A England — Sleeping Palace (Nail Varnish) Swatch & Review

Collection: A England 2013, Burne-Jones Dream

Indie label A England‘s 2013 collection, Burne-Jones Dream, references the work of 19th century British artist Edward Burne-Jones. Much of his work is dreamily romantic, and often inspired by works of mythology and literature.

I’ve had the pleasure of seeing some of his work in person, at galleries in London and Birmingham, England—my favorite, however, was one I was lucky enough to catch on loan at Madrid’s Prado, The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898).

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones
The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones.
Ponce Museum of Art, Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Image: wikipedia.org

As an aside, I just want to share a related story. I was lining up at the Prado—the same time I saw the Burne-Jones—and they were advertising an exhibit by another British artist, Francis Bacon, on loan from the Tate Modern. A little Spanish girl in front of me stared at the posters for a while, then tugged at her parents’ sleeves, pointed and exclaimed, “Francis Jamón!” (ham). So adorable! I didn’t have time to check out the Bacon exhibit, which also cost extra, but I’m kind of glad because I think it would probably have given me nightmares.

Another of Burne-Jones’ famous works is The Legend of Briar Rose, a series of paintings that refer to the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. A England’s Burne-Jones Dream consists of five polishes inspired by this series: Briar Rose, Briarwood, Fated Prince, Rose Bower, and my polish today, Sleeping Palace.

The Last Sleep of Arthur in Avalon (1898), Edward Burne-Jones
The Legend of Briar Rose: The Garden Court (1885–1890), Edward Burne-Jones.
Buscot Park, England.
Image: wikipedia.org

Sleeping Palace is, like other holographic A England polishes I have, a subtle but stunning holographic shimmer. It’s a deep, muted eggplant purple with glints of silver and copper.

A England Nail Varnish in Sleeping Palace, bottle and brush

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