The first international polish I ever bought was an A England polish from Llarowe. I'd never seen a polish like it, so smooth, so creamy, so shimmery. It probably sounds weird to describe a polish formula to be "like butter" but that was the first thing that came to my mind. I've since stocked launches and restocked and gained quite a few of beauties from this brand.
A England polishes each have a story, a theme, or a muse from history which gives life and personality to the collection. This Collection is based on two of Great Britain’s most well-known monarchs: Elizabeth I, also known as the ‘Virgin Queen‘ as well as ‘Gloriana‘, and her cousin Mary Stuart, also known as Mary, Queen of Scots.
This collection has 5 polishes each can be purchased in the U.S. most easily through an international stockist like Llarowe and Color4Nails. The quality of these polishes is really almost unmatched and at $10.00 each they are very reasonably priced for the international indie polish market. When I saw the previews I knew that I had to get the entire collection - the first full collection I've purchased.
Coat of Arms of England (1558-1603 )of Queen Elizabeth I,
with her personal motto: "Semper eadem" or "always the same"
Virgin Queen - This is a not quite silver and not quite gold, pewter polish. Its really quite beautiful with a scattered holo shimmer. Like all the colors in the collection, one coat is all you need with this amazing formula. No streaks, self levels. Perfection.
Fotheringhay Castle - A mossy green with scattered gold holo. I'm not generally into green polish but this one is soft and lovely. Again one coat!
Crown of Thistles - This is the breakout star of the collection. A stunning orchid meets amethyst with a silvery, shimmery, holo polish. I knew the moment I saw it that I had to have it. What can I say about this polish other then the richness of the color and the shimmer within is amazing. This is the strongest liner holo of the bunch as well. Amazing!
Queen of Scotts - Where do I start with this polish? Its bewitching. This dark royal navy polish has a pearlesent quality that shines from within. You can achieve total opacity with one coat - no streaks. I used two very thin coats out of habit. Be sure to use a base coat as this color can cause some staining. This is my soul-mate from the collection.
Queen of Scotts shown with metallic tip (Essie, Pennytalk) accent
Gloriana - A burnt orange (almost red) filled with an ultra fine gold sparkle. I've seen other bloggers refer to this as a red but I felt it leaned more orange. The sparkle makes this polish fit for a queen for sure. Again - ONE COAT (I never get tired of saying that!). Even with the golden flakes it was not hard to remove.
So what do you think? Which is your favorite? I'd love to hear from you! I am going to be saving up for the next collection in advance!