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This is a manicure I didn't really appreciate until after the fact. I blame it on the fact that I was kind of unhappy with the base polish, A England's Tess D'urbervilles.

For the record, I do like A England as a brand. I adore Dragon and St. George, in particular, and I recently acquired a couple more that I haven't tried yet. But for me, the Gothic Beauties collection (Jane Eyre, Lady of Shallott and now, Tess D'Urbervilles) is rather disappointing.



What I didn't realize, when I bought the 3 Gothic Beauty polishes that I own, is that they're black polishes with colored sparkle; in TD'U's case, black with a rather poison green sparkle. This is one of the places where I feel like nail bloggers pictures can be deceiving, because they're often macro shots taken in high/strong lighting. Which, on the one hand, does show the polish at its best advantage. But it gives you a really false idea of what it's going to look like on the nail.



I mean, you can see the greenish overtones here, but they're not nearly as vivid or lovely as it looks in the shots I've seen by bloggers, and from any distance, your nails just look black. I don't mind subtlety, per se, but this is just TOO subtle for me.



Like the other Gothic Beauties, this is 1.5 coats; it's not quite thick enough for a single coat, but it just needs a quick second lavish with the brush on the nail tips for opacity. However, I did feel this dried slightly slower than Jane Eyre or Lady of Shallott. These pictures are without top coat, iirc.



The formula is good; I haven't had a bad experience with A England's formulas. Thick but not sludgy, easily controlled and guided, excellent flow and leveling. They're very consistent on that front. I don't think I had to do much clean up, but as you can see, it didn't leave any of that sooty residue in my cuticles that so many black polishes do.

But I was disappointed. So, in an effort to turn my frown upside down, I decided to do something over Tess D'urbervilles. I love gradients and I love dots and I'd been musing over doing a metallic gradient, so I decided to go with that.



I used the Essie Mirror Metallics for my dots: No Place Like Chrome at the cuticle end, Good as Gold in the middle and Penny talk at the free edge.



I did my dots a little differently than normal; instead of just randomly doing large and small dots, I randomly placed large dots and then did smaller dots in 'orbits' around the larger dots, generally in the same color as the larger dot. I really liked how that looked and I'll have to try that technique again.



I feel like the whole thing came out with a really pleasing steampunky type look and though I worried that the ombre from light to dark was too subtle, I liked the overall effect. I also felt as though the presence of the metallics brought out the green on Tess D'Ubervilles.

So, it's a beautiful manicure. And I can see that, NOW. But, at the time, I was so bitterly disappointed about Tess D'urbervilles, that I don't think I could really appreciate the overall manicure and I ended up taking it off rather quickly...something I regretted pretty much as soon as I'd done it. *sighs*

But, the great thing about nail polish is that you can always redo a look you love, right?

I buy my A England polishes through Llarowe, but if you're in the UK, you can buy from them direct: here. At Llarowe, they retail for about $10 each.

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Date: 2013-03-02 10:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] dastiel_gal
I love that gradient! But I totally agree with you about polishes not always looking as good in real life as they do on the net. I'm currently wearing a dark green glitter from China Glaze's Christmas collection; Winter Holly. It looked great in photos... and in real life it's disappointing. The microglitter is gravelly as hell, and still feels gritty even after two layers of top coat; and the dark green sucks in the light to the point that it dulls the sparkle to a vague glimmer. It just looks flat. Meh.

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Date: 2013-03-04 12:55 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] embroiderama
I LOVE that metallic gradient! It's amazing how much greener the base polish looks with the dots on it but I can see how it would be disappointing to have multiple polishes that are basically black.

Speaking of indies, I'm currently mooning over some of the KB Shimmer polishes though I really need to wait a couple weeks before I buy anything else.

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Date: 2013-03-05 03:48 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] embroiderama
I have Shipwreck sitting in my cart for when I'm ready to buy, and I have my eye on a few others. I did place an order with Spectrum Cosmetics on etsy--mostly for things other than nail polish but I added on a couple of minis because their polish looks cool, especially Dark Matter from this collection.

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