Rimmel London Lycra Pro Nail Polish (£3.29) in the shade Jungle Princess. I must confess that I'm not actually sure if this particular formula is still available on the High Street, but I do know that you can get it from Amazon or eBay. I haven't seen it in Boots or Superdrug which is a real shame because this is a brilliant nail polish. First of all it comes with a very wide and flat brush which is lovely to work with since it makes it easy to apply the polish with high precision and it gives a streak free finish because you only need a maximum of 2 strokes per nail - which I think is amazing. Secondly, the formula has just the right creaminess without being gloopy and it attaches well to the brush without any dripping. You can wear just one coat of this polish to get a more sheer shade, however since the formula dries very quickly it's ideal to use if you want to keep on building the color and you'll get about 4 days wear from this wonderful formula.
The shade Jungle Princess is a nice dark rusty cinnamon red with a slight blue shimmer to it, which really stands out if you only wear one coat. In the photos however I have two coats on, and as you can see the shade deepens to a more opaque and almost mahogany red nuance and personally I think it's quite stylish and has a bit more character than your classic dark red.
I wouldn't recommend using a top coat over a caviar look since I think it takes away from the effect and it makes the beads look as if they've been glued in, but you can take a tiny bit of top coat and run along the very edge of the nail to seal them in and this also helps to make the tip a bit more resistant to daily wear. This look will last about 3 days of normal daily wear and tear, and if you have a steady hand you can use a cut off q-tip or something to add a tiny drop of the the base shade to the nail and then add more beads to repair the look if it gets a bit thin.
A caviar mani isn't to everyone's liking and Jungle Princess is a lovely and versatile shade that you can easily wear just as it is, but for me the beads add an element of fun, playfulness and dimension. So I've got the red caviar, all I need is some blinis and bubbly, and I'm all set to do New Year's Eve all over again - who's with me?!