Waaay back in the olden days, when my nail polish obsession first began, my sister (who was much better versed in the world of indies than me) surprised me with my first two bottles of a-england. In fact, you can read a post I wrote that very day here. (Too funny. Does anyone else cringe when they read their early blog posts?) Anyway, I’ve been a huge fan of a-england ever since. So imagine my starstruck-ness when I got a message from Adina Bodana herself asking if I’d like to swatch her two latest polishes. Um…YES! I have to warn you – my swatches don’t do these justice. Sometimes my dear Canon just will not cooperate!
First up is Excalibur Renaissance, the newest addition to the Mythicals Collection. It’s a platinum-silver shade in a seriously metallic finish. The formula was excellent. I could have stopped at one coat, but I used two for my swatch below. I tested it out and this polish makes an EXCELLENT silver stamping polish.
The second new shade joins the Heavenly Quotes Collection. In the bottle, Hurt No Living Thing looks like a warm gray that glimmers with mauve-y pink. It’s fairly sheer on the nail and used alone it has a very delicate look. I’m growing out some staining (eeeeck) so I used four coats for the swatch below. If you had spotless natural nails, you could use just one coat for a wash of shimmer.
Hurt No Living Thing is great over other colors too as a special effects topcoat. I tried it over my all time fave a-england, Galahad. Here’s Galahad under the same lighting for comparison. I LOVE polishing with Galahad because it’s so perfectly creamy.
And here is Hurt No Living Thing over Galahad. It really transforms the color and gives it some dimension. It will be fun to try it over other shades as well.
Excalibur Renaissance and Hurt No Living Thing are two great additions to the a-england line-up. Adina has such a high quality product that is always unique. There are actually many a-englands make my list of all time favorites (Perceval, be still my heart)!
Excalibur Renaissance and Hurt No Living Thing are available now for $10USD each. Visit the a-england website to shop if you’re in the UK or check out the Where to Buy page for stockists worldwide. (Most of the US indie sellers, such as Llarowe, carry the line.) Follow a-england on facebook, twitter and instagram for news and promotions.
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by A-England for my consideration. All opinions are my own. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.