While re-organizing my polishes, I pulled a few out that I knew I wanted to try out soon because I hadn't yet. China Glaze's Smoke & Ashes from their Hunger Games collection was the first one I pulled out.
It's a dark inky base with a gold and green glass fleck. It's bright and beautiful in the bottle, and I know some people had some application issues with it (the shimmer didn't come through at all on the nail) so I was sort of nervous to use it.
Luckily, my bottle applied wonderfully and as awesomely as it looks in the bottle.
I used 3 coats of Smoke & Ashes.
On my ring finger I wanted to accent it just a little bit so my nails wouldn't be TOO dark. I love dark nails, but sometimes I'm just not in the mood for something so so dark. So, I layered a coat of China Glaze's Luxe & Lush from the same collection, which is an opalescent chunky flake type of glitter. I also added a coat of Ciate's Jewel, which is a holographic bar glitter.
This manicure lasted on my nails for about 3 days before I removed it. The tips started to wear slightly, but maybe it was just more noticeable because it was such a dark color. I used China Glaze's Fast Dry Top Coat and OPI Nail Envy.