Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A-England : Tess of the D'urbervilles and Lady of Shalott

Aloha! It's me again! Today I have two A-Englands to share with you lovelies! I actually contemplated getting these polishes for quite some time because to me, the colors weren't all that INYOURFACEWOW and I was only attracted to the names...but I was proven dead wrong when I swatched these.

I'm sorry for the lousy quality of the bottle shots! :( Anyway! The left is "Tess of the D'urbervilles" and the right is " Lady of Shalott". Now let me explain why I was so intrigued with these two beauties.

This is "Tess of the D'urbervilles" under natural lighting. So I actually did this book for my A'Levels and when I saw that there was a polish named after it, I was so tempted to get it (and I did, eventually). This is 2 coats of dark shimmery forest green and it has this ethereal quality to it. I love how subdued this polish looks because it totally reflects the mystery and sensuality evoked throughout the story. If you're not a fan of reading classics, I suggest watching Tess of the D'urbervilles on Youtube and you will then understand why I am so pissed with Angel Clare the whole time (even though that actor did a great job in Lez Miserables, if I'm not mistaken that that was him) and sometimes you'll feel like slapping Alec for being such a prick and Tess for being such a hesitant human being. But anyway, I love this polish. Great flawless application!

Here are some macro-shots!

Next we have "Lady of Shalott" and it's a purplish-blue shimmery dark polish. Okay I have mixed feelings about this one actually. Mainly because I find that the blue is too subdued. I remember reading this Tennyson poem in literature class a few weeks back but I didn't pay much attention to it (I'm a prose person, not so much a poem person haha!). But, it looks like I gotta go back and read this poem again. Obviously I'm missing out on something here. I would say I like this, but I love "Tess of the D'urbervilles". Sorry Lady of Shalott, the tragic heroine wins for this one. Likewise, flawless application that reaches full opacity in 2 coats.

Under white light,

 And lastly, a macro-shot of this shimmer under white light!

Overall, I think both polishes are beautiful in their own ways. I personally prefer "Tess of the D'urbervilles" to "Lady of Shalott". I've said this on instagram and I'll say it again, if you're in the literature world, like me, you'll start associating these colors to their names and a whole bunch of analysis comes up and you feel as though it's so surreal that you get to be a small part of these characters. Yes, polishes have transcended to something more than just colors on your nails. 

I got these polishes from www.meimeisignatures.com. She provides a fast delivery and ships worldwide! :)

thank you for reading! Love,

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