This is a soft greyish purple with red shimmer. I looove the shimmer combos Contrary Polish puts out. I had the same negative experience as with Anna Maria though with the formula and brush. Too thick and the brush was so-so. Covered in two coats though and I couldn't stop looking at my nails:) This polish will find a new home in a better bottle with a better brush!
The novel? Sebastian Faulks of Birdsong fame. This one is one of the classiest damn novels I ever read. I won't reveal how it ends. Let me just say - the narrator is unreliable. So, you're warned. Read it.