Swatches of Cuccio Higher Grounds & Coffee, Tea or Me?
I also purchased the Cuccio gel base and top coats to try. While I didn’t conduct an official wear test, I did wear the polish on my right hand for about a week and got a good feel for it (I almost always have two different colored hands these days LOL). The base coat seemed to be a little on the thin side and will pool in the cuticles if not applied carefully in a thin coat. The two colors that I tried had different consistencies, even though the finishes were similar. The top coat had decent shine and strength.
My thumb nail peeled off after only a few days, and then the pinky nail lifted after about 6-7 days. After that I decided to soak-off and try something else. The soak-off process was pretty decent. I didn’t time the soak-off, but if I had to guess I’d say it was in the 10-13 minute range. Overall the experience was ok, but I would probably wear the colors with a different base next time to get longer wear.
This is Coffee, Tea or Me? I was drawn to the shimmery shades in this collection. Coffee, Tea or Me? was very opaque and had great coverage with just two coats. I really liked the consistency of the formula. The color is a bronzy brown shimmer with some mauve undertones.
Higher Grounds reminded me of a rusty orange with a golden shimmer. I think my photo makes this color appear a little more orange than it actually is. I applied this color second and was surprised to find the consistency very thin and sheer compared to the previous color. I had to apply three coats to get good coverage.