Review: A England Gothic Beauties Collection Swatches!!
Happy Friday Everyone!
I’ve got a jam-packed weekend ahead of me folks so I might be a little MIA for the next day or so. It’s my roommate Brenda’s birthday today AND my friend Chad (not to be confused with my boyfriend who is also named Chad… I actually know 6 Chads ) is up visiting from Texas. I haven’t seen him in over a year so I’m excited to do some gaming and nerd out with him while he’s in town. Did I mention that today is his birthday too?! Like a said, it’s gonna be a busy weekend! ^_^
I’m super excited to share the A England Gothic Beauties collection with you all today. A England nail polishes are among the brands at the top of my polish fangirl list, and Adina (the lady behind the lacquer) is such a sweetheart! The Gothic Beauties are smaller collection of 5 shimmering blackened shades that are great for the fall. Or really any time of the year if you’re a fan of black polish! Let’s check ‘em out!
Dorian Gray is a dark pewter metallic that is filled with golden shimmer. In some lighting I even get a small glint of lavender, but I wasn’t able to capture it on camera. This one was the “lightest” shade of the collection but it still has that grungy gothic feel to it. I used 2 coats here, but you could get away with 1 coat if you’re careful with application. My brush on this one was a little wonky so I think that kept me from having a 1-coat wonder with Dorian Gray.
Lady of Shalott
Lady of Shalott has a blackened base filled with sapphire blue shimmer. I looooove this one. There is a little bit of a purple duo chrome shift in the shimmer but the blue is definitely prominent here. This is 2 easy coats.
Here’s a shot of Lady of Shalott with camera flash. I can only imagine what this baby would look like in natural sunlight (something I rarely see working midnights)!
Tess D’Urbervilles has a blackened base filled with emerald shimmer. This one is by far my favorite of the bunch. The shimmer is highly visible here in most light settings and I love the deep emerald hue! I can see myself wearing this one a lot. Again, 2 easy coats. ^_^
Here’s Tess D’Urbervilles with camera flash. ^_^
Jane Eyre has duo chrome red/orange shimmer in a blackened base. This is one of the harder ones to appreciate in low lighting as the shimmer is not very prominent. You can just see glimpses of the color shift in these first few photos.
Only with the help of my camera flash can you see the true beauty in Jane Eyre. This is 2 coats, no application issues.
I have to say that I was a little sad that the beautiful blue/violet shimmer in the bottle for Ophelia did not really translate to the nail. I mean it did, but you just can’t see it! Not unless you’re in direct sunlight or have the aid of a camera flash. It’s still a beautiful polish, I just wish the shimmer was more evident. 2 coats again.
Here’s Ophelia with camera flash. The shimmer shows up a lot more this way.
One more group shot of the A England Gothic Beauties collection. For science.
The A England Gothic Beauties collection is really a must-have if you’re a lover of black and vampy/gothic nail polish. If you are not a black polish fanatic, you might be disappointed with a few shades. Jane Eyre and Ophelia definitely look more packed with shimmer in the bottle than they do on your nails. Dorian Gray, Lady of Shalott and Tess D’Urbervilles are my top picks if you’re looking for the best color payoff in regards to “true to bottle” translation to your nails.
With that being said, all five nail polishes in this collection had amazing formulas! They were all 2 coaters, and other than the slightly bent brush on Dorian Gray I had no application issues. All five of them dried very quickly too!
You can take any polish from The Gothic Beauties 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 through their other stockists: Overall Beauty, Llarowe, and Mei Mei’s Signatures. (check each site for their individual shipping & handling stipulations). They’ll also be available soon at Ninja Polish, so check their site for updates!
* The product(s) in this post were sent to me for unbiased review consideration.