Quintessence #9 is a deep gray with cool, bluish undertones and a mostly matte finish. It had the thinner, slightly drier consistency that seems to be more prone to adopting the natural finish of my skin, e.g. absorbing some of the oils on my skin, and never had that really flat, matte finish. It had opaque pigmentation but the drier texture made it a little more challenging to diffuse and blend out seamlessly. This shade lasted well for eight hours on me before I noticed slight fading.