I'd describe the color as olive green or perhaps very, very tarnished gold. It's not the color that won me over, though, it's the shimmer. It's packed with shimmer of the micro-flakie variety and throws off pops of lime and purple and blue and pink and gold in different lights.
I don't know if Explosif will be as versatile as my summer fling (Essie Bikini So Teeny) but it sure is gorgeous on its own. These swatches are three coats, so I'm wondering if it might work to layer over a brown or purple. I'm definitely going to have to try layering over it; maybe it will be just the thing for the gold glitters I tend to avoid.
Explosif is from a group of five called Metal Mania. I picked up the purple one, Smashed, at the same time as Explosif (not sure when I'll get around to swatching that one) but now am wondering if I should get the other three. At $20 a bottle, they're not really impulse buys (though the bottle is so heavy and solid that I feel like I'm getting something substantial for my money).
Thanks to all of you who have sent good thoughts to my mom. I'm happy to report that as of yesterday, she was released from the hospital to continue her rehab at home.