A dark nail polish! I hardly ever go for wintery, dark, vampy nail polishes but Watermelon from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine formula with its deep green tint seem rather interesting.
The initial photos indoors don’t show this shade in its full glory, it comes off as black with a slight green tinge, but in sunlight it’s distinctly dark green like the ripe rind of a watermelon (apt name isn’t it?)
The formula is similar to Lychee, slightly thick and watery, and it does take some time to apply nicely. It’s near to opaque with one layer but I like to do two just to level everything out. Overall, the lasting power was quite good, put to a week without chipping.
Over the top is a complete stunner that was rather unexpected. I purchased Essie’s Shine of the Times a few years back in Singapore (remember Ksuan??) and on its own it is a subtle crystal flakie topcoat of slight blue and pink shifts, very pretty and romantic. What a dramatic shift it is going on top of a dark polish. It turns into a fiery multi-faceted red-gold-bronze foil which shifts to yellow-green on the edges. I decided to apply it on a gradient across the four fingers, leaving the thumb bare and it goes on with great coverage.
BarryM polishes retail for 3.99 pounds or USD$7.60 while I picked up the Essie topcoat for SG$10.