The beautiful "Russian Soul" collection from A England - released May 2016

A England – Russian Soul collection

The beautiful "Russian Soul" collection from A England - released May 2016

The beautiful “Russian Soul” collection from A England – released May 2016

Left to right: Polovetsian Dances, Katyusha, Natasha’s Dance War & Peace, Kalinka, Waltz of the Flowers

Coverage: 2 coats for Katyusha and Kalinka, Waltz of the Flowers can be 1 or 2, Polovetsian Dances and Natasha’s War & Peace are 1 coat

Drying time: Approx 1 minute

Finish: Holographic, shiny, no streaks

  Hardwearing: Approx 5 days (typing, gaming, cleaning out rodents)

Once again Adina has released a fantastic collection. The “Russian Soul” collection is inspired by Russian music and dance and these polishes most definitely dance! All 5 are holographic and are beautiful enough in normal light but as with all A England’s holos they truly come alive in sunlight. It’s been impossible for me to photograph the astonishing effects; I think they are possibly the most vibrant and surprising yet. As always there are purples, I will do a purple A England comparison post one of these days!

As you expect from A England they have a flawless formula which dries quickly and streak-free. If you’re in the UK you can get them from shop.polishedpevil.com and will be available as a bundle as well. All pictures below are without any top coat. Click the images to get a larger picture.


Kalinka under flash, look at the incredible colours

Kalinka under flash, look at the incredible colours

Kalinka in sunlight

Kalinka in sunlight

 First up we have Kalinka. This is a luscious silver under natural light but it shifts to a lovely pale purple in stronger sunlight. There is a subtle holographic shift that has the full rainbow range to it but this is definitely secondary to the purple. Considering it is a paler colour as well you’d expect it to take more coats but it is one you could get away with one but definitely looks better with two.

Kalinka under lamp light

Kalinka under lamp light

Kalinka and the holographic shift

Kalinka and the holographic shift


Katyusha in flash

Katyusha in flash

Katyusha in daylight

Katyusha in daylight

Katyusha! I love, love, LOVE this polish, it is second only to Incense Burner to me. It is absolutely incredible. It’s a not quite gold, not quite silver polish and this is what I truly love about it. I’d probably say it is an antique gold at heart but oh she is beautiful. The formula is as smooth and lovely as all A England polishes and the colour shifts are amazing. From almost silver through to pure gold to almost green in some lights plus the usual holographic rainbow that comes to light in the sun. Seriously, everyone needs to own this polish. Much like Kalinka you can get away with one coat but I prefer two.

Katyusha in daylight

Katyusha in daylight

Katyusha's holographic effect

Katyusha’s holographic effect


Natasha's Dance War & Peace Bottle Swatch Daylight 2

Natasha’s Dance War & Peace in daylight

Natasha's Dance War & Peace in daylight

Natasha’s Dance War & Peace in daylight

Natasha’s Dance War & Peace is a lovely black that doesn’t feel like a black at all. There is a ton of silver and holographic sparkle hidden away in here but it is just that, hidden. Even when it isn’t showing itself it is there to lift the black away from something dull and gloomy but when it shines it really shines. Thanks to being a dark colour you definitely only need one coat of this beauty. The only thing I found was when removing it by scrubbing with a cotton pad it had a tendancy to spread over my skin (but not stain which is always a bonus). Removing it the ‘proper’ way by soaking a pad with acetone and then wiping off in one easy movement didn’t give me any spreading issues.

Natasha's Dance War & Peace Bottle Swatch Flash

Natasha’s Dance War & Peace in flash

Natasha's Dance War & Peace in lamplight

Natasha’s Dance War & Peace in lamplight


Polovetsian Dances Bottle Swatch Daylight 2

Polovetsian Dances in daylight

Polovetsian Dances Swatch Daylight 7

Polovetsian Dances in daylight

Well this one seems to be everyone’s favourite at work and among my friends. Polovetsian Dances is a gorgeous deep purple similar to The Blessed Damozel but with a holographic twist. I can see why everyone loves it as just the base colour is incredibly striking but combined with the huge array of colours in the rainbow holographicness (is that even a word? It is now ;)) this is truly stand out. Also with it being a darker colour it only needs one coat. I haven’t worn this for anything other than swatches yet so I’m not sure if it stains or not but I doubt it.

Polovetsian Dances in daylight

Polovetsian Dances in daylight

Polovetsian Dances Bottle Swatch Flash

Polovetsian Dances in flash


Waltz of the Flowers Bottle Swatch Flash

Waltz of the Flowers in flash

Waltz of the Flowers in daylight

Waltz of the Flowers in daylight

As with all the others in this collection Waltz of the Flowers has a beautiful rainbow holographic effect in the right lights but it is beautiful even without that. The base is a mid-toned purple and it has a natural silvery/gold glisten to it as you can see in the daylight picture above. The formula is smooth and it can easily be a one or two coater. It reminds me a lot of the Ballerina collection actually as it’s a more subtle shade but still incredibly vibrant.

Waltz of the Flowers Bottle Swatch Lamplight

Waltz of the Flowers in lamplight

Waltz of the Flowers holographic swatch

Waltz of the Flowers holographic


So there you have it, Adina has once again outdone herself with some incredible polishes. What do you think? Have you bought any of them? Please do let me know in your comments below.

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