Thursday, September 20, 2012

Comparison Thursday: Blue Glitters (aka Absolutely Alice!!)

So yeah...  Pretty much everyone is in love with OPI's discontinued and hard to find Absolutely Alice.  It's a gorgeous blue and gold glitter bomb that just shines like a multi-faceted jewel on your nails.  It is, in a word, breathtaking.  Honestly, I didn't really get the hype when I first saw swatches of it.  I had no idea why these bottles of polish were going for over $20 on eBay.  I just didn't get it.  Then, I found 2 bottles on a dusty hunt and purchased them.  One was brand new and the other was about half gone.  I added a little thinner to the half gone bottle to use for myself and did my mani.  The results were amazing.  Sadly, I didn't get a chance to take a legit pic, but I guess that just means I get to wear it again soon, right?!  So now that I'm a believer in the hype, I decided to turn to my stash to see if I had any similar polishes, and if yes, how would they compare to AA.  I came up with the following lineup: OPI The Flowers are Blue-ming!, Nails by Laura Alice Who?, OPI Absolutely Alice, China Glaze Dorothy Who?, and Zoya Twila.

These are all of my blue glitters.  Aren't they lovely?

Here's a nice shot of the back without labels in the way.

And here they all are on the nail.

I knew that Twila would be the outlier because it's made with bar glitters and not fine hexes.  I put it on next to the rest just for fun.  I also had a feeling that FaBM would be different as well because it has a blue base with holo glitters instead of being a straight up glitter bomb.  That leaves Absolutely Alice, Alice Who?, and Dorothy Who? to seriously compare.

Check out this blurry shot to see how each polish shines.  You can see the holo-ness of FaBM.  You can also clearly see the gold shining through in AA that isn't quite as prevalent in the crisp shot.  You can't see the gold as well in AW.  Also, you can see that DW is really just blue and silver without a trace of gold.

Here's a close-up of each polish (other than Twila).

From top left going clockwise: FaBM, AA, DW, AW

Absolutely Alice is a blue and gold glitter that applies evenly without much coaxing.  Make sure to let the coats dry a little after each layer so you don't end up dragging any wet glitter around.  Alice Who comes the closest to AA but it has fewer gold glitters.  It also applies very easily and is one of the few indies I own that didn't require thinning at the get go.  Dorothy Who is blue and silver, so it's not quite right even though it's still gorgeous.  It applies well but stains like crazy.  I mean, look at my cuticles!  That stuff didn't want to budge.

I think if you can't get your hands on Absolutely Alice, you should really go for Alice Who from Nails by Laura.  You can purchase Alice Who here at her etsy store.  Right now, it appears that she only has minis available.  You can also follow Laura on her Facebook page.  I sold my AW already, though, because I have so many similar polishes already in my stash.  I do have Twila for sell in my blog sale, plus I'm auctioning off a brand new Absolutely Alice!  If you're interested in bidding, the auction runs until 9/23, so send me an email at  (Silly email, huh?  I like to give it to people at retail stores when they sign me up for memberships.  It makes them smile, lol.)  The current bid is up to $18.  As an aside, I'm also auctioning a brand new Elevation Marble Caves, same ending date, but the bid is up to $25.  Please email me if you would like to bid on either.

Which is your favorite?  What's the highest you've paid for a single bottle of polish?


  1. This is my favorite of your posts so far. I always end up buying the same or very similar colors, so it is good to see comparions out there so I don't keep buying dupes! =)

    1. Yeah, I always like when I find dupe blog posts so I can determine if I really need something. My stash is too big as it is, I don't need extras!

  2. I'm so in love with absolutely alice :<

    1. It's by far the prettiest of all the blue glitters I have.