Before I get any further, here are a few shots of We'll Always Have Paris Suede by itself. This was two coats, no top coat.
I love the OPI Suedes. All of them. As a whole, it is definitely one of my favorite collections of all time. Without top coat they are prone to chip quicker, just like most matte finishes, but application is so smooth and they just look fantastic once dry. I think I'm going to have to try out each one of them as a base for a spun sugar mani at some point. Just like with the my first attempt using OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow Suede as my base, I love the way the subtle sparkle squeaks through between the strands of creme polishes layered over it.
For the strands, I started out with applying random lines of the original/non-suede OPI We'll Always Have Paris. That was followed by strands of Orly Artificial Sweetener and Orly You're Blushing. I went back and added just a few more strands of We'll Always Have Paris at the end because I felt it needed just a few more dark lines. Once that had set up for a bit, I tried to get the surface as smooth as possible by applying a coat of Seche Vite, one coat of Gelous and then one last coat of Seche Vite to finish it off.
I can't wait to do another one, definitely one of my favorite techniques! Also, I finally caved and bought myself a new camera with the help of some gift cards I was hoarding since Christmas. It's a Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and I love it. I think you can tell the difference in clarity right here in this one post between all the swatch pics of We'll Always Have Paris Suede, which were taken with my 9 year old Sony, and the pictures of the spun sugar mani, which were all taken with the new Canon.