This is 3 coats, no base, no top. This color is hard to describe and even hard to photograph! But it is very pretty! It's a dark purple that leans a little on the blue side with tons of pink/wine sparkle. This polish really glows in the sunshine. Depending on the lighting this polish really changes a lot. I've only found one other polish that I would consider to be in the same "family" as this one. I will do a post on that one next!