Dark Red Nail Polish: Top 5 Lacquers to Add to Your Stash

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Dark red nail polish is as timeless classic! Often considered as a traditional Fall colour, this elegant nail colour is in fact perfect for any season. It’s hard to imagine a better evening manicure then vampy dark red nails. Simply due to the fact that dark red lacquer flatters every skin tone and can even make your hands look younger and smoother. Plus, there are a great variety of nail designs you can do with dark red, as it’s easily paired with almost any colour – from elegant beige and sheer neutral to lavish gold and contrasting red.

With party season approaching fast, it’s time to update your polish stash and add some great dark reds to the rotation. Here are my top 5 dark red polishes to help you get started:

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1. Kester Black Narcissist, 15 ml USD $14.90 here

Falling in the mid-range on the spectrum of dark reds, Narcissist is a beautiful wine colour. The colour is not only incredibly rich, but also good for your nails, cruelty-free and 10-free! The polish is limited-edition, so get it while you can! Here’s a full review and more swatches of Kester Black Narcissist.

2. Mavala Las Vegas, 5ml AUD $8.50 here

Las Vegas is a dazzling ruby red polish that will flatter any skin tone or nail shape. The toxin-free, cruelty-free formulation is flawless and mini size makes this polish great for traveling. Staying true to its name, Las Vegas is luxurious and bright, and will stand the test of time. Another great Mavala dark red nail polish is the classic Burgundy.

3. Cirque Colors Rothko Red, 11ml USD $14.00 here

Can’t decide between crimson and oxblood? Try Rothko Red which includes both! This thermal polish changes between oxblood red in the cold and a gorgeous crimson in the heat! Both colours are incredibly flattering, and with this polish, you’ll not only leave indecision behind, but you’ll have a cool mani to show off to your friends!

4. Chanel Rouge Noir, 13ml USD $28.00 here

Chanel Rouge Noir is the very first dark red nail polish ever. It’s a classic colour now, but when in 1994 this almost black lacquer was revealed for the first time to the world, it instantly became a worldwide sensation. Till these days Rouge Noir remains one of the most popular colours worldwide. It looks very elegant and flattering on, while the new improved formulation enriched with ceramides protects nails and ensures a long lasting manicure. For a more affordable alternative try Essie’s Wicked – it’s similar, but not the same!

5. Christian Dior ‘Diorfic’ Minuit, 12 ml n/a Limited Edition

Diorific Minuit falls in the middle of the colour spectrum and is far from your typical dark red nail polish. The lacquer is infused with a festive golden shimmer and will dazzle on your nails like a luxury embellishment. The only downfall, this colour is a limited edition and is not available anymore, but keep a lookout on Dior’s website or eBay, and you may get lucky. Here’s a full review and more swatches of Diorific Minuit.

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Now, over to you!

Have you tried any of the above? What is your favourite dark red polish that could be added to the list above?

Let me know in the comments below, sharing is caring!

– Maria, xx


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