a-england – Ballerina Collection

a-england Ballerina opener

 

I will just go on the assumption that by now, you’ve all heard of the amazing-ness of a-england lacquers – if not, then I urge you to check out my reviews of this entire range by clicking on the sidebar tab … and I challenge you to not fall instantly in love with everything.

One reason that every collection from this brand is so eagerly anticipated, lies in how founder & creative genius, Adina Bodana, manages to merge a touch of culture & history with every release. Another reason is due to the formula: perfection – in every detail, from the flow to the colours.

This capsule collection draws its inspiration from Dame Margot Fonteyn, easily recognizable as one of the world’s most unparalleled classical dance ballerinas of all time, along with that of her lifelong career partner, the incomparable Rudolf Nureyev. These four shades are all takes on this theme – as ethereal and hauntingly beautiful as that of a perfectly executed pas de deux, with an overall elegance to each that cannot be denied.

A word on the formula: while some prismatic lacquers may need a specific base and/or top coat to amplify their effect, these four a-england shades apply ridiculously easily straight from the bottle, without any visible brush strokes and all ending with a high-gloss natural finish, while top coat seems to enhance, rather than diminish their holographic-ness.

Read all about my amazing GIVEAWAY at the end of this post!


a-england Ballerina

a-england ♦ Ballerina Collection


a-england Ballerina 2

a-england ♦ Ballerina Collection


a-england Ballerina 3

a-england ♦ Ballerina Collection


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Margot Fonteyn 1919 – 1991 (source) c. 1955

Born Margaret Evelyn Hookham on May 18, 1919 to an British father and half-Irish half-Brazilian mother, she quickly rose through the ranks of the Royal Ballet School of London where by the age of 20 she had already assumed 3 leads. In 1956 she was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta by Queen Elizabeth II


a-england Fonteyn

Fonteyn – pale lavender-tinted silvery holographic hue with a slightly diffused but still linear prismatic effect. An absolutely PERFECT formula that can literally be a 1-coater, applying in a self-levelling way and ending with a glossy finish. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


a-england Fonteyn flash

a-england ♦ Fonteyn


a-england Fontey swatch

a-england ♦ Fonteyn


a-england Fonteyn swatch 2

a-england ♦ Fonteyn


a-england Fonteyn swatch flash

a-england ♦ Fonteyn (with flash)


Sleeping Beauty MF

Margot Fonteyn As Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty ballet c. 1950 (source)


a-england Her Rose Adagio

Her Rose Adagio – Faded rose hue filled with a scattered (yet still rather dense) prismatic effect. Bearing a slightly thinner formula than that of ‘Fonteyn’, although still ridiculously easy to apply and with the same smooth & glossy finish. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


a-england Her Rose Adagio flash

a-england ♦ Her Rose Adagio


a-england Her Rose Adagio swatch

a-england ♦ Her Rose Adagio


a-england Her Rose Adagio swatch 2

a-england ♦ Her Rose Adagio


a-england Her Rose Adagio swatch flash

a-england ♦ Her Rose Adagio (with flash)


Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn as Odette in Swan Lake c. 1945 (source)


a-england Encore Margot

Encore Margot – Palest icy blue-tinted silvery holographic hue with a soft scattered prismatic effect. Cool leaning in tone and bearing a similar formula to that of ‘Her Rose Adagio’ – as well as the same amazing self-levelling & incredibly glossy application. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


a-england Encore Margot flash

a-england ♦ Encore Margot


a-england Encore Margot swatch

a-england ♦ Encore Margot


a-england Encore Margot swatch 2

a-england ♦ Encore Margot


a-england Encore Margot swatch flash

a-england ♦ Encore Margot (with flash)


Nureyev & Fonteyn

Margot Fonteyn & Rudolf Nureyev in Pelleas and Melisande c. 1969 (source)

In 1961 when Margot Fonteyn met then-unknown Russian dancer Rudolf Nureyev, their rapport was instantaneous and their dance partnership has now become legendary, spanning the rest of their careers with numerous unforgettable performances. In 1962, their first full-length ballet together, Giselle, received 30 curtain calls – an unprecedented achievement


a-england Dancing With Nureyev

Dancing With Nureyev – Violet-blue holographic hue with a formula that can only be described as sublime: a perfect density, opacity, glossiness and self-levelling application. The prismatic effect falls mostly scattered, but with linear hints as well – especially along the perimeter of the nails. Coats applied: 2, plus top coat


a-england Dancing With Nureyev flash

a-england ♦ Dancing With Nureyev


a-england Dancing With Nureyev swatch

a-england ♦ Dancing With Nureyev


a-england Dancing With Nureyev swatch 2

a-england ♦ Dancing With Nureyev


a-england Dancing With Nureyev swatch flash

a-england ♦ Dancing With Nureyev (with flash)

 

When I was a little girl, I dreamed of being of ballerina (and a mermaid, and a princess), so anything classical-dance related has always had the ability to completely captivate me. The four shades of this latest a-england collection manage to make even the often-extravagantly flashy finish of holographic polish, appear elegant, sophisticated, and eminently wearable – at times as delicate as tulle, at others radiating a brilliant intensity as that of stage lights. I may never be a prima ballerina, but I will revel in wearing this magic across my fingers. Applause, welcome.

The a-england Ballerina Collection is available now. Find more information on this brand via website/twitter/facebook/Instagram

GIVEAWAY!

Enter to win one (1) entire set of this a-england Ballerina Collection by the following:

  • Send an email to ommorphiagiveaway@gmail.com
  • Write Ballerina in the subject line
  • Include your full name & address information in the body of the email (all kept strictly confidential)

This giveaway is OPEN INTERNATIONALLY and limited to one entry per person – duplicate entries will be automatically discarded. The contest will run from today (Monday, December 9th, 2013) until Monday (December 16th, 2013) 11:00 pm EST, after which one (1) winner shall be chosen and notified via email. The winner will have 24 hours to respond/confirm, after which a new name/winner will be drawn. All entrants must be of legal age (18) to enter and failure to comply with any of the above rules will result in elimination. Neither myself nor my blog are responsible for any product damages that may be incurred during shipping.

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!


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*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration