The best nail varnishes for the festive season

Barry M Glitter Nail Set

Red, glittery and yet still classy… Perfect Christmas nails at your finger tips

Christmas parties are in full flow and we’re just 96 hours away from the big day. It’s a lovely time of the year, isn’t it? Unless, of course, you’re my poor, unloved hands. I looked down at them earlier and thought: “Are these really my Christmas nails? Are these the nails I want to ring in 2015 with?” The answer was a resounding no.

A gaudy, sparkly nail at this time of year is hard to resist, but you can keep things classy with Bobbi Brown’s Bordeaux and Scotch (£11 each, – a deep wine and a separate fine-gold glitter polish. I did four digits in the red and then saved the gold for my pinkies.

If shimmer and glitz is not for you, nothing beats the brightest tomato red you can get your paws on. Nails Inc has collaborated with Victoria Beckham to come up with the perfect shade, Judo Red (£25,, which is both festive and chic.


Barry M Aquarium Glitter Nail Set £8, Ciaté Showgirl £9, Vernis 241 Gold Equinoxe £20, Illamasqua Collide £14.50,

Powered by article was written by Shahesta Shaitly, for The Observer on Sunday 21st December 2014 06.05 Europe/London © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010