Age: 25-29 Skin: Dry, Fair, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine Eyes: Black
I just picked up this polish from a clearance for $1 (woo!), and I had my doubts about the finish. I wasn't a fan of matte polishes, but I'm a fan of OPI's quality and this colour was just gorgeous inside the bottle. For $1, I didn't really have much to lose.
First of all, I noticed the viscosity of this lacquer was much thicker than i was used to. This is my first experience with OPI matte/suedes afterall, so I had nothing to compare it to. Assuming this is how it's supposed to be, I also noticed that it was a bit more challenging to apply due to the thickness of the liquid. At first I was using too little polish and because this kind of formula dries much quicker than it's normal counterparts, I was getting a lot of streaks on my nails. Not good! This is easily countered by using a generous amount and less strokes on each nail. The polish itself was very opaque, and 2 coats was enough for the colour to evenly cover my nails.
Okay the colour... is amazing! It is a cool blue-toned purple that is not too dark, but is tinted enough that it's not bright and loud. In some lighting it looks almost blue, but I would say it's definitely in the purple family. Perhaps the closest word to describe it would be Indigo. There is a lot of tiny silver shimmer distributed throughout, and I suppose that's what make this a suede rather than a flat matte colour, making it much more interesting and less flat than the plain matte polishes. It dries to be very matte and doesn't reflect any light at all. At first glance you would expect it to be soft to the touch. I'm not sure if this really looks like suede, but it's definitely unique and will make quite a statement.
Since I'm not a fan of the matte, I decided to put a glossy top coat on it. It is beautiful! I like how it's almost like having 2 polishes in 1, as it looks so different when it is glossy. As a matte polish I'm sure the wear is not as good, but with the top coat I didn't have much problems with it. No chipping or flaking within the first few days, and I used it on top of a base coat. Give this polish a try if you like dark colours.
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair Hair: Brown Eyes: Hazel
I know that people are not happy about the staying power, but for me, it wasn't really an issue. I applied Ink on my bare nails and then put a top coat over only the tips of the nail, and seriously got 4 days of good wear out of this polish. Whereas some people might think even 4 days is too short for a good nail polish, but as I like to change my nail colours often, 4 days is just about perfect for me. The colour looked more blue in my opinion, and I love the velvety texture of the nail polish. Next time I wear it, I am going to apply a base coat first, and see if that can bring the staying power up even longer.
Age: 36-43 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Straight, Fine Eyes: Brown
Ink Suede is a very pretty dark purple with micro-glitters that looks pretty awesome on my nails. I love the color but I don't like a few things about the polish itself so I took 2 lippies out. Okay, OPI did warn that the Suedes are not as long lasting but the polish chips in one day. Just one day! And when it's time to take it off, it was a major pain in the rear end. Worst of all, my nails got this ugly blueish stain because OPI states not to use a base coat. Urgh. I am definitely going to use a base coat the next time I decide to wear this again, and I'll add a top coat, too.
Age: 30-35 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
Love this!! When the OPI mattes were released and I saw the swatches, I wasn't really drawn to them, as I thought they looked too flat and some looked like liquid corrector (especially the paler colours). However once I saw the suedes, I was really drawn to them and couldn't wait to get my hands on them!
OPI Ink has a deep blue-purple base, which is like a matte finish, and then there are very fine specks of shimmer/glitter bits, which give the suede effect. They are not at all 'chunky' - the lacquer has a smooth finish to it. It applies really well, even on the first coat, and in a few seconds it dries to the 'suede' effect. Two coats gave me perfect opaque coverage, and I also found that these didn't streak as much as some other OPI's, and dried much faster. My nail feels smooth to the touch - I thought it would feel dry/brittle - but it obviously doesn't have that glossy smoothness that the regular lacquers have. And therefore as a result, lasting power isn't as long.
The final finish is just amazing - I absolutely love it. Looks really good on my short nails & I can't help but keep looking at them lol! I have to admit though - I think that applying suede nail lacquer will be dependent on my mood (ie if I want something shiny, then I'll be going for the regular finish). If you want to give these suedes a try, bearing in mind that they won't last as long on the nails, then I highly recommend them if you want something different on your nails. And OPI Ink is truly a gorgeous colour.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
The suede collection is without a doubt, beautiful. When they came out, I rushed over to the only salon that had it in and bought two colors. I immediately did my nails with OPI Ink Suede, and within a day, it chipped. I love, love, love the color, but these suedes don't last as long as the Zoya mattevelvets (lasts a good 4 days) which look the same as these, except in different colors. I wanted to wear these matte, but I guess I'd have to wear them glossy. Just as beautiful with a glossy finish, but I love my mattes :(.
Age: 44-55 Skin: Other Hair: Other Eyes: Other
OPI released "suede" versions of 6 popular colors as well as 6 "matte" colors as special collections in Fall '09. The suede colors are quite different from their regular, glossy versions; OPI used the same "recognizable" names for marketing reasons we can assume!
Ink Suede is a medium purple, with dark speckles. It is not at all like the regular Ink OPI color, which is a deep dark shimmery purple.
I've tried all of the OPI Suedes and love them. While all of the polish brands are releasing matte polishes right now, the OPI Suede line is unique. I have not seen anything like it (other than the effect you get when you put a matte topcoat over a polish with small glitter.)
The Suedes are all wonderful "textured" looking polishes (that apply smoothly, and are not gritty at all), with little speckles of black, and a satiny shimmery finish. The finish is less flat than the mattes, and I can usually get two days of wear without chips, but they do wear faster than regular polish. Both the suedes & the mattes dry super-fast, with good coverage in 1-2 coats. The OPI displays clearly note that these polishes will chip faster than their glossy counterparts. But they dry so fast, that you can remove the polish and reapply in minutes, so the short wear-time is not a big deal for me.
These look GREAT with a glossy topcoat, as the textured appearance gives them an edgy, interesting look without being blingy, and they will last longer with the TC. Office-safe colors that are still fun! Try them both with & without a topcoat, for two different looks.
Tip to quickly freshen an old mani when you are in a hurry: just brush one of the OPI suedes on over a similar polish color underneath, and it will dry almost immediately, and give you a fresh (& trendy!) look instantly.
OPI also suggests not using a basecoat or topcoat with the suedes & mattes, and the use of hand lotion may cause them to become a little glossier. The nail board has found that using a basecoat does not seem to change the finish.
These sell for the same price as regular OPI's, usually $8.50 in the US. I'm not sure if they are LE's, but suggest you add several to your collection now just in case!