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Saturday, 27 April 2013

Review: Barry M Nail Art Pens

Barry M have recently released some nail art pens, which are available in four colours. Browsing in Superdrug, I inevitably ended up purchasing one, and I went for Silver since I already have Models Own nail art pens in the other three colours available - pink, black and white.
Barry M Silver Nail Art Pen Review Nib
In sturdy packaging which matches the colour of the product, these would be great for travelling with little risk of them getting squashed and exploding. The lid snaps off to reveal a white nib which is completely different to the Models Own nail art pens; following the instructions, I shook before removing the lid and then pumped the nib on a piece of paper until the paint began to flow. I found I got a smooth, constant stream of paint which was really easy to work with and didn't blob or bubble; that's a problem I've had with all my Models Own pens. Not having to constantly squeeze the pen meant my hand was much steadier, and in general I found the Barry M pen much easier to use, a lot quicker, and it dried in no time as well, meaning it could quickly be sealed with a top coat and I was good to go. For this review, I just had a play round on the manicure I was already sporting, which is two coats of a mint polish from Gold by Giles at New Look.
Barry M Nail Art Pens Silver Tribal Aztec
Barry M Nail Art Pens Review
I prefer this pen infinitely to the Models Own ones I've used before - they're so much quicker and easier to use, with no blobbing or bubbling of the paint as you draw, and because the nib is plastic rather than metal, there's much less risk of denting or scratching your base colour. Overall, this is definitely a product I recommend and I can see myself picking up the other three colours available and doing away with my Models Own versions - these are so much better and cheaper, too! Nice one, Barry M.
Priced at £4.99 for 3ml of product, Barry M Nail Art Pens are available from Boots, Superdrug, and Barry M online. Have you picked any of these up yet? Which colours are your favourite? [Dead links removed, apologies for any inconvenience caused.]



  1. This looks great, and it's a good price too :) I saw some of these in Superdrug last week but I didn't want to pick one up until I'd seen some reviews but now I will definitely be picking one up! Great post :) xx


  2. These pens are fab, I've got the black one xx


  3. These look really good, may have to get one then practice getting a steadier hand!

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  4. nice review hunni, I may have to nab one myself lol

    from Clarissa x


  5. Wooowww they look amazing. Love how thin they are x

  6. Hi lovely,

    LOVE Barry M polishes. Have 6 Gelly's and counting. Not tried the pens though but that's next to come!

    I really like your blog and have started following you on GFC. It would mean a lot if you could check out my blog too :) Who knows, maybe even follow if you like it?

    I look forward to your next post.
    Sara xx


  7. These look so groovy, love the patterns you've done :) xx

  8. Your nails look lovely! I wish I had the patience for nail art, I'm too lazy though haha!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

  9. I bought all four of these.. as I was so impressed with them! Such gorgeous colours, and SO easy to use! Plus they dry super quick xx
    Gemma ♥ | Miss Makeup Magpie

  10. I need to buy these! I love a bit of the old nail art, yours look great! :)

    Amy xx
    A Little Boat Sailing

  11. Great designs - I will have to look out for pens :) x


  12. i love this, that is a very precise nib.
    gotta add that to the wishlist.. >.<

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  13. I looks wonderful on you! Looks such a mess on me, you are so lucky!


    Carly's Closet

  14. Such a great idea and I really like the result! You did a fab job! x

  15. You've done a great job! Silver is a great way to have more subtle nail art.


  16. I love these, so going to pick one up when I'm next in Boots xx

    Lucy Loves To Blog

  17. Ahhh, your nails look gorgeous!! Think I need to go to Boots and pick this little beauty up! :)

    Layla xx

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