When my girlfriends descend into Chez VDM an inevitable makeup mess ensues. My perfume collection is spritzed, no scent spared, my eyeshadow stash riffled and we all end up going out wearing a lipstick that isn’t our own. But I ain’t complaining, I love it. And while thrown into this beauty stampede a few weekends ago I somehow found myself lacquering up nails on manicure duty for my three mates. The colour of the day was CHANEL Rouge Noir, a blackened red as the name suggested courtesy of my CHANEL-crazed friend, Lauren. After the ladies tottered home nails painted, with a bag of beauty leftovers and sample pots galore (I’m good like that), I had an urge to paint on this black cherry shade myself and sorted through my stocks till I found what I believed to be a pretty spot on dupe, Revlon’s Vixen*…

Now it’s worth pointing out here that I don’t have the original CHANEL polish to hand, but Vixen fits the deep, dark – red in some lights, full-on black in others – bill. I know the photo doesn’t do it much justice but it is a bit a ‘new nails‘ shade, you know the one where you find yourself almost walking into lampposts cause you keep looking down? It applies nicely, two coats does it, and I was surprised at how long it lasted on the nails – it even survived a bathroom cleaning marathon (nothing but glamour over here). I have a feeling that this with a festive red glitter nail – Essie’s Leading Lady I’m looking at you – will be my mani of choice over the preceding weeks.

Revlon polishes will take you back £6.49 from drugstores, but it’s under the tenner bar I set for this category and they’re often included in some deal or another. Come to think of it, Essie’s are under £10 – gawd I’d have enough material to keep ‘The Budget Buy’ going daily for the next year with my collection. I joke, I joke….

*PR Sample

  • Daria Buonin

    This looks really nice although I’m lusting over Essie Leading Lady! I think it’ll soon be in my nail varnishes box ;) X

  • Emilie Garnes

    this looks incredible, especially for the holidays! Love always, Em xx

    http://www.someoneinthecorner.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/thebellebook Sandy

    You’re so right this would look lovely with Leading Lady – will deff have to try it! xx

  • Hearts&Crosses

    Definitely going to pick this up next time I’m in boots, this looks perfect, such a gorgeous colour

    http://alittlebitunique.blogspot.co.uk/

    x

  • Jennifer Louise

    I always love it when I find great dupes for really expensive branded makeup! The swatches are lovely, as usual! Happy Holidays

    Jennifer asprinklingofeuphoria.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

  • Emma

    I really love the addition of the budget buy! And this color sounds divine!
    canvas-of-a-face.blogspot.com

  • katherine.parkes

    love this feature, this nail polish looks lovely, I love a deep red! x

    http://thebeautyvisual.blogspot.com

  • http://twitter.com/xELISSA Elissa

    I’m going to have to buy this, don’t now how it’s escaped my attention before now, it’s perfect! x

    http://www.a-place-for-beauty.blogspot.co.uk

  • jessica

    Might have to nip to Boots to pick this up – it’s exactly what I want on my nails over Christmas! Sophisticated but not trying too hard. Thanks for the dupe alert. x

    http://vanityinventory.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.charlsramblings.blogspot.co.uk/ Charlotte

    This looks lovely for these Winter months! X