A England’s Saint George has long been one of my lemmings. Not the rodent that sometimes mass migrates in such a way that many die, but the nail polish kind of lemming. As in, I spotted a swatch of Saint George in passing some time ago and immediately had a strong, mindless desire that I had to own this polish. Would it look good on me? Who cares. Is it pricey? Doesn’t matter. Something about this polish sang a siren song to me and it had to be mine. So why did it take me so long to finally buy it? Saint George was out of stock every time I went to buy it, regardless of the site used. I knew if I was patient it would finally be mine and…the day finally came! Huzzah!
Saint George is a deep teal green holographic beauty. As a history major, it’s super cool to me that A England names its polishes after things like English legends, myths, etc. This means you can have a King Arthur polish, a Guinevere polish, and so on. I had heard of Saint George in passing and knew he had something to do with a dragon, but did not know any other details. A England’s description of Saint George hints at his dragony history and the inspiration for the color - Bearer of a valiant & courageous heart, this fathomless teal reveals the strength of the brave knight’s convictions with his gleaming, fiery core. Read the bold and you get the polish description – whoa!
Again, being a history major, I was still curious about the polish namesake and decided to dig in a little. Just a smidge. And I’m sharing it with you because my nerd side thinks it’s supa-dupa interesting but you can skip all this if you want and get right to the swatches. Okay, that was your fair warning, here we go -
A England’s site has a “Glossary” section where you can read about the inspiration and background of each collection (which is pretty flippin’ cool in my book). The Legends Glossary entry is as follows:
The epic tale of St. George and the dragon is shrouded in much mystery, but at its core it is a tale of incredible bravery and honour. The story begins with a prosperous kingdom, a king and his lovely daughter, and a tyrannical dragon that terrorizes the land unless he is appeased by a sacrificial maiden. In the name of fairness, the king devised a lottery system where the names of all eligible girls are added; It was a terrible day when the king drew his own daughter’s name to be sacrificed, the pure of heart Princess Sabra, but she faced her fate stoically. Along came the sainted knight George, and upon viewing the doomed maiden tied to a tree, took it upon himself to challenge and ultimately slay the dragon, thereby freeing the land from its thrall and restoring peace to the kingdom.
What a gentleman. However, Saint George is actually a saint in real life. I know this because, while I am not a Catholic, I am engaged to one and his father’s name is George. I was out with his family one time and we saw a statue of a knight on a rearing horse and George was like, “That’s my saint!” And I never asked who the saint on the horse was…until now! It turns out that George was a soldier and imperial guard when his Emperor required that every Christian soldier be arrested and the rest give a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George was a Christian and put his foot down regarding this nonsense. In fact, he put up quite a public fuss about it. The Emperor didn’t want to lose one of his best men and tried repeatedly to convert George through bribery. The Emperor finally realized George wouldn’t cave and that he’d have to be executed. George gave his money to the poor and then was repeatedly tortured (and resuscitated several times so that the torture could continue) before being executed. George’s faith and suffering convinced the Empress and a pagan priest to convert and also become martyrs. The tale of George and the dragon is a representation of his martyrdom, with the dragon standing for his fight and the young maiden representing the Empress. Check out that history-legend connection!
Okay, sorry (ish), onto the polish itself. I used two thin coats over base and with a top coat. I do have some minor tip wear because I put this polish on and then couldn’t photograph for a few days because thunderstorms rolled in and decided to stay for awhile. And I didn’t want to take off my mani to reswatch because Saint George is so pretty that I just wanted to leave it on as long as possible. Sigh. Click to enlarge – my photos don’t do Saint George justice, but especially not in small photos:
Guhhh…it’s so beautiful. The formula was a dream to apply and coverage was perfect in two coats. Lasting time was okay, but that’s fine for someone who has a bajillion polishes on her swatch list (*hangs head*). A England polishes will run you about ten bucks (or nine pounds on the A England site, but I don’t know the conversion?), which is SO worth it for this gorgeous polish. The only problem is that now I want more A England’s…
What do you think of Saint George (the polish or, I guess, the person)? Any other A England polishes that I should try?