I love a vampy red.  Essie Rock Star Skinny (Winter 2008) is a maroon with very fine shimmer:

Picture taken in natural light.  This applied very smoothly in two coats.  I really like this color; it’s so rich and velvety on the nail.  The slight shimmer makes it look more interesting  I paired this with an unnnamed L.A. Girl Flare black with silver glitter on my toes.