There’s no better time to enjoy holographic and duo-chrome shimmer than summer. The bright sunlight electrifies the prismatic shimmer for an eye-catching effect. The a-england Rossetti’s Goddess collection, inspired by Rossetti’s painting of the Roman goddess, Proserpine, is a buffet of summer-fun sparkle.
Formula & Application
a-england nail polish is at least 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP), but I don’t have an ingredient list, so I can’t speak to its make-up past that. The rectangular bottles have a slender, chrome, cylindrical cap that houses a round brush of medium length and girth with flexible bristles that easily fan out on the nail.
The formula is thick with pigment, and with the exception of Captive Goddess, you can almost get away with one coat. I used two coats for good measure. It’s not super easy to manipulate, so you have to be deliberate with your strokes to get even coverage and avoid brush strokes. Also, some colors dry a bit satin, but come to life with a glossy top coat.
a-england Captive Goddess is a soft, greyed blue with a fine holographic shimmer. The prismatic effect isn’t super intense, unless you are in direct sunlight, though it’s the most prominent in the collection. The holo darkens the base color when it comes out, as you can see near my tips. Indoors, the shimmer is more silvery, making the overall color look lighter. OPI DS Sapphire looks purple next to Captive Goddess, which is much darker than both it and Layla Mermaid Spell.
a-england Incense Burner is a burgundy duo-chrome shimmer with a gold/green flash. It has a violet-purple base, like Zoya Sansa, but the finished look is more browned, though not so much as Salon Perfect Raisin the Roof.
a-england Jane Morris is a graphite grey with holographic shimmer. The holo is subtle, but noticeable. I have a few black/grey holos but none quite like this. China Glaze Galactic Grey is similar in base color, but with a lot less holo effect. Layla Flash Black is darker with an intense holo while a-england Fated Prince is more charcoal.
a-england Proserpine is a deep teal, that leans blue, with holo shimmer. It looks very blue next to the emerald-hued a-england Saint George (my fave green holo), and is a lot darker than China Glaze DV8 and Take a Trek. Take a Trek is from the “Holographic” collection that was anything but, while DV8 is super holo.
Bottom Line: Proserpine and Incense Burner are rich, moody and stunning. They feel a little fall-ish, but they’re my favorites of the collection, so I would pair them with a lighter shade for a balanced look. Captive Goddess is really unique, but a little muddled, and Jane Morris isn’t super holo, though I prefer it over the warmer-toned Fated Prince.
a-england Rossetti’s Goddess is available online at various stockists worldwide. In North America, visit Color4Nails.com, Llarowe.com and NailPolishCanada.com. Visit a-england.co.uk for more info. a-england retails for $10 in the US, $12.95 in Canada.
What do you think of these new shades from a-england? Do you go crazy for holo in the summer? Which of these do you plan to pick up?Disclosure: Product samples were provided by reps for a-england. Affiliate links appear in this post. When you purchase through an affiliate link, you help support this site. For more info view my Disclosure Policy.