Today I actually have a real time manicure for you-- I'm wearing this right now! I figure that since it's Memorial Day Weekend here in the US, a classic creamy red is appropriate. Downtown LA fits the bill! It's a gorgeous candy apple red-- I also think it could be a cherry red, it's deep but distinctly red polish. The first thing I think of when I look at my nails is a classic car. This polish is perfect for cruising in a convertible down the boulevard.
Dowtown LA had a stellar formula. I have several American Apparel polishes and while I haven't tried them all yet, I find the formulas to be a little hit and miss. But Downtown LA is fabulous. Super smooth and easy to use, it practically painted itself on. It dried quickly and was well pigmented-- I used two coats below. The polish dries to a relatively shiny finish, but I do have a top coat on in my pictures below.
Artificial light with flash:
Natural light - shade:
Natural light - sun:
This didn't photograph completely accurately-- the shade pictures are probably most accurate in terms of color. It's a deeper red than most of the pictures show, though in sunlight it does get a bit brighter. It's not a tomato red (ie, orange leaning) but my camera seemed to want to capture it like that. I love this shade of red-- it's one you could reach for at any time.