I’ll admit that I’m a bit of a nail polish hoarder. I love how painted nails can update a look or make you feel like you’re wearing something new. It’s so easy to build up a hefty collection and before moving to Sweden, I rid myself of hundreds (over exaggeration) of polishes.
We’ve all become familiar with the more mainstream nail polish brands: Revlon, Essie, O.P.I., and Sally Hansen to name a few. I tend to bounce between these four and they get the job done pretty well. Recently, I was introduced to Cuccio (no, not Gucci, although how can you blame anyone for mistakenly calling it that?) and since I’d never heard of it, I figured that it was just another cheap quality polish that would probably end up in Pandora’s Box.
I managed to get my hands on one of their kits that includes their most popular colour, a deep red called, “A Kiss in Paris” and a top and bottom coat. The packaging didn’t exactly win me over from the beginning: the front of the box read in a romantic font, “For the Love of Colour” and was smothered in pink and red hearts. The back has an over-dramatically posed model, and a small writeup that mentions the polish’s Triple Pigmentation Technology that supposedly provides rich coverage in one coat and true coverage in two coats. At that point, Gucci – I mean, Cuccio had caught my attention. Applying two to three layers isn’t a huge hassle, but I had never come across a polish that could get away with complete coverage in only one.
So, I removed my week-long Revlon leftovers and put on the Cuccio base coat. Next was the moment of truth. I gave A Kiss In Paris a good shake, and applied the first stroke of red polish to my big toe nail and I saw something I’d never seen before: total and complete saturation. What kind of technology are they injecting into this stuff?! On went the top coat and as I admired my newly painted toes, I was quite impressed.
I did a bit of research on Cuccio, and they happen to be a major manufacturer of natural beauty care products that are used in top spas and salons worldwide. The great part is that their polishes don’t contain DBP/Dibutyl Phthalate, which is a nasty chemical commonly found in nail polishes that has been linked to underdevelopments and fertility problems in baby boys and is also found in children’s toys. It is also free of Toluene, a solvent that gives nail polish its infamously strong smell that allows for a smooth and glossy finish, though if frequently inhaled, can be extremely harmful to your nervous system.
It’s safe to say that Cuccio will most certainly not be seen in Pandora’s Box, as they took me by surprise with their quality and maintaining a safe ingredients list.The only downside is that it’s tricky to get ahold of – the official site only sells to salons and nail professionals, so if any of you know where we can get our hands on Cuccio Nail Colour, let us know because we want more!
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