Barry M Budget Beauty Elixir Review

I have been obsessed with beauty oils for a little while now. I have combination skin, and as I’m that wee bit older, I have some fine lines and wrinkles. I don’t mind them, but I know that my skin needs some love sometimes. Oils and ampoules are something I love to use.

I have used a few that have felt a little sticky and ultimately ended up in the land of no return. In general, I have always loved Barry M. Their nail paints fill the majority of my nail polish storage, and I love the glitter collections.

At night I like to do a few things. Cleanse x 2, tone, serum, moisturiser, eye cream and then spot patches. If I have longer, then I will fit in a facemask and some eye patches too. The Nymph oil fits right in.

People are super hype over Farsali oils and elixirs, (thanks, Instagram *eye-roll*) but not everyone wants to drop £20-£50 on skin perfecting and oils, budget beauty is where it is at sometimes. I’ve mentioned before I don’t mind spending a pretty penny on makeup and skincare, but I also don’t dig the big hypes all the time.

Thoughts on Barry M Beauty Elixir

I dig them, man. The Nymph Radiance Serum smells bloody lovely, and I can tell when I have forgotten it. My skin is soft and supple afterwards. It does take more than a hot minute to sink in though and is really rich. If you don’t like feeling oil on your skin, skip this altogether. Some serums and oils soak in really quickly, this isn’t one of them. The apricot and tea-tree oils have made a difference if I have angry red patches too.

But I do feel my skin has benefitted from this serum over the last few weeks.

Unicorn Primer drops are pretty af. If you are into making like an insta-beauty guru and having it run down your face, this will help you achieve that goal. As a primer, I need more though. I couple this with the ELF Poreless Putty Primer and suddenly I have a natural glow, and full coverage with the blur effect.

It has admittedly gotten much less use than the serum. While it has the tacky feeling you want from a primer, I feel like it doesn’t have the pore blur effect that a face like mine needs – so on its own it is a bit meh.


The Nymph Radiance Serum will be a repurchase. Using it before bed has left my skin hydrated and during the day if it’s a no makeup day I have patted it into my face for a boost. The Unicorn Primer Drops although they are pretty, and you can pretend to be a beauty guru in the mirror it’s just not all that great on its own.

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