I just read that Art Spectrum (or it's distributors) is having problems getting the new ColourFix Suede paper into retail markets in the US. It appears that it will be after the first of the year before it's widely available. Bummer for an arts supply junkie like me.
I've also heard that it is similar to Clairefontaine's PastelMat as I suspected and which I'm beginning to like more and more. Hopefully, the ColourFix Suede will be as good, in better colors and cheaper than the PastelMat!
I'll keep you posted as more information becomes available.