What can I say about OPI Suede polishes? I LOVE THEM! The finish is amazing and the color Lincoln Park After Dark has to be the most gorgeous purple shade I have seen in a long time. I have always been partial to purple polish, but this has to beat everything else I have seen!
These Suede colors are so different with an almost glittery effect to them. But, they aren’t glittery…they are more matte. I tell you, they are SO hard to describe! LOL! My suggestion is to just try them for yourself!
Now, there are some things that I dislike about the Suede colors, but they aren’t so bad that I would discontinue using them or never buy another color again. Of course, you use these with or without a base coat and with no top coat. If you use a top coat, it won’t provide the suede-like look…similar to using a top coat with a matte formula, you only get shine. Here is where the problem arises though. Of course, without a top coat, a polish is not going to last as long. So, you will see the finish start to wear faster than most. When this particular color started to wear and fade, the silver glitter particles started to show more and the darkness of the color slowly started to dissipate. I was okay with that…really, it didn’t look bad or anything! They chipped just about like any other polish would if you did heavy duty work wearing your mani but had tremendous staying power for a polish I didn’t use with a top coat.
I didn’t find much difference when I tried the OPI Suede without a base coat. It just really made all the imperfections in my nails show through. And I have some pretty banged up nails from polishing so often, working like I do, and not caring for my nails like I know I should! (I guess I don’t care for them like I should because at work, it never fails, if I have to do any sort of manual labor, whether it be taping a box closed or picking and shipping inventory…I ALWAYS break at least one nail! Ugh…so irritating!) So, for me, I prefer to use a base coat as much as possible…a ridge filler at that! Hahaha!
I have to say, however, the OPI Suede collection has the most GORGEOUS jewel-toned, perfect for fall colors in the world! LOL….seriously! (Now, this is my opinion ladies and gents!) If you can only purchase one on your budget, I suggest getting Lincoln Park After Dark for sure!
*NOTE: OPI DOES have a label on all of these polishes that states that the staying power is not going to be the same, to not use a top coat, and a base coat is optional. I appreciate this company taking the time to add this disclaimer to the bottle. I would have been pissed had they not!
Tell me your experience with this line of polishes! Have you found a fool proof application process? What is your favorite OPI Suede color and why is it SO perfect for you!? If you haven’t tried this line of polishes, what is keeping you from it….budget, can’t choose a color, simply aren’t interested…what?!
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