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Rimmel Double Decker Red

I own 11 different pillar box/London bus plain reds.  Four of these I’ve not yet tried. But so far, L’Oreal Rouge Cancan and Revlon All Fired Up have been my favourites.

Rimmel Double Decker Red doesn’t quite beat either of those for me. It’s a lovely colour and the application of the polish is great, but it took three coats to get this level of opacity, which still shows some visible nail line (VNL). Also, it chipped very slightly after just an hour of wear. So for those reasons, it doesn’t quite make the grade for me.

So, as I said, this is three coats, plus top coat. Initially, I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip (the top coat in the red bottle). But I got a small chip on one finger, so ended up redoing that finger, and later on I also added a coat of Seche Vite over the dry manicure.

I’ve wrapped the tips quite well on this, and I think that’s why the Seche Vite hasn’t shrunk the polish. Or perhaps it’s because it went on top of a dry manicure. I don’t know for sure, but I had largely given up on Seche Vite because of the shrinkage, and my experience today may just get me back to using it again.

Rimmel Double Decker Red
Rimmel Double Decker Red


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of Rimmel Double Decker Red
  • First top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip
  • Second top coat: Seche Vite

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Aw that’s a shame, I love loads of the rimmel lasting finish polishes. Some of them are a bit thin but I forgive them as they’re so cheap and look great when you’ve applied enough layers.

Claire Kerr

I have a few more Rimmel Lasting Finish polishes in the stash to try out, so I haven’t discounted Rimmel completely yet – just for red!


I love Seche Vite but hate the shrinkage too. I don’t always have shrinkage and I haven’t paid enough attention to figure out why. Perhaps you’re on to something with the applying it over dry polish. But then again, that kinda defeats the main perk of the product. 🙁

Perhaps a little experiment is in order.

Claire Kerr

I’ve used Seche Vite since this over wet polish and it shrunk it a little at the cuticle edge, but not at all at the tips – which again I had wrapped well. Perhaps tip wrapping is the answer.


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