From its couture debut in 1994 on the runway of the CHANEL Autumn Winter show, to rocking it on Uma Thurman’s nails in Kill Bill. This stellar shade continues to rock. 

Whether you know it as Vamp, in the USA, or Rouge Noir, in Europe. The almost black red is a cult hue, copied the world over and despite the vastness of shades on the market this one continues to top the bill. 

In celebration of its 20th year, CHANEL offers Rouge Noir Absolument. A Christmas collection that pays homage to this iconic shade, from eyes, lips and of course nails. For a festive touch, there is Lame Rouge Noir Top Coat a gold glitter top coat. More like gold leaf than your regular glitter effect. 


  If you are yet to try it, it’s one for the Christmas wish list! Whether you are a Rouge Noir Virgin or a cult follower it’s one present you would be delighted to find under your tree!    

 I’m saving my sparkle until December so chose the original nail look. I always feel this shade looks amazing with shorter nails so I took the opportunity to really file down my talons. 

With dark shades it’s tricky to sometimes not stay in the lines and so here’s my little hack if you do have a bit of a boo boo. Don’t try and tidy it up while your nails are still wet, it will most like make matters worse.  Wait. Then once dry, wash your hands while the hands are still wet, slightly run with a nail (fingernail, not metal nail) this should flake away the error leaving you with a perfect manicure. 

Hope this helps you! Do share your love of this shade!    




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Outside of my avatar as the Secret Beauty Insider I am a professional Beauty Marketeer and work closely with celebrity make-up artists, beauty journalists and international beauty & fragrance brands and glossy magazines. I have worked in the industry for over 11 years and pride myself on my Highly professional attitude. Throughout my career, I have collaborated with many of the world's top beauty houses on their advertising campaigns and launch strategies including Chanel, Dior, Estee Lauder, MAC, Clinique, Clarins, Creme de la Mer, Urban Decay, Benefit, Givenchy, Guerlain, Lancome, Bobbi Brown etc... My approach to beauty and my signature look is best described as a classic with a girly understated twist. I am addicted to nail varnish and can't leave the house without my key beauty staples (Carmex, Chanel Lip gloss, Nars duo concealer, Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in perversion and Chanel Allure) My blogs are filled with hints, tips and product reviews. You can also discover my nail blog at




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