The Hands-Down Best Red Nail Polish Colors
A classic nail polish color like red will never go out of style, but it's certainly experiencing heightened interest right now. It's been predicted as the hottest color of the season in both beauty and fashion, making it the new go-to shade for all sorts of accessories. The red-nail theory has also been going around on TikTok, claiming the color helps attract dating prospects, sparking much debate. It certainly helps that Taylor Swift has been decked out in the hue every Sunday to cheer on her new boyfriend, Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs football team. So yeah, if you've suddenly found yourself yearning to wear red nail polish, you're not alone.
It's a color that looks good year-round with minor adjustments for the different seasons. It also looks just as classy on your toes as it does on your fingertips. Most people have at least one bottle of crimson lacquer in their beauty stash, but if you ask us, there are so many amazing red nail polish colors out there that it doesn't hurt to have a few. The color comes in a variety of shades: you have your classic candy-apple red, deep burgundy, bright blue red, and, if you're really feeling fancy, red glitter polish, which has skyrocketed 475 percent since Swift started wearing it as part of her scarlet monochromatic ensemble.
To replenish your at-home manicure kit or treat yourself to a splurge-worthy polish to bring with you to the salon every week, keep reading. We rounded up the best red nail polish options on the market.
Best Long-Wearing Red Nail Polish
Essie's Gel Couture is the perfect compromise between regular polish and UV gel manicures. Plus, it can be taken off with regular nail polish remover. The formula is super long-lasting and resistant to chips. The shade Bubbles Only is a vibrant burgundy with a glossy finish.
Best Red Glitter Polish
Interest in red glitter polish has spiked more than 400 percent since Swift wore the shade to a Kansas City Chiefs game. Though we don't know exactly what brand the singer was rocking, the Zoya Nail Polish in Pixie Dust is a pretty close match. It's a classic red with chunks of large glitter in it.
Best Blue-Red Nail Polish
Like all colors, red comes in a variety of undertones. The Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Incendiaire is a blue-based red that will make your fingers pop. The polish is long-lasting with a high-shine finish.
Best Orange-Red Nail Polish
If burgundy is too dark and candy-apple red is too blue, try the Sundays Nail Polish in No.13, which has a yellowish-orange undertone. The "chili pepper red," as the brand describes it, will surely spice up your next manicure. The formula is also nontoxic and vegan.
Best Metallic Red Nail Polish
For ultra-shiny, metallic red nails, try the Manucurist Glittery Nail Polish in Red Hibiscus. The iridescent, magnetic-like finish catches the light beautifully without the need for chunky glitter. The formula is nontoxic and vegan and contains 84 percent bio-sourced ingredients like potato, corn, and yuca.
Best High-Shine Red Nail Polish
It's impossible not to feel chic with the Gucci Glossy Nail Polish in Goldie Red on your fingers. Not only is it a brilliant shade of red, but the high-shine finish also just screams expensive. It's a plant-based formula with a custom-designed brush for easy application.
Best Shimmery Red Nail Polish
Let's face it: as great as glitter polish is, it can be tedious to remove. For a manicure that's just as sparkly but less of a commitment, try a shimmery polish like the Olive & June Nail Polish in Ruby Shimmer. The formula is vegan and nontoxic and comes with an easy-to-use fan brush.
Best Classic Red Nail Polish
There's no other way to put it: the OPI Nail Lacquer in Red Hot Rio is a classic. The shade is not too blue or too yellow — it's the perfect true candy-apple red that will flatter all skin tones. The formula offers seven days of chip-free wear and only needs two coats for opaque coverage.
Best Chip-Resistant Red Nail Polish
Coquette from JinSoon is a bright cherry red that will never go out of style. You'll find yourself reaching for it just as much in the summertime as you do in the fall and winter. The formula is nontoxic, long-lasting, and chip-proof.
Best Deep Red Nail Polish
If you only have two red nail polish shades in your collection, make them a bright red and a deep burgundy. With those two shades, you'll be covered no matter the season or vibe. The Butter London Patent Shine 10X Nail Lacquer in Afters has a gel-like finish that is super saturated in color and lasts for up to 10 days without chipping or fading. Meanwhile, it helps promote stronger, healthier nails while you wear it.
Best Bordeaux Nail Polish
The vegan, nine-free formula of this glossy bordeaux is infused with a botanical complex featuring nail-strengthening garlic extract and moisturizing rapeseed oil to nurture damaged, weak nails back to health.
Best Splurge Red Nail Polish
The very first Louboutin was born after the designer painted a shoe's sole with red polish. This lacquer is inspired by the exact same hue found on the bottom of the iconic heel, while the cap nods to one of the brand's highest stilettos. Though pricy, it surely makes a statement.
Best Quick-Drying Red Nail Polish
If you've ever needed a perfect manicure in under 10 minutes, you should have a bottle of the Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Nail Color in ASAP Apple in your stash. By the time you've moved on to paint your second hand, your first five fingers will be dry. Keep a bottle in your glove compartment in case of a polish emergency.