After The Mythicals and The Legend here comes Gothic Beauties. I'm talking about the newest a England nail polish collection of course. Five new shades inspired by the enchanting spirit of England and it's myths.
From left to right: Dorian Gray, Jane Eyre, Ophelia, Lady of Shalott and Tess d'Ubervilles.
a England, Dorian Gray, 2 coats
a England, Jane Eyre, 2 coats
Jane Eyre is a black based polish with duochrome plum/orange shimmer. It's so gorgeous in the bottle but unfortunately the duochrome effect isn't visible on the nails. You can see some plum shimmer, but the orange is much stronger in the bottle.
a England, Lady of Shalott, 2 coats
Lady of Shalott is a black based polish with duochrome blue to purple shimmer. Just like with Jane Eyre, only one color is seen while on the nails. The result is a deep black with blue-ish sheen.
a England, Ophelia, 2 coats
Ophelia is a black based polish with a duochrome purple to orange shimmer. It's the darkest of the collection and the one that shines the least. The shimmer is barely visible on my nails and it pretty much looks like a black nail polish under normal lighting.
a England, Tess d'Ubervilles, 2 coats
Tess d'Ubervilles is a black based color with green shimmer. The shimmer in this one reminds me of rainforest. It's very rich and vivid but the black base kind of kills it on the nails.
Polishes from the a England Gothic Beauties collection on natural lighting:
I was SO excited when I got the polishes from this collection, I can't even tell you. I was ooooh-ing and aahhh-ing while unpacking them because they look simply amazing in the bottles - especially the four black based ones. The duochrome shimmer in them makes them look magical and I couldn't wait to put them on my nails. The quality of all these is the same and pretty much what I expected it to be - superb! The formula is just right which makes the application super easy. The brushes were all good and non wonky, I basically didn't have to do any clean-up after the application. All polishes are fully opaque in 2 thin coats. As I said, the polishes get an A+ for the quality.
As much as I adore a England polishes I do have to admit I'm a bit disappointed when it comes to color/finish of these shades. The way they look in the bottles is just WOW and after the application there's so little shimmer on my nails it almost looks like I ruined the magic somehow. Dorian Gray is the only one from the collection that looks pretty much the same the way it looks in the bottle (it did dry a bit darker on my nails). That's why it became my favorite in the bunch. It's followed by Tess d'Ubervilles and Lady of Shalott which have the strongest color sheen and don't look too dark. Jane Eyre shows just a hint of it's shimmer while Ophelia could also be a plain black creme - on the nails of course.
When it comes to the name of the collection and the colors on my nails, I get it. Gothic Beauties are supposed to be dark and gloomy, I just wish I could get some of the awesomeness from the bottle on my nails as well.
a England polishes are big 3 free and cruelty free.
*Polishes were sent to me for review.
What do you think of the Gothic Beauties?
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