Monday, November 3, 2014

Review & Swatches: a England ''Elizabeth & Mary" Collection

Getting a new a England collection is a very special kind of joy. I do not only get to swatch pretty nail polishes, but I also learn something while doing it. Adina (the owner and creator of these extraordinary shades) is a romantic soul with lots of love towards everything beautiful and that's why I always expect so much from her polishes. Art, history and colors once again. This time "Elizabeth & Mary'' style. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

Elizabeth & Mary collection consists of 5 shades inspired by, you guessed it, two queens: Elizabeth I (also known as the Virgin Queen or Gloriana) and Mary, Queen of Scots. Here they are all together. Click on the photo to see it in full size. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

Gloriana, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Gloriana

Gloriana is a brownish red shade with loads of red/golden light-reflecting flecks. It looks almost like molten metal in the bottle and is very hard to describe. It looks really shiny and autumn-y. Perfect for fall. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Gloriana

Crown of Thistles, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Crown of Thistles

Crown of Thistles is a cool pink shade with the signature a England holographic shimmer. One of the best pink holo shades I've seen in nail polish world. They're almost always either too warm or too pastel looking. This one deals with both problems. I'm pretty impressed (and I'm not a lover of pink on my nails). 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Crown of Thistles

Virgin Queen, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Virgin Queen

Virgin Queen is a cool bronze shade with holographic shimmer. It looks like shimmery molten metal and it's my favorite from this collection. I don't own anything like this one and I love the way it looks. A real stunner! 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Virgin Queen

Fotheringhay Castle, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Fotheringhay Castle

Fotheringhay Castle is an olive green shade, again with holographic shimmer. Dragon and Saint George got their warmer (leaning towards yellow) sister. Beautiful!
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Fotheringhay Castle

Queen of Scots, 2 coats
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Queen of Scots

Queen of Scots is a dark blue shimmer. It's dark, but it's blue. It might look darker in low light, but there's no doubt about it when the light hits it. This is pretty much close to perfection. It's opaque in 1 coat, but my nails aren't made for 1-coaters, so I added a second layer of polish to even it out. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Queen of Scots

Well, what can I say... If you love the color you see, you're pretty much gonna love the polish as a whole. I feel like I'm repeating myself, but here it goes: great formula, great brush (round, flexible and on the smaller side), easy application and another important thing - great opacity. All of these shades are opaque in 2 coats or less. The three shades with holographic shimmer (Crown of Thistles, Virgin Queen and Fotheringhay Castle) are also great for layering over darker shades - for that special WOW effect. The photo below is click-able. 
a England Elizabeth & Mary Collection

You can buy shades from the Elizabeth & Mary collection on a England website. If you're located out side of the UK, check out the Where to Buy tab. You can also find a England on Facebook and Twitter

*Polishes were sent to me for reviewing purposes.

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