Black, red or nude are fail-safe go to nail shades, and this polish is no exception. The term 'nude' can encompass shades that apply almost clear, too pink or brown tinged, or take the dreaded three to four coats and make finding the 'perfect nude' a mean feat.

Pushing my much loved (but now discontinued, sob) Nails Inc Cornwell Road off the top spot, is Rimmel London Salon Pro in 237 Soul Session. Kudos to Rimmel for the one-stroke wide brushes and a fairly quick drying formula, making a base-2 x colour-top coat mani a half hour job that can be undertaken while watching something not long before bed.

And no pillow print nails to be seen come AM.

What's your favourite nude nail shade?