Originally Posted by mymil
Is this your first pair of shell? It looks like you may have applied both the Renovateur and the cordovan cream a little too heavily, and not spent quite enough time buffing it off. I'm also very curious about others' experience with Meermin's shell.
Yes, first pair of shell, but additional buffing was not helping and, in fact, made it worse. I'm not sure what Meermin does to finish the shoes, but the more I buffed with a horsehair brush and a cloth, the more color that ended up on the cloth and the worse the shoe's finish looked. While the second picture does not fully show it, I finally gave up on Renovateur because the finish of the shoe was startnig to lighten in patches and taking on a cloudy appearance that looked awful compared to how they looked out of the box.
Now, after using the Saphir cordovan cream, it has filled in all the unfinished places on the shell and additional buffing is making the shoe look better, not worse. You're probably right on the last picture, though, that there is considerably more buffing still to be done to get a better result.