Top 5 Picks for Red Nail Polish

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My all time favorite nail polish color is, without a doubt, red.

I’m usually pretty low key with fashion and make up on any regular day, so this actually surprises lots of people!  But red is such a classic color, and there’s a shade for everyone!

In today’s post I wanted to share a few of my favorite red nail polishes.  If you’re looking for a red nail polish and don’t know where to start, there might be one for you here!  I’ve tried a ton of different types of reds over the years, so this list ranges from nail polishes that are more affordable to others that are a splurge.

I thought I would start off with some of my long time favorites, which are from OPI.  I’m sure many people are already familiar with OPI, as I have seen these polishes in a HUGE assortment of colors, for years in nail salons (unless it’s only a common brand for nail salons where I live)!

Not only is the color selection fantastic, OPI makes one of the best brush applicators in my opinion.  I love that the bristles are arranged so that they are flat, which REALLY helps me when painting my nails – I am not a pro at painting my nails, but this brush makes it SO SO easy to get a nice, even finish without making a big mess!

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1. OPI Pretty & Priviledged
This is a slightly pink toned red with silver flecks.  I wouldn’t consider those flecks of silver to be glitter, but something a little more fine and not as obvious so that it blends in with the red polish.  I feel like the silver flecks help to make this red a little more cute and fun, rather than a serious pop of red.

2. OPI Big Apple Red
This is my most frequently worn red.
 When I don’t know what color to paint my nails, I either go with something nude and natural, or Big Apple Red.  This is a bright pop of color, and I would say that this is a slightly cooler toned red.  If red is your go to color, I’d highly recommend trying this one.  I’ve also topped it with some silver glitter nail polish (either just at the tips or throughout the entire nail) during the holidays for a festive look and got a lot of compliments!

3. Deborah Lippmann Lady Is A Tramp
This is a standard color in the Deborah Lippmann collection, but I received this in a gift set as a mini size with another glitter polish.  This is probably the only red nail polish that I have that’s something close to ox blood color.  I really like this nail polish and I think it’s a great red option if you want something a little darker and not as much of an “in your face” red.

4. Chanel Dragon
There’s something to be said about the formula of Chanel nail polish.  This is a very opaque, long lasting nail polish that I absolutely love!  Although I would say that the brush doesn’t make it the easiest nail polish to apply, the color lasts a long time.  I didn’t have any chipping issues with this polish, but it does come with a high price tag.  -_-

5. Christian Louboutin Rouge Louboutin
Christian Louboutin nail polish is no doubt a splurge item, but I felt like I just had to include it on this list.  I got this as a “congratulatory” gift, after I had passed a major career related exam.  The packaging alone is a work of art, and in my opinion is a must have “statement” piece nail polish, if you will.  Like the Chanel nail polish, this one lasts a long time, doesn’t chip, goes on smoothly, and is REALLY opaque.  It’s awesome!!

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What are your favorite nail polish shades?  Share them with me, I’d love to know!

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11 thoughts on “Top 5 Picks for Red Nail Polish

  1. Grady says:

    Wow, beautiful! I have honestly never tried an OPI polish but I’ve heard such good things! I just own SO MANY nail polishes that I haven’t taken the plunge, but Pretty & Privledged looks particularly beautiful so maybe I’ll have to try it!


    • the.nitta.notes says:

      Great point! Yes, that can be the challenges of red. I actually find doing a 2 coats of base polish, and then letting it dry really good helps to create a barrier. I also go back over with a clean cotton pad with remover on it (like a fresh one) at the very end to help get even more off. I’m thinking it may also be the color you’re using-maybe that company puts like extra pigment in it somehow to lengthen the staying power! Just a thought


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