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Tried and tested: Metallic Mani

Tried and tested: Metallic Mani

Sure springtime can make you want to go for pastels on your nails, but who doesn't get bored of that after a while? That's why we were pleased to see metallic shades popping up this season. But anyone who's tried this will know such shades can take an age to dry and are prone to smudging. Fear not, we've tested the latest offering to see which take the stress out of the style.

Barry M Silk Nail Paint in Forest - 3/5

The Barry M Silk collection is a range of polishes that give your nails a subtle metallic sheen. Forest is a gorgeous green shimmer that looks beautifully chic on the fingertips. It goes on smoothly and you only need a couple of coats. Unfortunately it chips pretty quickly, so a top coat is an absolute must. It's pretty cheap though, so you can't complain too much!

SpaRitual Redemption - 5/5

This is a gorgeous plum shade and looks so striking when applied. The glitter isn't too much and the metallic finish is enough to make my feet feel party ready. It's quite a deep colour so one layer was actually enough to get a good coverage and it hadn't chipped after a couple of days (and lots of walking!). I'll definitely be wearing this polish for a night out on the town.

Mavala in Peacock Green - 4/5

I never wear green polish, but with an emerald colour like this one I've been swayed. I needed two coats to get a good, even finish, but it dried nice and quick and the small brush made it easy to apply from corner to corner. The little bottle makes it perfect to pop in my bag if I fancy topping it up on the go.

GOSH Stardust in Million Stars - 2/5

This is a great silver shade that will add an instant touch of metallic to your spring wardrobe – it really goes with everything! However it didn’t last very long. Make sure you apply a base and top coat for added staying power. It fell foul to computer typing, so I’d label this a weekend nail varnish as it just didn’t last during my week at work.

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