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Red nail polish—it’s an icon of the beauty world. Though nail shape and length preferences vary (short and square for me, please!), one thing nearly every Southern woman can agree on is the universal appeal of red nail color. There are a few standout brands that have mastered the fiery hue. OPI red nail polish and Essie red nail polish are in a budget-friendly league all their own but, if you’re willing to spend a bit more, you’ll find stunning shades from Dior and Chanel with cult-like followings. Take a scroll through some of our favorite red shades that’ll never fall out of favor.

Dior Rouge 999 red nail polish
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Dior Rouge 999

Dior’s hero hue comes through in shade that’s just right all year long.

Buy: $28,

Revlon Red Nail Polish
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Revlon Red Nail Polish

Revlon Red—ever heard of it? Give this one a try and you’ll never look back.

Buy: $3.97,

OPI Big Apple Red nail polish
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OPI Big Apple Red

You don’t need a plane ticket to take a bite out of the Big Apple. Paint on this red nail color for a splash of chic.

Buy: $10.50,

Chanel Pirate red nail polish
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Chanel Pirate

This favorite from the house of Chanel needs no introduction. Ditch the red glitter nail polish you had planned for New Year’s Eve and give this girl a go. You won’t be sorry you did.

Buy: $28,

Sally Hansen Red-ical Rockstar nail polish
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Sally Hansen Red-ical Rockstar

Looking for a bargain? You’ve found it. Sally Hansen’s little red bottle clocks in under $3.

Buy: $2.99,

NARS Paradiso red nail polish
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NARS Paradiso

Dark red nail polish has its place, but this perfectly cheery shade is just what we’re after.

Buy: $20,

Essie Forever Yummy nail polish
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Essie Forever Yummy

A matte red nail polish, this is not. Essie Forever Yummy brings extra shine, punchy color, and ensures your fingers are always wearing their Sunday best.

Buy: $9,

Comments (1)

Better Homes & Gardens Member
December 6, 2018
Love this article!!