There's just something about a-england that instantly puts a smile on my face!
It might be the fact that I've been following the brand since its beginning, the kindness of its creator Adina Bodana, the constant high quality of the products or maybe simply the fact that each and every bottle feels like a precious gem in my collection...
When I learned that Holy Grail was being discontinued, I must confess that it felt like a shock but of course, knowing Adina, she had something up her sleeve and replacing it by a new and re-vamped version somehow seemed evident.
Holy Grail is a complex antique gold shimmer with an innumerable amount of gold, bronze and green particles. The first stroke of polish, if not the shade in the bottle itself, truly sets it apart from the original version, first because of its heavy and sumptuous hue but also because of its extraordinary pigmentation. Depending on the lighting, it will appear either warm, almost coppery to completely cool and almost greenish. I used 2 coats here, combined with The Knight (basecoat) and The Shield (topcoat).
Beauty Never Fails is a heavy mix of coarse gold, copper and green shimmer in a blackened base. Vampy as vampy can be, definitely my favorite kind of shade and a must have for every a-england lover. If you've been holding of the Gothic Beauties because they looked too black for you then you will love Beauty Never Fails as it differs from black even under low lighting. Formula was once again pure perfection and barely required a second coat for complete coverage. Again, this is 2 coats with The Knight and The Shield.
I couldn't express just how much I love both of these shades. I have no idea how Adina manages to surprise us each and every time with such stunners and yet she does. Always.
Holy Grail and Beauty Never Fails retail for £9 each and are available for sale through email order and very soon on a-england.co.uk.
*products provided for review*