a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

a-england Rossetti's Goddess opener

 

With her passion for art, literature, and beauty, Adina Bodana (aka: the creative mastermind behind boutique nail lacquer brand, a-england), draws inspiration from the life & works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti to bring forth her latest collection, Rossetti’s Goddess – four complex shades that bear a multitonal and magical prismatic gleam.

Rossetti, one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, infused an undertone of sensuality to the medieval-revival style of his art and poetry, most of which was strongly influenced by his life’s personal events that also included his long-running love affair with muse Jane Morris – the wife of his friend and peer, William Morris. With the Rossetti’s Goddess Collection, Adina once again manages to effortlessly marry touches of history to beauty and has single-handedly created a new industry category, or what I like to call: Art/Lacquer. Rossetti’s intense and somewhat brooding artistic undercurrents are clearly displayed with this capsule collection – all done in that impeccable a-england way.

As with other prismatic shades in the a-england family, the four shown here come to a satin rather than glossy finish – which can be a unique look as is, but become so much more elevated when layered with top coat.

All swatches shown are with 2 coats of lacquer (each) and top coat.

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a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

a-england Rossetti's Goddess

a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

 

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a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

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a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

 

Rossetti's Jane Morris portrait 1868

Portrait of Jane Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1868)

 

a-england Jane Morris swatch 1

Jane Morris | A slate/steely grey shade with strong violet reflects and light silvery glints. The prismatic effect is quite evident when seen in person, but can be rather camera-shy unless taken with flash, all of which serves to nevertheless add a stunning dimension of tone. The formula falls on the thicker side (the thickest of the 4, in fact) and is basically opaque at 1 coat – a plus if you’re in a hurry.

 

a-england Jane Morris swatch 2

a-england | Jane Morris

 

a-england Captive Goddess swatch 1

Captive Goddess | An icy cerulean blue with aqua reflects and a scattered, but still clearly visible holographic effect. The formula is a bit of a contradiction; relatively thick in flow but with a sheer-leaning application, but still very easy to apply and which becomes completely opaque by the 2nd coat. The paler hue of this shade makes the prismatic part of it appear to pool along the sides and tips of the nails (more so than the middle), which only adds to its uniqueness.

 

a-england Captive Goddess swatch 2

a-england | Captive Goddess

 

Rossetti Jane Morris as Proserpine 1874

Jane Morris painted as Proserpine, Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1874)

In Greek (and Roman) mythology, Hades – God of the Underworld – falls in love with beautiful Persephone (Proserpine), daughter of Zeus and Demeter (Goddess of Agriculture & Fertility, also known as Ceres) and kidnaps her to become his wife. Demeter in her anguish to have her daughter returned, refuses to allow any crops to grow until Zeus intervenes on her behalf and manages to convince Hades to release his reluctant bride. Told not to eat or drink anything in the Underworld or risk staying there forever, Persephone rashly eats a few pomegranate seeds in gratitude of her upcoming release,  which then binds her forever to Hades for part of each year. Demeter to this day, continues to grieve for her missing daughter during that time – Winter – and refuses to permit anything to grow upon the land, relenting only when the two reunite once more each Spring.

 

a-england Proserpine swatch 1

Proserpine | A smoky deep teal with a multi-layered scattered holographic effect. The formula here is nothing short of amazing: self-levelling, perfectly opaque at just 1 coat, and stays exactly where placed without pooling along nail edges or cuticles. While deeper lighting dims the prismatic flare to a certain degree, sunlight brings it to absolutely gorgeous and brilliant life. BONUS: non-staining upon removal.

 

a-england Proserpine swatch 2

a-england | Prosperine

 

a-england Incense Burner swatch 1

Incense Burner | The undisputed Pièce de Résistance of the collection, this shade almost defies description; an aubergine/olive multichrome hue with a strong topaz flash and a formula that can be described in one word: STELLAR. The first coat lays down a rich eggplant purple, and while that seems to be the general colour of this shade, that changes depending on one’s angle of vision and the light – at times calling forth a greener hue, then morphing into a more mauve/brown/amber tone. Truly hypnotic and very unique in my collection, I can assure you.

Trying to capture the many facets of Incense Burner (inspired by the actual incense burner seen in the lower left hand corner of the above painting of Proserpine, symbolic of her attribute as a Goddess in her own right) can prove tricky at best, so I’ve included a few extra photos to portray its gorgeousness as accurately as possible. Enjoy!

 

a-england Incense Burner swatch 2

a-england | Incense Burner

a-england Incense Burner swatch 3

a-england | Incense Burner

a-england Incense Burner swatch 4

a-england | Incense Burner

 

No more words are really needed, are they? Following the tradition of putting forth an amazing product, Rossetti’s Goddess from a-england is a collection worthy of both its historical inspiration and the brand itself, known for quality above all else. My favourites here are hands down Incense Burner and Proserpine (dark, mysterious & brooding shades get me every time), although Jane Morris and Captive Goddess are simply perfect for the season now and will no doubt transition beautifully once the weather starts to cool again, faithfully completing the cycle of the myth itself. Bravo & well-done, Adina.

Available now through a-england, where you can also find a complete list of stockists for your location.

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Press samples kindly provided for my unbiased consideration

11 Responses to a-england | Rossetti’s Goddess

  1. Latoya says:

    I love all of these shades, but I have a hard time with a-England polishes in that they never look as nice on me as they do on others! I’ve owned so many of her polishes in the past but now my collection is at a mere 3 bottles. I’m nervous to buy any more at this point! However, I can admire them greatly from afar – as always your swatches are perfection, Eugenia!

  2. Gah!! Too.much.awesome!

    I’d never played in A-England before I saw this collection. It really is extraordinarily remarkable nail polish. I can 100% see why it’s in your top three! And pretteh, pretteh pictures, lady! So pretteh.

  3. Adina a-england says:

    sorry the typo.. always

  4. Adina a-england says:

    Thank you Eugenia! Another “heavenly review”. Each shade acquires more value and beauty after your presentation. You aleays make my collections more complete. xx

    • Eugenia says:

      Thank YOU for your constant support and your beautiful words, but mostly thank you for creating shades as mesmerizing as these! Perfection, as always Adina! xo

  5. Chantal says:

    Oh god these are gorgeous! Seriously, a-england can do no wrong. My favourites are the same as you; dark colours get me every time.

    • Eugenia says:

      I have said it plenty of times before, but it’s worth repeating: this is one truly amazing brand and one of my top 3 faves!

  6. I’m going to get it eventually and your post whets the appetite even more!

    • Eugenia says:

      LOL! I seriously CANNOT extol the virtues of this brand enough; apart from the fact that you get a quality product, the woman behind the range is truly one of the most amazing and giving people you will ever meet, and so totally passionate about her line – she stands behind her products 100%, and almost pours a little of herself in each bottle – as crazy as that sounds!

What are your thoughts, beautiful?