One of the nail polishes I was able to pick up in my little haul the other day was OPI Absolutely Alice.
This polish was released in 2010 to coincide with the Alice in Wonderland movie, and included some amazing glitter polishes that were completely different from the usual OPI reds and pinks. Unfortunately, as all good collections are, it was discontinued, and now Absolutely Alice and Mad as a Hatter remain elusive lemmings for many.
So when I came across this polish by BYS, a cheap Australian brand, I did a double take:
But then of course I ended up finding AA and of course now I have to do a comparison, so here goes:
Both AA and TtLG are bright blue glitter polishes in a clear base, with some gold glitter. They are insanely, eye-blindingly sparkly in sunlight. The main difference is that the glitters in AA are much finer and denser. It is completely opaque in 3 coats, whereas TtLG is not. (Please excuse my wonky right hand finger. This is why I do all my swatches on my left hand.)
As you can see, TtLG is still quite see through. Here is 3 coats of Absolutely Alice:
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And here is 3 coats of Through the Looking Glass:
Here is a direct comparison, 3 coats of each over OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui (sorry about the terrible state of my skin - after using all that acetone to remove the glitter my skin was destroyed!):
So as you can see, the colours are virtually identical, and over blue undies you can barely see a difference. Formula-wise, AA was much smoother and easier to apply. TtLG was thick and gloopy, but manageable. For the price difference ($20-$30 for AA vs $6 for TtLG), I would be satisfied with the BYS dupe.
OPI Absolutely Alice is discontinued and only available on ebay or blog sales (or you might get lucky and stumble across one like I did). I have a few available in my blog sale at the moment.
BYS polishes are usually available at Kmart and Gloss stores, but I've never seen the Wonderland collection at Kmart, so I'm assuming at this stage they are only available at Gloss. They are priced at $5.95, and there are 3 in the collection.
What do you think - reasonable dupe or not? Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading! :)