Khol is described as an "intense, almost black hue." It's a rich, inky black with a cream finish and light shine. It was the least glossy of the polishes in the trio (as well as compared to the shades in the other spring trio), so I think this one absolutely needs a top coat if you want the plusher, glossier finish. I almost had full coverage with one coat, though I did two for good measure. It lasted for seven with days with minor tip wear.