When I saw swatches of Essie's Armed and Ready, I was skeptical of its greatness. It appeared in swatches to be a dark dusty green with tinges of blue-grey with a lovely golden flash. But I have been letdown so many times by polishes with hidden shimmer. Luckily this polish's shimmer isn't too hidden. The formula was gorgeous, non-streaky, full coverage, almost a one-coater. I had no bubbles and no issues with application, it practically applied itself. In the first picture I'm holding Essie Playdate, which was another polish from this collection.
And I painted these roses using a dotting tool, dots of acrylic paint, and then swirled them together.