I previously reviewed a-england's Avalon, Lady of the Lake and Tristam and was quite impressed with the gorgeous shades. Today I have swatches of some of the other shades- Elaine, Lancelot, Merlin and Morgan Le Fay.
Elaine. The flash picture is washed out but it shows the base color of the polish really well. This is a dark blue-toned purple creme. Like a lot of this year's fall shades, it has that smoky/dusty/faded finish so it fits right in with the current fall polish trend. It is extremely dense and pigmented and needed only one coat for full coverage, but I did two anyway. I know this polish is named after Elaine of Astolat, but I can't help but think...
Lancelot. I loved the description of this one on the website: "Intriguing mysterious black red garnet. Lo! Gothic glory! Alternate on nails this blackest red with camelot the blackest black for even more depth and mistery." Black red garnet! Gothic glory! In the bottle you can tell that it's not just black, but on the nails it pretty much just looks black. Sometimes you can see a wine hue to it, but it's not obviously red. Despite that, I love the way it looks. Just a little softer than pure black. I had a little problem with the thickness of this one, though. It was so thick I could barely spread it- after a full dropper of Seche Restore it was perfect. A one-coater. I still did two coats.
Merlin. Really shiny silver glitter. This differs from other silver glitters in the shape of the particles. Instead of round glitter like usual, this one has small irregular shapes- some are roundish, others look like broken shards of metal. This is pretty dense, I'm wearing two coats here and it's almost entirely opaque. Maybe a little too dense for layering:
This is one coat of Merlin over two coats of Lancelot. See how dense this glitter is? Almost entirely covers the base polish.
Morgan Le Fay. This is a sheer white shimmer. It has a little silver to it and even seems to reflect pale blue in some lights. It's very clean and delicate looking. It is on the sheer side so it's probably good for layering, but I like it better by itself. This is three coats and I think it looks perfect.
The formula on these was good except for on Lancelot. The two cremes were one-coaters but extremely thick. The sparkly ones needed two to three coats but had a thinner, easier to control texture. Drying time is on the long side but becomes more reasonable when used with Seche Vite topcoat.
I really like these. Maybe not as much as the holo goodness of Lady of the Lake and Tristam, but they're still very nice. Morgan Le Fay might actually be my favorite of the group- it looks so clean and delicate and ethereal, like snow or mist.
I've heard a rumor that there may be more holos from a-england in our future... Fingers crossed!
(These were sent to me for review.)