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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.