Yes, I have had solely A-Englands on my nails since I got my recent Color4Nails package. And yes, I love them ALL with every keratin cell in my nails. ;) Oh by the way, can you believe I did this mani in my cubicle at work (shhhhh!) with my hands mostly under my desk?! YES that's right!!! A true testament to how fuss-free A's formula is. :D I kid you not, I didn't have to do any actual cleanup other than a few swipes with my thumbnail.
Shown here are two coats over NO base! I have been using Duri Rejuvacote for months and love it, but I couldn't believe that even my A-Englands were bubbling, so I thought, meh how 'bout just foregoing a basecoat (especially since Duri dries very smooth & shiny) and seeing if that makes a difference? I think it did. In my opinion, most holos like this apply fine if not better without a base.
P.S. If you want a fabulous, thorough read on causes and prevention of bubbling, check this out!
Oh and I didn't use a topcoat either, just because I got busy working overtime and knew I'd be trying out another AE soon anyways. ;) The wear was surprisingly good for having neither base nor topcoat... my nails just take a heck of a beating from working in our warehouse so I did end up with lots of chips and scraped off areas (from a metal press thingie) by Friday night. I painted my nails with Nureyev on Wednesday morning.
I do have to say the dry time seemed slow. And I learned a new trick to tell when polishes are dry: smell them when you first apply. That's the smell that should be completely gone (i.e. all of the solvents should have evaporated) when they are DRY. :) Credit for that tidbit goes to Ana, maker of Pure Nail Oil.
Dancing with Nureyev is from the newest A-England Ballerina collection, and although I thought it would be more of a mid-tone "blue jean" blue, I still find its pastel-ish periwinkle/cornflower color to be quite beautiful. At some angles, all you see is a grey/silver hue. And the holo is stunning. Definitely more linear than most of the A-Englands, but still not SUPER strong linear like Color Club's Halographic 2013 collex.
I'm very happy with this polish and cannot wait to put on Her Rose Adagio next for a very special mani. ;) Keep your eyes peeled for said special mani sometime next week! And have a fabulous remainder of the weekend!!