A terrible swatch - I know! I didn't use base coat as I was in a hurry and I was only using this color as a background for some layering. As you can se there's a couple of bald spots, alot of streakyness and horribly uneaven towards the cuticles. But I guess I have to show you the reality sometimes too! LOL! The color of this polish is pretty though...a nice antracit grey metallic sort of. I like it!