Nothing says festive fingertips like a red nail polish.
I have so many reds in my collection that mainly get used at Christmas. Here are my top 5 that are glossy, vibrant and all well priced... especially my favourite from NYC. Nail of the day to come of that very soon!
Nails Inc X Kate Space 'Big Red Apple'
(Free with last month's Glamour mag - still available)
First up is an excellent free nail polish... or £2 which is the price of the magazine. This is such a rich glossy red that is perfectly opaque in two coats. For a freebie it is excellent quality and may be in the running for my Christmas Day nail polish.
Avon Nailwear Pro+ 'Real Red'
(£4.00 - Avon here or in catalogues)
I've tried so many Avon nail polishes now after creating quite a lot of nail looks for the Avon blog and the Nailwear Pro+ range has to be my favourite. The formula dries really hard and I normally end up removing the nail polish due to tip wear instead of chipping as these just don't chip! This specific shade is very close to a perfect red but with a slight more warm/berry tone to it.
NYC Expert Last Nail Polish 'Red me the News'
(£2.49 - Superdrug stores)
This has to be my favourite festive red! Red me the News transforms nails into ruby red jewels that are so smooth and glossy. This is a perfect alternative to a solid colour red as it still appears as one colour but just has a wonderful metallic sheen to it, very impressive for only £2.49. The formula also lasts really well (apparently up to 10 days, I'd say more like 5 - but still very good) and unlike a lot of metallic formulas doesn't show any brush strokes or streaks.
Essie 'Russian Roulette'
Out of the 5 reds in this post Russian Roulette is the most classic/true red. Perfect if you want bold red nails for Christmas and excellent as a base for nail art... this works with white nail art so well. Essie is a great nail polish brand so if you want to spend a little more then this shade is so worth it for Christmas. You can see my nail swatches with festive nail art here.
Sally Hansen Insta-Dry 'Rapid Red'
(£3.43 - eBay here)
Without a doubt my red in a rush nail polish. I actually have a selection of nail polishes that I keep to one side that I know are opaque in one coat and dry super fast. And this is definitely one of them, plus the brush fits the nail perfectly meaning you can paint the whole nail in one brush stroke! I'm such a huge fan of all Sally Hansen Nail Polishes and the Insta-Dri range hasn't let me down yet. Super opaque, glossy and fast drying - what more could you want! If you don't want a bold red then this is a perfect one.
If you have any suggestions for Top 5 posts - nail polish, beauty or skincare just let me know!
Also what is your favourite (not too pricey) red nail polish?