Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BB Couture Lady Pirates Collection Swatches & Review

Hi my lovely friends :) Today I have the sister collection to BB Couture The Pirates for you, these are the Lady Pirates! I liked the men's collection very much so I was anxiously anticipating what would be in store for the ladies collection and here they are!

First is Anne Bonny, a red toned purple shimmer with lots of small multicolor glittery bits. The shimmer in this is very iridescent blue, giving this purple a pretty blue flash, which is pretty cool. It reminds me of Lisa Frank haha! It has a pretty thin formula, I used four coats here.
BB Couture - Anne Bonny

Next is Mary Read, a medium strawberry shake pink with sporadic itsy bitsy red glitters.The formula was pretty normal. I love the red glitters in this, but the sparseness of them leaves me wishing for more. This is three coats.
BB Couture - Mary Read

This one is called Rachel Wall, a shimmery goldish beige with teeny green glitter bits. The formula on this wasn't easy to get even, I used three coats and had to be careful with my brush strokes so it wouldn't look streaky. I think this is almost a "mannequin hands" color on me, but with some shimmer which is nice.
BB Couture - Rachel Wall

Back from the Dead Red is a sexy, beautiful medium-deep magenta shimmer with tons of red microglitter. The glitters aren't super apparent in this picture but they are in person. This is sooo gorgeous. I used three coats.
BB Couture - Back From the Dead Red

This beauty is Awilda, a blue toned medium-light purple shimmer with the same multicolored microglitter that Anne Bonny has but without her blue shimmer. This isn't a color I'd usually go for but I ended up liking it a lot. It is one of those glittery shades that looks good indoors or out. This picture doesn't do it justice, it's really lovely. This is three coats.
BB Couture - Awilda

Here is Ching Shih, a bright juicy orange jelly cream. Very nice formula and super shiny! I really love oranges so 'natch I adore this polish. Three coats.
BB Couture - Ching Shih

So I did like most of these polishes, although the men's Pirate collection was more my style. I did use three coats for most of these because they have thinner formulas, but honestly that doesn't bother me. Over the almost five years that I've been a nail blogger, I have heard from a lot of folks that having to do more than two coats is a deal breaker. I don't really understand that. Having to do one or two more coats to make a polish as opaque as I prefer doesn't automatically equal a bad formula to me. Some of my favorite polishes ever take more than two coats! To each their own, I suppose :)

My favorites from this collection are Ching Shih and Mary Read. You can buy these polishes and other BB Couture lacquers from their website for $10.95 each. What do you think of these Lady Pirates?

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  1. These are really pretty. My favourite is definitely Anne Bonny, I love the colour and the shimmer. As for number of coats, I know as a maker, when you're dealing with shimmers, glitters and holo pigments, sometimes you need a sheer formula so that the pigment/shimmer/glitter doesn't get buried. It can be a delicate balance. With creams, I really don't see why 3+ coats are necessary.

  2. Great point Meghan! I hear an equal number of complaints about shimmer/glitter that is too subtle and sometimes I think a too opaque formula may be to blame for that.

  3. rachlovespenguins2/26/14, 9:03 AM

    I like the looks of Ching Shih and Awilda. I want to like Rachel Wall because well, she was a pirate and my name is Rachel (lol) but while I can deal with three coats, streaks and brushstrokes are a no-go. Some of my favourite colours take more than two coats as well. It doesn't bother me as long as the polish sets in a reasonable amount of time so I can move on to the next layer. I also like to wear my manicures for about a week, so taking the time to do another coat of colour is worth it for me to be happy for those next seven days. :)

  4. These are all gorgeous but since I love purple, Awilda is easily my favorite. It's so pretty!

  5. Ching Shih is really beautiful! Very vibrant. I like Rachel as a finished product, but the application wasn't enough to make me want to wear it again anytime soon. Thanks for your comment!

  6. Every time you wear a color like "Mary Read", I die- so perf on you! Fun fact- my great grandmother's name was "Awilda" and I always wondered if she was named after the female pirate of the same name!

  7. Thank you! I am definitely a pink girl at heart :D Your grandma has a bada$$ name!

  8. Oooh Awilda is gorgeous!! I don't mind more complex polishes needing 3 coats, but I do like my creams to be more like 2 or 2.5 coats :p

  9. These are really pretty - my favorites are the purple.

  10. Gosh, I really LOVE pinks on you! My favorite is Mary Read I think. The incidental red speckle is so cheeky!



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