Coverage: 1 coat for Nocture, 3 coats for the others
Drying time: 1 – 2 minutes
Finish: Holographic on all shades
Hardwearing: Symphony in Green and Gold – 4 days without chips, rest to be tested
Another beautiful collection from Adina. I feel this one is quite a bit different to the others as well, it seems brighter somehow. Perhaps this is due to the lovely pastel colours of 3 of the shades and the fact they are all holographic. There have been fully holographic collections in the past but they all seemed very silver-toned whereas the green and blue in this one definitely jump out and Nocturne just adds in a startling contrast with the dark, almost black vibe.
The colours themselves are inspired by the painting “Carnation Lily Lily Rose” by John Sargent and the names are from one of his contemporaries, James Whistler. The collection truly screams spring/summer even just in the most basic light but once you get them out in direct sunlight you get the usual amazing holographic effect you can come to expect from an A England polish.
For those of you in the UK these are now all available on shop.polishedpevil.com individually or as the full collection. So go check below for the pictures and fall in love! I’ve also put some comparison pictures on for 3 of the shades where I felt it necessary.
First up is “Carnation Lily Lily Rose”, a beautiful silver with the classic A England rainbow holographic finish. Whilst I do love this one I don’t feel it’s anything particularly new and so it’s my least favourite of the collection. The formula is a lot more sheer than usual and I found I needed 3 coats to fully cover my nails.
I felt this needed a comparison with some of the other silver holographics in the A England range. I have put it next to Fonteyn and also Encore Margot. The difference is subtle it must be said but I find that Fonteyn has a slightly more pink undertone and Carnation Lily Lily Rose has a slight blue undertone. Encore Margot seems the more ‘pure’ silver to me.
Next up is Nocturne. Not a particularly summery colour but one I love. It’s described as a “rouge noir” and definitely lives up to its name. On the nails in general lighting it almost looks a pure black and is quite unimpressive but get it in sunlight and wow! A myriad of gold and red flecks burst into life and it is truly stunning. This is my second favourite in the collection and is more like the usual formula so is easily just a 1 coat wonder.
I felt it needed a comparison to Incense Burner and In Robe and Crown. My pictures don’t really do it justice. Nocturne is darker than the other two and less bronzy whilst Incense Burner has the golden/green shimmer to it and In Robe and Crown is more of a silvered finish.
This beautiful baby blue has been the main winner at my office and you can see why, it really is beautiful. I do love it but of course the green beats it for me. This gorgeous shade is lovely enough on its own but as usual has the amazing rainbow holographic effect in sunlight. As the name suggests the holographic effect is more of a silvery one which really sets off the blue beautifully. It makes me think of summer skies with glints of silvery clouds. Again this is quite sheer and definitely needs 3 coats to get a proper coverage.
Again I felt this needed a comparison, this time with Captive Goddess. It is quite different though, Captive Goddess is more of a purple finish whilst Symphony seems more of a ‘true’ blue.
Finally we come to (surprise) my favourite, Symphony in Green and Gold. This one is just purely stunning, an amazing, fresh, minty green with a glorious sunburst of gold in sunlight. I obviously had to wear this one first and it really impressed me. I was lucky enough to be wearing it during a couple of really sunny days and it shone. Every time the light caught it I had to stare. It also lasted pretty well; 4 days and with only a tiny chip in one corner which to be honest you couldn’t even tell was there thanks to the fact it’s a pale polish anyway. Like the other 2 paler colours it is a sheer formula and needed 3 coats.
No need for any comparisons on this one as it’s completely unlike the other greens released so instead you get 2 bonus shots of it in the sun.