Everyone's wearing Chanel's iconic Rouge Noir nail polish for fall—but I found the *ultimate* dupe for under $10

This nail polish gives me that signature Rouge Noir vibe but for a fraction of the price...

Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish pictured on a cream and pinky red aura template
(Image credit: Chanel)

For all my dark red nail lovers out there, I've discovered an almost identical replica of Chanel's iconic "Rouge Noir" shade for $20 less.

The famous hue has, of course, been named as a must-have 'Quiet Luxury' nail color for fall 2023, but alas being that it's Chanel (and not to mention its illustrious reputation), this afore-named nail polish does come with a pretty steep price tag—$32 to be exact. 

And because of that, I'm not about to gatekeep this Chanel Rouge Noir dupe because it's just too darn good and most importantly, affordable!

MIL's fave Chanel Rouge Noir nail polish dupe

While green nails and barely-there nails have been getting a lot of love lately, fall is ushering in an era of classic red hues, with Chanel's shade range leading the way.

Rouge Noir as the name would suggest, coats your nails in a deep, merlot-like maroon color that just looks soo sultry and expensive-looking. There's a reason why it's one of Chanel's signature and perhaps most famous shades—well a ton of reasons actually, one being that it never goes out of style and that it never fails to invoke autumnal vibes.

Annoyingly though, it's $32 for just 0.4 oz which is a hefty price to pay for a nail varnish. This is why, our beauty writer, Naomi Jamieson (aka moi!) has instead turned to Essie's nail lacquer in shade "Bordeaux," which for just $10 offers a very similar wine-red hue. Here's the proof...

Naomi Jamieson's hand with Essie's Bordeaux nail polish

(Image credit: Future / Naomi Jamieson)

For a close Rouge Noir payoff, the sweet spot is three coats of Bordeaux—this will give you that red, almost deep brown look. Alternately, two shades will give you more of a dark crimson look, which is also very in right now. 

The shades are not completely identical, but for a $20 price, any minor difference in Essie's hue can be easily overlooked!

We'd also suggest opting for a short, squared nail look for this shade and applying a layer of nail strengthener (like this one from OPI at Amazon) before your dark red coats, to ensure your nails stay healthy.

Naomi Jamieson
Lifestyle News Writer

Naomi is a Lifestyle News Writer with the Women's Lifestyle team, where she covers everything from entertainment to fashion and beauty, as well as TikTok trends for Woman&Home, after previously writing for My Imperfect Life and GoodTo. Interestingly though, Naomi actually has a background in design, having studied illustration at Plymouth University but lept into the media world in 2020, after always having a passion for writing and earned her Gold Standard diploma in Journalism with the NCTJ.

Before working for Future Publishing’s Lifestyle News team, she worked in the Ad production team. Here she wrote and designed adverts on all sorts of things, which then went into print magazines across all genres. Now, when she isn’t writing articles on celebs, fashion trends, or the newest shows on Netflix, you can find her drinking copious cups of coffee, drawing and probably online shopping.