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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,

 

I still owe you the second half of Zoya's Fall collection - Ignite. I've already reviewed the Entice collection here. The Ignite collection is full of deep shades with shiny metallic particles.

 

"Inspired by the classic wools, textured brocades and metallic accents of the season, Zoya's new  ENTICE & IGNITE collections create a palette of lush, deep color including wines, browns, navies and treys."

 

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

Yuna - dark grey base with green undertones and metallic copper particles. Yuna is very interesting and very chic colour and it definitely goes with almost everything. I can imagine wearing this shade with black, green and blue clothes but also with white and denim. Great shade! I'm wearing two thin coat without topcoat.

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

Remy - dark blue leaning towards teal with gold flecks. Remy is like a dark mermaid-y colours, reminds me of Zoya Charla, only darker. I'm wearing two coats and no topcoat. Unfortunately I must say that Remy stains a little bit so double up on base coat!

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

Sansa - eggplant purple with gold particles. The base colour is very deep but the amount of gold particles lighten it up so it doesn't look too dark. I think Sansa is more suited for the winter season. Two thin coats were nicely opaque!

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

India - deep maroon red with gold metallic particles. India is gorgeous warm autumn shade that is a good alternative for red-lovers for the A/W season. I'm wearing two coats without topcoat.

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

Teigen - medium berry base full of metallic gold particles. Teigen is lighter than the other polishes in this collection and I don't think I have a dupe for it. All I needed were two regular coats for the coverage you see in the pictures.

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

Autumn - rusty copper base full of gold particles. Autumn looks the shiniest and the most metallic to me from the whole collection. I'm wearing two thicker coats and no topcoat.

Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches
Zoya Ignite Collection - Review & Swatches

 

 

I absolutely adore all the Ignite collection colours! I've always been a big fan of shimmers, metallics and other interesting finishes and Ignite is just spot on. At first I thought that India and Teigen are going to be the same because they look so similar in the bottles. But once I started applying them it was clear to me that they are very different.

 

All polishes had almost the same formula. They applied very easily and were opaque in two coats. Drying time was fast and they dried smooth. I would sill recommend wearing topcoat to extend the life of your manicure but my pictures show how the polishes look without topcoat.

 

This collection is available now directly from Zoya.com for $9 USD each, or $54 for the whole collection or at at The Nail & Beauty Link (UK) and at Nail Polish Direct (UK).

 

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