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Saphir 'Dark Brown' Medaille D'Or

highball

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Does the #05 'Dark Brown' Medaille D'Or cream polish by Saphir appear black when it's in the jar? I just received an order of Saphir polishes in the mail and I am 99% sure I've been sent a jar of black polish mislabeled as 'dark brown'. The polish is so dark that it makes the jar look black/opaque from the outside. I've applied it thinly to a paper towel and it still looks black after drying.

Also, the 'Neutral' Medaille D'Or wax polish I ordered seems to be a solid puck of polish that is cracked and crumbling, not gelatinous like the kiwi I'm used to. Does this seem right? This is my first experience with Saphir and I must say I'm a bit disappointed. Should I go near my shoes with this stuff?
 

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Yes, #5 seems almost black. But not to worry. It's a dark brown. I've just used it on a pair of mine today.

As for the condition of the neutral, it may have been stored under hot and dry conditions. Nothing to worry, it just requires some extra elbow grease to be apply. Or just warm the jar a bit.

I understand your worries, but do not be afraid: Saphir is, IMHO, the best. I've used Kiwi and Turrango, and they don't come close. Applying it is a pleasure, with that beeswax scent feeling the room, and it seems to add a particular depth to the colour and patina of the shoe. And more than one women have commented on the scent of the polish, upon smelling the beeswax inside the room where I've polished my shoes (it tends to linger).
 

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Thanks, Modernist. Now I'm worried that it's the wrong color for my brown AE Park Ave's. Should I have gone with "medium brown" instead?

I don't see how this doesn't turn everyone shoes black since it even shows up black on a white towel!
 

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"Dark brown" is really dark - I would say "ebony" or in italian "testa de moro", so check with your shoes, the most "normal" brown is the "medium brown" and with its variations - cognac (brandy) with consistent yellow shade or mahogany with a consistent red shade. So if you have a really dark pair of shoes it will go with "marron fonce" (ad litteram "dark chestnut").
 

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I agree with Modernist, Saphir is the best i've found/used also. In addition, for anyone who owns any Hermes "rouge Hermes" (hermes red) leather items, Saphir makes a color that is exact...they even call it Rouge Hermes.
 

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Originally Posted by Modernist
Applying it is a pleasure, with that beeswax scent feeling the room, and it seems to add a particular depth to the colour and patina of the shoe. And more than one women have commented on the scent of the polish, upon smelling the beeswax inside the room where I've polished my shoes (it tends to linger).

Nice description, Modernist. I just ordered a box of Medaille D'Or, to replace my Kiwi tins. Maybe my girlfriend will stop giving me the mal'occhio when I polish my shoes.
 

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