A-England Ballerina Collection

Each time that A-England’s creator teases us with hints of a new collection, Adina’s eager fans wait with baited breath for what will be unveiled. The incredible formulas, the colours, the historic inspirations behind each collection…  Many of us have become devotees of the brand! And today I have for you the gorgeous Ballerina collection. (For inspiration details, head over to Ommorphia’s launch post.)

A-England’s Ballerina is a collection of four beautiful, delicate holographic polishes in whisper-soft colours. The collection immediately reminded me of the tulle on dancers’ skirts… how perfect!


The first shade, and probably my favourite of the four (though it’s nearly impossible to pick a favourite) is Fonteyn. Fonteyn is a lavender-tinged silver holo with a formula so perfect, so divine, that it was a one-coater. It applied with buttery perfection, fully opaque on the first coat, and drying quickly to an incredible shine. (If you own any A-Englands, you’ll know that this brand is renowned for its high-shine finish!) Here is Fonteyn without top coat:

aengland_Ba_FonteynFull sun

aengland_Ba_Fonteyn2In the shade


Dancing with Nureyev is blue-purple holographic with a metallic finish that almost changes colour depending on the light. It is a little more indigo in some light, then a little more purple, but always demure.

I paired Fonteyn with Dancing with Nureyev for a subtle holo gradient:


And two coats of the gorgeous Dancing with Nureyev, no top coat:

aengland_Ba_NureyevFull sun

aengland_Ba_Nureyev2In the shade

I had to include a macro of Dancing with Nureyev because it is so beautiful:


Encore Margot is described as an “icy blue prismatic hue,” a pale-silver holographic that dries to a cool dove grey shade. The holo effect on Encore Margot appears a little softer than that of Fonteyn or Dancing with Nureyev, but the effect is breathtaking. Another amazing formula, a little more fluid than Fonteyn, requiring two easy coats. Below, without top coat:

aengland_Ba_EncoreMargotFull sun

aengland_Ba_EncoreMargot2In the Shade


Finally, Her Rose Adagio, a delicate soft pink holo described as “faded roses in a silver prismatic base, as romantic as it is ‘en pointe’.” Possessing a similar soft holo and formula like Encore Margot, I used two coats for the photos below:

aengland_Ba_HerRoseAdagioFull sun

aengland_Ba_HerRoseAdagio2In the shade


What always stands out for me is A-England’s incredible glossy finish, and its beauty whether in sunlight or in the shade. These colours are so demure and perfect, so aptly named that it is impossible not to fall in love…


A-England is available directly from their website for those in the UK, or from several stockists this side of the pond (check out Where to buy), including Nail Polish Canada (with free shipping within Canada!). Don’t forget to follow A-England on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Nail Polish Canada on Facebook and Twitter!

Have you tried any of the Ballerina shades, and which one is your favourite so far?

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(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)




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  1. You’ve done these swatches so beautifully! I’m might have to save my pennies to purchase the rest of this collection since I already have Dancing with Nureyev.

    1. Thanks Jessica! They really are incredible and dare I say, must-haves. If you have Dancing with Nureyev (which, by the way, is incredibly complex, isn’t it??), then you know how amazing the formula is! Can’t wait to see what you end up getting next. 🙂

    2. I wasn’t sure about Dancing With Nureyev on Color4Nails website, but after a friend told me I had to get it, I was just stunned how amazing it is! And now your swatches convinced me that I need the rest! haha! 😀

  2. I have Dancing With Nureyev – my first from A England and worth every penny. Your swatches are lovely. I think this is a polish you have to try for yourself to appreciate how amazing it is. Goes on without any fuss, very forgiving if your nails or technique aren’t perfect and the colour is even more striking in person.

  3. Can you believe I have one aEngland!!! That must be remedied! I keep meaning to get some of their polish since I hear such good things about it, and think they are consistently so pretty. Her Rose Adagio has been on my radar/lemming list for some time now. The few times I did try to buy it, it was out of stock. Will have to re-try!

    1. Yes, that must be remedied at once! You really should try even one… this collection would be a good one to start with. 🙂 Let me know your thoughts when you finally try it!

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