Hi!! I usually dont do red and to me red is red. I know there are different shades and all that but its just not a favorite of mine. That being said, this polish is the perfect red. Rich enough for holidays but bright enough for anything!! Love it!! For this swatch i used 3 coats no top coat. Their polish must have top coat built in because its sooooo shiny :) and again the polish was a dream to work with. Went on smooth and dried quick. If you are looking for the perfect red look no more because this one is it!!