The Nail Files: Barry M Dusky Mauve

When Barry M released Dusky Mauve a few months ago, you could almost hear the stampede to Superdrug branches across the country. Why? Well it's a bang on dupe for Chanel's Paradoxal - and a darn sight cheaper too at just £2.99

At the time I couldn't have cared less that it was a dupe for a Chanel polish, I haven't paid them much attention since wasting my money on Rouge Noir, when I was a young, impressionable 20 year and it killed me to hand over £11 (which is what it cost at the time - can you say mark up?!), only to see it chip a day later. Now can you say pissed?!

Anyway, despite ignoring the buzz on this 'must have' dupe, Dusky Mauve ended up in my basket during a visit to Superdrug one evening but was cast aside and now over four months later I've finally pulled it out for a closer look. Surprisingly it doesn't look as 'blah' as I thought it would. It's a smart, sophisticated shade that's work-friendly and actually looks alright in natural daylight, but looks crap and bland in dull lighting.

I'm not too keen on the formula either. I found the first coat to be quite runny and I had to take care to wipe the excess off the brush, but two coats gave an opaque finish. It hasn't rocked my world, but it's more pleasing to the eye than I thought it would be. Saying that though, I doubt I'll be reaching for it again in a hurry. I like my nail polish to have a bit more of the wow factor.

4 beauty lovers have sumthin to say:

StellieStellina said...

I have this polish, but have never used it! I ought to at least give it a try - that's my task for tonight! I'm totally with you about Chanel; I have bough 2 of their polishes in the past and had Rouge Noir given to me as a present. I got rid of all of them as I have never had worse wear from a polish brand, Unbelievable that they still get away with charging £15 and people seem to love them...maybe they last longer on other people!x

Imo said...

Chanel polishes have had a mark up indeed! arent they 16 quid now?? Those were the days eh...

VexintheCity said...

@StellieStellina - Yeah, try it out and see if you like it. Chanel polishes are rubbish, it's the name that indulges people!

@Imo - Hmm something silly like that. I don't pay them any mind whatsoever.

Tass said...

I hate these sort of purpley colours on me.

Lol I also wasted my money on Rouge Noir as a teen and I still have it! It chips like a mother and there's so many dupes out there but it just felt good to own a bit of Chanel. Sad I know! xx


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