A England "The Gothic Beauties" Collection


There's no introduction to A England...
I remember, just a little over a year and a half ago, receiving an email on a Saturday morning announcing the launch of a new brand and while the products seemed promising and spirit behind them authentic, nothing could have prepared me for what was toB come : the rise of what I would personally consider as the best independent polish brand.


A England's latest collection, The Gothic Beauties, through shimmers and blacks, perfectly impersonates the duality of romantic passion and tragic outcome that characterize the writings of the authors Adina Bodana took inspiration from.






Dorian Gray




Dorian Gray is a glorious gunmetal shimmer with a strong pewter hue that seems to glow from within while revealing its complexity through darkness on the edges. The perfectly smooth and even formula barely required a second coat and, once again, proved to be no less than A England's very high standard. Two coats over "The Knight" base coat and "The Shield" top coat here.





Jane Eyre






Jane Eyre is a mysterious eggplant shimmer scattered through the blackest black revealing an enigmatic sparkle under direct lighting. While a slight color shift towards gold appears in the bottle, the effect is non existant on the nail but must contribute in the overall glow. Formula was once again wonderful and opaque in almost one single coat. Two coats over "The Knight" base coat and "The Shield" top coat here.



with flash



Lady of Shalott




The Lady of Shalott is a precious midnight blue, leaning blurple, shimmer infused in a rich black base. Once again, sparse purple particles and a slight color shift in the bottle do not translate on the nail but the pure perfection of the formula combined with my never-ending crave for blacks allow me to overlook them. Two coats over "The Knight" base coat and "The Shield" top coat here.



with flash



Ophelia


Ophelia is a luxurious warm purple that illuminates the darkest black base. Very similar to Jane Eyre in terms of shimmer and glow, it also shares its high quality formulation and requires no more than two coats to reveal complete coverage and intensity. Two coats over "The Knight" base coat and "The Shield" top coat here.



with flash


Tess d'Ubervilles



Tess d'Ubervilles is a rich, lustrous, forst green shimmer running running through a black base. The shimmer in this is somehow bigger than in the other blacks of the collection and manages to peak through the black fairly easily, illuminating the nails with a luminous sparkle. As always, the flawless formula delivers the perfect amount of product. Two coats over "The Knight" base coat and "The Shield" top coat here.



with flash



Overall :
I don't think I could express in word the amazement and infatuation I felt when I first laid eyes on these "Gothic Beauties". Dorian Gray truly feels like one of a kind with its dark pewter hue, even in my not so negligible collection of greys. As for the "blacks", be warned, they are extremely dark, almost black under low lighting but for a black lover, they definitely are an object to covet!



The ‘Gothic Beauties’ Collection will be released in the very next few days  on a-england.co.uk
Retail price : £9 (11ml) each, free shipping worldwide.

For more information, please refer to a-england.co.uk or to A England on Twitter or Facebook.


*products provided for review*







25 comments:

  1. I actually bought two of them. think about taking the dorian Gray one too now

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  2. Your swatches are amazing! I love A englands polishes. The forumal is beautiful and I will be adding most of these to my collection

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  3. These are so beautiful! I love the stories and inspiration that Adina pulls from to come up with her polishes.

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  4. Immaculate swatches - I am completely taken in!!!!! I got also the Chance to pre-order and selected 3 of them. I could wear blackened polish year in and out so for me this collection is perfection!!!!!

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  5. A really nice collection!
    I loe the reflects!
    But they are a little too dark for me )=

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  6. I bought three of them but I realise now that I probably will buy the rest as well.

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  7. I don´t have any a england nail polish, but I dream about it, and now even more!!! :)

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  8. Sam you've outdone yourself with these very challenging shades! Your swatches are simply sublime. Thank you!!!

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  9. So beautiful, and glorious on your gorgeous nails Sam. Can't wait to receive mine:)

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  10. What an amazing collection, I really like all of them!

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  11. These are so thoroughly gorgeous--and so very elegantly gothic!

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  12. Maybe it is just me but they all seem to be just black! I really couldn't tell another
    color was there.

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  13. Maybe I'm crazy, but they all just seem to be black. I really couldn't see all the color you were describing.

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    1. They are all very dark, basically almost black under low lighting. You will see a shimmer peek through but it's subtle, unless you're under direct lighting of course. They were meant this way and if you're looking for "regular" vampies, you might be disappointed. I absolutely love black nail polish and don't forget that they're inspired from classical Gothic English litterature.

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  14. These are gorgeous and your photos are amazing. I also am a sucker for a literary reference.

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  15. I wish I had all A england polishes, every single one is sooo special :) and I love your swatches<3

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  16. Your swatches are stunning.

    Still, unless I had a flash going off around my fingertips, so that I could witness the lovely glintings you captured, I'll be taking a pass on this collection.

    Lisa

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  17. I NEED them all! Argh, why did you have to make them look so amazing! x

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  18. OMG these are gorgeous! I want them all!

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  19. I keep going back and forth with these. I have several A-England polishes from the other two collections. The Gothic Beauties appear to be very pretty but, only under very bright light. Unfortunately, most time wouldn't be spent under that lighting. I don't know if I can justify the cost for a polish(es) that doesn't seem as exciting/pretty as those from the earlier collections.

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  20. @labyorkie I totally understand why you would hesitate. I think I basically said this in the review already but I'll just say it again : they are VERY dark. IF you're not into black polish, you'll probably be disappointed so there's just no point for you to waste your money and resent them (or me hehe) after. Tis being said, Dorian Grey is definitely amazing and worth getting even if you don't like black and so is Tess d'Ubervilles (the shimmer is more visible even in low lighting). I hope this helps. xx

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  21. Lady of Shalott and Ophelia are my favorites!

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