transforms it instantly into something that I now love.  Sorry textured nails, but a shiny top coat is always going to win!    
Are you a fan of the textured nails trend or not?

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24 comments

  1. I have this and I love it, makes a change from normally dark colours. I also got Dutchess by Barry M and that is lovely too.

    Belle x
    Mascara & Maltesers

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  2. This looks so different with a topcoat, I wasn't sure I liked it initially, but I'm going to give it another go now x


    Amy / srslylou

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    1. Definitely try it with a top coat :) x

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  3. Love the colour, and definitely agree the topcoat makes it look great! x

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  4. I always slather Seche Vite over anything textured - whoops! Love the colour if this x

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    1. Same, I don't like the feel of textured nails! x

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  5. I do like textured polishes, though I think I only own two of them haha

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    1. Maybe add this one to your collection? :)

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  6. I totally agree with you, nothing beat a nice, shiny, smooth finish! xx

    http://ferdies-place.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. This is a pretty shade but I just can't bring myself to wear a textured polish for longer than a couple of hours. They just make my nails feel weird & I can't get past that
    http://www.letstalkbeauty.co.uk/

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    1. Ditto! I hate the feeling of textured nails - ALWAYS have to add a good top coat to smooth it out x

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  8. I do normally prefer the high gloss look but I kinda like this one before the top coat. Never tried a textured polish before though x

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  9. Textured nails aren't my thing either, love a bit of gloss. :)
    xo

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  10. I prefer glitter polishes with a top coat over,they look so much better don't they!
    Daniella x

    http://daniella-r.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Wow, this is gorgeous! I have some matte glitters but I often apply a glossy topcoat over them for more shine. I just love that gel shine finish and I also don't like the way textured polish feels when I run my finger over my nails--it's just a personal preference I guess, but the grit doesn't feel right to me.

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    1. Yeah I'm exactly the same, all matte / textured polishes end up with a glossy top coat! Can't stand the feel of textured or gritty nails x

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