Above: OPI Suede Suzi Skis in the Pyreness
OPI’s Suzi Skis in the Pyreness was originally released in the Espana Fall 2009 collection, which is a blacken bluish polish with a creme finish. Matte nails are trendy for fall 2009, as many nailpolish companies such as OPI and Zoya are releasing matte finishes for some of their most popular colours. However, OPI’s Suede finish is a play on the matte trend and has a micro shimmer in it to add dimension and a bit of sheen, resulting in a semi-matte/satin finish depending on the colour of shimmer in the polish. The shimmer also prevents the polish from looking too flat and chalky, something that some polish lovers dislike. The suede finish is a nice way to ease yourself into the matte trend if you want to try something different from a traditional glossy nail. It adds just the right amount of bling to the nail without being too flashy.
Suzi Skis in the Pyreness suede finish is very different from the original, as it is a gun metal gray with many micro silver glitter in the polish. I love the finish and look of of this colour because in Grade 11 I am always looking for the perfect gun metal gray polish. My 16 year old self would be very pleased with this polish. The colour is dark but not blacken nor is it metallic. The colour reminds me of a black night sky in the country with millions of stars in the sky.
The polish’s formula applies a bit thicker than the original glossy counterpart. When the polish is wet it looks glossy, but it dries to a satin finish because the silver sparkles reflect and give the nail shine. It doesn’t look glossy, but the sparkles disqualify the polish from being a true matte; however, in pictures using a flash it looks like a glossy polish. I do notice that after a few days the satin finish turns glossier, when the silver sparkles get more visible and the matte finish wears off. As it is a specialty finish like matte, a topcoat is not required because with a topcoat, it would look like a regular glossy nail. However, I did put on a base coat. In general, matte and suede finishes do not wear as long as glossy finishes because of the lack of top and base coats. When I was wearing Suzi Skis in the Pyreness, the polish lasted me about 4 days without a top coat and the chipping was minimal. There was some chipping on my right hand because I am right handed. However, I think the chip and wear factor varies between each colour in the collection and what you do in your daily life. Suzi Skis in the Pyreness is one of the more shimmery and glittery colours in the collection and the glitter makes the polish more hardy. Being a glitter polish, it is harder to remover than creams, but I just rest the cotton ball soaked with polish remover on my nail for 5 seconds and it wipes cleanly.
In summary this polish:
Dries to a semi-matte/satin finish
Gets shinier as the days go by (about 3 days for me) as the matte finish and matching colour glitter wear off and exposing more silver glitter
Has micro-shimmer in silver and the colour that matches the polish
Does not need a base or topcoat but looks just like a regular glossy polish when finished with a topcoat.
Wear time is about 1/2 the time of glossy finishes with a base and topcoat; however the wear and tear are determined by what you do in your daily life. I got a good 4-5 days of wear before any major chipping on my active hand.
Above FOTD MAC Young Punk and Medusa’s Makeup Eye Dust Boy Toy and on nails is OPI Suede Suzi Skis in the Pyreness.