Vampy Varnish Fav’s Featuring: Red

VV Top 5 Red

Afternoon/evening everyone!

Today I am starting a new series called “VV Top 5”, which will feature my top 5 favorite polishes by color and finish.

I thought for the month of December I would do holiday colors, and the first color that comes to mind when I think of Christmas is red. So here we have them!

These are my favorite 5 red’s that I actually own. Some of the pics were swatched awhile ago, so the pictures don’t all look totally consistent (sorry!).

They are in no particular order.

Deborah Lippmann Bitch's Brew
Deborah Lippmann Bitches Brew

You know it’s funny up until right this moment when I saw all these together, I have been saying that this one is my favorite all-time red. In fact I have been through an entire bottle of it, and am on a second one (which RARELY happens). However after looking at it next to some of these others, I don’t think it’s my fav anymore! But it’s still way up there!

Duri Rock N’ Roll

You will see why I have two from Duri on here when you scroll down. They have some of THE best lit-from-within polishes out there, and the red’s are out of this world!

Diamond Cosmetics Cherry Tobacco

Insanity. I think this has taken the spot of #1 red in my book now. This is just stunning and you MUST own it!

Duri Rags To Riches

See what I mean now? It just glows and is super pretty, and jewel-like.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian

Even though this is super blackened, I still consider it a red. This is such a great vampy one!

What do you all think, which are your favorite red’s?


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  • December 4, 2009

    Great idea for a post. Top five greens next, maybe….?

    Ooh I love all of those! I see what you mean about Bitches Brew. It’s fab. I just re-fell in love with Chanel’s Red Dream. And I guess I can be the first one to mention OPI I’m Not Really A Waitress, and China Glaze Ruby Pumps!
    .-= Helen´s last blog ..OPI – Mrs O’Leary’s BBQ =-.

    • December 4, 2009

      Hi Helen,

      Green’s are on the way, but those are going to be SOOOO hard to pair down to only 5!

      You know I’ve never owned I’m Not Really A Waitress! I really should get it someday!

  • December 4, 2009

    I agree with Helen, great idea for a series of posts! The Duri rock N Roll reminds me of my Zoya Blair.
    .-= April & Ashley Brooks´s last blog ..NBD Mellow & A Giveaway Roundup =-.

    • December 4, 2009

      Hi April & Ashley Brooks,

      I don’t think I have that one, must get!

  • December 4, 2009

    My favorite reds are all cremes… OPI MonSooner or Later tops the list!
    .-= keerthamina´s last blog zoya dakota =-.

    • December 4, 2009

      Hi keerthamina,

      I almost had a creme on there, RBL Chinoise, but the others just barely beat it out :)

  • December 4, 2009

    oh, and these all look great on you… especially Cherry Tobacco!
    .-= keerthamina´s last blog zoya dakota =-.

  • December 4, 2009

    These are all great! I especially love cherry tobacco and black russian. These are all very burgundy. Do you have a top 5 lighter reds or red cremes?

    • December 4, 2009

      Hi Amy,

      No I don’t, sorry! These are my top 5 fav red’s and they don’t happen to include any light ones or cremes. However RBL’s Chinoise would be my 6th fav, and that’s a classic red creme.

  • December 4, 2009

    zoya blair is probably my all time favourite red. it is the best blackened red i have ever used (and we both have polish numbering in the high hundreds [at least] so that is saying something!)
    .-= sara´s last blog ninety two, nubar greener =-.

  • December 4, 2009

    I know it’s sort of expected, but I can’t help it — China Glaze Ruby Pumps!

  • December 4, 2009

    Well I was going to say OPI Chick Flick Cherry but it is a brighter red but now that I have seen these I think I’m in love with Cherry Tobacco and Black Russian. Now I need to find them!

  • December 4, 2009

    I really like China Glaze Ruby Pumps, as that’s one of my favorite reds. Bitches Brew is beautiful.
    .-= Phyrra´s last blog ..Don’t Forget to Enter =-.

  • December 4, 2009

    I like black russian I want to get my hands on it. Do you think I can get it? If so do you know where? Hey what about the cremes? My favorite st petersburgundy and chick flick cherry both by opi.

    • December 5, 2009

      Hi lissette,

      Black Russian is still sold on Lippmann’s website, so yes it’s available.

      No cremes happen to be in my top 5 fav reds, sorry! Though RBL’s Chinoise would be my 6th fav and that’s a classic red creme.

  • December 4, 2009

    Ooooh I know I’m gonna love this series (and it’s gonna put me in the poor house) 😉 Could you add a section telling us where (if possible) we can acquire these beauties? I have no idea where to get Duri. Thanks! :-)

    • December 5, 2009

      Hi Coloruza,

      You can always Google them if I don’t list it. The website is :)

  • December 4, 2009

    My favorite reds are, in no particular order:
    Ruby Pumps by China Glaze
    Chinoise by Rescue Beauty Lounge
    Lacquered Up by Essie
    Love, Beverly Hills by Essie
    Ruby Red Slippers by Lippmass
    .-= TipsToToes´s last blog ..Busy Week & Hello Kitty Darth Vader =-.

  • December 4, 2009

    Oops I meant Lippmann, not Lippmass
    .-= TipsToToes´s last blog ..Busy Week & Hello Kitty Darth Vader =-.

  • December 4, 2009

    I am soooooo regretting not getting Cherry Tobacco!
    I love seeing people’s favorites, so keep these lists coming!!

  • December 5, 2009

    love the idea of this series :-) you choose some amazing reds, and these top 5 really show your personal taste :-) I also love dark red on my nails, but own very few (not even 5). cherry tobacco is my fav from your top 5 reds… but it was hard to choose!
    .-= Inbal´s last blog ..two great gifts לקים במתנה מחברות =-.

  • December 5, 2009

    I normally don’t like reds, even dark vampy reds, but Duri Rock N’ Roll seems like the one I could actually wear.:) Unfortunately, we don’t have any of these brands here. Is it a close match to CG Branding Iron (I wanted to get it one day, but it was OOS, so I had to replace it with another colour)? What do you think? Thank you!
    .-= HeavenNRJ´s last blog ..Share the love: Squirrel =-.

    • December 5, 2009

      Hi HeavenNRJ,

      Branding Iron is a beautiful red also! Not an exact dupe, but still kinda has the same lit-from-within thing going on :)

  • December 5, 2009

    I like all of them but not enough to buy them. My fave red is Cover Girl Candy Apple which is a tomato-ish red. Glossy. I have Essie Ruby Slippers and am selling my Ruby Pumps and I’m NRAW as they just don’t fulfil the promise they….er, promised.
    I love vampy reds and red-browns. Of these I like Brew best and this reminds me to find a cheaper version which is actually available in the UK!!!!!!
    Loving the idea behind this series of posts.

  • December 5, 2009

    Hi Kelly,

    Gosh, I used to think Opi’s Not really a waitress was the best red…. but after seeing all these, I think I was wrong.

    I LOVE, LOVE the idea of these posts. Thank you, Kelly for keeping it fun!

  • December 5, 2009

    Hi Kelly:

    Love this post and when you said red I was thinking, ” okay, red not a particular good color for guys to wear, but when I saw these I said wow! Amazing! Love them all. My fav is yours too, Diamond’s Cherry Tobacco.” Next would be Rescue’s Black Russian followed by the two Duri’s and finally Deborah Lippman B_tches Brew.”

    These reds are very hiot and Iwhat do you think about adding a Matte Coat, I wonder what they would look like? Anyway, glad you are enjoying the weekend with your red’s. IO don’t know how you do it but your nails are always gorgoeus no matter what coior you put on. Fabulous!

    (((((Love Kelly)))))

    Mc Huggs :)
    .-= Mc Huggs :)´s last blog ..Project Runway Season Six: Episode Eight =-.

    • December 5, 2009

      Hi McHuggs,

      I think some of these would look amazing with a matte top coat, especially Black Russian!

  • December 5, 2009

    We are simpatico on all the reds! Duri Rock ‘N Roll is not listed on the company website. Is it new or could it be Rock Opera? I can’t wait to get it.

    • December 5, 2009

      Hi AB,

      No, it’s called Rock N’ Roll. Maybe they don’t have it anymore :(

  • December 5, 2009

    Thanks for featuring my favorite color! My faves are in no particular order –
    China Glaze Ruby Pumps
    OPI An Affair in Red Square
    Revlon Raven Red
    Chanel Vamp (the ORIGINAL verison)
    Miss Marion Garnet

  • December 5, 2009

    Gorgeous colors, especially Cherry Tobacco. How does Black Russian compare to Lubu Heels?

  • December 5, 2009

    i’m not reallly into reds but i love Chanel’s Gondola and Revlon’s Revlon Red. I really want to try some of the NARS reds, they look gorgeous!

  • December 6, 2009

    That Cherry Tobacco is beautiful. I have to get that one. I don’t own any of them.

  • December 8, 2009

    I’ve had Bitches Brew a few IS beautiful. I also have Cherry Tobacco and Lubu Heels. And Alison..I heard that Lubu Heels is a dupe to Black Russian…I was’t goin to shell out 18 bucks for the Black Russian!.they are both black w/red glitter..

  • December 8, 2009

    I’m glad that these aren’t typical reds(I HATE red),..these are more like burgundies..more up my alley..

  • December 9, 2009

    Kelly-Not to be a know-it-all…but did you mean RAGS To Riches?..I’m just asking b/c I was surfing the Duri site..

    • December 9, 2009

      Hi Rachell,

      Whoops, yes thanks for that catch!

  • December 9, 2009

    AB and Kelly-I did see Rock N’Roll on the Duri website. It’s one of the last colors in the Classic Collection.