Red Nails - The Colour of Love

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Red is a colour synonymous with Valentines day, it represents love, passion and confidence. It's one of the most classic nail colours and I know many of you will be reaching for those red bottles of polish in your collection over the next day or so.


For me, it's one of the last colours I will ever pick to wear, along with black and brown. It's not that I dislike the colour, it's just that there are so many other amazing colours to wear these days. Valentines and Christmas are possibly the only times of the year that I will wear red, so I thought I would show you some of my fave red polishes.

For me, red polish has to be bright and bold. I don't love the deeper reds as much, so I left them out of this post and only included 8 typical 'heart' red polish colours.

Cancun Hot by The Lacquer Lab is possibly as bright as it gets. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. You can buy it here for £9.

The Lacquer Lab Cancun Hot

Collection Lady In Red is the bargain of the bunch. Its a bright cherry red colour and is good in 1 coat. You can buy it here for £1.99.

Collection Cosmetics Lady In Red

Models Own Red Lustre is another 1 coat wonder. It darkens as you add more coats and I love the tone of it with 2. You can buy it here for £4.99.

Models Own Red Lustre

The Edge Nails Beijing is a classic red polish. This is another red with a stunning formula. I used 2 coats, no topcoat. You can buy it here for £2.76.

The Edge Nails Beijing

Nicka K Red Hood (NY122) is gorgeous and only needed 1 thin coat which dried very quickly. This is one to grab if you're in a hurry but want polished nails. You can buy it here for $4.99.

Nicka K New York Red Hood

HJ Manicure Strawberry Daiquiri is the most expensive polish in this list. If you're after a touch of luxury this Valentines, apply this to your nails and you'll feel like a million dollars. You can buy it here for £9.50.

HJ Manicure Strawberry Daiquiri

CND Vinylux Wildfire is also an amazing red. Pair this with the Vinylux week long topcoat for red nails that will last long after valentines. You can buy this here for £4.74 (with VAT).

CND Vinylux Wildfire

Barry M Blood Orange is the darkest red on this list. It's similar to Models Own Red Lustre in that it changes colour slightly the more coats you add. I used 2, however if you're after a deeper colour, add a 3rd. You can buy this here for £3.99.

Barry M Blood Orange Gelly Hi-Shine

I know a lot of these look similar and that's ... well, because they are. Red polish generally has the best quality formula out of all colours. I think this could be due to the pigment or the fact that it's been around the longest. Whatever the reason its hard to justify spending a lot on a classic red, when all brands do it so well.

What do you think of these reds? Will you be wearing red this Valentines? If not which colour will be on your nails?

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