The Red Polish Roster

Recently I’ve been harbouring quite the love affair with red nail polish. Note: this has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that one of my girl crushes, Olivia Palermo, is never spotted without a set of perfectly rouged up talons. Promise. But there’s just something about a smooth slick of the stuff on the nails that makes me feel sophisticated, polished and a little bit ladylike – and trust me that’s some feat. I don’t half pick my moments – it may not be the most seasonal choice right now but there’s been not a hint of nude that’s graced my tips for weeks now. Shocking, I know; so welcome the cream of my red polish crop…

The Berry: Nails Inc Tate Polish* – deep, dark and sorta sexy, the polish rides the fine line between black and red. Two coats does it and I actually find the longevity of this stuff to be top notch. Blackberry in a bottle.

The Cherry: Revlon Fearless Nail Enamel* – red with a smattering of bubblegum pink; this shade could well be an entry to the ”Don’t Do Red’ Red’ and ‘One Coat Wonder’ categories due to it’s coral cues and pigmented formula.

The Classic: & Other Stories Scarlet Red Nail Colour – not too pinky, too dark nor orange – just a straight up letterbox red is what you’re getting here. Props to the curved-in brush too, that snuggly covers the nail in one swipe. I like.

The One Coat Wonder: Essie Aperitif Nail Polish – I’ve spoken about my love for this stuff before. One lacquer layer on and you’re done. Simples. Sitting somewhere between ‘The Classic’ and ‘The Berry’ this is one that gets pulled out of my stash in times of indecision.

The ‘Don’t Do Red’ Red: CHANEL Holiday Le Vernis Nail Colour – an orange-toned red that bucks the stuffy stereotypes sometimes associates with a rouge coloured nails and is instead guaranteed to give you a bout of ‘new nail’ syndrome. So good, it made the March Favourites cut.

Red polish roster complete, the toughie is now picking out which colour will be painted on next from my rotation. ‘The Berry’? ‘The Cherry’? ‘The Classic’? Beauty blogger problems, eh?

*PR Sample


  • Love the look of Revlon Fearless Nail Enamel and Essie Aperitif the most. Lovely to see different reds next to one another though x x

  • Maddy Cane

    My favourite is the Chanel Holiday, perfect for a fun red!xxx

  • Karen

    I like the look of the Nails Inc. “Tate”, is it a little bit on the Oxblood side? it looks like it is, but it’s hard to tell from a picture. Thanks Anna.

  • Tanya Ruan

    I love the Nails Inc. colour! So dark and beautiful. Perfect for Autumn and Winter! x

  • Julia

    Just a head’s up on a possible chanel holiday dupe that’s longer lasting… Sinful colour’s polish called big daddy! It has a really nice finish (think Barry m hi-shine gelly), is only £1.99, and doesn’t chip as soon as you do anything! Hope this helps!

  • oleta

    Oo I love the look of Essie Aperitif! xx

  • Rocio

    I love ‘the classic’!!! Lovely post Anna!

  • Snezhana Nechistik

    Red is my ultimate favourite – always in trend, always sleek and always suit every outfit! 😉

  • Camille Hutchinson

    This is such a nice post! I really want to paint my nails red now…


  • Sophie Emmerson

    The chanel nail varnish looks amazing but I’ve heard it chips quite a lot! 🙁

  • Amysbeautyjournal

    Such a lovely post! Revlon Fearless Nail Enamel looks gorgeous! xxx definitely need to buy it.

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  • I love red nail polish for the same reasons! I am enjoying Barry M’s gelly offering at the moment, I like the slightly darker colour. That said, the Chanel one is probably my favourite here x

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  • Liora Tamam

    I love all these colours, but I think I might have to have a little look at the Essie one next time I’m in boots! xx

  • Gita Bončina

    I agree, the “Holiday” is totally out of those stereotypes of a red nail polish. I love it.


  • Beca Alderson

    I’m in a very red nail varnish mood right now, so I think I might use my Nails Inc Tate as well 😀 xxx

  • Natalie Clarke

    I lovee ‘tate’ by Nails inc, did a post on it recently!

  • Danielle

    Great choices! My favorite classic red is OPI’s Red My Fortune Cookie. And I usually tend to wear it in summer. I also love Zoya Kimmy – which is a bright, glittery red.

  • I adore Viva La Diva by Leighton Denny. Its a Orangey Red thats just sublime!

  • Denise

    Have you tried Butter London Chancer for a sparkly red ? and one of my faves is Essie Lollipop.

  • ‘The Berry’ is the top pick for me, what a beautiful colour!

  • LucyW-W

    Where can i get & Other Stories Scarlet Red Nail Colour?

  • La beautè obsession

    Love, love, love! They are all such lovely shades!

  • Amy Luff

    Loooooove the nails inc tate polish. I’m such a berry girl!

  • Beth Bradley

    I’m definitley in the ‘Dont Do Red’ category. I love orange based reds but not other reds haha.

    Beth @

  • beautyandtheb

    I love the more orangey reds, darker reds don’t suit me as much!

    B xxx

  • katielovee

    I love the One Coat Wonder 🙂 My nearby nail supply store carries that Essie color for about $2-3 and I’ve always ignored it… but it looks lovely on you!

  • thebeautymist

    I love the Nails inc deep red one:) x

  • Great polish choices! Revlon do a brilliant red in their colorstay range called ‘delicious’, it’s a perfect tomato red!

  • Francesca

    Collection lasting finish polish in fire engine is a beautiful classy red x

  • Amy

    I think the Essie one is my favourite 🙂 I like red nail polish but when it is on my hands I feel as if it looks funny on my hands. Mind you I only have quite a bright red one, something more muted may be better.

    Amy xx
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  • Pippa Jones

    SOme really lovely reds 🙂 Love the nails inc colour!

    Pipp xx

  • katherine.parkes

    I really love the revlon shade! x

  • A makeup habit

    I Love red polishes! Butter London do an amazing red, called come to bed red,which I recently posted about on my blog so check it out. I am sure you will love it!

  • Rebecca-Louise Murray

    I’m not usually a huge fan of red but these are simply stunning!.

  • Jodie Boulton

    I love Essie nail polish!

  • Keeley Marie

    I love having perfectly polished nails and agree that red is just perfect for that sophisticated look!

  • Laura

    Have you tried Rimmel Double Decker Red. I really think it’s one of the nicest red’s i’ve ever used. I seem to go back to it time and time again. And it lasts.

  • all beautiful colours! Love the darker ones

  • lyndesloovere

    Extreme late response but I thought to let you know no matter what : apparently Olivia Palermo was always wearing ‘Watermelon’ from Essie. Now she’ll probably is wearing more the red shade she designed for Ciaté but I’m sure you know about that 😉
    Happy Easter!