My confusing love affair with Essie rages on. On the one hand (ha!) Essie Tomboy No More is a DEAD SEXY RED. The color is totally va-va-va-voom with a bloody lustre to it. On the OTHER hand, however, the opacity/formula completely kills the mood for me. Pictured here is 3 coats. Three. And with the third I went a little heavy with it, hoping to correct some of the inconsistency in the layering to even out the color, but no luck. Add to that the fact that each of those coats took longer than most of my polishes to dry, even with the assist of Nicole by OPI Drying Drops… frustrating. The index finger completely threw me off with the finish so I went in to cover it up with an owl (who looks meaner than I’d intentioned, what’s the matter little dude?!) in acrylic paint. You can sort of tell how thin the Essie is by a couple of the places on the owl where I painted over him with swipes of Tomboy No More to attempt a sort of feathering effect — it’s basically the consistency and opacity of super-sugar-and-yet-completely-watery dried strawberry preserves spilled on your countertop.