In nail-polish circles, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the amazing nail-polish brand called a-england. If you haven’t, start Googling because every nailphile needs to know about them!
For a long time, I’ve been wanting to try out an a-england nail polish because I saw so many beautiful swatches and unique colours. But I was trying to be ‘good’. *Pushes horns back into head*
Then, out of the blue, NailPolishCanada reached out to me, saying that a-england sent them a few Burne-Jones Dream sets and that NailPolishCanada could pick which bloggers to send it to for review. They chose me as one of the few lucky bloggers! (Ooohh, I was the Chosen One! Now thoughts of Toy Story and those little green-men toys in the arcade are coming to mind.)
What an honour, I have to say! And it came at the perfect time, too, because I had an a-england itch that I’ve been dying to scratch.
So, ta-da, a-england Sleeping Palace from the Burne-Jones Dream Collection is my very first a-england polish!
Was it everything I expected? There’s only one way to find out!
a-england Sleeping Palace Pictures
a-england Sleeping Palace Swatches
All swatches have:
- OPI Nail Envy Nail Strengthener (Used as a base coat)
- 2 coats of a-england Sleeping Palace
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
- Grey-ish dark purple (Yes)
- Holographic (Yes)
- Name: a-england Sleeping Palace
- Collection: a-england Burne-Jones Dream Collection 2013
- Colours Available in the Collection: Sleeping Palace, Fated Prince, Briar Rose, Briarwood & Rose Bower
- Amount: 11ml (0.39 oz.)
- What I Paid: Nothing! (This was provided by NailPolishCanada.)
- Where to Buy: a-england website & NailPolishCanada
a-england Sleeping Palace Review
The base of Sleeping Palace by a-england is a smoky eggplant that I really enjoyed because I don’t have many polishes like it.
This eggplant is very sophisticated and edgy. Even though it wasn’t screaming like a neon, I found that when I wore this manicure for several days, a lot of people complimented me on it.
If Maleficent could choose her favourite nail polish, I’m pretty sure she would go for this. It’s brooding and cloaked in darkness, but because of the finish, you get what looks like a mysterious potion for your nails!
While the base is dark, the holographic particles run the rainbow with red, orange, yellow, pink, purple, blue, and green. There might be more, but I’d need a magnifying glass to check, and I’m not quite that weird yet. (Give me some more time!)
Check out my purposely blurred bottle shot to really see all the colours. (When I took sharp photos, it was harder to see the individual shades, but when you’re wearing Sleeping Palace, you will see the colours easily.)
Sleeping Palace by a-england has a wonderful scattered-holographic finish that will excite most nailphiles! And the finish is smooth, as you would expect from a good holo.
In dim lighting, you can’t really see it, but get into bright light or sunlight, and wowwwwzzzaaaa! It’s like a rainbow hitting you over the head, but without the injury!
I had so much fun playing a vain polish peacock, admiring my nails on the bus, in the elevator, in the stores, on the street, etc. It isn’t any wonder that I didn’t walk into a pole or mailbox!
Holographic polishes are always really exciting to me, but the fact that the base was eggplant is truly like nothing else I own. Totally unique!
Application & Formula
Sleeping Palace by a-england has one of the better holographic formulas. It’s highly pigmented! When I used my usual medium-coat application, it was a one-coater for sure! (But I still applied 2 coats out of habit and also to make sure I was truly getting the most intense pigmentation.)
After hearing all the raves about a-england nail polishes, I’m glad to finally be able to chime in and add to them! This polish was so easy to work with, and it gave me absolutely no hassles.
This high-quality nail polish doesn’t come cheap. It retails for about $13.50 CAD, and the bottle is 11 mL instead of the conventional 15 mL.
That being said, I think it’s worth the splurge because Sleeping Palace is pretty unique. (I have over 600 bottles of nail polish, maybe 700+ by now, and I don’t have any dupes.)
Plus the perfect formula, amazing pigmentation, and great holo all mean that you can get a flawless manicure with minimal effort.
I think it’s better to pay for a superb formula and colour than to pay less, but have to struggle with a bad formula or an easily duped shade.
Still, not everyone has the disposable income for this splurge. As always, only spend within your means – be financially responsible! Nail polish is never worth going into debt over.
Final Verdict: 10/10
I’m so proud to have a-england Sleeping Palace in my collection! It’s a nail polish that I enjoyed wearing so much, I had it on for several days! (Thank goodness for my new Monday-to-Friday blogging schedule and the fact that I had some extra material for blog posts so that I didn’t have to remove this polish sooner!)
Since I have the other 3 shades in the a-england Burne-Jones Dream Collection, stay tuned – I’ll be reviewing them as soon as possible.
What other a-england shades would you recommend I try? What was your latest nail-polish or beauty splurge?
Edit: Yay! NailPolishCanada retweeting this blog post!