Essie Pound Cake

A couple of months ago, I decided I would work my way through my nude polishes as a base for the Nubar Glitters and the OPI Alice in Wonderland collections – kind of like killing two birds with one stone, but I’ve only got round to publishing it now as I kept delaying it, not wanting to bore you.

Anyway. I don’t have a lot to say about this really. Pound Cake is what I can only think of as a typical Essie polish. Pale, slightly pink, inoffensive. No brand does “work appropriate” better than Essie, and for those poor ladies who cannot wear anything other than these shades at work, Essie must be a lifesaver.

Please allow these pictures to act as a warning that just because you have long nails doesnt mean that you should necessarily use them to remove bacon from the George Forman grill. It messes up your manicure, ok?

I am in two minds as to whether Pound Cake is meant to be an opaque polish or not. I think this was about five coats in the end, and had I not used three coats of ridge filler first, it would have been more.

As you know, I struggle with Essie’s application as the bottles are just too small and fiddly for my massive hands, plus the brushes are small and unwieldy for me. They are designed with people who have small hands and nails in mind, rather than my meganails.

I don’t have a lot else to say here really. It’s bland, boring, pale. it makes me crave colour. And it makes me want to reach for tongs, rather than use my freshly manicured nails to pick stuff off the grill. I know people like to see bright and colourful shades on here, but you know – maybe someone’s desperate to see what this one looks like. What do you think?




  1. 19th June 2010 / 1:17 PM

    I like to see ALL shades. I like this on you. I have it and nudes are growing on me…

  2. 22nd June 2010 / 6:34 PM

    I’m not crazy about this shade. Maybe on short nails it would look nice. I like the deeper shades on you.

  3. 2nd February 2011 / 10:55 AM

    I adore pound cake mmmmmmm

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