Universally flattering in shades that range from classic to daring, these cult favourites have earned their place in the list.
Chanel Nail Vernis in Black Satin
When this limited edition shade first launched in 2006, it immediately sold out across beauty counters, and was going for US$100 a pop on e-Bay. Now, Chanel has brought back this fav shade and it’s a year round staple in their permanent collection.
Essie Nail Polish in Ballet Slippers
This pretty pink shade is a classic. Flattering on almost every skin tone it’s every bride and manicurist’s go-to shade. It has even won the Health Magazine award for best nail polish in 2012.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Cajun Shrimp
This gorgeous coral colour goes best with a tan, but can be worn year round too, since it flatters almost all skin tones. It’s no wonder it’s on OPIs list of 10 best selling polish shades of all times.
Essie Nail Polish in Wicked
A deep, dark, sinister red, it is once of the company’s top selling shades. Owner Essie Weingarten convinced her distributor into taking the shade to London, where it was an instant hit. However, when it first launched in 1986, it was considered super racy colour!
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
It’s no surprise that this nail polish makes the list. It hit the nail polish scene back in 2005, making deep purple wearable and is apparently also OPI artistic director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann’s favourite colour too.
Revlon Nail Enamel in Revlon Red
Not too orange and not too red, this one will work with just about every skin tone. It’s been around since the brand first launched is naturally one of their cult classics.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Russian Navy
Part of the OPI Russian collection released in 2007 – it hit the market a whole year before the Chanel Nail Vernis Blue Satin and became a favourite amongst the ladies some of who are Rihanna, Eva Mendes and Twiggy. Thanks to its popularity, OPI made it part of their permanent collection.
Chanel Nail Vernis in Blue Satin
Imitation is the best form of flattery and while there are many imitations of this shade, the original is still the best. Launched in 2008 it was an instant favourite prompting Chanel to add it to their permanent collections.
butter London Nail Lacquer in Come to Bed Red
According to the brand, it’s the ‘sexiest red in history’ – a classic creamy red that’s perfect for all occasions and all outfits.
Chanel Nail Vernis in Vamp
This shade was originally created to be used on models in their 1994 Fall show. The one off shade turned into the most in demand Chanel product among fashionistas and editors, forcing Chanel to bring it back.
Essie Nail Polish in Mademoiselle
This glossy pink shade can be used by everybody, and we mean everybody, even men, who use it for a ‘no manicure’ look.