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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

barry m nail art pens

Barry M Nail Art Pen review swatch photo
Barry M Nail Art Pen review swatch photo
models own beths blue topshop nail art pen review swatch photo
Barry M Nail Art Penreview swatch photo
Barry M Nail Art Pen: £4.99*
Topshop Nail Art Pen: £6.50
Models Own Beths Blue: £5

Late last night I got a bit creative with some of the new Barry M Nail Pens. I've attempted Aztec nails before but have only managed one nail without messing the whole lot up. While these aren't perfect, I don't think they are TOO horrendous! I always felt that Barry M were being a bit late to the party on nail art considering they used to THE go to brand for all things nail related. However these nail pens are a long time coming but boy am I not disappointed. They'll be launching in 4 different shades (Black, White, Pink and Silver) on the 10th April in Superdrug and on the 17th April in Boots. I think they are wonderful. They apply evenly and without much effort. You don't need to squeeze to control the pressure, just let the pen do all the work.

To get the Nail Art pen started you need to pump the pen a few times on a hard surface, then the product flows through the nib. I don't think the polish inside is actually all proper nail polish. It doesn't have the same consistency as regular nail polish, its a little bit runnier and flows very easily through the pen. It does bubble or lump up either when layered. I found that one layer of each shade is enough to make it opaque. Nothing like traditional nail art pens like the Models Own x Wah Nail pens or the Ebay ones. The white would be perfect for french tips to as it goes on so smoothly you won't have ugly like, and it's very easy to draw freehand. They dry down fairly quickly too, but you have to make sure the nail below is completely dry before trying to draw on top as it does drag on the surface some what.

As I wasn't sent the black version of the Barry M Nail Art pen I decided to also use a Topshop Nail Pen which I've had for ages but never ever used. It's very similar to the Barry M pen in the sense that it has a pen like nib and you pump initially to get the product out. However you have to squeeze it slightly to get the product to flow properly which means that sometimes too much product can come out or not enough. I found that I kept having to dab it on a piece of paper to keep the pen clean and get decent lines. I think its average in terms of a nail art pen and would definitely prefer to try the Black Barry M Nail Art Pen!

Overall I really recommend the Barry M Nail Art pens once they launch. I think they'll be a really good addition to any nail art lovers kit. Newbie or Advanced they are simple to use, easy to draw with and you're only limited by your own creativity. The price is spot on for the quart of the pen. I don't think the Topshop one is that great, the polish is too thick and gloopy, especially compared to the Barry M Versions. I feel it isn't as easy to use and does require a little bit of skill to get the polish flowing while drawing as you need a very steady hand. Which is almost impossible when it's already hard enough trying to draw on your own nails! It's nice to see Barry M getting back in the game. I feel they have fallen behind a little bit in recent years but the launch of their wonderful Hi-Shine Gelly Polishes has really put them back on my nail polish radar.
Do you think you'll be indulging in these pens once they launch? Or are you over nail art?

62 comments

  1. i love nail art but i find it really tricky so i'll definitely be picking a few of these up :-)


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  2. These look great! Unfortunately I cannot do nail art to save my life, but may have to invest in this white pen for french manicures!x

    jessssicahart.blogspot.co.uk

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  3. They look amazing I do love the design you have done too!! :)

    Pipp xx
    http://pippjones281190.blogspot.co.uk

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  4. I'm normally really lazy with my nails but with tools this easy there isn't really any excuse!

    Louisa's Notebook

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  5. I love nail art , i usually get the ebay ones but these look really good so I'll have to give them ago x

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  6. They look amazing Lily, I really need to try aztec nails again my first attempt didn't go too well :-)
    http://wwwclairabelle.blogspot.co.uk/

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  7. You've done a really good job with these, I'm definitely going to buy them and try it myself!

    xxx

    www.s-t-u-d.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. these look quite cool :D

    http://georgialouisee.blogspot.co.uk

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  9. They look fab! Question is.. could you do the other hand?! I always struggle with one hand! Although I will almost certainly end up buying these, they'd be great for matte w/shiny tips nails!
    x

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  10. These look cool, the white would be good for french tips! Your nails look awesome!

    emmalinabeauty.blogspot.co.uk

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  11. Really great post. My nails are really needing an overhaul, so a little personal manicure with these bad boys is on the list!

    www.littlerenault.blogspot.co.uk/

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  12. About time Barry M released nail art pens! I love the models own one's but can't wait to try these!
    http://thelipstickthegirlandherwardrobe.blogspot.co.uk/

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  13. Ahh these look amazing! xx

    www.lemonsaresweet.wordpress.com

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  14. I think I will definitely be picking these up when they launch, I'd love an easier way to do nail art

    http://hollslucy.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Oooo I defo think I'm going to have to pick some of these up! xoxo

    http://hannmaree.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. Your nails looks great!! Definitely going to have to try these pens out!
    xx

    flowersinthewateringcan.blogspot.co.uk

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  17. These look gorgeous, I saw them on instagram too. I'll look forward to picking some of these nail art pens up and having a go myself! x
    Amy | http://amysbeautyjournal.blogspot.co.uk/

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  18. They look great! I suck at nails though, haha!xxx

    taylorpluslife.blogspot.co.uk

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  19. Will definitely be picking these up your nails look gorgeous!

    www.littlepieceofbeauty.blogspot.com

    xx

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  20. I definitely need to get these and try out the design you've done! Looks so good! :) xx

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  21. I love doing nail art, and I've been needing a white nail pen. I can't wait to pick a few of these up! x

    frillysockspolkadots.blogspot.co.uk

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  22. I need to get my hands on these nail art pens as I'm really wanting to be more creative with my nails. xx

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  23. awww cute pastel your nail art dear ^_^

    http://leeviahan.blogspot.com

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  24. So cute! Wish i was actually good at nail art! x

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  25. Wish I could do nail art like this! x

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  26. Your nails look amazing, I always shrug off the thought of using nail pens, but never thought about making designs or using them as manicure tips before, so now I REALLY want to try them! Not a big nail painting person, but i'll try giving them a go, might get me a little more interested x

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  27. these look amazing and i'm already so excited! i struggle massively just applying a normal nail polish easily so nail art was never really going to be my thing but i have given leopard print nails a go in the past and loved the look. however, i'm ready to be more creative and i think these are the tools for me! i think i'll be at my local superdrug straight away on the 10th of april, i'm that excited! thanks for the review and i love your aztec nails, they're lovely! :) X

    http://theenglishgirl.blogspot.co.uk/

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  28. Ooo, I'll definitely by trying these! I love my nail art and have been using the Models Own nail art pens for as long as I can remember now, but sometimes find them hard to control because not only are you trying to draw a design with the opposite hand that you write with, but like you say, you're having to squeeze at the same time, so you don't have great control over it. But yes, definitely adding these to my wishlist! x
    http://aworldfullofprettiness.blospot.com

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  29. Definitely getting the white Barry M nail pen, love the aztec look you created x

    http://beautyblahblahblah.blogspot.co.uk/

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  30. I'll definitely have these on my list of things to buy when I have some spare money again!
    I'd really trust Barry M when it comes to this sort of thing and I've never owned any nail art pens before so this sounds ideal!

    Emily x - prettypleaseprettyplease.blogspot.com

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  31. Love the tribal print! So pretty <3

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  32. I love the design

    Please check out and follow my blog! I'd really appreciate it! <3
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  33. Love how these look, so cool. I'm suprised at barry m too, The have everything else on the go, just taken a while to get round to these

    Please come and check out my latest post if you have a few minutes spare :)

    www.fragile-bird.blogspot.co.uk

    Helen

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  34. I can't wait for these to be released! :D

    http://www.beautybabbles.com

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  35. love the design you did! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.co.uk

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  36. These are amazing nails!! :D www.cherrytruth2.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  37. can't wait to try these! still need to try the belly polishes!!
    beautgeorge.blogspot.com

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  38. awesome aztec pattern! I have always wanted some decent nail art pens, my boyf bought me some off ebay and they don't even work! X

    http://aztecdoll.blogspot.co.uk/

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  39. barry m has really impressed me lately, i cant wait for these to launch! xx

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  40. Oh my Lily! What great nail art :D

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  41. you're so talented - i dont think i'll be able to make it look half as good as you did!!! adorable color palette, reminds me of easter eggs :))

    rachel x
    blushandbrunch.com

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  42. Wow those look great seriously! I'd be ridiculously wobbly but I do love nail art so I will definitely be picking them up! I don't think I'll bother with the black one though because U've heard liquid eyeliner is a good alternative :)

    thisisaromcom.blogspot.com

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  43. I'm a long time reader of your blog Lily and I do still enjoy reading it but what is up with your spelling mistakes recently? Do you not bother to proof read your posts? There have been a lot - eg this post and your post about your week in outfits video. It's really putting me off as I think it's a basic thing to make sure is right before a post goes live, especially for a professional Blogger like you. Just wanted to say something in case you hadn't noticed.

    Elspeth xx

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  44. I have always been a fan of nail art but not doing it myself because my hand shakes uncontrollably. You're so talented! x

    http://catsandclothing.blogspot.com

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  45. WOW!!! I love this nail art set.. I want to have one like this and make a lot of cute nail art over my nails...lovely!! Gonna buy one the soonest! :)
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    Grow Eyelashes

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  46. These are amazing! You are so clever and I am totally inspired to have a go...I'm not sure the results will be nearly as impressive, but who cares?! Practise makes perfect, right? Thanks for a brill post Lily! X

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  47. Those nails look gorgeous. So excited about these pens! xxo
    theedgeofbeauty7.com

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  48. You're so good with nails! I'm jealous! Love the design. Lovely.

    http://styleitwithme.blogspot.co.uk

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  49. These pens look great, I can't wait for them to launch!

    Hannah; Glitter & Sparkle

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  50. these pens look really good, i am absolutely rubbish at nail art so hopefully these will help me get a bit better at it!! xxxxx
    mollyox.blogspot.com

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  51. WOW!! They look great and I can't believe I haven't seen them before!!!! I need to buy some immediately!!

    http://primeministeroffun.blogspot.co.uk

    xoxo

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  52. cant wait for these to come to the shops so excited to try them out! your nails also look great here i think u did an excellent job.

    http://dazzleulooks.blogspot.co.uk/
    xxx

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  53. Wow, your nails look amazing! I've always wanted to try aztec nails but have never found the right product to attempt them with, so I'll definitely be picking a couple of these up. I found the same thing with the Models Own ones, I had to keep dabbing it to get away of any excess polish and things got a little messy, which is a shame for such an amazing brand. Props to Barry M though for bringing these out, looks so much easier than other ones I've seen. xx

    sundaisyy.blogspot.co.uk

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  54. Need to try these when they're released, I'm so useless at nail art

    A little bit Unique

    x

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  55. Totally agree re. Barry M - Nail Varnishes seem to be their mainstay, especially kitsch, fun ones.. but no sign of a confetti polish yet :(

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