Here is a swatch of my Nailtini in Bloody Mary. Two coats, no base nor top coat. This is a creme red to me. It applies easily, even, and smooth. This red is not bright its more in the darker side, which I love, I was expecting a hint of orange. My Essie reds seem to be like that but I'm loving this nailtini. The brush is longer but neat, no frays, with a squared cut I really love the brush good quality.