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Hello lovelies,

 

Guess what? New A England collection is out and I have swatches! The collection is called Elizabeth & Mary and is inspired by '2 iconic Queens in British history'. It consists of 5 brand new shades, 3 holographic, one shimmer and one metallic.

 

Adina, the creator of the A England brand, says: "I tried to catch the mood from their portraits, their story and from the idea of the mossy Fotheringhay Castle where Mary met her destiny."

 

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

Crown Of Thistles - a purple holographic that matches the national flower of Scotland. This is a gorgeous medium purple with very fine and quite subtle scattered holographic effect. It's quite a signature for A England to create subtle holo shades rather than full-on linear holos. The polish had really good formula that applied smoothly and dried fast. All I needed were two thin coats because it's highly pigmented. It dried glossy so I'm not wearing topcoat in the photos.

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

Virgin Queen - antique white/silver/bronze holographic shade. Virgin Queen is one of those so hard-to-describe colours. I can see shades of silver brown, antique gold and hints of bronze. All that infused with subtle scattered holo powder. It has a bit of a metallic feel to it but it is not really metallic. It has easy to apply formula that dried fast and smooth and was fully opaque in two thin coats. Very unusual and A/W appropriate shade!

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

Fotheringhay Castle - mossy green scattered holographic with gold reflections. Second very unique colour in this collection, I don't think I have a dupe in my collection. The name is somewhat a problem for me as I can't even pronounce it but that doesn't stop me painting my nails with it! The formula was excellent and easy to apply and this polish is almost one coater. I applied two thin coats and no topcoat. It dried fast and glossy.

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

Gloriana - metallic rusty red base with gold flecks. Gloriana is very rich colour that was very hard to capture. It looks different in daylight, different under artificial light and in the sun. I just want to call it foxy red but I guess that's not really perfect description for it :) The formula was again easy to apply with great pigmentation. I'm wearing two thin coats and no topcoat.

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

Queen Of Scots - deep, rich royal blue shimmer. Oh wow, what a stunning blue! This is a perfect winter vampy shade and I absolutely love it! It is so glossy and smooth even without topcoat and the formula is opaque in one coat. I'm wearing two thin coats to get the best possible finish. It applied so nicely, I only have one thing to say about it - just get it while you can!

A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches
A England Elizabeth & Mary Collection - Review and Swatches

 

 

I really don't know what to say and not sound like I'm fan-girling over this collection. It's full of awesome colours with excellent formulas so that's really all you need to know. This collection is another 'nail world' masterpiece and I just don't understand how Adina does it. If A England can have such perfect formulas why can't other brands??? A England sets a very high standard for polishes (at least in my eyes) and they are totally worth the price, even better when there is a promotion running.

 

Elizabeth & Mary collection and all the others are available at www.a-england.co.uk and will be soon at various international stocklists.

 

Have a lovely day and stay polished! Lucie x

 

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Hello lovelies,

 

Hope you've had a good Halloween! Today I want to show you two new A/W additions to the Barry M Aquarium collection - Persian and Atlantis.

 

"Dare to wear these beautiful mystical Aquarium Nail Paints. Persian glistens gold through metallic mulberry hues, and changes tone as you move. Wear Persian alone, or top it with the stunning Atlantis, which is crammed full of twinkling glitter particles in a variety of gorgeous jewel colours including purple, pink and blue."

 

Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches

 

 

Persian is a stunning multichrome polish with shades changing from blue to purple and burnt orange and sometimes a bit of gold. The formula was a bit runny but good to apply when I didn't overload the brush. I've applied two thicker coats for the coverage in the pictures. I think next time I'll apply just one coat over black o add even more depth to the colour. I expected it to be streaky but I was pleasantly surprised. It dried fast and smooth and topcoat added that extra gloss we all like :)

Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches
Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches
Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches

 

 

Atlantis is a mix of glitters in a clear base that is meant to be worn over Persian but it would look cool over other colours like black and purple. Atlantis is quite unique because the glitter mix contains different glitter shapes like diamond, hexagon and some irregular shapes in silver holographic, magenta and blue colours. The formula itself was good and not thick at all but because the glitter can be a bit chunky I did have to play with the glitter placement a bit and make sure it's not sticking out of my nail. I definitely needed a coat of topcoat because the glitter caused an uneven surface.

Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches
Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches
Barry M Aquarium Collection - New A/W Shades Persian & Atlantis | Review & Swatches

 

Both Persian and Atlantis are very nice additions to the Aquarium collection and I'm glad I got to try them. Plus they have that cute gold cap with fish scale pattern.

 

These shades launched at the end of September and are still available at Barry M website and at Superdrug and Boots stores.

 

Have a nice weekend! Lucie x

 

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