Wednesday, 8 December 2010

crackity jones

topcoat & basecoat; barry m
bright pink; barry m
instant nail effects; barry m
can you tell I'm a fan?!

I'm a bit late in posting about Barry M Instant Nail Effects since the product was released about 2 months ago now, but I've been trying to track it down ever since it was released and it was only last week that I found a shop that wasn't sold out! I bought it along with Mushroom and Bright Pink in Superdrug's 3 for 2 offer.

I was really excited to try it out despite having read lots of reviews about it already. There's just something about it transforming from a boring black coat of polish into a unique crackle effect on each nail.

The instructions told me to "apply a single coat of Instant Effects, don't over lap." I tried to follow this but because I'm so used to painting my nails with thin coats of polish (if I do it thick it peels off within hours like children's polish does!) I found it difficult getting enough polish on to the brush to coat the full nail so I did overlap quite a lot. I done my pinky first and after applying quite a thick black coat, and over lapping it, I sat staring at it waiting for it to transform. It took what was probably only a second, but seemed like forever to me, to transform and I was left with lots of tiny crackles on my nail. It only took 2 or 3 minutes to paint the rest of my nails and I'm so pleased with the results!

After experimenting a little bit I've found out that to achieve lots of smaller crackles - my prefered look - you should put quite a thick layer of Instant Effects onto your nail and over lap it. The larger crackles are achieved by following the instructions and not over lapping. I can't wait to try this out with some other colours and experiment a little!

Also, apologies for my dry cuticles. I've been neglecting my Lemony Flutter lately and the cold weather seems to have dried my skin up!


  1. Oooh, I think I prefer the smaller cracks like yours! I'll try your way next time I use my nail effects :)

  2. I live in a small town so there are loads of nail effects in superdrug, everyone seems to be having trouble finding it. I bought it for my blogger secret santa, hope they like it.
    I saw someone who tried a diff base colour on every nail and it looks lovely on top of grey

  3. oo I like it with pink! i used gold and loved it! xx

  4. love pink . how u do it? how u add the dark ?

  5. I've clearly been living under a blogger-rock as haven't even heard of this, and it looks AMAZING! Your choice of colours are beautiful and the effect is fantastic. I will be keeping a serious beady eye out for this instant nail effects wonderousness now! x