Surprisingly Gorgeous: Essie Pound Cake


Many girls steer clear of Essie’s soft colors. I, however, compulsively buy them. I just can’t stop myself. The result is a drawer full of off white, taupe, nude, and a soft pink Essies that I only occasionally dig out for use. I’m always pleasantly surprised by how much I like these colors on myself. Essie Pound Cake doesn’t look like much in the bottle but it’s very chic on the nail. It’s a beige creme with a slight tinge of smokey muted pink. I would refer to it as a borderline mushroom-y color. The application wasn’t amazing, but not horrible. This mani is 1 coat Essie First Base base coat, 4 coats of color, and 1 coat seche vite. I really loved it.

Completely unrelated to this great color, I’m taking a small pseudo-hiatus until mid January. I’m sure many of you have noticed that I’ve been doing a lot of one-polish posts lately. I’ve been working on a few polish related side projects that, along with my internship, have taken up all my free time. I’m going to keep posting more or less in the same manner that I have been, i.e. NOTD posts, the Top 20, etc. but I won’t be able to cover large collections for a little while. I have a tone of collections to cover for you guys once things quiet down a bit, so I hope you’ll stick with me through this period of meagerly posting. I also want to apologize a head of time, many of the NOTDs for the next few weeks are going to be professional colors again. In any case, everything will go back to normal shortly.


15 Responses to “Surprisingly Gorgeous: Essie Pound Cake”

  1. Sminkan Says:

    It does look good on you! Great even! It must be made with hands and nails like yours in mind. I could never, ever have that color and make it look half as nice. ;D

  2. Marsha Smith Says:

    I don’t feel like I can wear the really pale colors either, but it looks great on you. Have a good Christmas and new Years’ and I’ll keep checking by!

  3. Brooke Says:

    I just looked at this color yesterday while placing an order at H2T! I was loving all the names of the desserts, lol. I almost got the blue one, maybe the name was bluebery crumble or something like that! I think it looks really great on you! Good luck with all your side projects, can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

  4. Vampy Varnish Says:

    That is really nice! It’s funny when I saw the pic I was like, oh blah boring. Then I read where you said mushroom-y and I was like “I am all over it” I like you am obsessed with anything mushroom-y (or olive-y)! Yay! Oh and don’t worry, I won’t abandon you and your blog!

  5. katee Says:

    Oh wow this color looks fabulous!! Super chic and work appropriate. Curious to hear about your nail polish related side projects. Very cool! Good luck w/everything.

  6. andie Says:

    I LOVE IT!!!!! You give me all the work appropriate lemmings!! keep em coming – i need more ideas……well, not really, but i WANT more ideas! I also *love* Zoya Giselle on you – i cant wait to order again

  7. Mayra Says:

    the color looks amazing! i really wish i could pull off those nude colors but i dont think i really can. i have bought a few essie soft colors but never had the guts to wear them, but i will! goodluck with everything! Happy Holidays! :D

  8. Kyosuke Says:

    Indeed, you’re the gorgeous one here ! Wonderful color for wonderful nails !

  9. pretear Says:

    Sminkan – lol Thank you, but I’m sure you could. : )

    Marsha – You too (and thank you)!

    Brooke – I don’t think I’ve ever see Blueberry Crumble *adds to wishlist*. Thank you! : )

    Vampy – : ) Thank you! I do feel I should warn you though, it’s not the most mushroom-y of the mushroom-y colors. Lol.

    Katee – Yup, it’s very work appropriate and thanks.

    Andie – Isn’t it great! It reminds of a lighter more serious version (and cheaper) of RBL Starfish Patrick. Thank you and you too. : )

    Mayra – You have to try it at least once! When you do let me know which one and how you like it.

    Kyosuke – Thank you! : )

  10. Brooke Says:

    I just looked up the color name I was telling you about, it is BLueberry Crumb not Crumble

  11. pretear Says:

    Thank you!

  12. Molly Says:

    Is this color like the white Bubble Bath or Time-less is More, with a slight pinkish tinge? Or is it more of an actual pink?

  13. pretear Says:

    I wouldn’t say its like BB or TMIS because it’s muted but it is tinged pink, I wouldn’t say it’s actually pink.

  14. The Polish Addict » Blog Archive » Perplexing: Creative Nail Design Blueberries & Cream Says:

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  15. All Lacqured Up Says:

    I’ve been searching for a similar colour to Essie’s Pound Cake and am unsure of where to turn. I’m hoping to find something in stores, I’m all about instant gratification, and need something to compliment my pale skin tone, do you know of anything that is close to Pound Cake?

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