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a-england Elizabeth and Mary Swatches & Review

By on December 24, 2014
in a England, Blue, Green, Metallic, Purple, Red
A-England Elizabeth & Mary collection via @alllacqueredup

A-England Elizabeth & Mary

Because I refuse to grow up, my DVR looks like it was programmed by a teen. The CW has my number and one of my fave shows is Reign, a fictionalized account of the early years of Mary, Queen of Scots. While I have no fascination with the modern day royals, I do enjoy shows/movies like The Tudors and Elizabeth, so the a-england Elizabeth and Mary collection intrigues me as much for its historical references as its gorgeous colors.

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 consistency of the formula is thick with pigment and the first coat goes on a bit streaky but evens out with two coats. It feels as though you are pulling it on to the nail. You also have to be careful about how thick you apply it because the polish doesn’t easily self-level so you can end up with lumps. And what I’ve noticed with this set is that they dry a bit satin but come to life with a glossy top coat.

a-england Crown of Thistles is a pink-y, amethyst with holographic shimmer. The holo isn’t truly linear and prismatic, it’s more scattered, like dancing lights on the nails.

A-England Crown of Thistles swatch via @alllacqueredup

a-england Crown of Thistles

a-england Fortheringhay Castle is a warm, mossy green with an overall golden shimmer and hints of bronze and green peeking through.

A-England Fortheringhay Castle swatch via @alllacqueredup

a-england Fortheringhay Castle

a-england Gloriana is a rich, scarlet red shimmer with golden foil flecks.

A-England Gloriana swatches via @alllacqueredup

a-england Gloriana

a-england Queen of Scots is a dark sapphire blue with pearlized shimmer. This was the thickest to apply of all the shades and gave me the most issues achieving an even finish, thus the lumpiness at my tips. Despite that, my esthetician freaked over it at my brow appointment this week.

A-England Queen of Scots swatch via @alllacqueredup

a-england Queen of Scots

a-england Virgin Queen is a mixed metal amalgamation that has an overall pewter tone. In the mix, gold, bronze, silver, graphite that give it a holo-esque appearance. It’s quite captivating.

A-England Virgin Queen swatch via @alllacqueredup

a-england Virgin Queen

A-England Elizabeth & Mary swatches via @alllacqueredup

a-england Elizabeth & Mary collection

Bottom Line: I’ve always been impressed with the quality and uniqueness of a-england’s polishes. The formula can be a bit cranky to work with but the finished look is worth the effort. In this collection, I’m most smitten with Fotheringhay Castle and Virgin Queen. And while blues are normally my thing, the application of Queen of Scots was too much of a bummer for me.

The a-england Elizabeth & Mary collection is available online at various stockists worldwide. In North America, visit, and Visit for more info. a-england retails for $10 in the US, $12.95 in Canada.

Are you an a-england fan? What are your must-have a-england shades? Saint George is definitely one of mine. Thoughts on the Elizabeth & Mary collection?

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
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  1. Lisa N. says:

    Those are very nice!

  2. Icequeen81 says:

    that blue ahhh

  3. Amanda says:

    I like the coloring of that pretty blu ebut I’ll probably avoid it since you say it’s got application issues. Do you know of a semi close dupe that might exist, however? And Virgin Queen is right up my alley, I think… I might have to get that little sucker!

  4. craftynail says:

    They’re so pretty! I’ve never tried a england.

  5. Rose J. says:

    Great review & swatches! I love A-England polish and have been enamored with it for some time now. Briar Rose remains one of my top 10s.

  6. says:

    I would love to try these
    Nail polishes.

  7. Amy says:

    I would love to try these Nail polishes.

  8. Leah says:

    Gorgeous as always, merry Christmas

  9. Medusa says:

    Crown Of Thistles, Virgin Queen & Fortheringhay Castle are my favorites! They are gorgeous!

  10. MarciaF says:

    I love a england polishes and these just add to the beauty of the others. I’m very attracted to Virgin Queen.

  11. Chic & Shiny says:

    Loving the green and purple shades!

  12. Such a wonderful collection and perfect swatches!

  13. Rebecca says:

    Fotheringhay Castle is a beauty, reminds me a bit of Butter London Wallis

  14. Jessica says:

    Holy smokes, I need Crown of Thistles – that is stunning!

  15. Those all look gorgeous. I own zero holos so I see what my next Great Quest shall be. And I love that you described Queen of Scots as a sapphire! Indigo, navy, Royal blue and blue-black I have but sapphire? Need it. Too bad about the pesky formula.

  16. Helena says:

    Another great collection from A-England. Crown of Thistels is my favorite.

  17. kel says:

    not crazy about these. they look a little thin and i feel like i’ve seen all the colors before.

  18. I want all of these. A England is on my “coveting” list so I might just treat myself in the new year! Thank you for these beautiful swatches and reviews. Queen of Scots looks lovely!!! Too bad the application was a pain.

  19. Helena says:

    I think this is a great collection and a lot of the polishes is on my wishlist.

  20. Michelle says:

    Unknowingly, I did get this whole collection except for Queen of Scots. I love them all!