Because plain nails are a thing of the past!
If you’ve seen my recent post Passionate about Pastels: Nice Nails you’ll know I’ve spent a lot of time loitering around the Barry M counter pawing over the pretty colours. I’ve just purchased the Barry M Nail Art Pen, and I’m a little bit addicted. So far I’ve only gone for the White one, but they also come in Pink, Silver and Black. Here’s what I thought of it:
How much does this cost?:
You can pick this up for £4.99 from your nearest Barry M counter, a great price for hours of arty fun, move over Van Gough!
How is it to use?:
The pen is about the width of a Sharpie, so it’s comfortable to grip and use. To start you give it a good shake, pump the tip to get the polish flowing and doodle! You need to give it a little shake from time to time but generally it lasts for quite a few nails at a time and definitely flows much smoother and neater than those which require squeezing. If you need to pump the pen to get the polish flowing, just do this onto a tissue and wipe any excess from the sides. The polish is a bit thinner than the nail polish beneath it so it doesn’t dry lumpy, and dries in less than a minute.
I’ve mastered creating French manicure tips, Polkadots and lines. I think the Polkadot is my favourite design. Unfortunately, I’m not ambidextrous and so if left to me, my hands would not have been very symmetrical. Luckily I persuaded my very kind boyfriend to assist with my right hand, and so for this I give credit to him!
I have tried the white to create Polkadot nails over a few colours; it is really effective over a vibrant red for a 50′s pin up look but it did need a second dabbing as the darker colour absorbs the white a bit making the dots look a little translucent. However, the colour does work brilliantly over pastel shades. I used it over the Sugar Apple colour to create Polkadot nails. On my ring fingers I created a Tiffany’s box look, wrapped in a white bow (and creating a subtle hint to my boyfriend at the same time). Over the pastel colour just one application was fine and the white really stands out. A quick top coat to avoid chipping and you’re off, ready to dazzle and amaze people with your unique nails!
Would I buy this product again?:
Definitely. This pen is simple and quick to use and lasts a considerable amount of time. I give this a strong 8/10. I’ll try and create some more interesting designs and post them on Instagram.
If you have purchased this, show me what designs you’ve come up with and what colours you’ve put together on Twitter @BeccasShopping or Instagram @beccasshoppingblog
I look forward to seeing them!