Soaper1 asked me what I thought she should swatch next, and as I said, “ummm…” she said, “maybe we should introduce people to some lesser known brands.” Great idea! (As always.)
She recommended BB Couture for Nails, and after I saw her gorgeous pictures, I definitely agree. Her excellent review and swatches:
BB Couture is a nail polish company out of California. I’d consider them a niche brand because they’re not carried in national chain stores (Ulta, Trade Secret, etc.), and I haven’t seen them in salons either — at least not where I live. According to their site, they’ve been making nail polish for 10 years, and always in small batches to ensure quality. They release several new collections each year, and they offer a men’s line. (I have a few polishes from the men’s line; they’re equally great.) BB Couture’s formula is a 4-in-1, which means it’s a base coat, top coat, nail strengthener, and color in one bottle. Plus the formula is toluene-, formaldehyde-, and DBP-free.
I order my BBC polishes from overallbeauty.com. They’re priced at $9.00 each, but that price is discounted if you purchase an entire collection (and their customer service is wonderful). Overall Beauty runs sales and specials throughout the year, so definitely sign up for their newsletter.
Horned Devil is a red jelly with greenish gold and orange microglitter — though I think the color seems almost more orange than red. This polish is part of the Butterfly Collection, which also includes: Painted Lady (orange jelly with microglitter), Caterpillar (avocado green with gold shimmer), Peacock (yellow creme), Skipper (hot pink with a fine shimmer), and Emperor (a peachy pink creme).
BB Couture polishes always apply beautifully. While they’re a 4-in-one formula, I always use a base coat and top coat (I can’t help myself!). Since this is a jelly, I decided to use a ridge filling basecoat to see if that would help with visible nail line (VNL). As you can see in the picture, there’s still a little VNL. I’ve read that using a nude polish (one that closely matches your skintone) under sheer and jelly polishes, it diminishes VNL. It gives the polishes more opacity without altering the color.
As always, I used three coats of color and topped with 1 coat of Seche Vite.