Red nail polish is a perennial beauty classic – there’s nobody that a slick of bold, bright, high-gloss scarlet doesn’t suit. From old favourites such as Revlon’s Revlon Red – impressively it’s over eight decades old – to the likes of Tom Ford’s sexy Smoke Red, Chanel’s subtly sparkling Coromandel and Nars’s punchy Soup Can, see 10 of our ultimate red polishes here.
A true, classic red that will stand the test of time, Dior’s Rouge 999 is bold, brilliant and easy to apply thanks to the brand’s signature flat brush applicator.
Dior Vernis Nail Polish in Rouge 999. £19; available at
Affordable, bright and long-lasting, Rimmel’s Double Decker Red is – you guessed it – the vibrant hue of a classic London bus.
Rimmel 60 Seconds Super Shine Nail Polish in Double Decker Red. £2.99; available at
Chanel has several classic reds in its Le Vernis collection – we also love Pirate and Dragon – but the subtle shimmer in Coromandel adds extra clout to this punchy orange-red.
Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour in Coromandel, £18. Call 0207 493 3836 for stockists.
A master of all things sexy, Tom Ford has managed to create the ultimate sophisticated scarlet polish. We’re in love.
Tom Ford Nail Polish in Smoke Red. £27; available at
Revlon Red was created way back in the Thirties, but still remains one of the brand’s bestsellers today. A truly classic red.
Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red. £6.49; available at
Nars’s punchy, tomato-hued Soup Can is perfect for those who want a modern take on classic red – it’s anything but boring.
Nars Nail Polish in Soup Can. £15; available at
A grown-up, rich red perfect for every season, Essie’s Russian Roulette is one of the brand’s best-loved shades (and there are a lot to choose from).
Essie Nail Polish in Russian Roulette. £7.99; available at
A summery, pink-toned red, OPI Red is particularly flattering with a tan.
OPI Nail Lacquer in OPI Red. £12.50; available at
A blue-based red particularly flattering on pale skin, Butter London’s Saucy Jack is a sultry scarlet perfect on both fingers and toes.
Butter London Nail Lacquer in Saucy Jack. £12; available at
Nails Inc’s Gel Effect Polish features plasticiser technology and a clever plumping agent to minimise nail imperfections and create a flawless-looking finish without the hassle of gel manicures. The bold, raspberry-red Beaufort Street is one of the best.
Nails Inc Gel Effect Polish in Beaufort Street. £15; available at