I'm always delighted when new pastel polish collections are released because it can mean only one thing: that spring and summer are on their way. Barry M have not disappointed with their latest release (which hit Superdrug last week and Boots today) - nine polishes all singing the joys of spring in their array of pastel brights. This collection also sees the new 'speedy dry' formula and flat 'control-flow' brush. More on these in a bit. The nine colours are all named in speed-reminiscent names, rather than anything to do with their colours.
A couple of weeks ago I was invited to the Barry M spring launch event which, though coming at a super busy time for me at work, I was determined to attend as I knew that Lauren from The Naily Mail (one of my very first blogging buddies) was going to be there and I just had to meet her when she was down south in London.
I have swatches of eight of the nine in the Speedy Dry collection below (the one that is missing is Pit Stop, a pastel grey - sadly I didn't get this one in my press sample bag at the event - and though I considered buying it to make my swatch post complete, I actually didn't think it was going to be a colour I'd wear except for swatching so decided against).
The formula is rather thinner than I'm used to from Barry M, but then I suppose that's not surprising given that I usually use the Barry M Gelly polishes. The thinner formula means that yes, it's quicker-drying (although I actually didn't think it was noticeably quick - I always top everything with Seche Vite anyway) but it also means that I had to use three coats of all of the polishes below to get proper opacity from them. In this sense, I'm not sure the speedy-dry thing is that useful! The new flat brush though is great and really helps with the speedy application - so thumbs up to that, Barry M!
Stop The Clock*
Stop The Clock is a pastel creamy-yellow colour. Very pretty and not too yellow-yellow.
Full Throttle is a lovely pastel tangerine orange polish, more subtle than bright orange and quite an unusual colour.
In A Heart Beat*
In A Heart Beat is a pastel pinky coral polish. It has to be my absolute favourite from the whole collection - another relatively unusual shade, I will definitely be wearing this throughout the upcoming spring and summer.
Kiss Me Quick*
Kiss Me Quick is a pretty standard baby pink, nothing groundbreaking about this colour, but it is pretty and spring-y nevertheless.
Lap of Honour*
Lap of Honour is a pastel lilac purple - certainly on the grey end of the purple spectrum. It's nice, but not my favourite.
Eat My Dust*
Eat My Dust is a pastel blue. Like Kiss Me Quick, it's not exactly groundbreaking and you'll definitely have come across this shade before. That said, I like that it's a really pale pastel blue and I'll certainly be wearing it in the coming months.
Road Rage is a pastel jade green and probably my second favourite of the whole collection. It can probably be compared a little to Essie's Mint Candy Apple (a colour which barely left my nails a couple of summers ago), but it's darker and more pigmented than that. Really really pretty, can't get enough of this one!
Pole Position is a baby spring green - with more of a yellow tone than Road Rage. It's another quite uncommon shade, which is great, though it's probably a little on the yellow green side for me to wear frequently.
Overall it's a great collection, with some staple pastels and some more fun and unusual shades. There's definitely at least one polish in here for everybody - and I guarantee that you won't be able to just pick up one!
Availability - now in both Superdrug and Boots, at £3.99 each - but there are often 3 for 2 offers on, so might be worth waiting for one of those to pick up as many as possible!