OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! OPI — Black Satin (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

Collection: OPI 2004 Winter, Tuxedo

Today’s Throwback Thursday polish is a black, since it’s Halloween on Saturday.

Before Chanel’s famed Black Satin, there was OPI Black Satin, released in 2004 in a special winter collection. I don’t have the Chanel (though I should probably rectify that during the next Optimum Event), but by all accounts, they aren’t dupes.

Black Satin (NL T03) by OPI is a black with Tahitian pearl shimmer, which gives it more of a deep charcoal look than pure black. The shimmer is very fine and there is plenty of it, giving the polish a borderline frost effect. The shimmer is mostly grey, but it has flashes of blue and green.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin

Baroque Tahitian pearls
Baroque Tahitian pearls. Image: uniquepearl.com

This is an older OPI, so I suspect I’ve added thinner to it at some point. I did require three coats, but I can’t say if that was the case with the original formula. Either way, it still applies nicely: super smooth with no streaking. The chemical stink is pretty strong, though again, that could also be the thinner.

The finish remains very smooth and glossy.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin, swatch

I believe this color is discontinued, but if you do happen to unearth it in a dusty nail salon, by all means get it! It’s not a must have; I personally still prefer the currently available Zoya Raven, though that’s a true black with subtle shimmer. Black Satin has much stronger shimmer and that will make it a winner for other tastes.

OPI Nail Lacquer in Black Satin, label


OPI Nail Lacquer retails for about US$9.50 / CA$12 and is 0.5 US fl oz / 15 mL. OPI nail polishes are currently free of toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) and camphor. (Since this polish is pre-2007’s reformulation, it is not 3-Free.) They are made in the USA.

OPI Products Inc. was originally Odontorium Products Inc., a dental supply company. It was purchased in 1981 and soon the company’s focus switched to selling acrylics to nail salons. Nail lacquers were introduced in 1989. OPI has been owned by global beauty company Coty Inc. since 2010. The company is based in North Hollywood, CA, USA.


9 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday! OPI — Black Satin (Nail Lacquer) Swatch & Review

    • I don’t think it’s too similar to the Chanel – from what I’ve seen, Chanel’s is pretty much black, with very subtle shimmer. Zoya Raven is closer to the Chanel.

      I currently am going through several bottles of SuperNail thinner that I bought a long time ago from one of those online discounters! I never get to Sallys so I just ordered online. But I should probably check out TBBS – I imagine they must have thinner, as well. 🙂 My stock is still good, though! Just have to keep them wrapped in tape/plastic so they don’t dry out, themselves.

      I’m gonna have to go through a thinner spree again soon, because I was checking my old Nicoles and the very old ones (10+ yrs) are in dire need of thinning.

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      • Yes, TBBS has thinner and it’s pretty cheap – $5 – but the bottle has a wide opening, not a dropper. I like the Sally one because it has a narrow spout. I never heard of SuperNail thinner but just googled it and I think that’s the kind that TBBS carries.

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        • Ah good to know! The bottles I have use a little flip top with a small dispensing hole, so they work well. I can just buy the bottle at TBBS and transfer it 🙂 Thanks!

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