13 May 2014

Swatches & Review - 2 new a england shades

Hi loves! last week I received an amazing package from Hypnotic Polish with all sorts of beautiful polishes to show you. Before I get into the review, I have good news about this fabulous webshop: the shipping rates are lower now and if you spend enough you can even qualify for free shipping. Also a lot of amazing brands have been added lately so make sure to check it out :-).

Now, for the shades that I am reviewing today. a england released 2 new shades, though one is a re-release. a england Excalibur Renaissance is the original Excalibur shade which is a silver foil. The true new beauty is a england Hurt No Living Thing, part of the Heavenly Quotes line and a lovely topper in a muted base, filled with a gorgeous reddish coppery shimmer. The formula on a england is always amazing to me, smooth buttery application, a good brush and great coverage. These shades were no exception (besides HNLT being sheer, but that's on purpose ;-)). Let's take a look!

a england Excalibur Renaissance is a silver foil that's opaque in 1 coat. That means it will also work wonders for stamping! Since it's so opaque, brushstrokes are visible a bit but if you really don't like that, check this amazing trick from Sam to smooth out frosts

As I said, the formula is smooth, buttery and easy to control. I actually did 2 coats in my pictures because I managed to bump a nail or 2 before it was dry... clumsy me. No topcoat was used here.





Left with HNLT, right without
a england Hurt No Living Thing is inspired by a poem written by Christina Georgina Rossetti. It's a muted grey base that's quite sheer, filled with a reddish coppery shimmer that looks great on a variety of shades. Because of the muted base it does alter the color you are layering it over, and that's also why I like to layer it over something that already has a bit of shimmer - it's more forgiving that way.

Applying evenly and smooth, I added one coat over OPI Dutch'ya Just Love OPI? to add a more pronounced shimmer to the purple base.





What do you think of these 2 shades? And how would you layer Hurt No Living Thing? Tell me in the comments!
Hypnotic Polish is a European based indie stockist that ships internationally. Besides a england, they also carry Dance Legend, El Corazon, Smitten Polish, Contrary Polish and many others. For more information check out their Facebook page or follow them on Instagram!

11 comments :

  1. I am not a fan of silver foil polishes, but Hurt No Living Thing does look great! I wonder how it would look over black or a quite dark shade?

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  2. That's so pretty! You know what? I actually like the Kiko shade more! And... nope, you're not the only one who inspects their nails like they're a crime scene :D

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  3. Thanks Sabine! Haven't tried yet but will soon :-).

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  4. Hahahaha like a crime scene, that's a good reference too :D! And it's funny, almost everyone prefers the Kiko shade. i think because it pops a wee bit more compared to the Chanel.

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  5. I'm definitely longing for Hurt No Living Thing. The Excaliburs are both gorgeous but not my kind.

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  6. I'm happy with my Kiko. Yes, it's somehow redder than Taboo, but who cares? I might like it more because of this. Plus... I mean, 1,90€.... :D

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  7. HNLT will also be a very versatile addition to your stash ^^!

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  8. Haha yeah that price really sells it huh ;-).

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  9. Hi Deborah! Looking at your picks, I actually prefer the Kiko over the Chanel!
    (but I'm still lemming Chanel Provocation xD)

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