a-england Excalibur Renaissance

a-england Hurt No Living Thing & Excalibur Renaissance opener

 

To explore the world of a-england, is to not only have the opportunity to wear some of the most incredible lacquers, but to soak in a bit of history, culture, and art as well. When Adina Bodana, founder and creative force behind the brand, launched her first collection – The Mythicals (click on the a-england tab in the sidebar for swatches & reviews of all shades), the romanticism and concept behind these varnishes instantly captured the attention of polish lovers worldwide. When the original version of Excalibur from that first collection seemed to fall out of favour, it was replaced by a variation of the shade (Excalibur reissued/reborn): still bearing the gleaming silver tone of the legendary sword for which it is named, but with a more 3-dimensional overall feel.

But as with most legends, this tale took another turn as well …

In bringing back the original silver of Excalibur – with an improved brilliance, I might add – Adina has shown that she listens to her fans, in particular those who so strongly requested this shade’s return. Excalibur Renaissance proudly joins The Mythicals collection, a gleaming addition with a long-standing pedigree.

 

a-england Excalbur Renaissance

Excalibur Renaissance – A true metallic silver foil, in a medium-thick formula and excellent pigmentation as to almost make it a 1-coater. Fairly quick drying, you need to not only work quickly in your application, but to also maintain a steady hand in order to keep any potential visible brush strokes to a minimum, although expect some levelling off which also goes a long way in presenting a smooth appearance. Incredible brilliance (almost mirror-like) at the finish, making a top coat basically superfluous. Coats applied: 2, no top coat

 

a-england Excalbur Renaissance swatch

a-england ♦ Excalibur Renaissance

 

a-england Excalibur trio

a-england ♦ Excalibur trio

 

a-england Excalibur trio 2

The original version of Excalibur from a-england’s première collection, The Mythicals (reviewed here), bears a few differences worth noting from this latest Excalibur launch:

  • slightly thinner flowing formula
  • a few degrees paler in tone
  • not as brilliant/gleaming
  • glossier natural finish

The reissued version of Excalibur (reviewed here), has obvious differences from the other two as well:

  • shimmer foil metallic with bronze glitter flecks/scales
  • the most intense brilliant finish of the three
  • nor risk of visible brush strokes with this formula

 

a-england Excalibur trio 3

a-england ♦ Excalibur trio

 

a-england Excalibur trio 4

a-england ♦ Excalibur trio

 

a-england Excalibur original swatch

a-england ♦ Excalibur (original)

 

a-england Excalibur reissue swatch

a-england ♦ Excalibur (reissue)

 

a-england Excalibur trio swatches

a-england ♦ Excalibur collection

 

What makes Excalibur Renaissance such a stand out, is that it respects what the original shade stood for, but with subtle overall improvements. Different enough from the reissued version to merit owning both, this shade is spectacular whether worn alone as an elegant attention-getter, or as a counterpart for stamping and nail art enthusiasts (skills that sadly elude me). For fans of metallics as well as those who never picked up the original shade, here’s your chance to remedy that oversight. The people have spoken, and Adina has listened: Excalibur lives again.

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a-england Hurt No Living Thing & Excalibur Renaissance closer

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

10 Responses to a-england Excalibur Renaissance

  1. Latoya says:

    Hmm, I think I liked the original best! Though the re-issued version is beautiful in it’s own merit. I don’t tend to wear silver polishes much, I own just one…but you’re making a good case to own another, Eugenia!

    • Eugenia says:

      Oh, Toya….I have several silver polishes – metallic, glitter,shimmer – and what makes Adina’s stand out, is the absolutely stellar formula. In fact, I would have to say that this reissued version is even better than the original and truly worth owning!

  2. Ahhhh, the days of The Mythicals! I feel like everyone has come such a long way. :D

    Sadly I’ve lagged in the a-England cultivation, but I hope to remedy this at some point in the near future. My favourite is the reissued version, but Renaissance is so beautiful and CLEAN… like a sword that just got sharpened and polished.

  3. Excalibur Renaissance I liked all)

  4. Adina a-england says:

    Stunning pics and a very enjoyable words. Always a special experience to delve into your posts.
    Thank you Eugenia!

  5. I’m not the biggest fan of metallic polishes, but I must say the reissue of Excalibur has me reconsidering my standpoint. Beautiful swatch!

    And I also love how Adina infuses her brand with culture and history. As a history snob, I love when my passion for polish and academia are able to mix!

    • Eugenia says:

      Thanks so much, Amanda! This is a stunning metallic to be sure and well worth adding to one’s collection of a-england lacquers! Or any collection, for that matter!

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