Hot Tamale is a pearly-ish type orange that, in person, leans on the red side. There isn't any visible shimmer, but this polish shines, indoors and outdoors. It's a bit darker in person than in the pictures. When I first saw it I thought tangerine and the pictures just confirmed that. I guess in person it's a dark tangerine color. The light hits this one and you get just the tiniest bit of inner glow.
The formula was fantastic. It dried ridiculously quick, much quicker than I ever thought it would. I used two coats here because I wanted to, but I could have gotten away with one. You can see just the teeniest bit of VNL, but I don't mind VNL so it's not any kind of deal to me. If you absolutely hate it then maybe three coats would be best. Now, maybe this was just me, but I did find it easy to get too much on my brush and the polish pooled up just a bit by my cuticles, but it wasn't anything I couldn't control and get under hand right away.
I love this polish. I was such a fool for not putting this on sooner. I want more Pure Ice polishes now. I highly recommend you get this if they sell it at a drugstore near you. And if you dig oranges like I do. Orange seems to be one of the "it" colors for this summer and Hot Tamale would be the perfect nail polish to use.