Possible Russian Navy Suede Dupe/Substitute

8:38 PM Laura 3 Comments

Today's post is going to have about a bajillion pictures, so I'm going to use as few words as possible.

I saw this at Walmart today (I usually try to avoid going to Walmart, since it gives me the heebie jeebies, but it is very cheap, so...) and I don't know how it caught my eye, but I'm glad it did. The Nicole by OPIs were all jumbled up in these little baskets, so there was really no organization. I saw this and I absolutely couldn't NOT get it, because it looked like Russian Navy Suede! I didn't see any other bottles of this, so I'm glad I got it. It's No Limits - Matte from Nicole by OPI.

Stupid tag. That was annoying, and unnecessary, considering IT SAYS MATTE ON THE CAP.

Here is my picture of OPI Russian Navy suede, for reference. I couldn't actually compare them next to each other because I borrowed Russian Navy from someone else.

One coat of No Limits

Funky new pose.

Here it is with a topcoat. Shiiiiny.

And in bright sun.

Now matte in bright sun, sorry for the randomness.

And in lamplight.

Shiny in lamplight, yadda yadda.

I also bought my first crackle polish today!
China Glaze Lightning Bolt. Another darn tag! How annoying! Not like it says CRACKLE on the bottle. And look! I'm a Mac! 

Here I did the crackle over the matte polish.

And here I painted it over the shiny polish.

As you can see, it cracked much better over the shiny nail polish, and I preferred the wider cracks that allowed more of the polish underneath to show through. 

I really liked both of these! I was hesitant about the crackle train, but I decided to hop onboard.

I think No Limits is a suitable alternative for Russian Navy. It doesn't have quite as much silver glitter, but it's still very pretty. What do you think?


  1. Great sub for a htf suede!

    And come on! Two comments over a franken? You had me blushing! Email me your mailing address. It's coming your way. That was just too sweet to go unrewarded! :)

  2. I am such a sucker for matte. I love it. And the crackle stuff looks lovely! :D

  3. @Leslie: You are too amazing! I hope you have a backup of some kind!

    @Sonia: You could always borrow it sometime :)


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