not just boring red. Or average red. Or a little red. This red is truly red. Deep red. Very red. This red is really red. Anything else is blah. step 1: hydrate with apricot cuticle oil. step 2: clean then prep nails with an essie base coat. step 3: apply 2 coats of all access pass. let dry. step 4: shine + seal with an essie top coat.