My Top 5 Red Nail Varnishes

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I love a good red on the nails, there’s nothing like it.  I don’t know about you but it instantly perks up my hands and my mood.  To the “normal” person having a huge collection of red nail varnishes sounds crazy and they’d probably be wondering what the difference is but I mean you can get an orange-red, pinky red, coral-red, blood-red…..the list is endless and I’ve managed to narrow down 5 of my favourite red nail varnishes and what I have on rotation at the moment.

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No collection would be complete without Essie making an appearance and first from left to right there’s Essie’s Aperitif which is a gorgeous cherry red.  I always get compliments when I wear this colour and I first admired it on Anna from Viviannadoesmakeup and knew I just had to have it.

Estee Lauder’s Pure Colour Nail Lacquer in Impassioned is a vibrant red with orange tones.  I normally stay clear of orange on my nails but this is a perfect suits all colour and can I just say the bottle is divine.  In fact, all of the colours in this range are beautiful plus the nail varnish is pretty long-lasting so I wouldn’t mind getting a few others too.

Butter London’s Come to Bed Red (love the name) is described by Butter London as the sexiest red nail lacquer in history.  Honestly, I wouldn’t really go that far but it is a cute colour and verges more on the pinky-red side.

Essie’s Fifth Avenue is another orange-red but on the brighter side than Impassioned and again it suits all skin tones.

Revlon’s Scented Nail Enamel in China Flower is a true coral I would say.  I’m not into the scented nail varnish thing but in terms of the colour this is pretty, particularly for the warmer months.

I don’t think the swatches show up very well on camera, sorry about that, but there are subtle differences between these nail varnishes and if I was to pick my all time favourite it’s Essie’s Fifth Avenue followed closely by Aperitif.

So what about you?  What are your favourite red or “not quite red” nail varnishes?

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