I was planning to do a whole compilation post of all the nail polishes in the A-England The Legend collection. I just received them recently and have been meaning to showcase them. This is the new collection based on St. George and the Dragon and is, I promise you, one of the best I’ve known. The raves all up and down the interweb are well deserved and considering I’m a real nail polish bozo, you can take it from me – its an awesome collection.
However, I then realised a couple of things. Today is the last day of the Chinese New Year festivities – Chap Goh Meh as we call it here or the 15th day of the Lunar Month. According to chinese calculations, although we celebrated the Chinese New year on January 23rd, the actual 1st day of Spring or “Lap Chun” only came in on February 4th which is, if one is to be pedantic, the official start of the Dragon year. Technicalities aside, to celebrate both of these events, I bring you the A-England polish in Dragon! 😀
Dragon is a beautiful green-gold polish – much warmer and more gold than what you see in the photos here. They do not do the polish justice, I’m sorry. I’ll go feed myself to a dragon now 😛
Ok maybe I’ll just feed my fingers to a dragon 😉
I can’t believe just how smooth the polish applies. Straight from the bottle, they effortlessly glide onto my nails, seemingly applying themselves without any effort from me. From a nail polish bozo point of view, that’s how ALL polishes should be!
The polish just glides off the brush onto the nail, spreads itself perfectly without streaking or getting everywhere, and is fully opaque in 1 thick coat or 2 thin coats. Its so perfect I can’t believe A-England can do it, and no other polishes I’ve tried can! So what you get is perfect, smooth polish with a gloss finish sans top coat.
The colour itself is a very complex holographic green base with gold, green, blue and perhaps even red shimmer all mixed in. Nothing gritty nor chunky, just smooth perfection. When they catch the light, oh boy! Prepare to be dazzled! In the shade, they take on an emerald hue that’s just as dazzling.
Whilst A-England may have launched their collection with a St. George and the Dragon theme, I think it quite perfect that it ties in somehow with the Dragon year. This is a beautiful colour and I highly recommend it because its just So. Beautiful. 🙂
/end breathless raves
I realise that at £9 a bottle which translates to about RM45 some people may consider it pricey. But when you consider that shipping from the UK is free, and that the quality is so awesome and colours so unique, I’d happily hand over the RM45 as I have been doing, as opposed to getting something else that I can’t work and will eventually hate. Matter of perception I guess 🙂
Are you celebrating Chap Goh Meh with your family tonight? Are you intrigued by how different cultures perceive dragons? The Chinese (and Japanese too I believe) revere dragons as mystical creatures and messengers of the Gods and Kings of the Oceans and Sky. Westerners depict dragons as fire-breathing monsters who eat royal maidens and should be killed. Either way, you can’t deny that dragons are wonderfully complex and wondrously interesting creatures! 😀