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Back To Basics: The Best Red Nail Polishes

Welcome to back to the basics! This is a BellaSugar feature that highlights some of my favorite products on the market that don't always get the attention they deserve because they aren't new or improved.

Red nail polish is a quintessentially classic look, and I hope you like these suggestions. I am sure that some of you have favorites of your own, so please leave a comment below and share them with everybody! And since we are on the topic of nail polishes, click here to read about some of the top nail polish brands.

OPI Red ($7.50) is more of a pinky-red than a true tomato red. I've been a big fan of this color for a long, long time and I even sported it on my toes for the better part of 2005! It is part of the OPI Classics Nail Polish collection, and it remains one of OPI's best-selling colors.

For two more classic red nail polishes,

Revlon Red Nail Enamel ($4.59) is the first red nail polish I ever tried and I wore it for years. Now this is a true red. Not too orange, not too blue. It's the perfect polish to make a statement, and you can't beat the price!

Chanel Le Vernis in Shanghai Red ($19) is a deep red with just a little bit of shimmer. This was the first "designer" nail polish I ever wore. As much as I love, love, love the color, I'll admit, it's not very chip resistant. However, it does have a high shine and requires very little drying time.

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lbirk lbirk 8 years
Essie A-list is a classic!
Hibalicious Hibalicious 9 years
Red nails looks hot but what abobut shimmery white nail polish?! i bought one frm mac last week nd it looks sooo cutee! i jus had to tell u guys hehe
Mel475 Mel475 9 years
I'm also a fan of OPI's "I'm Not Really A Waitress" - I'm wearing it now! It's my fave!!!!
awhdarling awhdarling 9 years
I think I would like the Chanel best bc the others look too pink for my taste.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
I have OPI Big Apple Red, and I LOVE it! :)
Sweet-Tea Sweet-Tea 9 years
I'm Not Really a Waitress--best ever. I haven't found anything better for my skin tone. So glad that it is so popular, I hate when my "faves" in the makeup world get discontinued.
sillyfilly sillyfilly 9 years
I love OPI's Never London Shopping!
aevasavealot aevasavealot 9 years
OPI's Big Apple is a true red color. i love it.
texasbelle_1999 texasbelle_1999 9 years
I have a weird "thing" about always having my toes painted - since 8th grade. The best of the best reds is OPI's I'm Not Really a Waitress.
Wicked Wicked 9 years
I really like "A-List" by Essie
Princess-Rebecca Princess-Rebecca 9 years
I'm goin gfor the Chanel color!
greekgodless greekgodless 9 years
Essie Tiny Wine-y is an amazing pink-y red that is totally non- sparkly (call me a purist, but there's nothing i hate more than shimmery or pearly nail polishes).
Hollywoodjess Hollywoodjess 9 years
I think I can safely say that red nail polish is one of my staples. I just love it!
mobiluncus mobiluncus 9 years
You know why red polish is the best? It works on pale and tan skin and everything inbetween
Neuroticone Neuroticone 9 years
OPI I'm Not Really a Waitress is the best red!
shoppingprincess shoppingprincess 9 years
Oh, I love the 17 one from BOOTS in really bright red, I can't remember the name but you will see the bright red colour.
shoppingprincess shoppingprincess 9 years
I love the OPI and Chanel ones. I don't like the apckaging of the Revlon ones, it looks really old fashioned :(
partysugar partysugar 9 years
Funny that you mention this because I painted my nails red last night in an attempt to get back to the basics.
Agymgirl55 Agymgirl55 9 years
I noticed a few people put down, Im really not a waitress, and its true, its really a great polish, I always get compliments on it!
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
For reds, I have Sally Hanson's Sensual Red and some Honeymoon red color. I also have a deep, rich Nicole Miller red similar to the Chanel stuff.
JustMe21 JustMe21 9 years
I love red nail polish...especially on my toes!
madison63 madison63 9 years
Essie Russian Roulette is a bright red-orange that is a true red with 2 coats. a similar color that I love is by NARS which I prefer over the Essie Russian Roulette
potterlove potterlove 9 years
Red polish is THE classic! But I gotta put an input; isn't silver polish the current, well, icon?
BelleRose BelleRose 9 years
I love Red polish!
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