The Blessed Damozel, Avalon, Ophelia, Crown of Thistles

Purple Reign – an A England comparison

I’m pretty sure Adina has an unhealthy obsession with purples (much like my obsession with green!) so I have decided to do a comparison of the purple polishes we have so far in the A England collections.

Polovetsian Dances, Tristam, Lady of the Lake, Waltz of the Flowers

Left to right: Polovetsian Dances, Tristam, Lady of the Lake, Waltz of the Flowers

First up we have the holographic purples. These are all actually quite drastically different really although the holographic effect is very similar on them (as it is on the majority of A England polishes and very beautiful). It is debatable if Tristam should be in here as it’s normally more classed as a blue but it depends on how the light hits it and for me today it was looking quite purple. I have this issue with a lot of A England polishes; they are just so chameleonic that they can often be classed as 2 or even 3 different colours depending on the light source.

Polovetsian Dances, Tristam, Lady of the Lake, Waltz of the Flowers

Left to Right: Waltz of the Flowers, Lady of the Lake, Tristam, Waltz of the Flowers


The Blessed Damozel, Avalon, Ophelia, Crown of Thistles

Left to right: The Blessed Damozel, Avalon, Ophelia, Crown of Thistles

Next up we have the more standard purples I guess. Certainly “The Blessed Damozel” and “Avalon” with their silky finish. I’ve compared these before because I find in the bottle they look very similar but on the nail it is clear that “Damozel” is far deeper in colour. “Ophelia” can be awkward as she’s really a black with a huge amount of purple glitter in there; it shows up fabulously in the bottle but doesn’t show as well on the nail, certainly not in the pictures I could get today. “Crown of Thistles” is here because though it’s holographic it is different enough it didn’t really need to be in the holographic pictures.

Left to right: Crown of Thistles, Ophelia, Avalon, The Blessed Damozel

Left to right: Crown of Thistles, Ophelia, Avalon, The Blessed Damozel


Elaine, Guinevere, Jane Morris, Kalinka

Left to right: Elaine, Guinevere, Jane Morris, Kalinka

Finally we have ‘the others’. These didn’t really need any comparisons but I did them anyway. “Elaine” and “Guinevere” are very different finishes to any other A England polishes (bar “Iseult” and “Galahad”) and “Jane Morris” and “Kalinka” aren’t really purples but have more of a purple duo-tone to them which of course refused to show in any pictures today. They got included anyway just to make up the numbers really!

Elaine, Guinevere, Jane Morris, Kalinka 2

Left to right: Kalinka, Jane Morris, Guinevere, Elaine


So there you have it, I was pleasantly surprised by just how different they all actually are. I was also debating on if “Dancing with Nureyev” should be included in there but it was showing more blue-toned to me today so I left it out. If any of these beauties have caught your eye you can get them from my shop if you’re in the UK and are available world wide through many other retailers.

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