Chanel’s Rouge Noir nail polish is often considered to be the jewel in the crown of its fabulous polish collection – a vampishly sexy black-red with echoes of velvet, blood and Elvira in a dark alley. Which of course means I had to have it. Imagine, then, how delighted I was to discover using my good friend Google that there exists an uncanny dupe for Rouge Noir in the form of Max Factor Nailfinity in Ruby Fruit!
Both the Chanel original and the Max Factor version apply smoothly without streaks, but I noticed that the Max Factor dried quicker and was more chip resistant. I’ve heard that Chanel polishes don’t wear very well, but as someone who can rarely make nail polish last longer than two days without serious chipping, that’s something I’m used to. So far, though, I’ve applied makeup and been typing away and the Max Factor nail polish has held fast. It’s a snip of the price at £5.99 – that’s more like it!