If you took a tour in my nail polish drawer, what you would find is mostly nudes and reds. I may occasionally fall for a different color, but I generally remain a predictable nude nails/red toes or vice-versa. Sheswai Honeyfox is one of those great, year-round, true-reds because it looks very classic and vibrant.
In the photo above I am wearing two coats, but it is already opaque with one. I would add a second coat only to correct any application mistakes. It is not thin and not too thick, so it helps a non-skilled nail painter like me to get the job done nicely without looking streaky. It also has a lovely shiny finish, so I don’t necessarily feel like I need to add a top-coat. If I do, I still use my Priti NYC Top Coat, which dries quickly and so far is actually one of my favorite top coats, especially because it smells significantly less strong than other nail polishes.
Sheswai Nail Polishes are all 5-free: no toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, or synthetic camphor. Their brushes are quite nice. They are smaller than Priti NYC (which I do prefer), but not as small as Zoya, which can become a little challenging if you are not an expert nail painter! As you may know, Sheswai is committed to sustainabilty (*applause*) and their bottles caps are made with sustainably harvested wood in order to reduce the use of plastic.
If you are on the hunt for a true red with a good formula to replace your old Essie Really Red, I do recommend giving Honeyfox a try. It’s a great nail polish and the bottle is ridiculously pretty.