“ Brand: OPI / Type: Nail Varnish „
I like to think of myself as a massive Alice in Wonderland fan. I've got various editions of the books, all the films, and a few pieces of jewellery inspired by the books and films. I don't consider myself to be a collector, but that isn't because I don't love Alice in Wonderland, it's because I don't see the point of owning something like this if you enjoyed reading the books or watching the films.
I had this given to me as a gift, because I am a fan, and it was a bit of a terrible present. The sentiment behind it was nice, and showed that they knew I liked Alice in Wonderland, but as with most tie-in merchandise, I didn't really know what this had to do with the books.
These are the colour names from left to right as you can see them on the picture above:
- Absolutely Alice
- Thanks so Muchness!
- Off With Her Red!
- Mad as a Hatter
They are a blend of sparkly and shimmery, and I suppose if you like the colours that you see, then it might be worth getting this little pack, but I didn't particularly care for them - the blue Absolutely Alice I don't think I will ever use. There's not even a range of colours, with those two reds both being really similar once on.
The website "disneydreaming.com" says that this helps to immerse you into the films, but I just don't see how this is anything more than desperate advertising. By all means, buy the nail varnish for yourself if you like the colours because OPI do make nice nail varnish, but as a gift for someone who loves the world of Alice or to help you "get immersed" into the story, it's a little bit pointless.
OPI Alice in wounderland mini pack -
Yet again OPI have done another good job. I have used OPI for many years and always use it as a special treat - OPI nail vanish is great value for money and lasts ages. Over the years I have used many different nail polishes, but always come back to OPI.
Some of the less expensive nail vanishes chip the minute I put it on, even with a top coat. where as OPI has never chiped on me.
This alice in wounderland pack, comes in 4 viberant colours -blue, red, orange and brown - each nail polish comes with a hint of sparkle - its just amazing, my fav's are the red and brown, but the blue and orange are fun! (probably more for my toes!!)
If you have a teenager or your a lover of alice in wounderland this is a deffinant must! so dont waste any time and get on and order - you wont be disapointed!
To celebrate the soon to be released Alice in Wonderland film directed by Tim Burton, OPI have released four limited edition nail polishes inspired the film.
OPI manufacture nail polish which is used in professional salons worldwide and is suitable for use on both natural and acrylic nails. OPI is available to purchase online as well as in beauty salons, John Lewis, etc but I suggest that you shop around before purchase as prices do vary but don't leave it too long as these will probably sell out !!
Anyhow, back to the review ...
When I heard about the OPI Alice in Wonderland range I just had to have it as I needed an 'Alice in Wonderland fix' whilst eagerly awaiting the release of the film. Undecided on which colour I wanted, I decided to purchase the 'mini pack' which features all four nail polishes in 3.75ml sized bottles priced at around 12.00. However, the polishes are available to purchase separately in 15ml sized bottles which you should be able to find for under 10.00.
As previously mentioned the nail polishes take inspiration from the film, and as such are aptly named:
Thanks so Muchness
Off with her Red
Mad as a Hatter
The nail polishes are packaged in a very sweet and wonderfully coloured little box featuring toadstools which look like they are a backdrop to a scene within the film, a great teaser for what is to come. However, I do feel that OPI have missed an opportunity to create something really quite spectacular and even psychedelic with a 'Cheshire Cat' inspired nail polish but the four they have released are really quite something and should satisfy an Alice / Nail polish fan.
Absolutely Alice is described as 'an absolutely amazing blue glitter' and my first thought was that it is really bright; however, the appearance is somewhat deceiving. As with all four colours, the polish is really easy to apply and upon unscrewing the lid you will find a short wand with a fairly large applicator brush which ensures maximum control for easy coverage. Absolutely Alice is a mass of blue glitter with the odd hint of gold. One of the great things about this polish is the build up effect, upon the first coat you will find a subtle blue made up from glitter; however, to add more depth and for a more intense colour just apply more coats, it really is down to personal choice. Although one coat of Absolutely Alice will produce a subtle blue sparkle the coverage is quite patchy which is probably down to the volume of glitter so I find you need at least two coats. To achieve the colour you see when you first pick up the bottle you probably need between three to four coats and the end result is really quite dramatic, a very intense blue ... very Alice !
Thanks so Muchness is probably my favourite shade within the collection. OPI describe this nail polish as a 'much-have red shimmer'. And as per Absolutely Alice, this polish is also very easy to apply. I would describe the shade as a metallic red with a pink/violet undertone and I think that it is because of this, I find the shade very easy to wear. One coat provides an excellent base colour; however, I prefer the result you achieve with two coats. Two coats of 'Thanks so Muchness' left my nails looking amazing, they were a really vibrant red/pink colour depending on which way the light caught them and due to the metallic effect they really did shimmer.
Off with her Red is described by OPI as 'a glowering, empowering hot red' but this is probably my least favourite out of the collection. Based on it's name, I expected this polish to be a blood red, really bold and intense but I feel somewhat let down by the result. I love red and the colour features heavily in my wardrobe but the shade of this polish just doesn't suit me and I find that the shade is more of an orange red than a blood red which leaves me feeling a little cheated by OPI. Having said that, as per Absolutely Alice and Thanks so Muchness this polish is also really easy to apply and for even coverage with a solid finish you need at least two coats. Although the colour is not what I expected and not for me, the end result is an all over, solid matt colour.
And finally ...
Mad as a Hatter ... Admittedly, I can't help but think about Johnny Depp when I write about this shade as I can't wait to see what he's brought to the role. However, OPI describe this polish as 'a madly marvellous black-multi glitter'. This polish is quite similar to Absolutely Alice as it basically consists of a mass of glitter and you achieve more colour with more coats. However, I found that you need at least two coats. After the first application I was left with a base of patchy glitter but with two coats I was left with an even, all over explosion of colourful glitter with just the odd black sparkle. Although OPI describe this polish as a black-multi glitter, the polish is infused with purple, pink, blue, green, silver glitter etc and the end result is really quite pretty and just perfect for a party !!
OPI isn't my usual choice of nail polish as I tend to use Models Own which is extremely hard wearing but I have been really impressed with the results and the range of colours OPI have available. I found the four polishes from the Alice in Wonderland mini pack very easy to apply and fast drying which was ideal as they all needed at least two coats for a great finish. In terms of life span, the polishes have a chip resistant formula but I made sure I put them through the test of washing up, hand driers, etc. I found Absolutely Alice and Mad as a Hatter lasted the longest as it was hard to see any missing glitter while Thanks so Muchness and Off with her Red lasted 4 to 5 days without any visible signs of wear, eg chips and fading at the ends. I will continue to use OPI but to prolong the life of the polish I will probably use a clear top coat.
These polishes are great for an Alice in Wonderland fan (I'm just sorry they don't have a little label saying 'wear me' somewhere on the packaging) and they offer a great selection of colour for someone who likes to do their nails regularly. I suggest that you treat yourself before they sell out !