a-england Burne-Jones Dream Collection Swatches and Review

Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by the manufacturer, their PR firm or retailer for my review.

Ahhh, a-england…it’s been too long. I’m a huge fan of Adina’s buttery polishes. Her latest collection, Burne-Jones Dream, did not disappoint! The dreamy, fine-holographic colors are based off of Edward Burne-Jones’ Legend of Briar Rose paintings. This series depicts the moment in The Sleeping Beauty when the Prince first comes upon the sleeping Court and Princess. I’ve always been a fan of these paintings and they make perfect sense as inspiration for a polish line! [image source]

Burne-Jones Legend of Briar Rose

There are five polishes in this collection, but as of this writing, only four are available. I’ll describe the formula in one swoop because they are all equally fabulous…self-leveling, great control, awesome coverage (in fact, all but one could be one-coaters). The finish is hard to describe. It’s part holo, part shimmer, a little glowy, a touch glittery and maybe some magic thrown in! LOL. My swatches almost look unreal! And yet they are totally wearable and not too flashy in the least.

I’ll start with my fave, Briar Rose. It’s a deep rose shade…very intense, fine holo.

a-england Briar Rose from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection

Sleeping Palace is a deep, dusty plum. It also has a very intense finish. It was actually a toss-up between this one and Briar Rose for my favorite. But Briar Rose is technically pink…so, well, you know how that goes. :)

a-england Sleeping Palace from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection

While I used two coats for every swatch, Fated Prince was really the only one that needed it. It’s difficult to describe. It’s a deep gray with an Army green undertone. Very pretty. Look at that pic! My DSLR camera was working overtime!

a-england Fated Prince from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection

And finally, we have Rose Bower. This deep red shade has a glowy finish like a-england Perceval. The holo effect is more subdued. But the total effect is still stunning!

a-england Rose Bower from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection

If you want to see more of the rainbow-y holo finish, The PolishAholic has some great outdoor shots here!

I’m not sure how a-england continues to develop such unique shades. There’s always something truly new in every bunch. And the formula can’t be beat! The a-england Burne-Jones Dream Collection is available at Nail Polish Canada for $13.50CAD with free shipping to Canada for orders over $25. Shipping is free to the US for orders over $50. For more information on a-england, visit the a-england website.

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  1. Such gorgeous swatches!!!

  2. Susan says:

    Briar Rose is my fave, gorgeous! Wish the red had been more holo, can’t justify buying it when I have Perceval and the color is so close. All your swatches are fantastic, as usual ! :-D

    • Thanks, Susan! They are all stunning, really…but I see what you’re saying about Perceval. If you google some other shots of it online…you can get a better look at the holo finish.

  3. erin says:

    Sold! I need them all.

  4. Deb Merris says:

    Love them especially Sleeping Palace. Fantastic!!!

  5. Angel Adams says:

    Oh I think I need all of those polishes.

  6. Lou says:

    Wow, they are GORGEOUS! Amazing swatches

  7. OMFG, As If I didn’t already think I needed these your swatches../drool

  8. i’ve never had any a englands but i”m thinking i really should change that

  9. daily charme says:

    Oh my gosh I love that purple one!

  10. Robin says:

    I am developing a serious need for some A England polishes and these are gorgeous!!

    BTW, it might just be me but in case it’s not, your RSS feed isn’t working properly on my browser. Hopefully it’s not totally on the fritz!

  11. Iriel says:

    Dear Lord, they’re sooo gorgeous! I don’t know which one should I buy first *___*

  12. Megan says:

    How do you make such a clean curve of polish around your cuticles? your nails are immaculate!

  13. Alicia says:

    Omg. You make these look amazing. I need all of these!

  14. Andrea says:

    I love all of these!! A England is one brand I haven’t been able to try yet. I need to get my hands on it!

  15. Jess Scull says:


  16. And I need money!!! Because your swatches sold these to me! I need!

  17. Deborah says:

    They all look so lovely! I am just bummed I can’t get them as “cheap” anymore as before because of the Royal Mail restrictions.

  18. Rei says:

    These swatches are so perfect! It almost looks like the color was placed on with a photo editing thing they’re soo glossy and pretty!

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