Okay so this is one of those purple & gold combos that really look awful on me! Don't I just look like a zombie or something? These are taken outside and I didn't alter them in anyway ( other then cropping, I never do). Not only do these types of color wash out all the color in my skin tone, it seems my skin tone always seems to wash out all the color of these polishes! Weird, right! In the pics this looks like a grayish taupe shimmer, but in reality this is a beautiful medium purple with lots and lots of golden shimmer. Mixed in with that gold is flashes of pink and blue shimmer! This is a super awesome polish..... just not on me. This is 3 coats, no base, no top.