|There's no 'before' shot I'm afraid, but|
the take home message is 'big difference'.
I'm definitely not an authority on this sort of thing. The gist of what I've read is that it's a caddish disgrace to mirror polish the entire shoe. With that kept in mind, I gave the worst scuffs a few applications from the 'Bordeaux' tin. After that, the whole shoe was brush polished with "Neutral', then the toe box & counter spit shined. Gobbing on things does not appeal as a rule, so I used water instead of actual spit.
I still don't 'do' shoe trees - just look at the state of the creases above - but after all the unexpected flattery, might well reconsider!
Many, many threads from styleforum.net and askandyaboutclothes.com
I found this chart at thehangerproject very helpful choosing from the multitude of polish colours.
Lastly, Dandy Shoe Care's captivating and disturbing YouTube clip (embedded below) serves as a great visual metaphor for the dizzying high of Saphir Neutral's mind bending turpentine fug.