It's so hard to photograph this one. I can't tell if the base is a super dark blue or a black, but I think it's black. The shimmer in the polish is green and blue, and that might trick the eye into thinking that the base itself is blue. But I will say that the shimmer is not only difficult to see in pictures, it's kind of difficult to see in reality. Don't get me wrong; this is a pretty polish. But I sort of have an inkling that it has a near-dupe in Sinful Colors What's Your Name. Here's a link to a post about that polish. Smoke and Ashes was difficult to apply for me because it was really, really thick. I used two coats. From what I remember What's Your Name is kind of sheer and needs three coats. You can find it at any Walgreens that carries Sinful Colors for $1.99, or $.99 if you find them on sale.
See all the blue, green, even purple in the bottle?
There was no question in my mind that I would own this polish because it supposedly represents District 12, home to to our heroes Katniss and Peeta. BUT if this polish was in a collection that wasn't named after Hunger Games-related stuff, I don't think I would have bought it. Does that make sense? To me it's just not so special. But I do love vampy polishes on short little nails like mine, so I'm happy enough to be wearing it.
So what do you guys think? Is this one special enough for you to buy? Did you get it just for the name, like me? I'm interested to hear your opinions.