Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Cuccio Match Maker Swatches and Review

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I have a few Cuccio Color Veneer swatches to show you today.  This is a new brand to my stash, and I am pleasantly surprised.  It applies like a dream, levels well, and the colors I selected to test are opaque in 3.  I will definitely be adding more to my collection.  And how cute that the colors are all named after locations around the world. 

First up, Moscow's Red Square.  This is a shimmery red that leans slightly toward a wine shade.  I really wanted it to be a deeper red based on the name, but it's a pretty color none the less.
Cuccio Colour Veneer

The second color I chose to test out is Fountains of Versailles.  This is a color I picked based on pictures of the "matching" Cuccio lacquer.  I was pleasantly surprised to see that the gel version of this shimmery blue is actually a green leaning teal.  I do love my teals.  This one is slightly less opaque than Moscow's Red Square, but I couldn't see vnl in regular lighting.
Cuccio Colour Veneer

As both of these came in "Match Maker" sets, I took a few comparison shots between the gel and regular polish versions. Of course, it would be too easy to take them both in the same order.  Sorry about that.

Moscow's Red Square lacquer (RNP) is a much richer, truer red than the gel (SOG) version.  This is what I really wanted the gel to look like.  The gel is a bit muted in comparison.
Cuccio Match Maker

The lacquer (RNP) version of Fountains of Versailles is flatter with more of a blue tone.  I couldn't get my camera to cooperate and capture the difference in the colors in my light box, so I snapped this one under my ottlite.  Excuse the glare from the lights.  You can also see in this picture that the RNP has pigment particles that make it almost look like metallic.  Whereas the gel (SOG) is more of a scattered shimmer with green tones.  Both are great colors, but definitely not a match.
Cuccio Match Maker

Despite the non-matching "Match Makers", I will definitely pick up more of these in the future.  I really like the formulas of both the Soak off Gel and traditional lacquer versions. 



  1. They both are quite beautiful. I love that the color is close enough that you could do a gel manicure and regular nail polish pedicure and they'd look pretty dang close to matching!
    Is this type of gel UV only or does it work with LED as well?

    1. Cuccio gel is LED as well. I am working on a post for later this week with a few LeChat Perfect Match colors. The gel and matching RNP are much closer with LeChat and the LeChat formula is also LED now.


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