Oh hai! Fun fact about me: I was born in England. 'Nuther fun fact: this is the first time I've mucked about with A-England nail polish. I musta been waiting for an appropriate collection, with an appropriate name. Let's get to looking at shots of the 2015 A-England Rosetti’s Goddess Collection, shall we?
A-England Rosetti's Goddess Swatches
A-England Jane Morris (above). As I mentioned earlier, I've never stuck my digits in A-England before. It’s just not easily accessible here unless I want to shop online. I don’t shop online unless I’m familiar with the brand simply because I’ve wasted many a dolla on things I end up not loving.
A-England Jane Morris (above). The formulas are spectacular and border on being OCWs (One Coat Wonders). "Bordering on" doesn't mean you can get away with one, though. Two is better.
A-England Jane Morris with top coat (above). In fact, two coats + top coat = your best option. Top coat pops the shimmery duochrome for a result that resembles what you see when you gaze longingly at the bottle.
A-England Proserpine with top coat (above). These shades are all a little bit holographic if you manage to get the light to hit them in exactly the right way. Keep in mind, though, that it’ll be a struggle to see the holo indoors.
A-England Proserpine with top coat (above). I look at this collection and I think Fall/Winter. But that doesn’t mean I don’t like it. In fact, I’ve been hip-deep in Spring/Summer for so long that it’s really swell to play in a collection like this. I don’t see why we can’t wear shades like these under the stars on sweltering summer nights.
A-England Captive Goddess no top coat (above). This one is definitely the most holographic of the set. It’s also the most duochromey. Or maybe multichromey – there are lots of subtle shifts in there that really don’t come out to play until you add sunshine and top coat.
A-England Captive Goddess with top coat (above). Slap on a good glossy top coat and you’ll be staring at your nails all day. You know I’m right.
A-England Incense Burner with top coat (above). The holo is not strong in this one, but I don’t really think it’s meant to be. There is, however, another subtle shift to a kind of cool golden mossy green that's sure to catch your eye when the light hits it.
So what are my first impressions of this made-in-the-UK (Hey! So was I!) line of polish? I like it. I really, really like it. I did find the polish a little bit thick and I needed to take a little more time with application around the sidewalls, but the payoff was spectacular. There’s something to be said for this kind of saturation and depth of colour in only two coats: I think that something is awesome. By themselves the polishes dry down to an almost satin-matte finish, so add a nice plump top coat (I used the new Essie Gel Setter), and it’s a whole new level of stupendous.
The A-England Rosetti’s Goddess Collection (inspired by the painting over there on your right) is available now from places like NailPolishCanada.com ($12.95CAD), Llarlowe.com ($10USD) and of course, A-England.co.uk (£9) where you can also find much, much more information about the brand.