Barry M Instant Nail Effects – Nail Art on the CHEAP!

Posted by Lipglossiping On October - 8 - 2010

I scoured high and I scoured low for this little bottle of Barry M Instant Nail Effects… it’s seemingly harder to acquire than the proverbial gold dust.

When I first saw it on Yinka’s blog… I didn’t think I was gonna like it.  I like NEAT nails and I’m not hugely into nail art.  Not really… I just like polished tips that add a bit of interest.  Instant Nail Effects looks haphazard… indeed it is.  It’s messy, it’s random…

But I kinda like it!

What I didn’t like was that I slapped a glossy top coat over it.  Next time I’m gonna keep the crackle matte.

Is this a new idea?  Nooooooooo…. these crackle polishes have been around for years, but as far as I’m aware – it’s the first time it’s been brought to the UK high street (correct me if I’m wrong!).

Wanna know how it’s done?  Watch the official BarryM tutorial video on how to make the Instant Nail Effects work for you here.

Do you like the effect?  I think the general consensus is that it works best over bold, pale colours… think bright pastels!

If you can source it on the high street, Boots are currently offering two BarryM polishes (including this one) for £5, otherwise you can purchase online from the BarryM website for £3.95 a piece.

19 Responses to “Barry M Instant Nail Effects – Nail Art on the CHEAP!”

  1. Sandra L says:


    That looks a lot like the new IsaDora graffiti nails, it also dries matte. I had a MaxFactor one about 10 years ago that dried glossy, but the cracks were different (have no better way to describe this).


  2. Julia says:

    Yikes, I wanna run and hide from your nails, haha that’s fab!

  3. EmmaDazzle says:

    I have never seem anything like this. It is really cool. I need this in my life.

    Thank you

    Emma x.x.x

  4. vid says:

    I bought that a few days ago, and really like it, except even after top coat it still is a bit bumpy, which annoys me as it makes me pick at it! need to get some neon colours to use underneath it now!

  5. Enigma says:

    I’ve been hunting about for this since I heard about it too. Did you find it in your boots?

  6. Got mine yesterday and couldn’t resist trying it over a different colour on ezch finger. Love the effect:)

  7. nichola ward says:

    I have this too, I did a post on it the other day and I did exactly the same as you.. Applied it over red (Glitter red), then felt it needed some gloss so did a topcoat.. and hated it!

    I agree too, it needs to be over pale colours. Also with the glitter it meant the ‘crackles’ were tiny, or at least not the long streaks it appears on the tag.

    I like it though, it is fun :)

  8. Anitacska says:

    Am I the only one who really dislikes this? I think it look horrid. No way I would want my nails to look like that. (Sorry no offence, you have lovely nails otherwise.)

  9. Lisa says:

    I don’t like it either :/ However I might pick up a bottle for over a bright orange for Halloween or something, but it does nothing for me.

    Barry M polishes are on 2 for £5 in Superdrug as well, although I have no idea if this part of it, I just spotted them today.

  10. Wendy says:

    I’m dreaming of hot pink with this black crackle over top o_o

  11. lishlash says:

    I saw this yesterday in superdrug. Couldn’t make up my mind – after seeing the photos I think i’m too much of a perfectionist and it would drive me insane!

  12. Stephanie Cummins says:

    Yay that looks fab!!!

    red and black would be brilliant for halloween

  13. Laurasummer says:

    Damn I saw this today in superdrug and didn’t understand what it was! Picking it up tomorrow that’s for sure- it would look so awesome over orange on Halloween

  14. Jess says:

    For those hunting it, I found mine in Topshop on Oxford Street, they had a few in there yesterday! I absolutely love it, and it’s super cheap too.


  15. Prab N says:

    i haven’t seen anything like this in vancouver :(

  16. […] me.  Why?  It’s fall break!  I get a whopping TWO DAYS off of from law school.  Woo woo!Crackle your nails for Halloween [Lipglossiping]Makeup recs for green-eyed gals []Halloween How-to: Vampire [Beauty and the […]

  17. Rachel says:

    I can’t find it anywhere, so I’ve just ordered 2 bottles from the website in case I can never find it again. I hope you don’t mind, I used a picture from this post for my blog :)

  18. Tina says:

    You know your random layering makes a great Halloween combo!!! :)


Leave a Reply


A week in Devon (Part One)

I took the most ridiculous amount of photos.  Before we left, Mr. L challenged me to put down my iPhone and pick up my camera… …

Celebrate Cult Beauty's 5th Birthday with competitions & special offers!

Beauty brokers extraordinaire, Cult Beauty are turning 5 this week and in celebration of a birthday well-earned, the company are hosting a week of special …

Lipglossiping 2011 - A Retrospective (January - June)

A look back at some of my personal blog highlights of 2011… Paris  |  Leila  |  Paul’s Birthday IMATS  |  NARS  |  Extensions  |  Johnson …

Eyeko Posh Polish - NOTD

I swear… I will stop doing “greige” soon… when HELL FREEZES OVER! Bwuhahahhaha! Bored of reviewing Eyeko now…. are you bored of seeing ’em?  Thing …

Deal Alert: 25% off at Cult Beauty

For 48hrs only, get 25% off at Cult Beauty with the discount code FLASH25. Perfect for those organised Christmas shoppers out there (I know you’re …

When Lipglossiping met Pantene’s ambassador Cat Deeley!

Last week, I was invited to the Savoy hotel in London to meet Pantene ambassador Cat Deeley and to learn a little more about the …

Why Chanel Paradoxal is like a gherkin...

If you follow my tweets, then you may have ‘read” me this morning… urging my 15 month old to eat her porridge quicker, cursing my …

The night I thought I'd Trumped myself.

I bought a hair-dye from TK Maxx last week (it sounds like a bad idea already) and decided that the recent crop of ever-increasing greys …

Lancome Fall 2011 - Le Vernis Nail Polish: Noir 29 & Rouge Saint Honore

To complete the Fall collection, Lancome will release two new nail polishes in classic red and edgy black. The red – #22 Rouge St Honore …

GOSH Smoky Eyes Palette - Bright n' Black

I was very excited to see the promo image for this latest GOSH collection which has been out for a little while now. The eyeshadow …


CLOSED: Competition Time: Givenchy Very Irresistible L'eau en Rose Perfume!

Want to really spoil Mum this Mother’s Day?  Or perhaps you just want to spoil yourself?  It’s ok… I won’t judge… there are plenty of …

CLOSED - Win it! The Body Shop Expert Brush Collection

I don’t know about you, but I woke up this morning with a distinct “Hello Monday morning, I’ve been expecting you…” kinda feeling.  Maybe it’s …

Win a gorgeous "glow" trio with prizes from Urban Decay, New CID, & Arbonne!

COMPETITION NOW CLOSED! WINNER IS: “IZABELLA” (COMMENT #96045) – WINNER HAS BEEN EMAILED!   It’s still January, the MET office have just issued yet another …

Hello? Is this thing on?

Phew, that was a little unexpected. For those of you who haven’t had the misfortune of reading my hand-wringing tweets and woe-ridden facebook updates, let …

Big savings on French Pharmacy brands, win my top picks!

I’m of the firm opinion that for the money, French pharmacy brands offer some of the best solutions for diffcult skin-types. have long been …

Win it! 3 EcoTools Bamboo Bronzer Brushes to win!

I’ve written about these before, you know I love them, I want you to love them too! So why not have a go at winning …

FOTD Busting out of the comfort zone!

You may recall my bitter moans last week about how when presented with a rare opportunity to spend an indecent amount of time playing with …

Avoid the brush off with Oral-B Pro-Expert

There’s a new toothpaste in town. It’s lean, mean and err not very minty as it happens.  Featuring the revolutionary bacteria-busting ingredient Stabilised Stannous Flouride, …

Dear Obesity...

We have been together for over 20 years, our lives so entwined that I’ve never been sure how to live without you.  I would like …

Urban Decay The Black Palette - Photos & Swatches

The soon-to-be-released Black Palette from US eyeshadow maestro’s Urban Decay is an altogether darker affair than the recent Naked set… The Black Palette includes 6, …

  • Categories

  • Archives

  • Admin

  • Ads