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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.