I think I was conned into thinking this would be more pink than it is. I'm a sucker for names and Essie went and named this Rose Bowl. To me rose means pink. I know that roses come in a myriad of colours, but I don't think red rose I think pink rose.
|Essie Rose Bowl - artificial light|
This is red. Like a true old-fashioned golden-age of Hollywood red. It could almost be a coral red in fact. It does have a pink undertone, but mostly this is pure glamour red.
The formula is much thicker than I would have liked and made application a bit more tricky than usual. On the plus side you could get away with one thick coat if you were in a rush, but two coats give optimum depth of colour. I topped it with Essie Good to Go fast dry top coat.
I wasn't sure I was crazy about it when I started to apply it. It wasn't the colour I was after. I wanted a more pronounced pink to the red.
After a few hours I realised that I couldn't stop staring at my hands. This shiny, bright uber glamorous red was incredibly cheering and made me feel like a bit of a fox.
|Essie Rose Bowl - daylight|