BB Couture Girls on Tape Collection for Spring 2012 Swatches & Review

Have you heard? BB Couture has a new spring collection out that features twelve new colors! The regular “women’s” collection is called Girls on Tape and that’s what I’m featuring today.

The shades in Girls on Tape are all named after movies. These six colors are flecked with either small glitter sparkles or have a shimmer finish.

Nearly all of them were just two coats, though they seemed sheer at first. Nice formula, no streaking or weird problems. The one thing I did notice was for the almost all of the glitter ones, the glitter seemed to sink into the color, so it was more in the background hiding rather than up front. I prefer the glitter to sit on top of my polish rather than sink in that much. They are a little rough (not bad though) so you’ll need a nice top coat. But you knew that already didn’t you? ­čśë

BB Couture African Queen
African Queen

African Queen is a medium mellowed out green with silver and blue shimmer. This is named after the movie The African Queen featuring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn. I love this green color. It’s subdued, not overly bright like a grass green, and buttery smooth. This was two coats.

BB Couture Happy Hooker
Happy Hooker

Happy Hooker is a bright pink/purple with multi-colored small glitter pieces. This one is named after the rather risque book and movie The Happy Hooker (true story of a call girl). This is a bright fun color and two coats.

BB Couture Gidget

Gidget is a muted medium brown/pink with multi-colored glitter. The glitter is more sparse in this one than Happy Hooker. This is named after the popular surfing movie Gidget, of course! This was three coats.

BB Couture Pretty Woman
Pretty Woman

Pretty Woman is a raspberry pink/red with multi-colored glitter. This is named after the hugely successful (and I never understood why) movie Pretty Woman. This was two coats.

BB Couture Carrie

Carrie is a deep, dark, shimmery navy blue with light blue and pink shimmer. Hubba hubba. Carrie is named after the awesome Stephen King book and movie. I am partial to this one not only because I am a HUGE Stephen King fan, but also this color is just so rich and pretty. This was two coats.

BB Couture Black Widow
Black Widow

Black Widow is a very dark and vampy purple with mostly red glitter. This is DARK. Almost black but not quite. This is named after the crime thriller Black Widow starring Debra Winger. This was two coats.


I’ll be honest. I didn’t love some of these. The pink/reds just didn’t interest me much. My favorites were African Queen and Carrie. I prefer the shimmery ones to the glittery ones in this collection.

Availability: Coming soon on BB Couture and available now on Overall Beauty.

Pricing: $9.95 each.

How are you feeling about Girls on Tape? Anything here you are excited to see in person?


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  • January 31, 2012

    I’m rather fond of the idea that they’re based off of movies, but the colours don’t really catch me, sadly. If there happens to be a male version, I’ll be hoping to like those.

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi L.K.,

      There is a male version, stay tuned. ­čśë

      • January 31, 2012

        Awesome! I’m sort of new to the polish scene, but I’ve been rather intrigued by how BB always has a male and female version. I’m trying to save up money, so I only buy a collection if its an absolute must have, but I’m really hoping the love the male collection, especially since I’m a super film lover.

      • January 31, 2012

        YAY! I’m excited to see the male version, Kelly! :) I find that I usually find the colours in the male version more unconventional, and therefore more intriguing.

        From these colours, I really liked African Queen, but Happy Hooker looks fun and cheerful (even though I’m not usually one to sport pink polish). Haha, and the name “Happy Hooker” makes me laugh.
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  • January 31, 2012

    Pretty Woman is okay, but none of them really grab me. Kind of uneventful. I must be getting spoiled by all the great polishes out there.
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    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Lulubelle,

      There are some seriously amazing polishes out there, no doubt. Competition is fierce!

  • January 31, 2012

    I don’t have any BB Couture. Yet. African Queen and Carrie look so pretty, but I sure don’t associate the color blue with “Carrie”.

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi TieDye64,

      I don’t really either but I adore the color anyway, haha! I remember my older sister had the book when I was a kid, and the cover scared me so much, but I couldn’t stop looking at it. :)

    • January 31, 2012

      I thought about that too. It’s sort of an interesting choice, but then maybe they already had too many reds? Carrie probably appeals to me the most out of this collection, though.

      • February 1, 2012

        I would have thought the shade ‘Carrie’ would have been the one that is ‘Black Widow’. But, I like them all anyway. :)
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  • January 31, 2012

    I like Black Widow a lot – it looks black to me though. I’ve been looking for a good black with red glitter – I usually just layer red glitter over an opaque black, but I would be excited to find the just-right premade polish. I don’t think Black Widow is “it,” but it’s close.
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    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Emi,

      It’s very nearly black,but a really a super dark brownish purple.

  • January 31, 2012

    I happen to like the reds and pinks and not the other ones. The pink and reds are so cheerful and pretty. I used to be a blue/black/green kinda girl, and now I’ve completely changed. Weird…Thanks for posting these. I really liked some of these :) I’ll wait for the guys part to see what I’ll be ordering.
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    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Regina,

      Glad you like!

  • January 31, 2012

    I absolutely LOVE the first two colors! I wish there was a way I could get them shipped to the Netherlands.

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi Marieke,

      You can! Kim at Overall Beauty ships them anywhere. :)

  • January 31, 2012

    Do you know if they ship to Russia? I LOVE their polishes, but there is no information about shipping on the official site, and Overall beauty doesn’t have Russia in the list

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi mariamarvel,

      Hmm I have heard she ships everywhere, but you might want to email her and ask for sure.

  • January 31, 2012

    So I don’t own any BB Coutures. That will change when I get Carrie. Holy that is one beautiful polish. Not to mention that’s one of my favorite movies. :)
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  • January 31, 2012

    I wish I could see/hold them in person, it makes purchase decisions so much easier. There’s no place that I know of that sells them locally. African Queen and Carrie would be my picks, but then again, I pretty much always go for the blue or greens!
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  • January 31, 2012

    I’m with you on the favorites. Love greens so I want this. Carrie is lovely. I’m a huge Stephen King fan also so I’d buy this just because of the name. The rest are okay.

  • January 31, 2012

    Really like a few of the colors – even though they’re not unique. But I hate the way the glitter sinks! Totally ruins the collection for me. I’m looking forward to your swatches of the men’s collection.

  • January 31, 2012

    I’ve been trying to locate a good top coat for my nails – what do you use?

    I love the effect of seche vite, but they test on animals and I recently made the decision to go cruelty-free when choosing my cosmetics.

    Would really appreciate any direction you could give me! :-)

    • February 1, 2012

      Hi Lauren,

      My all-time fav by far is Nubar Diamont. You can really only find it online but it’s THE best. Blows Seche away for me. :)

  • January 31, 2012

    Nice swatches. African Queen and Carrie are also the only ones that float my boat…I do love BB polishes though and have quite a few! Thanks.

  • January 31, 2012

    I have so many polishes now that I need to start being more selective. The African Queen looks nice. I’ve read that the men’s collection for this theme are mattes.

    • January 31, 2012

      That’d be wonderful. I love mattes and I don’t have many of them right now, so that’d give me a great excuse to buy the collection. I hope they choose wonderful movies, though. (The more I think about it, the more I’ll expect them to choose something really cool, like a noir theme or something, so I really need to NOT think about it. I’m too muc of a kinophile.)

      • January 31, 2012

        Overall Beauty already has them listed on their website:
        Commando (green matte)
        Road Warrior (black matte}
        Ghost Rider (rust matte)
        Lethal Weapon (red )
        Top Gun (blue matte)
        There’s a photo of the bottle line up too, but it’s better to see them actually swatched. Kelly is a pro with that.

  • January 31, 2012

    I NEED Happy Hooker!! The others, though…meh; pretty, but they’ve got lots of competition out there right now and I can’t buy ALL of them.
    I, too, am a Stephen King fan, although I think he’s been kinda phoning it in for the last 15+ years, IMHO. “The Shining” , “It” and “The Tommyknockers” are all must-read books!! His movies are so lame, though….just bloody AWFUL!

    • January 31, 2012

      Hi WildHeart,

      This pains me to say it, but I agree with you about SK. I have liked about 50% of the books he’s out out in the last 15 years. His best were definitely in the 70’s and 80’s!

  • January 31, 2012

    I never understood the “Pretty Woman” appeal, either…ick.

  • January 31, 2012

    African Queen!! <3 I'm named after Kate Hepburn, so I guess that one is going on my list.

  • February 1, 2012

    The only ones in this collection that are appealing to me at all are African Queen and Carrie. I don’t get the blue connection to Carrie but it’s a pretty stunning shade. As soon as I scrolled to it I actually said “WHOA!” Although I’d be more likely to wear African Queen lol. I’m excited for the men’s collection, I usually like those ones more.

  • February 1, 2012

    I kind of like Happy Hooker even though I don’t usually wear pink polish. I’m old enough to remember reading the book while babysitting at a neighbor’s.

  • February 1, 2012

    African Queen is so pretty! However with so many nail polishes more readily available, I generally dont purchase them online…idk why but I think it too frivolous! So it really really needs to scream BUY ME! LOL.
    Too bad they dont sell in a store someplace. Oh well…. As usual your photos are gorgeous!

  • February 1, 2012

    I am with you on this one VV. I kind of like Happy Hooker – but not sure I would go out of my way to find it to buy and carry thought. Sad as I typically like this brand. This collection is a let down.

  • February 1, 2012

    African Queen has caught my eye, but overall I’m underwhelmed with this collection…

  • February 2, 2012

    Ahhh I *love* Pretty Woman!!! (The movie I mean lol). The polishes are pretty but none are calling to me right now.
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  • February 5, 2012

    I like the pink ones! Carrie should’ve been red in my opinion. When I was little I had a tv in my room and I always got up at night to secretly watch tv. I saw this movie and found it weird. Not too long ago I was talking about movies and talked about this one, not knowing the name and my mom was like; Carrie! Your dad took me to that movie when we went out first. I hated it!
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  • February 7, 2012

    Carrie is a stunner, I always loved the male section more but I think thinks are changing ­čśë