Left to right: Captive Goddess, Incense Burner, Jane Morris, Proserpine
Coverage: 2 coats for all, could get away with 1
Drying time: Approx 1 minute
Finish: Holographic, shiny, no streaks
Hardwearing: To be tested
I thought the Elizabeth & Mary collection was amazing. You haven’t seen anything until you see this collection. I was a little underwhelmed when I got a sneak preview of the bottles (except by Incense Burner, I’ve spent 2 months lusting after it!) but once I got the finished items… Wow. These polishes truly shine in sunlight, they have such incredible holographic shimmers and such a huge range of colours within them. And then just when you think you can’t be surprised by them anymore you spot them in a different light and they’re completely different again. Even in shadow they look fantastic. Luckily the day I received them we had brilliant sunshine so I’ve managed to get shots in both direct sunlight and shade for you.
They have the usual amazing formula that all A England polishes possess and will be dry within 1 minute if applied thinly. Mostly you can get away with 1 coat as well although I do find Incense Burner seems more prone to streak and have sheer patches than the others. I’ve applied 2 coats in all the below pictures as it just builds up the holographic effects and prevents any see-through patches. I’m also not wearing any top coat so you can see the finish of the polish itself.
The collection has been inspired by Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s famous painting of Proserpine, give it a google and spot where each colour comes from! I apologise in advance for my terrible descriptions of the colours; there are so many in these polishes it’s truly difficult to accurately describe them.
All polishes will be available on shop.polishedpevil.com once we have the release date.
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“Captive Goddess” is a gorgeous pale hue that makes me think of “Hurt No Living Things”. It’s an electric/ice blue which has a fabulous pink/purple sheen to it when in shadow. The instant you get this under direct sunlight though it truly blazes with every colour from the rainbow and turns into more of a silver base. The electric blue will still flash through though.
“Incense Burner” is my absolute favourite, I have no clue why but I am obsessed with this one. I could sit and stare at it for hours. A England is lacking in brown polish, the closest being “Briarwood” so to have a true brown is fantastic and one this special is just perfect. The base is a deep chocolate brown with a slight burgundy hint to it and at times even a slight aubergine in there. The instant you get it into the sunlight it lights up with a ton of gold, green and orange sparkles to give a wonderful dark bronze feel. On the nail the green tends not to come out very often, more the gold and orange but in the bottle the green and gold definitely take preference.
“Jane Morris” is Adina’s favourite which doesn’t surprise me as it is the purple of the collection 😉 This polish is based on the lady that Rossetti used to model his Proserpine on and from reading her story it fits perfectly. It’s more of two extremes than the other polishes – on the one hand you have it in the shade; dark, moody almost a steely grey with the slightest hint of purple, then in bright sunlight it behaves very much like “Captive Goddess” and flares into every colour of the rainbow, though still with a very purple overtone.
Finally we have “Proserpine” which reminds me a lot of “Saint George” but with a slightly more blue tone to the base. This one behaves somewhat in the middle of the pack as far as the shimmer goes; it has more than “Incense Burner” but is more restrained than the other two. That’s not to say it doesn’t dazzle you with how it changes but it is far less in your face about it. If “Incense Burner” wasn’t so amazing this would be my favourite of the collection because it’s teal/green and I’m a sucker for these. This is the one you can easily get away with 1 coat for as well, it is definitely the thickest formula of them all.
So there you go, I hope you love this collection as much as I do. I’ve done a quick watermarble with them today as I couldn’t decide which to wear first so I’ll post that manicure in the next few days – they marble quite well although it took me a couple of attempts. Please comment on your favourites and feel free to add your own pictures on our Facebook page, I can’t get enough of these! I took 143 pictures of them in order to try and get something that truly shows their beauty and still feel I’ve failed. Oops!