A England- Elizabeth and Mary Collection, Review and Swatches

December 16, 2014

I am way overdue with doing this post, so am so stoked I’m finally getting into it as this is a gorgeous collection from A England.

The regal Elizabeth and Mary collection is A England’s most recent release and I was so lucky to have been given the opportunity to swatch it for you today. Steeped in history and tradition, the Elizabeth and Mary collection pays homage to two of Britain’s most prominent feuding royals, Elizabeth 1 and Mary, Queen of Scots.

Every time I use this elegant brand I feel like I’m doing something nice for myself. Spoiling myself in a very luxurious way. This collection met my high standards with ease, with each polish being refined and classically beautiful.


Crown of Thistles is a beautiful purple with pink tones that resembles the floral emblem of Scotland with perfection. It has a gentle holographic effect through it, which in my mind, resembles the soft prickles that lie over the stalks of the pretty plant.

For my swatches I applied one coat (yes, you read that correctly!) and one coat of topcoat.






One of my favourite shades of green, Fotheringhay Castle is beautiful in it’s simplicity, and surprisingly complimentary to wear. If you have before I urge you to try a shade like this for yourself, you will be surprised by how beautiful this colour is.

An olive green with golden highlights and again a subtle holographic effect resemble images of moss covered walls and masonry. Fotheringhay Castle was the final residence of the famed Mary, Queen of Scots, one of the royal figures for whom this collection is a tribute to.

For my swatches I applied two thin coats and one coat of topcoat.






Queen of Scots is a different style of polish to others in this collection. A deep royal blue with matching shimmer that gives the polish great depth and a luxurious, velvety appearance. And pigmented! The polish is so rich, without doubt a one coater for anyone.

I applied just one coat for my swatches and one coat of topcoat.




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Gloriana, gloriana, gloriana! A fiery red with golden flecks that seem to reflect the temperament of the famed Elizabeth 1 who acquired this poetic nickname.

It’s a beautiful polish that is impossible to photograph. I tried, I really tried…

I applied two coats for my swatches and one coat of topcoat.






My favourite from the collection, Virgin Queen, named for Elizabeth 1 who acquired quite a famous, at times cultist, tradition around her supposed virginity.

A mushroom taupe colour with golden flecks and elegant holographic effect. It appears to show a lovely rich metallic shade at times. The polish looks so different in all different kinds of lighting. It’s beautiful.

I applied one coat for my swatches and one coat of topcoat.





I adore this collection, not only for it’s beautiful polish colours, but also the history behind each polish. Using storylines such as these is just a snippet of why A England appeal to me so much. Of course, the elegant shades, and perfect formula’s are a large part too.

The Elizabeth and Mary Collection can be purchased directly from A England or any of their stockists. For us lucky ducks, you will find these and a wonderful range available from Femme Fatale Cosmetics who enable us with some of the best artisan polishes in the world.

Unlike the story of these two queens, this post does not conclude with a beheading or anything so final, but leaves us wanting more instead.

Tell me, which of these polishes calls your name?

Chris xx

*Press Samples


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  • Oooohhh Queen of Scots and Crown of thistles, although I love them all. I was excited too when I saw the name of this post. I only have 1 A England, Love is Enough. Femme Fatale had a sale sometime back and I was ready for it but the site go overloaded and crashed, by the time I finally got in, that was the only one left but I didn’t care, I HAD to get an A England and I love that I have it. Do you have other A Englands in your collection? Thank you, gorgeous photos xoxo Jo

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