Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Barry M - New In Spring 2021

 Barry M is one of my favourite nail polish and drugstore makeup brands and they have brought out so many new releases, that I just had to create a post showcasing what's new.

Starting with the brows, we have the Barry M Feather Brow Defining Pen (£5.99 for 0.6g), which is available in three different shades. I opted for Medium as even though I am fair, I prefer a deeper brow. This is a long-wearing pen that features a fine, flexible tip for an easy and natural application. The tip allows you to create hair-like strokes to add dimension, fill and enhance the appearance of natural brow hair to perfect, fluffy brows. I really like this Pen, as it is super quick and easy to use, and stays in place throughout the day without budging or smudging and as someone who has very sparse natural brows, this allows me to create tiny hair-like strokes so that they look natural but fuller.

Another new brow product is the Barry M Fix Me Up Brow Tamer (£5.99 for 15ml), and I must admit this is a very long route to tame the brows. Barry M have some amazing brow gels that I use most days, and so my main issue with this was the packaging - it comes in a glass bottle with a pipette and so you are supposed to apply the product to the brows using the pipette and then use the spoolie brush to comb the brows upwards for a fluffy, laminated brow look. It absolutely does that, but the packaging for me is just unnecessary - they could have done this in a regular tube like their other brow gel products, and it is just too much hassle for me!

A win for me are the Barry M Colour Glide Eyeshadow Wands (£3.99 each for 3.7g), which are comparable to much more expensive alternatives. There are six gorgeous shades to choose from - Blue Skies, a baby blue, Lilac Lush, a pretty bright lilac, Dusty Pink, a light coral pink, Meadow Green, a sage Spring-like green, Creamy Caramel, the perfect go-to nude and Sun Setter, a warm-toned red/brown. You can apply straight to the eyelids using the applicator and they have a silky formula that gives a matte finish that lasts on the lids all day through. These are such a quick and easy product - my favourite kind - to use and you get a beautiful wash of colour in seconds, and you absolutely cannot beat the price of these compared to the Glossier ones for example.

I am obsessed with bronzer this year, it has been my go-to for adding some colour to my complexion and so I just had to pick up the Barry M Heatwave Powder Bronzer (£5.99 for 7g). There are just three shades available - Light, Medium and Dark and I do think they could have added another at both ends of the spectrum, as I have the light shade, Tropical and it slightly warm toned for me at the moment. However, the formula is soft and blendable and gives the skin a sun-kissed matte finish and it does look lovely on the skin! Two things I really wanted to point out with this product are that firstly, Barry M have now removed mirrors from their palettes to make them recyclable and the Bronzer formula is enriched with Fair Trade Shea Butter which has been sourced from Tungteiya Women's Association in Ghana, so not only does it keep the skin smooth, but they are also a brand aiming to help where they can, which is very admirable for a low-price drugstore brand in my opinion.

Sticking with the complexion and another product that also includes the Fair Trade Shea Butter is the Barry M Glow Beam Illuminating Palette (£6.99 for 16g). This is a lovely little glowy quad for the Summer months ahead and whilst every shade isn't going to suit everyone, the shades that don't work for your skintone can be used as gorgeous shimmery eyeshadows. I love how soft these feel and if applied lightly, you don't get a deep colour, which I prefer, so you just get the gorgeous glow. They do contain tiny flecks of sparkle, but they don't look 'disco ball', they just really enhance the complexion and look stunning in the sunshine. Again, for the price, you absolutely cannot go wrong and I would certainly pay more for this palette as it just adds such a healthy sheen to the skin, and you could of course use the palette on the body too.

Another favourite of mine are the Barry M Multitude Lip & Cheek Pens (£4.99 for 0.95g), which come in three colour options - Sweet Darling, reds, pinks and berries, Honey Honey, nudes, and Dare Me, pinks and berries. Each pen contains four different shades and they are stackable, so you can switch up depending on your mood. Each shade can be used on both the cheeks and lips, so these really are a genius little product! I was really surprised by how beautiful the formula and shades are, as in all honesty, I wasn't expecting much in case they were a gimmicky product, but I absolutely love these and have been reaching for them a lot and would highly recommend picking one up as you are getting four shades that can be used in two ways for under £5!

I am not normally someone who would use a Lip Palette, as I prefer a lipstick for on the go, but the Barry M Shade Game Lip Palette (£5.99 for 0.42g) looked so pretty I just had to pick it up - that top left pink nude looked right up my street. However, I was slightly disappointed with this as they are more like tinted lip balms, with a very sheer colour - the first four or five shades barely show up. Which is a shame, but if that is your jam then you might really like this palette as the formula is nourishing and soft so it keeps the lips hydrated too.

You can find Barry M online here.

All the Loves,
Kathryn xxx

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