10 best red nail polishes

Like the red lip, a shiny crimson manicure is a classic with which you can’t go wrong. From dramatic blood red to fiery poppy or ruby hues, there’s a shade for every season, occasion, and individual skin tone. But as MAC’s Ruby Woo and NARS Heatwave have proven for lips, there are always those colors that come out on top as cult favorites in their category—and red nail enamel is no exception.

Rank & Style, a site that uses a unique algorithm to generate top ten lists for beauty and fashion buys, has released its lineup of the best scarlet lacquers on the market. Leading the pack is ‘Big Apple Red’ by OPI, a perfectly pigmented version that’s as iconic as its namesake city, followed Butter London’s tomatoey-red ‘Ladybird’ in second place and Essie’s universally flattering ‘Really Red’, in third.

Did your color of choice make the cut? Scroll down for Rank & Style’s full roundup of the winningest red polishes.

1. OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red

OPI Classic Nail Lacquer in Big Apple Red
Photo: Courtesy of OPI

2. Butter London Nail Lacquer in Ladybird

Butter London Nail Lacquer in Ladybird
Photo: Courtesy of Butter London

3. Essie Nail Polish in Really Red

Essie Nail Polish in Really Red
Photo: Courtesy of Essie

4. Dior Vernis in Rouge

Dior Vernis in Rouge
Photo: Courtesy of Dior

5. Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Smoke Red

Tom Ford Nail Lacquer in Smoke Red​
Photo: Courtesy of Tom Ford

6. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Rouge Louboutin

Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Rouge Louboutin
Photo: Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

7. Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red

Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red
Photo: Courtesy of Revlon

8. NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red

NARS Nail Polish in Jungle Red
Photo: Courtesy of NARS

9. Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon

Chanel Le Vernis in Dragon
Photo: Courtesy of Chanel

10. Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings

Essie Nail Polish in Fishnet Stockings
Photo: Courtesy of Essie

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