a-england: Tristam

Forgive me, for I have broken my promise of doing my revision. BUT I just couldn't leave Tristam alone without having it on my nails!

I'm sure many of you would have already heard of a-england. This London-based brand has been making waves amongst polish-lovers ever since it launched both for its wonderful polishes and the very interesting medieval concept behind its collection. Who could resist gothic charm?

As for me, I've been itching to try a-england since I saw swatches of The Mythicals on some of the polish blogs. So, I finally took the jump and bought three polishes after finding out about they are currently providing free international shipping on all orders!

Tristam was the first to make it on my list.
TRISTAM the courteos knight
The symbol of the knightly virtue, and romantic love. When Tristam and Iseult accidentally consume a love potion, fall helplessly in love. Despite facing numerous trials to test their secret affair their love was never known to fade.
Source: wiki
I must confess I am not very familiar with the legend but I was immediately drawn by it and spent almost an hour googling and reading it. It is such a beautiful romantic story! *dreamy*

Ok, back to the polish...
Tristam is described as the colour of a "night blue sky with starlight glimmer and glow". And, oh, it's simply gorgeous!

On the nails, it is an alluring shade of dark navy blue / indigo packed with lots of shimmer that gives the colour a speckled look from afar, very much like twinkling white stars.

On closer look, you can see the subtle and elegant holographic effect.

And here's a close up:

Oops! Sorry I went a little picture crazy this time. But, ahhhh... it's just so gorgeous!! I couldn't stop taking photos of this beauty and trust me, these photos are just fraction of what I took.

I am more than pleased with a-england's polish...
Not only is the color perfect, the formula is excellent. It is very smooth and pigmented - I could get away with one thick coat if I really want to. It is quick to dry and extremely shiny! The close-up above was taken without top coat. I kid you not. You can even see the window grills on the left and my reflection on the right.
Application was also easy - all the pictures are taken without any clean-up!

So... what are you waiting for?
The Mythicals are available on their website. They are still offering free international shipping for all orders and delivery is extremely fast. It took only about a week to get to the far-away island of Singapore.

I can't wait to see their new collection and try other colours from The Mythicals. What colours do you have your eye on?


Edit: 9 Nov 2011

You might have already realised from the pictures above that they are taken on a cloudy day.
Well, the sun finally came out this afternoon! And guess what?
My camera and I literally went crazy from the holo!! The camera was actually making so much strange clicking and whirling noises that I was afraid it may die on me.
Thank goodness it survived to tell the tale:

Colours were literally dancing on my nails and they shimmered each time I move my hand around!! You really have to see it for yourselves! It's absolutely breathtaking!
I think the last few pictures really showed how the holographic glitter looks against the deep blue base... it's really beautiful and almost magical. *sighs happily*

And yup, that was four days without chipping! ^_^



  1. oh gosh. pretty! i'd so love to have this on my nails too!

  2. I must admit this polish is GORGEOUS!
    It's the 1st time I came across your blog but I really enjoyed looking through it! I'll come back :D

  3. Aww.. thank you Karine! I really love your blog too! ^_^
    And yes, tristam is definitely one of my all time favs :D

  4. Yup! It look a lot better IRL!! :))

  5. It's a really awesome colour! I can't take my eyes off my nails! ^_^

  6. SIGH THIS IS SO PRETTY but i didn't do it justice!! :( 

  7. nahhh. It looks pretty on you too!

  8. it's really an awesome color! I can't take my eyes off my nails! ^_^

  9. nicee nailpolish ;)