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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Polish Post: A England "Dancing With Nureyev" and "Saint George" Swatches and Review

Happy Saturday!!  I'm still waiting for my coffee to kick in, so rather than boring you with mindless small-talk (since that's all I'm good for pre-caffeine) then let's go ahead and jump right into the polish and pictures :)

I've got two beautiful colors for you today from the UK brand A England.  The first polish is called "Dancing With Nureyev."

Direct Sunlight

Indirect Sunlight

Dancing with Nureyev is a grey/purple with tons of sparkle and a scattered and linear holographic effect.  The linear holo (when it appears to shine in a line on the nail) is mostly seen in direct sunlight, whereas the scattered holo (spread throughout the polish) can be seen even indoors, which is awesome for a holo-freak like me :)  The polish is thicker, and believe it or not, is opaque in one coat.  The fact it is on the thick side did not make application a pain, and it went on smoothly to a nice shine.  I am not wearing a topcoat in the photos above, though I would suggest adding one if you want that sparkle and shimmer to pop.  Dry time was incredible, as it was good to go in less than 5 minutes.  The only caution I'd advise is to make sure you are applying in the same direction.  This polish seems to have a bit of a metallic shine to it, and you can see lines if you swipe in a different direction.

The second polish is called "Saint George."

Direct Sunlight

 Indirect Sunlight

St. George is a gorgeous dark forest green with the same linear and scattered holographic effect as Dancing with Nureyev.  Application was the same, too, and also was opaque with one coat.  This polish seemed to dry to an even shinier finish, and again, I used no topcoat in the pictures.  This polish is lovely!  There are a few things I had issues with, however.  While this polish is b-e-a-utiful, it is a Pain-In-The-Booty to clean up.  It stained the crap out of my skin.  It took me a good 20 minutes just cleaning up the little spots of polish on my skin around the nails.  Big ole pain.  I had to use the strongest acetone remover I own to get it all off - anything non-acetone won't make any kind of a difference.  So, just keep that in mind if/when purchasing this color.

The only other issue I had was with the presentation on the website from which I purchased St. George.  I picked up this color when Llarowe was having a sale a few months ago.  I bought it based on the swatch photos on the website, which show the color as a more teal green.  After receiving the polish, and noticing it was considerably darker, and not very teal in color, I looked up swatches via google image search, and saw how many others showed the true forest green shade that it is.  That being said, when you look at swatches of polishes you wish to purchase on Llarowe, take it with a grain of salt, and look up images through google to get the most accurate you can before purchasing.

I want to point out that I am NOT blaming Llarowe - I don't believe they are not responsible for the swatch photos (other than the ones for their own brand) - I think they receive them from the sellers, who receive them from swatchers and bloggers.  I am also NOT blaming swatchers, or insinuating they are taking false pictures.  For all we know, the blogger that received St. George could have gotten one from a batch that pulled a little more teal than the rest.  There's a lot that goes into it.  The only point I am trying to make is that you should look at several different swatch photos before deciding to purchase a polish, because polishes in general look considerably different outdoors, indoors, in different artificial lighting, etc.  I did not do my homework, as I should have, but fortunately for me, in this case, I like the polish anyway :P

Here are some links on where you can find A England polishes, and where to keep up-to-date:

Facebook: Here

Website: Here

US Supplier: Here

Instagram: Here

That's all for today.  Looks like "fire" won for this week's You-Pick-My-Art, so I will be working on that to show you a design on Monday.  Have a great weekend, everyone!! <3

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  1. These are both spectacular colors.....

    1. They really are :) This is definitely a brandill be purchasing more of in the future!