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My Addition to OPI Alice In Wonderland – A Cheshire Cat Franken

By on December 28, 2009
in butter LONDON, Color Club, Glitter, Purple
opi-alice-wonderland-cheshire-cat-franken After I posted my swatches of the OPI Alice in Wonderland collection, I couldn’t get the thought of a Cheshire Cat inspired polish out of my head.

You may have missed that in the comments section but I suggested a pink and purple glitter to represent the Cheshire Cat.  I know in the upcoming film the cat won’t be colored like the Disney animated version but it still sounded like a fun concept.  So over the weekend I dug through my stash and came up with my Cheshire Cat franken to accompany the collection.  Check it out!

cheshire-cat-franken-polish-opi-alice-wonderland If you’re unfamiliar with the custom blending (aka frankenpolish) concept, check out my post Customization: Frankenpolish & The Art of Layering or head on over to Dr. Frankenpolish for her detailed instructions.

For this mix I wanted two glitter polishes with clear bases.  I didn’t want any sort of pigment mucking up the mix.  I also wanted to use a lighter purple, similar to the Cheshire Cat.  In my collection, the colors that fit my concept best are Color Club Tru Passion and butter London Rosie Lee.  The violet hue of Tru Passion and warm rose tone of Rosie Lee made my ideal color blend.

To create my Cheshire Cat Franken mix:

1/3 bottle Color Club Tru Passion

30 drops of butter London Rosie Lee

Note: My bottle of Tru Passion has thickened considerably.  I must have left the cap partially open at some point.  Even adding a LOT of thinner it was still pretty goopy so my application was a little off.  Don’t judge any finish issues or bald spots on the polish.

The look I wantes was a mid-tone violet peppered with hints of pink and I think this mix captured that.  In person the pink flecks pop more, I just had a hard time showing that.  Because these are pretty chunky glitters I added two layers of top coat to make my tips glossy and smooth but I’m really happy with the final result.


This picture was shot under artificial light and I think it shows the pink glitter a bit better.


If you want to re-create this polish at home, you can purchase butter London Rosie Lee from or for $14 and Color Club Tru Passion is available at and for $2.50 and I’ve also seen it on eBay.

What do you think of my franken?  Did I do the Cheshire Cat justice?  What would you mix to represent this mischievous feline?

Disclosure: The products used to make this franken were furnished to me by representatives for butter London and Color Club.  For further information view my Disclosure Policy.

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  1. Erin says:

    I LOVE this! You definitely did the Chesire Cat justice and you should also start working for a polish company designing amazing polish colors!

  2. auroragyps says:

    I like it.

    I think they should have tried making an olive green color (a bright one, like Street Wear Toad), for the Wicked Witch, but they should make it like Ruby Slippers, with the jelly base & glitter. Think of it, a rich olive green version of Emerald Sparkle. :drool:

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Ohhhh, now that sounds super fun. I’d definitely buy a bottle of that. I wish I had found a bottle of Toad. I still have a few of the Street Wears but the only green I have is Forest and it’s the lighter more metallic version. Not the dark, dreamy one.

      • auroragyps says:

        I’m lucky enough to still have my original bottle of Toad that I bought when Street Wear was popular. I hardly ever wear it, because I never want to run out. I have to get a couple of the olive BB Couture polishes, because they look a lot like Toad in all the pictures I’ve seen.

  3. thuy says:

    what a fabulous idea! i am so excited for the alice collection but am also sad that there is not cheshire cat polish. i may try frankening my own polish as well. i’ll let you know if the results are any good.

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      Yes, let me know how yours turns out and what you used. I don’t have a lot of clear based glitters so my options were limited.

  4. Andi says:

    This should be in the collection, I would totally get it! It IS the Cheshire Cat. Love!

  5. SalvagedExpression says:

    I think if I had infinite color creation resources to call upon I’d do a 4 stripe layered polish like the Lay it On Me stuff at rite aid. Just the purple and pink back and forth with silver glitter in the pink layers.
    Since I do not have those things I’d probably have made about the same thing you did!

  6. gildedangel says:

    That is a gorgeous franken, I love how it has so much dimension; just like the Cheshire cat!

  7. Alison says:

    That is purrrrfect. ;) Seriously, it would fit nicely in the collection.

  8. Marina says:

    That’s great! You did a really good job with that!
    You know, when i first heard about the collection, i got excited but alas! it turned out a disappointment. Just 4 shades, and not the most unique at that, and not very creative names. The book suggest LOADS of fun material, what a shame people at OPI didn’t use it!

    • SalvagedExpression says:

      It’s true they’re nice enough colors but you could call them the Snow White collection and no one would be the wiser.
      Alice in Wonderland just deserves something more bold, unique and well blingy!
      Of course my luck I’ll see the movie and these will match perfectly.

  9. TygerKitty says:

    You did a great job with this! I think a pink and purple glitter is a terrific idea and representation for the sassy cheshire! OPI definitely made a mistake in not capturing this classic character! I also like that your polish is more purple than pink, terrific!

  10. this is a really great polish for the cheshire cat. It’s fantastically 3D. Awesome franken!

  11. Meika says:

    That looks great. The end result really captures the Cheshire cat. Just last week I tried my hand at mixing my own polish. I wanted a color like MAC’s blue brown pigment and couldn’t find one so made it myself. It came out a little sheer so I’m waiting on the browns and creams I ordered to come in so I can experiment some more.

  12. Tamara says:

    Absolutely gorgeous!!

  13. ainamakeup says:

    That is georgeous!! I don’t franken often but I think this goes perfectly with the Alice in Wonderland theme!

  14. DanaCerise says:

    You did a fantastic job. I think you had the right idea to go with glitters in clear bases. I could totally see this as part of that Alice in Wonderland collection!

  15. Camille says:

    This is perfect for the Cheshire Cat! Maybe I’ll grab a bottle of Tru Passion and give this a shot with my Rosie Lee as my first franken. Beautiful color!

  16. Meredith says:

    Love it! I think you did a perfect job representing the Cheshire cat, which is one of the best characters in the book, IMO. Choosing a glitter is just right.

  17. Lauren says:

    Wow that’s beautiful! I would love to see you do the white with red glitter like you said in the earlier post!

    • All Lacquered Up says:

      I’m working that actually. All the reds I own have pigment in their base so the final color comes out pink. I may need to hunt down some craft glitter that can go in polish. I have some green but that won’t work for this.

      • Laura says:

        I second the white with red glitter! I think that’d be awesome. And great job on the Cheshire Cat polish!

      • christine says:

        what about art of seduction i believe, from glitter vixens for a clear red.

        • All Lacquered Up says:

          I wanted to use that but I think I gave it away. It’s nowhere to be found in my boxes of red polish. :( I’m going to try to do it another way. Hopefully it will turn out

  18. Nono says:

    Looks like Color Club’s Tru Passion from Glitter Vixen.

    In any event a huge improvement on OPI’s efforts in a this collection!

  19. Janet says:

    oo lovely!! i really think you got it spot on. so pretty~

  20. Jenn says:

    Hmm I like it BUT I think it would be even more representative of the Cheshire kitty if you had some more blue in there. Maybe some blue glitter?

  21. Sanna says:

    WOHA! I love that! You did an amazing job:D

  22. Cherie says:

    Love it!!! You did a great job :)

    I have never frankened but you totally inspired me to give it a go.

    Like many others, I too am disappointed OPI didn’t come out with more colours inspired by the plethora of characters available! Cheshire cat is the most memorable to me.

  23. You know, i was thinking the same thing when i started seeing all the posts for the new collection? I mean wasnt that mischevious grinning kitty a big part of the story?

    The mix looks great!

  24. Nicole says:

    Wow, now that is just about perfect! I’m definitely much more impressed by this than anything OPI came up with!
    As for the Queen of Hearts polish, doesn’t OPI have a clear polish with heart shaped glitter in it? I don’t know how they could have missed the boat so badly with this collection.

  25. amy says:

    That is gorgeous! I want to make my own rendition of it but more of a violet with a light pink so there is more contrast between the colours.

  26. Heather says:

    That. Is. GORGEOUS. I haven’t done any frankening, but I WANT that.

  27. Zizzie says:

    Oh my god! I LOVE it!!

  28. stephanie says:

    to the girl who said they should have a ruby slipper polish…essie makes one called “ruby slippers”, and it was from a wizard of oz promo years ago. hope this helps. it is a very pretty color if you can find it, but ver hard to find

  29. paul says:

    I LOVE ALICE IN WONDERLAND! Big Big fan and I am so looking forward to Tim Burtons film so much should be friggin awesome! Anything to see it again on the big screen the TV versions have been pretty crap good to finally have someone take it seriously!

    This will be one trippy, freaked out ride I am going to Love it and I am sure i wont be alone!

    I have some similar tripped out artwork of “Alice in Wonderland” check her out here!

  30. Ashley says:

    This is a great looking polish! When I was looking through Sephora’s website recently I came across a Sephora by OPI polish called Too Good For Him that reminded me of the Cheshire Cat. They should have put that in the Alice in Wonderland collection!

  31. felrom says:

    Wow! I love it, it’s perfect and like you I feel the Cheshire Cat should have been a part of the collection.

  32. prettynails says:

    lovely lovely purple perfection! x

  33. live4fashion says:

    I loooove that! I would totally buy that.

  34. Lynette says:

    I absolutely love this color. For the movie version cat, I actually think OPI Suzi Says Feugn Sui (I believe it is) The blue color from the Hong Kong collection matches perfectly. It is just the right mix of blueish the cat in the movie

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  36. anna.w says:

    I think you should add a tinge of dark blue into it. And also some white/transparent glitter to bring out the special quality of Cheshire cat: it disappears! (wonder if it is possible to bring that in a nail polish haha:) But great job!

  37. Libbyann78 says:

    sure wish i could buy your mixes too!