Gasp: A Few A England Holos

I was back to blogging for about two seconds before this bomb was dropped on me: Holos – there’s a ton of them out there now and… they come in green. Having reached the peak of my nail polish collecting in 2009, this was practically unheard of for me. My first encounter with this unicorn, the green holo, was the glorious Glitter Gal Lizard Belly. It wasn’t too long before everyone told me about A England and the mantra was ”you need all of these, right now.” I was lemming about three-quarters of their line, particularly their holos. With that said, I’ve had these for months but it took me forever to photograph them because I didn’t want to just swatch them. I loved them so much I really wanted to actually wear them. And, sadly, although I have a lot more nail liberty now than I did before, I still can’t go balls to the wall all the time so getting this post together took a hot minute.

A England Dragon

A England Dragon *deep breath*  a sage green holo. The holo in these polishes is pretty subtle, definitely not blingtastic at all. In my opinion, the holo is neither linear nor scattered – a better description would be “ambient,” like a shimmery interference. Application was good but the formula was a smidge on the thick side, perfect at two coats but I did three. Dragon is my favorite of the three polishes featured in this post because this shade of green was very flattering to my skin-tone.

A England Saint George

A England Saint George is a teal leaning dark green holo. *swoon* Like Dragon, the holo is fine grained. This was my New Year’s Eve NOTD! Application was comparable to Dragon – this is three coats, but it would have been fine at two. It’s a bit of a stainer, so beware of sloppy application. Please excuse my gross flairy ring-finger nail. This photo was taken when I was struggling with peelies a few months back. My nails tend to flair like that when they’re weak. Taking biotin and switching back to my old holy grail base-coat that was unfortunately discontinued before its time, Sally Hansen Nail Quencher, really helped with the terrible peeling. My failed attempts to find a new go-to base-coat will be the topic of many anguished posts to come.

A England Lady of the Lake

Last but not least, A England Lady of the Lake, a dark grape ambient holo. This shade is consistent with Dragon and Saint George in terms of look and application. This is my current NOTD. As you can see I had to nubbinize so I used that as an excuse to holo-it-up - looooooove it. Generally, I have a love\hate relationship with purples. I feel like purple is so over done: the “red” of “wacky” colors, if that makes sense. But, like with red, I’m a hater until I actually wear a purple polish, then I remember why everyone loves the color so much. It’s just gorgeous. Not to keep making excuses for my sub-par nail situation but please also excuse this photo. Since the past few weeks were so rough, I fell off the wagon in terms of keeping up with my moisture regime - these cuticles are the sad, sad result. womp womp.

This was my first foray into A England and I’m hooked. A England is the brain child of Adina, an evil nail polish genius. (You can follow her on twitter @aenglandtweets). I feel like if we knew each other in real life we’d be total besties… a love for nail polish, legends & myths, a gothic aesthetic, and a touch of anglophilia … um, sign me up for that life long friendship. A England is an indie brand and hails from the United Kingdom. [edited - thank you Chia & Aglaya for catching that for me] Although A England used to ship to the U.S. they are no longer able to ship internationally. However, you can get them from U.S. retailers like Ninja Polish and Llarowe for $10. You can get additional information about where to buy A England here.

Have you tried A England? What do you think?

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Disclosure: These were sent to me for review by A England.

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8 Responses to “Gasp: A Few A England Holos”

  1. Pam Says:

    Oh I love St. George! It was my first lemming and the polish that started my love of/obsession with teal!

  2. Jess Says:

    These are the first three I got and they were a great intro to a Englands. Now I want them all! So pretty.

  3. Chia Says:

    Great forage into the A-England line! I have spent a small fortune on a few myself :) However, just FYI she no longer ships to the US, British Royal Air Mail will no longer allow international order polish to be sent through Royal Air Mail- you can only get it from Llarowe or Ninja Polish (tear…)

  4. Aglaya Says:

    I got all three of them (and many more). I just love a England polishes! Too bad they can’t ship outside the UK anymore. I know there are a lot of retailers who sell a England, but I preferred to order directly from Adina (I admit, the free shipping and the frequent sales are a reason for that).

  5. Caroline Says:

    I just got Saint George and love love love it (although it was late arriving because the Royal Mail, during their inadequately publicised rule changes, DESTROYED it. Adina was amazing with everyone through the whole thing).

    Oh, and ‘ambient holo’ should definitely be a thing.

  6. Deborah Says:

    I love a england so much! I am totally bummed she doesn’t ship outside of England anymore as it was the best price of all retailers.

  7. SwatchedNails Says:

    A England is hands down my favorite indie polish. These were also some of my favorites from 2012 :) St. George and Dragon make a great gradient!

  8. Reen Says:

    I just bought my first bottle – Saint George. I haven’t put it on yet, but I can definitely see this line becoming a favorite FAST.

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