Much as I wanted these, they suffered the fate of so many of my acquistions and languished in my swatching box. Rather than waiting until I had time to try them one by one, I decided to use them all at once. I applied Dove as a base color and did dotted tips with the other five shades. (I don't seem to have jotted down how many coats Dove took; it was more than one and less than four, I'm sure, since I consider two and three coats normal and would almost certainly have noted if it was something else.) Some of my dots are more amoeba-shaped than round, and I didn't get them evenly distributed on all my nails, but overall I'm very happy with the effect and plan to try this design again soon with other colors.
I don't recall where I first saw the dotted tips idea; I do know that Rins of Simply Rins has a great post about dots that I intend to refer back to often.