BB Couture ‘Saints of Ruin’ Collection

BB Couture Saints of Ruin opener 2

 

BB Couture may not be on everyone’s speed-dial, but it should; with a formula that boasts colour, base & top coats, as well as a nail strengthener inside, each shade is also made with natural pearl for an extra special luminosity. Another little known fact is their unisex appeal, as there are shades targeted but not limited to, men. Then there’s the fact of the quality of this formula … superb, comes to mind.

Based in California, BB Couture draws their inspiration for each collection from myriad sources; this particular collection was created for the goth band ‘Saints of Ruin’, where the shades were also worn by the band members. Since I don’t know anything at all about goth bands, I’ll focus on these luxurious hues instead!

All swatches are with base coat; top coat only where indicated.


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BB Couture Saints of Ruin Collection

BB Couture – Saints of Ruin Collection


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BB Couture – Saints of Ruin Collection

 

Glampyre – a deep olive/bronze shimmer filled hue with antique gold overtones. With an excellent formula, opacity & natural gloss, there’s a “tiger’s eye” look to this rich & luxurious beauty. Coats applied: 2 plus top coat


BB Couture Glampyre swatch

BB Couture – Glampyre


BB Couture Glampyre swatch 2

BB Couture – Glampyre

 

Ashes – a charcoal/eggplant complex hue with ultra-fine silvery shimmer, some sparse pink shimmer, and a subtle duo chrome-like effect that’s seen more in the bottle than on the nail, although there appears to be a greenish halo-like effect in certain lighting. Self-levelling and glossy, the shimmer is two-tiered and multi-dimensional. Coats applied: 2 plus top coat


BB Couture Ashes swatch

BB Couture – Ashes


BB Couture Ashes swatch 2

BB Couture – Ashes


BB Couture Ashes swatch 3

BB Couture – Ashes


BB Couture Ashes swatch 4

BB Couture – Ashes (with flash)

 

Dark Tommy – an intensely brooding grape jelly hue – both in colour/tone and consistency. The formula was a touch on the thick side with a spring-back effect, although still very easy to work with. The brown undertones in the base give this shade the look of the darkest chocolate, very decadent. Note that the swatches below are WITHOUT top coat – it’s THAT insanely glossy! Bonus: non staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


BB Couture Dark Tommy swatch

BB Couture – Dark Tommy


BB Couture Dark Tommy swatch 2

BB Couture – Dark Tommy

 

Fairytale – a jewel-like sapphire blue with deep indigo hints and an ultra-fine silvery shimmer throughout. Brush stroke-free, shiny, self-levelling and with a formula that applies like silk, there was no staining upon removal. Coats applied: 2


BB Couture Fairytale swatch

BB Couture – Fairytale


BB Couture Fairytale swatch 2

BB Couture – Fairytale

 

Ruby Ruin – the deepest port-wine shade I’ve seen and in a jelly formula similar in density and flow to ‘Dark Tommy’, this ultra pigmented blackened red applies in a totally smooth manner, leaving nothing but this mirror like shine behind. There could be some very minimal staining, so don’t skip the base coat. Note: NO topcoat needed or applied here either! Coats applied: 2


BB Couture Ruby Ruin swatch

BB Couture – Ruby Ruin


BB Couture Ruby Ruin swatch 2

BB Couture – Ruby Ruin

 

Nightmare – an intensely deep blackened garnet filled with red glass-like fine shimmer, that appears to glow from just under the nail surface; think of banked & glowing embers – an unbelievable effect. Self-levelling, major colour saturation, and an ultra-high gloss thanks to the jelly formula, this non-staining beauty benefits from top coat for the smoothest surface. Coats applied: 2


BB Couture Nightmare swatch

BB Couture – Nightmare


BB Couture Nightmare swatch 2

BB Couture – Nightmare


BB Couture Nightmare swatch 3

BB Couture – NIghtmare (with flash)

 

Final thoughts: I don’t know this band, and so the significance of the names on each shade eludes me; what I do know, however, is that each & every varnish comes in BB Couture’s trademark amazing formula. Ruby Ruin reminded me very much of a-england’s ‘Lancelot’ (reviewed here), although they differ in formula. The glow that ‘Nightmare’ gives off is nothing short of spectacular, and must be seen in person to be appreciated. I understand that Glampyre was added almost a year later to this collection, and there appears to be one more shade – which I do not have to show. Yes, I know that we’re already seeing Spring & Summer collections, but it’s still winter and darker shades rule!

BB Couture lacquers can be purchased through the brands site or at Overall Beauty (they offer international shipping) where the retail price of each shade is $10.95.


BB Couture Saints of Ruin Collection closer

 

 

 

*Disclosure: Product samples provided by the company/PR for my unbiased consideration

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