I applied three coats, in addition to an OPI base and top coat, in order to get a really opaque candy-apple red. You can apply fewer coats but it looks almost pink because it is on the less opaque side, like most of Essie's nail polishes. Here are some swatches with the bottle so you can do a comparison. With about three coats, it is the same color as when it is in the bottle.
I love it on my hands but it is a little high maintenance since any chips are relatively obvious due to the bright color. I think in the future I will use it on my toes instead so that it will last longer before I have to do touchups.
What nail polishes have you all been wearing recently?