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First and foremost I want to say thank you to Emma from Imagination in Colour for loaning me these polishes. Emma is fortunate enough to be an official Barrym blogger and was sent the WHOLE speedy collection to review and her review was amazing. I was going to buy these myself based on that review but she kindly offered to loan me hers.
One other point of business before we get on to the mani I created using three colours from this collection: I wanted to try and make this a totally Barrym mani and the only top/basecoat I have from them is their combined top and base. I do not like this product – firstly it bubbled like mad but secondly I bought it before I knew any better. There is a very good reason to have separate top and base coat products: they do very different jobs. Basecoats are all about grabbing on to that polish you’re layering on top – there for they can dry down to a matte or rubbery look because that surface is going to really connect with the polish you’re then applying on the top. This is why using a matte topcoat sometimes helps between layers on really streaky colours because unlike the polish you’re trying to apply it has that grabby surface. Traditional topcoats are there to seal, protect and usually be shiney – not to hold on to polish. This is why these products in my opinion are a no go – they just can’t do both jobs and so usually fail on all accounts. This topcoat bubbled A LOT even though I have had plenty of practise floating topcoat etc. so apologies for that.
OK onto the fun stuff!
The Speedy collection is a set of fast drying polishes which are all perfect spring shades, they also have a new FLAT brush which I am loving, it gave me a nearly perfect round cuticle line without effort and even on my small narrow nails worked very well. THUMBS UP. There are pictures of the brush I believe on Emma’s review so if you haven’t already go and check it out.
The polishes I chose to combine are
Dry time was very good and formula was great, they don’t dry incredibly shiney so they do need topcoat to take them to the next level. Overall I am very impressed because these are some tricky colours to get good formula on. I think the yellow will be either a love or hate it but I love its creaminess and I think it works well with the yellow undertones in my complection. I will definitely be investing in a set of these for myself.
For my accent nail I wanted to echo the chequered flag pattern on the Speedy Collection bottle tops so used the advanced stamping method to colour this design using the polishes. I had to work quick because of the quick dry time on these polishes but I think it turned out really cute and very ready for Spring. Has Spring arrived where you are? What do you think of this collection? Let me know with a comment below!
These polishes retail for £3.99 each and are available from Boots, Superdrug and online.