Below: These pictures were all taken outdoors, no flash. Click to enlarge finish detail.
Below: Close-up of the shimmer and glitter colors.
Below: An art nouveau reproduction ad poster for Absinthe and the infamous 'Green Fairy'.
I'll be the first to admit, I bought this polish just for the name. It's a bonus that I also happen to love the color, which is a charcoal based shade filled with green, aqua and silver shimmering glitter. It's not really a green, but more of a grey, with the shimmer adding a green tone to it. Absinthe in reality is a brighter shade of green, but this color combination makes for a stunning polish shade. I'm not crazy about this brand, but they do come out with some distinct hues several times a year. I used 3 coats and the drying time was more than I would've liked, but I'll overlook it because of the name and the pretty color. I recently bought this during the ongoing Sephora Family and Friends sale, so the usual $9.00 price was a bit less with the 20% off. Absinthe Makes the Heart is a cute play on the phrase Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder, as most alcoholic beverages do! I've long been a fan of the art nouveau posters that have been reproduced over the years for Absinthe and for the tales and lore discussing the evils of this fabled beverage. All the more reason to buy this polish...as if I needed a reason!
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."~Oscar Wilde "
"Absinthe has a wonderful color, green. A glass of absinthe is as poetical as anything in the world. What difference is there between a glass of absinthe and a sunset?"~Oscar Wilde
"Let me be mad..mad with madness of Absinthe, the wildest most luxurious madness in the world."~Marie Corelli
"Absinthe is the aphrodisiac of the self. The green fairy who lives in the Absinthe wants your soul."~Dracula by Bram Stoker