A-England Swatches: Morgan Le Fay, Merlin, Elaine & Excalibur
I’m back today with more A-England swatches. These are the final four that I have to show you from The Mythicals Collection! If you missed any of my swatches from this collection in the past, you can see them [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], [HERE], and [HERE].
Adina has a new collection coming out soon called ‘The Legend’, and it looks PHENOMENAL! You can see preliminary swatches on Eugenia’s blog, Ommorphia Beauty Bar. You best believe I’ll be getting my hands on these new A-England beauties as soon as humanly possible.
I used The Knight Base Coat and The Shield Top Coat by A-England for all of today’s swatches.
Excalibur is an intensely bright platinum silver metallic foil. This polish likes to show brush strokes so you have to be careful with application. This isn’t one that I would normally wear as a full mani. That being said, Excalibur is a BEAST when it comes to using it for nail plate art (like my NYE nails). I used 2 coats here.
I also get a kick out of Excalibur because its name reminds me of the character from one of my favorite tv anime series, Soul Eater. Excalibur is also the name of the insufferable anthropomorphic legendary sword that annoys the hell out of every single character it comes across. He constantly interrupts anyone talking to him by shouting “FOOL” at them, and his song and dance routine are pretty stellar too.
Merlin is very interesting to me. It looks like your standard old silver glitter polish, but upon closer inspection I realized that it’s made up of tons of irregularly shaped silver pieces! And of course I forgot to take a macro shot of this one, so you’ll just have to take my word for it. You can kinda see what I mean if you enlarge the second photo.
This is 3 thin coats, and there’s still a teeny bit of VNL. I have a feeling that this polish will be fun for future gradient nail art.
Mmmm, how I love Elaine! This is such a gorgeous dark eggplant purple creme, and the formula is amazing! This is 2 coats, but you could easily get away with 1 coat. It’s just so deliciously vampy, I didn’t want to take it off to keep swatching! And now I suddenly have a craving for grapes…
Morgan Le Fay over Elaine
Like I just mentioned, I REALLY didn’t want to take Elaine off just yet so I layered 1 coat of Morgan Le Fay over it. Polish Perfection! Morgan Le Fay is a pearlescent shimmering white that’s filled with pink and blue flecks that really pop when it’s layered! I really really love this one. I’ve yet to try it on its own but I’m sure that Morgan Le Fay looks wonderful by itself as well.
Here’s your macro shot, you absolutely NEED to enlarge this photo. I’m very much reminded of Essie’s recently released Pure Pearlfection when I look at Morgan Le Fay, but since I don’t own the Essie polish I can’t really compare the two fully. If I can find someone with Pure Pearlfection I’ll do a comparison post. ^_^
Wow, what a long journey it’s been seen I posted my first ever A-England polish last year! I bought Lady of the Lake on a whim and never looked back. Each polish that Adina has created is so special to me. The formula has always been consistent, the colors beautiful, and the woven stories behind The Mythicals collection won me over from the start (King Arthur nerd alert!). But enough of my gushing.
My top picks here are Morgan Le Fay and Elaine. I can see myself layering Morgan Le Fay over EVERYTHING, but if you already have the Essie polish then I think they’re similar enough that you don’t necessarily need both. Though I *think* the shimmer in Morgan Le Fay is more dense. And you all can definitely expect to see some nail art and layering experiments in the future with Excalibur and Merlin!
You can take any polish from The Mythicals collection home by visiting the A-England official website at www.a-england.co.uk, they retail at £9.00 per 13ml bottle of polish and free international shipping is offered. A-England polishes can also be purchased for $12.00/ea through their US stockist, llarowe, and she does offer worldwide shipping (although Italy is currently excluded).
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.