The friendly nail polish stork dropped off a package of nail mail from BB Couture this week, and today’s post is the first result of that shipment.
When I opened the box and checked out the colors they had picked for me, Orion’s Belt was the first one that Ms Gents and I verbally exclaimed about – “Whoa!” I think was the consensus.
Orion’s Belt is from the BB Couture for Men collection, and it’s a basic semi-gloss black with a mid-range volume of silver holo glitter mixed in. The glitter isn’t super densely packed, but it’s also not sparse, and you can pretty easily see it on the nail if the lighting angle is right.
Its cool to see these brands aimed at men, because it’s sort of a market-based validation that its not so insane for a guy to want to wear some interesting color on his fingernails.
While I don’t choose my nail polish based on which gender is written on the label, I still like that these brands are out there getting the concept into people’s minds.
I think women benefit from the ‘for men’ nail polish lines as well, because it introduces new, funky colors that nail polish companies might otherwise be wary of introducing out of a fear that women wouldn’t want to wear them.
For example, I know for a fact that Ms Gents loves the funkier colors (olive drab green for example), and those types of colors wouldn’t have been on the market ten or fifteen years ago.
As always, I applied Gelous Gel Nail Coat as my base, and Seche Vite QDTC as my top.
Application review and rating is down below.
These photos were taken in direct sunlight, and as you can see, my camera had trouble auto-focusing on my nails because of the holo effect. The side benefit though, is that you get a good feel for what the holo looks like.
Application Review and Rating
I’ll make it easy for you – this photoset shows one coat of color.
Orion’s Belt applied smoothly and quite evenly, and coverage was excellent. There was no streaking and the pigmentation was 100% opaque. I’m thinking the one-coat coverage might be an intentional benefit of the ‘for men’ nail polish lines, as I recall this being the case with the EvolutionMan polishes I’ve tried as well.
Viscosity was mostly good, though there was a bit of unwanted flow into the cuticle area, and several times I had to dab off excess latent down-feed from the brush tip midway through single nail application.
Any color that applies this well in one coat goes a very long way with me. The color itself is great for guys looking to branch out in the nail color range while still playing it pretty safe.
Overall, it gets a superior quality rating. If you like the color, you shouldn’t hesitate to buy this stuff.