BB Couture Cantina Collection Swatches & Review


It’s been a seriously hellish weekend for me, hope yours was better. We are preparing the house for new carpet in almost the whole house, so we actually have to pack everything as though we are moving out, YUCK! Hello knick-knacks, sigh. Also we are painting the office, 3rd bedroom and hallway before the carpet goes in so as you can imagine, it’s a lot of work in a few days time. I will show pics of the fresh paint when it’s all done because hey, it might not be polish, but it is colorful paint still!

As you might know, BB Couture has two new collections out right now. One is The Saints Of Ruin which I just reviewed the other day. The one I am showing today is called Cantina. This is much more of a classic “summer” collection, meaning bright, fun, cheerful colors and fun finishes.

I did have an issue about the formula on a few of these not because they were hard to apply, but because they were too sheer for my tastes. But to each his/her own!

Read on!

Pina Colada

Pina Colada is a very pale, lemon yellow with yellow glitter. As you can see, this is very sheer. I think it could look cool over black or something though. This was three coats.

Kiwi Margarita

Kiwi Margarita is a pale celedon green with glitter. This has a frosty-like finish to it, which doesn’t thrill me to death. It’s also very sheer. This was three coats.

Tequila Sunrise

Tequila Sunrise is a bright coral orange with yellow shimmer. This wasn’t one I was expecting to love, but I really do. SO perfect for summer! This was two coats.

Hangover Blues

Hangover Blues is a turquoise blue creme with very subtle yellow shimmer. I mean subtle; it’s really hard to pick up. Totally my kind of color though, I heart it. This was two coats.


Grasshopper is a bright, light green with tons of yellow, pink and green shimmer. This does go on sheer at first but builds up nicely after three coats. I was very happy about that because I really love the color. This was three coats.

Sex On The Beach

Sex On The Beach is a cherry red with multi-colored shimmer. It’s pretty and fun, and this was two coats.

Bahama Blue

Bahama Blue is a medium kind of mellow blue with pink, blue & green shimmer. I really love this blue because it’s kind of unexpected. I feel like you don’t often see this kind of blue, it’s usually much lighter or darker. This was two coats.

Huckleberry Martini

Huckleberry Martini is a bright royal purple with blue and pink shimmer. This is absolutely gorgeous, I love it. You do have to watch it a little with this one because it’s very slightly streaky, but not that bad. This was two coats.

Overall although this is a very different collection from their other recent summer one, it’s still really nice. There are a few here I could live without, but a few I think are really great to have.

You can find these on now.

What do you think guys?



  • June 14, 2010

    Hangover Blues is my fav!
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  • June 14, 2010

    I’m oddly drawn to Pina Colada and Kiwi Margarita. They have a cool ombre look on your nails. Bahama blue is also really nice! Having been to the Bahamas twice, the color is totally appropriately named!

  • June 14, 2010

    *sigh* Can BB Couture really do any wrong? I’m afraid not.

  • June 14, 2010

    i just got these and haven’t swatched them yet. glad to know what i’m in for! love huckleberry on you!

  • June 14, 2010

    Huckleberry Martini is fun, the others…….eh not so much but thanks for the swatches!!

  • June 14, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    huckleberry martini is so pretty-the blue was cool, thanks for the post

  • June 14, 2010

    Yay, thanks for these Kelly! Do you think you could describe how these compare?

    – Grasshopper and Kelly’s Green
    – Tequila Sunrise, Emperor, and Catalina Cutie
    – Hangover Blues and China Glaze For Audrey (or ORLY Gumdrop)

    Thanks :) I’m trying to narrow down my Overall Beauty order and you’re making it bigger! LOL

    • June 14, 2010


      I’m sorry I don’t have time for awhile to give you the rundown of all of those (swamped at work and home life), but I can tell you all of these are on my site and you can search for them and compare that way. They are all different.

      Oh I can tell you right off the bat Kelly’s Green isn’t like any other green from any other brand. It’s very different from Grasshopper. :)

  • June 14, 2010

    Wow I love your swatches as always Kelly! I personally didn’t care for Pina Colada only because I’m a dark nail polish fan! But as always BB Couture offers all kinds of colors for everyone.. There is a color in the collection for everyone!! I really like Blue Bahama, and Sex on the Beach.. Didn’t think I would but who knew right?? lol

    Thanks for letting know about your latest post from Twitter, its acting up on me or I would of let you know..
    Kim ~

  • June 14, 2010

    I ordered both collections sight unseen. I’m not thrilled with sheer polishes. They still are pretty shades. I’m delighted with the continuation of more greens. BB Couture has the best greens and I have them all. I love the shimmers in all of them. I’ll have to find something to layer the sheers over. Thanks for the lovely swatches. I always trust your opinion Kelly.

  • June 14, 2010

    I too would like to know how Hangover Blues compares to China Glaze for Audrey! Also how would Kiwi margarita look over grasshopper? Thanks!

    • June 14, 2010

      Hi Duchess,

      For Audrey is more of a Tiffany blue/green, Hangover Blues is more turquoise. I have no idea how Kiwi Margarita looks over Grasshoppe, I didn’t try it. I expect it would look cool though!

  • June 14, 2010

    Uh, I bought these sight unseen, and I thought some of them would be darker (like thew purple one). Sigh! I do love the bahama blue, hangover blues and sex on the beach. I’m sure I ‘ll find a way to wear the others somehow. BBC has become my favorite brand. (Take that OPI!, hehe :p).

    Thanks a lot for the swatches, Kelly! Always so kind of you for doing them :)

  • June 14, 2010

    This is more like it! Didn’t want anything from the Saints of Ruin Collection and this is right up my alley!
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  • June 14, 2010

    Bahama Blue is so pretty and it looks great on you!

  • June 14, 2010

    Loving Huckleberry Martini and Bahama Blue!

  • June 14, 2010

    Huckleberry Martini is way too pretty!! Can’t wait to get it…

  • June 14, 2010

    Oh great…In a few months we are redoing our carpet!

    My favourites are Tequila Sunrise, Bahama Blue, and Huckleberry Martini.

  • June 14, 2010

    Huckleberry Martini all the way

  • June 14, 2010

    Thanks for the swatches. My BB Couture collection is growing monthly. I’m ordering the second collection which contains the two blues, grasshopper & huckleberry martini. You can save $2 by ordering it as a set I found out. And tequila sunrise will join them.

  • June 15, 2010

    I have surprised my self by totally loving Tequila Sunrise. Not a color I would normally pick, but this one is sooooo pretty. Love it!

  • June 15, 2010

    OMG I need Bahama Blue
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    • June 15, 2010

      HI Phyrra,

      Yes…yes you do 😉

  • June 15, 2010

    VV, these all look so great on you! With all you’re doing around your house, where did you find the time to swatch? My fave is Tequila Sunrise. I want to like pina colada, but I know I will be disappointed with it’s sheerness. Don’t go burning yourself out with too much swatching!

  • June 22, 2010

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