As a cruelty free advocate, I can say the struggle to get a salon style manicure whilst staying true to my cruelty free commitment can be a real struggle. I’ve tried several products – budget and high end – which have claimed to leave a professional quality effect, but to no avail. I was thrilled when my go-to nail brand Barry M launched their Sunset Daylight Curing range. Today I’m sharing my thoughts on my first one – Drive me Navy.
The product claims to cure in daylight leaving a strong, shiny professional-style effect. That’s a bold statement, and I wondered if it could come up with the goods as I added the rich navy shade and topcoat to my basket.
So… does it live up to the promise?
I’m pleased to say it does! The colour goes on thick and well pigmented – then the topcoat makes them super strong, and gives a lovely, wet-look sheen. I’m the sort of person who likes her nails to catch the light when typing, and this effect is particularly pleasing to me.
Unlike many chemist brand polishes, Barry M has great staying power, and this Sunset range is actually much stronger than the average. I’ve worn it for over a week with no chipping, and I have very brittle nails.
The best part of this product, though, is that you don’t need to remove it with acetone – you can just use your regular remover and it swipes right off. If you hate soaking your fingers like me, you’ll understand just how much of a bonus this is!
The only bugbear is that you have to apply 2x coats of colour to 1x topcoat, meaning you’re likely to run out of colour before topcoat. That’s a small worry, though – their colour range for this product is already pretty wide, and I’m sure I’ll have no problem replacing Drive me Navy with another hue.
Have you tried the Sunset range yet? Do you have a favourite shade?