My Favourite Dark Nail Varnishes

Darker nails for winter 9

My favourite nail colours every Winter have always been the berry, ox blood and black but not quite black shades. They just go so well with the whole Winter attire….right?  In the past I was always wary of wearing the really dark shades, but tastes change and I now find it very classy and chic and a darker nail goes with just about anything.  So here’s a round-up of my favourites in this category:

Swatched from left to right below, is Olivia Palermo x Ciate London in Napa Valley. Ok, so who doesn’t love Olivia Palermo?  This for me was an instant grab when I went to Sephora in the States last October and from the packaging to the colour and formulation, it really is a classy nail varnish, just likes its creator!   If you wear just one coat it’s kinda like a darker red but with two coats it turns into an ox blood shade but it has a brightness and warmth to it that stops it from being overbearing.

Chanel’s Rouge Noir is something I’ve mentioned before in a previous post here so of course this would feature in one of my favourites for a darker Winter nail.  It’s a cult favourite for good reason and of course with Chanel on the nails I’m going to feel super chic.  The first coat always applies a bit streaky (I would expect better from Chanel), but after two and sometimes even three carefully applied coats this is basically a rich burgundy that in some lights can look black.  It looks especially good when I wear my nails shorter.

Revlon’s Scented Nail Polish in Bordeaux is a gorgeous deep wine colour and is a bit similar to the Olivia Palermo one in Napa Valley.  I don’t care too much for the scented aspect of it but the colour is lovely and I think the bottle is so cute.

Lastly is Tanya Burr’s Nail Varnish in New York Night.  This is what I would describe as one of those vampy colours.  It’s not for the light-hearted and although it’s not technically black, it looks very black when on the nails.  Again, it looks great when I wear my nails shorter and it also featured in my essentials for Winter post here.

So can you see yourself wearing these colours?  Let me know in the comments below. x

Darker nails for winter 10

  • I’ve just found your blog and I love it – how adorable is your header?! Dark nails are my ultimate go-to and the Tanya Burr shade is one of my faves too. I’m not ready to give them up for summer shades just yet! x

    • Thanks you so much. I know, as it’s still so cold the dark nails are still staying! x

  • chantelle moore

    These are all so pretty! I love the shade of this Tanya Burr polish, will be picking that up!
    I also love these photos, set up is gorgeous
    ♡ chantelle | chanbelle

  • Dominique Wiggins

    I’ve never tried Tanya Bar Nail Polish but the fact that is has my favorite winter shade makes it a must purchase! I can’t help but wear ox blood and that deep reddish type nail polish year round because its so classy and timeless. Beautiful post ..I enjoyed reading it!

    • I love Ox Blood shades for winter but agree they look good all year round. Thanks for your lovely comments x

  • Wine and burgandy nail colors are so nice, especially in the winter time. I love the Chanel and Tanya Burr colors.


  • Ooh Chanel Rouge Noir is definitely my favourite, its gorgeous xx

    Gemma ♥ Miss Makeup Magpie

  • You should definitely try this one it is so classy x

  • The Sunday Mode

    I love wearing these kinds of shades in winter as well. I used to wear them religiously in the cooler months but oddly this year I started wearing pale greens, purples, blues and mints and I actually loved how they contrasted the dark clothes I was wearing every day 🙂

    • That’s a good idea I have a few minty colours I want to try too and need to just break the barrier! xx

  • I have Tanya Burr New York Night 🙂 it chips really quickly on me but I don’t even care most of the time as it’s just so gorgeous! xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

    • It really is such a lovely colour and normally I stay away from the uber dark ones but this just works x

  • Caroline Malone

    These are absolutely stunning! I love quite a neutral/dark nail and love how you’ve put some high end/drugstore pieces in this post! Love the Ciate nail colour, absolutely gorgeous! xx

  • Charlotte

    That tanya burr one is absoloutly gorgeous!
    Charlotte //

  • Charlotte Lane

    All of these shades look great – especially the Chanel one 🙂 xo

    Char |

  • Love these kind of shades too of this time of year. You picked out some fantastic options, love the Revlon one with such cute packaging too x

    Beauty with charm

    • I know I adore the packaging of the Revlon one too it;s sooo cute xx

  • I love deep berry, wine shades, the ones you have are gorgeous. Although I think I’m getting ready for the Spring pastels 🙂 x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

    • I’m not entirely ready for Spring pastels yet…but getting there xx