I don't wear red polish very often, but when I do I opt for truly classic shades. Estée Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in 'Pure Red'* is just about the most exemplary red I've stumbled across. Released as one of five shades in Estée Lauder's Red Hautes Collection, it's a true pillar box red which leaves the nails looking polished. Lauder's Creative Makeup Director, Tom Pecheux, states there are 'day reds and there are night reds'. Frankly I'm not sure which 'Pure Red' is meant to fall under but it's such an incredibly festive shade, I'll be wearing it throughout the holiday season. The formula is incredible, I didn't need a second coat and it dried rapidly. That said, I found the finish wasn't the shiniest on my nails, so it's best paired with a glossy topcoat for the prettiest outcome.
Naturally they're not the most purse-friendly of polishes at £14.50, but if you're stuck for Christmas presents I think the beautiful, weighty, ice-cube bottles are a perfect gift for just about anyone. Not that packaging should be priority, but Estée Lauder nail polish bottles are my absolute favourite.