I did three coats here, mainly because Sanguine came in one of the infamous OPI mini bottles for Halloween last year, and the ergonomy of the brush and handle are... at best questionable. With the ordinary prowide brush you'll hopefully be getting in the full Royal Rajah Ruby bottle, I think that perhaps you'll get away with two coats. But damn... Isn't this one a stunner?!
I have a very complicated relationship with red shimmers, and I tend to pass on them in favour of cremes in the same color family, but this one gets a big, fat like.
What Karin was really asking for, was a comparison of some deep red shimmers to replace her OPI Romeo & Joliet she finds too warm. In my very narrow collection of red shimmers, these were the ones I found to be decent candidates:
China Glaze Branding Iron, OPI Midnight in Moscow, Sanguine, and Barielle Lava Rock. Magnify to check in slight more detail (although quite unfocused, sorry!). These deep shimmers are some work to photograph with my camera, and I had to retry a bunch of times, still, the photos in this post are the best I came up with.
Branding Iron has a brownish base and may still be too warm for Karin's liking, but it's a damn hot one. It's fairly similar to Sanguine/Royal Rajah Ruby, but I think the shimmer is even more vibrant. Midnight in Moscow has a charcoal base and is very dark, the shimmer is almost hidden and mostly visible in sunlight. Sanguine has a reddish base but is still pretty warm, but not at all brown. Lava Rock is interesting. There was a time when I thought of it as dupish to Midnight in Moscow, but it really isn't. The shimmer is rather different, and really, really hard to photograph correctly. It's a cooler kind of red, and in the sun it sparkles in many colors - I should really do a full swatch of it sometime. If you photograph it in an angled view, it looks like it's almost duochrome, though I believe it really isn't. The base is charcoal, but the shimmer is more on top than in Midnight in Moscow.
I decided to include some detail photos as well:
Yes, Lava Rock got a bunch of photos, and none of them hold up for a more detailed view. This one was hell to get on camera, I tell you. The sunny picture to the right reveals some of what I was rambling about above, how it tends to shift colors in certain angles - and it's not this warm in reality. The other two photos are closer to color accuracy, but still... Not really.
If I have to pick a favourite... I still wouldn't be able to. I think Midnight in Moscow is my least favourite though, and all the other ones are too hot to choose between. And now I'll have to stop writing before my brain fries completely.
Swedish word of the day:
hetta -noun heat