I had the wonderful opportunity to try Barry M products thanks to Wendy the brand manager in Canada for Barry M Cosmetics! It is "UK's leading mass market cosmetic brand" and is only sold in the UK. Wendy kindly sent me a media kit and wanted to know my thoughts on the brand. So here we go!
First thing I noticed about all their products is the actual name is not on the product itself, it is just represented by numbers (except for the nail paints). I found the corresponding names from their website. Sort of a bummer!
Let's start with the Dazzle Dust, one thing I immediately loved was that it was completely filled to the rim! It has tiny shimmers in it but not noticeable at all, it looks matte on the skin. The pigmentation is also pretty good, I'm sure with a primer it would look even more intense. On their website they have a whole lot of colours that I would to try!
Next is the Fine Glitter Dust. It says at the bottom that it is "Not for use around the eyes." These are definitely for the more adventurous makeup lovers because I'm not sure what I would use it for :p
Blusher in Pink Orchid (1)
I thought the packaging was pretty cute on this blush. I wasn't too ecstatic about the brush that came with it though. The pigmentation is okay, very light but you can definitely pack more on. It shows up as a nice flush of pink on the cheeks. I also tried wearing it throughout the day and unfortunately it doesn't last very long.
Lip Gloss Wand in Strawberry Milkshake (12)
Super cute name but as shown above it only says "12" on the bottom of the lip gloss :( There are fine gold shimmers in this which I tried to show in the picture above. I expected this to be super sticky like with all drugstore lip gloss but it was surprisingly moisturizing! It just melts on your lips into a milky pink gloss. It doesn't have a strong smell, but it does have a sweet kind of smell. Throwing this in my purse! :)
Lip Paint in Dolly Pink (146)
When I opened this up, the sides of the actual lipstick were scratched down the side as shown above. Strange. The color payoff is not horrible but not great. I packed a lot on for the lip swatch above. It looks bright pink but actually looks a bit purple on the lips. Wasn't a fan of the smell of this, it smells like crayons :(
Nail Paint in Pink Flamingo (305)
I saved the best for last because I really enjoyed this nail polish! It applies very smoothly and is a definite two coater. In the picture above that's only one coat! The brush is a decent size as well. I got all giddy looking at the colours they have available, because they have a wide range! The downside of the Nail Paint is that it smells really bad. It's probably the most chemically smelling nailpolish I've ever tried haha.
Possible display stands?
I took these snapshots from the pamphlets they provided me along with the media kit. Thought it was interesting to see what the stands could look like at future drugstore in Canada! Perhaps Shoppers Drug Mart?!
Another page from the media kit also states that Barry M does not test on Animals! *thumbs up*!
From my media kit, I would really enjoyed the Dazzle Dust, Lip Gloss Wand, and the Nail Paints and would love to be able to purchase them locally! Please visit the "Get Barry M into Canada" Facebook page and "Like" it to show your support and perhaps we'll be able to see Barry M Cosmetics in Canada!! :D