Thursday, October 22, 2009

FINALLY!!! OPI Suede Collection!!!!!

I was pretty scathing in my review of the OPI Matte Collection. I wondered aloud if OPI made the Suedes because they immediately realized how crappy their Mattes were next to other companies like Nubar and Zoya, and those brands' magnificent semi-matte velvety finishes. It appears I was right, because OPI completely redeemed themselves with Suede. Everything that was wrong with Matte is right with Suede. OPI, come back, all is forgiven!!!

They did as I tried to do with the Mattes, they raised the darker colors several shades so you could SEE them, and added a massive quantity of metallic powder to them so they would have some depth, shine and texture. These are about the texture of soft whipped butter. They spread well, and dry quickly. When they dry they look like your fingernails were professionally powder-coat painted. It's such an easy way to get manicured-looking nails within minutes. I would say try to get these in one coat, and not apply two, they can tend to ripple and clump if you use too much polish. I applied these over wet and dry base coat, had no shrinkage or rippling problems with either, they dried quickly and no matte finish was lost.

For those who hate and fear matte polish, I would reconsider. These are not flat. These are like velvet - they have a glow, or like the back side of satin. They have both texture and a mixture of matte and shine. As I said about Zoya's MatteVelvets, these look like velvet made with satin, they have a soft matte but glowing textured layer over a base of shine. They really do look a lot like suede, but if the lowest layer of the suede was shiny. These are terrific. I would have preferred a red instead of two reddish purples, and a green instead of two blues, but otherwise I am over the moon about these polishes.

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Suede, a much needed color lightening, and doing so made it such a gorgeous color!
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark Suede

OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede is OPI's version of Zoya Loredana, or ManGlaze Fuggen Ugly. It's more the color of Fuggen Ugly, but the texture of Loredana. Needless to say I love it!
OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees Suede

OPI Russian Navy Suede does lose a little bit in translation, but it's still pretty. It loses the characteristic purple shimmer, so it could have been tossed for a gorgeous dark green, imagine how great it would have been if they had lightened Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow like they did Lincoln Park and made it Suede!?
OPI Russian Navy Suede

OPI You Don't Know Jacques Suede is SO much better Suede than Matte. A boring taupeish brown becomes a sleek sophisticated brown. A real standout.
OPI You Don't Know Jacques Suede

OPI Ink Suede is more successfully interpreted that Russian Navy. Love it! Somehow manages to keep the purple quality!
OPI Ink Suede

OPI We'll Always Have Paris Suede, pretty but this coulda been lost for a red or a vampy burgundy.
OPI We'll Always Have Paris Suede

Well took me a while, but worth the wait, saved a lot by buying these online. I seriously adore them!!


  1. I love these! And I love that they dry so fast that you can fire on a coat right before going out the door. Instant manicure!

  2. gorgeous! i'm thinking of picking up a couple of these to wear with topcoat (i like the matte/suede look on others, but not on my nails personally) because the chunky shimmer is sooo amazing! i'm leaning towards lpad and ink at the moment, but that could easily change :)

  3. I will definitely be ordering these. I think I much prefer the look of these than the mattes. Since I have the Essie Matte about you I don't have to buy the OPI Matte's. I don't know of any topcoat for this type of finish. They all look gorgeous on your beautiful nails.

  4. I love your blog and nominated you for a blog award! =)

  5. Sure worth the wait ! I just bought this collection on my trip and I think it is one of the greatest collections I saw lately. And you did such a great job with the swatches - they look gorgeous :-)

  6. Vanessa, I got these at

    Thank you so much guys, and thanks for the nomination!!

    This is such a great collection. Everyone should buy at least one.

  7. I think I would prefer the suede over the matte. I like each of these shades, I wouldn't mind the whole collection.

  8. these are so much prettier than i thought that would be!