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Dark red / burgundy nail polish that is opaque in two coats - anyone got one?

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TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 02-Oct-12 13:34:31

Not as dark as Rouge Noir, more of an autumnal red wine colour. I'm really fussy about my nail varnish being totally opaque and non-patchy looking, but can't be arsed to do 3 coats smile

LulaPalooza Thu 04-Oct-12 21:43:30

I love Dior polishes but they're so spenny. At least they don't chip as badly as Chanel polishes though, and I find the brushes better with Dior polish.

QueefLatina Thu 04-Oct-12 15:21:04

Rimmel 'Celebrity Bash' is really good

TheBirdsTheBirds Thu 04-Oct-12 15:14:21

Ooh, interesting jammie, I don't have any Dior polishes so would not have thought of them. Thanks!

If any other red polish lovers are lurking on this thread, I can highly recommend Essie's Lacquered Up as the world's greatest, most opaque, most easy to apply true red. It's very very bright and a bit jelly-ish, but still opaque in one coat.

Ok, I need to stop thinking about nails now.

jammietart Thu 04-Oct-12 14:58:25

You've already had loads of suggestions but I was bored this afternoon so I put 2 coats of each of my red nail varnishes on and can recommend Dior The Rouge. Fab deep red colour and opaque after 1 coat never mind 2 !

IdoknowtheMuffinMan Thu 04-Oct-12 11:34:49

I like Revlon Top Speed in Vintage, 2 coats and dries in minutes.

I'm wearing Revlon Blackest Black with Seche Vite on top and DD just said its looks like "witches hats" I like it though grin

TheBirdsTheBirds Thu 04-Oct-12 11:28:35

I've just bought OPI Quarter of a Cent-Cherry but will try Malaga Wine if it's not opaque enough. Nails Inc Manchester looks really nice too, if the shimmer isn't too much (frosted reds remind me too much of my MIL...) Nails Inc St James is one of the best bright reds I have - it's almost a one coater.

Thanks for all the ideas!

LulaPalooza Thu 04-Oct-12 10:57:17

I have gone completely off piste today and am wearing Nails Inc St John's Wood with a top coat of Avon Nail Experts Gold Strength which gives a teeny bit of shimmer.

It looks as though Pure White is only available via the Alessandro website

Shh2012 Thu 04-Oct-12 08:32:27

Jessica Shall We Dance. Two coats - absolutely gorgeous.
There's a blog here with pics. Not sure if it's my monitor but the shade is definitely a tad darker and more wine/burgundy than red on me than it is in these pics. Also the slight shimmer is much less noticeable in RL than it is on camera :

GobblersKnob Thu 04-Oct-12 07:49:07

I have Nails Inc Manchester on my toes as of last night, it is lovely and very opaque.

Bonsoir Thu 04-Oct-12 07:40:39

OPI is your friend - loads of choice of different reds and all completely opaque in two coats.

Jaeme Wed 03-Oct-12 23:52:19

Not sure if it's exactly the right shade or not but OPI Malaga Wine is creme and is fine for me with 2 coats

MadAboutHotChoc Wed 03-Oct-12 09:19:29

Rimmel here too..try black cherry

TheBirdsTheBirds Wed 03-Oct-12 08:27:55

No I haven't crazybutterfly, will look into it!

crazybutterflylady Wed 03-Oct-12 07:15:16

thebirds have you tried soaking your nails in lemon juice or denture tablets?! Apparently both work though I've never tried it. See here for other ideas too.

trumpton Wed 03-Oct-12 04:32:22

Love Rimmel 60 second and would like to add that the Sally Hansen quick dry top coat ( red bottle / white lid ) recommended by a MN is absolutely fabulous and helps the polish last up to a week with the odd touch up .

adoremyfamily Tue 02-Oct-12 23:16:11

I love painting my nails and want all the ones that have been mentioned, is there somwehere like AA for nail varnish lol.

Born2bemild Tue 02-Oct-12 23:12:40

Another Rimmel fan here. Love Rapid Ruby, plus topcoat.

CrystalEclipse Tue 02-Oct-12 22:48:42


My2Monkeys Tue 02-Oct-12 22:45:55

I got a brilliant OPI one (for free!) when I had a pedicure this summer - they gave me the almost new bottle to touch it up with myself on holidays and I've been using it for my finger nails too. It's a dark burgundy and I've only needed 1-2 coats, lasts for ages. Love it!

Zwitterion Tue 02-Oct-12 21:50:09

Well 2 coats worked fine - Essie Sole Mate. It's quite a brown burgundy, maybe a little too dark. But lovely none the less.

TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 02-Oct-12 17:02:27

Hmm, I might give it a try Hyva. I've been disappointed by Rimmel, Revlon and No7 polishes so often that I've stopped buying them, but since you're a burgundy expert and OPI is letting me down I will check out Rapid Ruby! What other burgundys do you recommend?

HyvaPaiva Tue 02-Oct-12 16:48:47

Burgundy is my go-to colour for nails so I've tried loads. Very pleasantly surprised by the one coat application, drying speed, and staying power of Rimmel 60 Seconds in Rapid Ruby (6th in top row on the link). It's a really punchy shade: a rich, thick, dark red that also has a kick to it. And it's £3 so quite a bargain.

DilysPrice Tue 02-Oct-12 16:22:58

Rimmel Pro well worth a try because it's dead cheap.

TheBirdsTheBirds Tue 02-Oct-12 16:21:11

Lula wow, will have a look for the Pro White - I will be so happy if it works! I am in the cycle of having to paint my nails because I hate the staining and so making them even more stained... Not that I don't love having painted nails, but natural would be nice once in a while!

DanGleebals Tue 02-Oct-12 16:17:49

I've currently got Rimmel Pro in Desire on. It's burgundy but looks very dark on the second cost. It doesn't need a third though. I don't know how long it lasts but I had their dark purple on last week and it lasted 6 days.

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