The polish itself applies like a normal Barry M formulation, providing a great colour result after only two coats. It dries pretty quickly, leaving nails ready for a coat of the specially formulated Sunset Topcoat to start the curing process. Essentially this topcoat sets the nails with natural daylight, helping to create a more resilient finish that gives the look of a traditional gel nail without the faffing or potential damage. I'm really impressed with how the polish looks on my nails, and how glossy the finish is; although the polish does still chip after a couple of days, it lasts a lot longer than some of my other regular polishes and continues to provide a glossy finish. Often it's the shine on nails that makes them look like you've just stepped out of the salon, and this clever topcoat ensures they're shinier for longer.
With seven colours available, from traditional red and navy right through to summer appropriate coral and teal, there's a polish to take you through every month of the year. I hope they extend the line to include more seasonal colours and on-trend shades, but this is a great start for a brand I'm falling more in love with every new launch. These won't provide the longevity or performance of a gel manicure, but they're a great compromise and fabulous for ensuring nails look fabulous for longer than a day - the usual length of my polish before it chips beyond repair. At £4.99 each, you can't argue with the price point either; plenty of change leftover for a pina colada.
The Barry M Sunset Daylight Curing Nail Paint and Topcoat are available online and via Superdrug/Boots stores nationwide, priced £4.99 each.