I’ve been road testing the Red Carpet Manicure collection


Alison Young with the Red Carpet ManicureRed Carpet Manicure are back tomorrow with another fabulous Today's Special Value and they are bringing you not one but two colour options – Bold and Beautiful and French and Fabulous.

Organisation and patience are key
If you've never used Red Carpet Manicure before you'll love the long-lasting results and glossy finish – you just have to follow the instructions meticulously to achieve that salon-style look.

Now, this type of manicure cannot be done in a flash, you have to set aside at least one hour to apply the polish, set your nails under the LED light and so on.

When you come to pamper yourself don't forget a large pot of tea and a packet of biscuits, plus make sure the hubby and kids are out of the way – it's the perfect excuse for a bit of 'me time'.

Before you apply Red Carpet Manicure, make sure all your bottles of polish, solutions and accessories are lined up in order of use; follow the instructions properly and you can't go wrong.

Long-lasting finish
IMG_3646If you find your nail polish chips easily or you have to reapply on a daily basis due to your lifestyle (being on the farm daily, I have to reapply every day to go on air for work!), then this is the manicure collection for you.

When I take care to apply nail polish from other brands, my manicure will last for a maximum of three days. But when I use Red Carpet Manicure, it can last two to three weeks with no touch-ups. The colour/finish doesn't crack, chip, lift or fade; it stays really glossy as if it's a wet varnish.

I've tried out the French and Fabulous option and been wearing it for eight days now and my manicure still looks as good as new. The French technique does take a little longer than block colour, but the collection comes with French tips guides to give you a helping hand.

Top tip: if your nails grow very quickly, then I'd recommend applying very thin coats of the gel polish so that when your nails do grow you won't get a ridge. Another tip is that the more you tidy up your cuticles before applying Red Carpet the better the effect will be. If your cuticles are thick and coarse you won't get a smooth edge.

You can apply regular nail polish over the top
If you want to change the colour of your nails with a fashion shade for just one night, you can apply your regular nail polish over the top of Red Carpet, then remove it with nail varnish remover and your Red Carpet manicure will still be intact – genius!

Take the time to take it off
NEVER have your Red Carpet Manicure or semi-permanent nail polishes taken off by buffing; this will damage the base of your nails. You should always dissolve your Red Carpet with the solutions provided. It does take a good half an hour to dissolve the polish off – again, follow the instructions carefully.

So there you have it, the lowdown on the Red Carpet Manicure collection. Let me know how you gte on with it by leaving a comment below.
See you soon.

Ali X

See the full Red Carpet Manicure collection


  1. Tracey Trickett February 18, 2013 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    I think the Red Carpet Manicure is fantastic! I got it for Christmas as a pressie (on my list!!!) hoping it would help grow my nails, and I haven’t been disappointed! They’re longer than they’ve ever been now, and the result is perfect for over ten days! It stays wet look and highly glossy from when I put it on, to taking it off. It doesn’t chip or peel at all and does exactly what it says on the info! I love it and would recommend it to anyone!

  2. PAULINE ISON February 18, 2013 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    I do love it but have trouble keeping it on the free edge, any tips please.

  3. Tan Warren February 18, 2013 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    I got it for christmas and love it, I was paying £40.00 plus every 3 weeks in a salon, now I can do it when ever I want. More colours please.

  4. Jacky February 18, 2013 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    I love red carpet manicure. I can’t wait for the French collection and the TSV. I’m going to wait up especially. I’m so excited. Thanks QVC!

  5. pam costello February 18, 2013 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    I have used red carpet nail gel for several months now. Its great. I can do my nails in 30mins. It always looks so good!

  6. Marilyn Richardson February 19, 2013 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    I purchased the kit when it was first a TSV and love it. I have purchased several different colours from Red Carpet and today have ordered the set of 3 on repeat orders can’t wait.

  7. mrs debra williams February 19, 2013 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    i have just ordered the red carpet manicure set as my nail varnish seems to chip really easily and it can put me off doing my nails . ive been following your blog ali and i really hope i get as great a result as you do as it does seem like a lot of money , but with qvcs 30 day money back guarentee i feel as if i can give it a go especially with the easy payments so thankyou x

  8. DIANE February 19, 2013 at 11:05 pm -  Reply


  9. Karen Kelly February 20, 2013 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi can everyone that ordered the TSV on 19 February check their order as there has been a glitch on the qvc system when ordering online or using qcut.
    I ordered the French collection yesterday and the system states that I ordered the bold. I’ve contacted customer service and a prepaid label will be sent out, however, I will now have to wait until April for my order as the French is now on waitlist.

  10. gill coakley February 21, 2013 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    On a COMPLETELY different subject….(sorry!) Can you recommend anything for keratosis pilaris (chicken skin on arms an legs) have googled the condition and it is very common,i realise there are no cures but is there anything that can recommend that will help?

  11. Jill Cope February 21, 2013 at 2:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    my neice suffers from Rosacia, she takes antibiotics, she is 4 months pregnant, I am a big fan of SBC Propolis gel I thought that it may help her. What do you think and is it safe for her to use it.
    Thanks in anticipation

  12. mary February 22, 2013 at 6:46 am -  Reply

    Hi, I ordered RCM tsv but only want it for a clear gel layer as I prefer my nails inc and opi colours. Very pleased with first effort plus I split my nail with some geavy gardening work and it has saved the nail. However, where can I fit in my nail envy treatment as I cannot be without my hero product. I did tweet you to ask but sadly no reply. Very pleased with RCM so far.

  13. Natasha February 23, 2013 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Do u use the rcm clear gel over your opi varnish ? Was wondering if it can be applied over regular nail varnish to give that high glossy finish x

  14. tricia February 23, 2013 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    hi–can you help me please-i cannot get the tsv red carpet manicure to dry my nails what am i doing wrong ?i follow the instruction video (or so i think)when it come to the last part it just wipes all the colour off !!have read and re read the leaflet and watched the video online and the one provided whatever i am doing wrong the penny will not drop!……..help please……thanks

  15. indira pancholi February 26, 2013 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison. can you please help me as when i have waxing done every week but sadly i come out with spots under my chin and face the spots leave black marks .can please tell me what to do .and what produts to use .AS i’am Liz earel i use cleaners and polish and scrubs to .can you please send me ur reply on my ID so i know what to do

  16. keely March 22, 2013 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    have got my rcm french colours and LOVE them but can qvc sell some of the brighter colours that are on the rcm website
    please please please

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