Pretty Pinks, Nudes + Neutrals- Simple Nail Colors to Love

Smooth, creamy ivory, sheer “barely there” pinks and soft, peachy nudes- these are some of my most-trusted, “it will go with everything” nail colors. There’s just something timeless, simple and effortless about my favorite bunch over here.

I just mentioned in this post that I’m taking a break from gel manicures, so I’m bringing back my most loved regular and “UV-lamp-free” gel polishes back into the rotation.

Essie Gel Couture Lace Me Up– creamy, rose-pink that’s a bit on the pale side. It’s like a toned-down version of Muchi, Muchi, or a nice alternative to Fiji– which is gorgeous but an absolute nightmare to apply.

Essie Perennial Chic– the only “true nude” polish that doesn’t blend in with my skin and is flattering on my skin tone. It’s a peachy nude that’s classic, simple and elegant.

Essie Tuck It In My Tux

Essie Tuck It In My Tux– subtle, classy, a bit sheer and feminine creamy ivory. It’s a great alternative to solid white, as it’s not as intimidating. It has these lovely pastel vibes going on, that make it a great, all-year-round color.

Essie Urban Jungle– an alabaster orchid shade that’s both edgy and simple; an off-white with an ever so slightly pink undertone.

Essie Sheer Fantasy Swatches

Essie Gel Couture Sheer Fantasy

Essie Gel Couture Sheer Fantasy– sheer, “barely there” pink that’s perfect if you prefer more subtle and natural-looking nails. Usually, I like to apply 3 coats- the end result is still sheer, just a bit more pink-ish than with only one or two coats.

Givenchy Pink Perfecto– a pretty pastel pink with a sleep, satin finish. Perfect for everyday wear. The applicator brush is just as good as with Dior and Essie Gel Couture polishes- it’s curved which allows for a perfect application without getting any product on your cuticles.

Tom Ford Sugar Dune

Tom Ford Sugar Dune

Tom Ford Sugar Dune– cool-toned, creamy pinky beige that’s also perfect for a minimal, natural look. I find that usually with lighter colors, Tom Ford polishes have to be applied in three coats to get an even and smooth application.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink– a warm, peachy pink with just a hint of silver shimmer and a very long-lasting formula. The shimmer is very subtle and is noticeable only in direct sunlight.

Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Sure Thing– my absolute favorite white nail polish and a summer must-have. This bright white applies smoothly and evenly, unlike pretty much every other white nail polish I’ve tried over the years. Revlon’s Gel Envy polishes used with their Gel Envy Top Coat give a beautiful, smooth, glossy finish that’s also long-lasting, without having to use the UV lamp.

Tom Ford Show Me The Pink

Dior Incognito– next to Essie, Dior polishes have both my favorite formula and the applicator brush. Incognito is a nude beige with delicate rosy undertones.

Dior Tra-La-La– another pretty, feminine pink. It can be applied in one coat, for a sheer finish, or in two-three coats for an opaque look.

Dior Tra-La-La Nail Polish

Marc Jacobs White Snow– creamy off-white that isn’t as bright as a true white but is more on a delicate and soft side.

Lakur Out of Office– creamy pastel pink with a high-shine finish and long-lasting, nail-strengthening formula.

If I had to narrow it down to just two or three favorite colors… I probably couldn’t, just because they’re all so different (even though they might all look very similar). What are some of your favorite nail colors from this category? Do you prefer pinks or true, flesh-toned nudes?


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    Lisa Autumn
    January 21, 2019 at 6:40 am

    These are my fave kind of shade.. occasionaly I also love a good black nailpolish :)

    x Lisa |

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    Candice Sandler
    January 21, 2019 at 7:02 am

    These are all such beautiful shades

    Candice |

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    Linda Libra Loca
    January 21, 2019 at 8:29 am

    I prefer nudes over pinks, but usually opt for bolder colors like red or browns, I don´t like the whole pastel vibe in general.

    Anne|Linda, Libra, Loca

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    January 21, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    What a gorgeous collection! Pinks and Nudes are my favourite nail colours, and all of these look great. I definitely need to go through my collection and have a sort out xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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      Paula @
      January 28, 2019 at 9:08 pm

      Thank you, Hannah! These are some of my most-loved colors, but I do love a bold black or berry once in a while, too.

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    January 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    These are beautiful colours! Especially for Spring.
    I love Dior polishes.

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    Nicole Rose
    January 21, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    I am all for these beautiful pinky tones!

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    The Sunday Mode
    January 22, 2019 at 3:00 am

    I think I’m going to start wearing nail polishes again because I love these nude shades, they’re so timeless and I feel like nice nail polish totally caps off an outfit as well? I used to wear nail polish ALL the time, like years on end but I totally ruined my nails (neglected base and top coats lol oops), so I stopped wearing them for the past few years and now that my nails are all healed I’m kinda scared to go back to wearing polish! Such a first world problem, haha

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

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    Follow My Gut
    January 22, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    I so love that you’re giving your nails a break and letting them breathe a bit. However, I do have my eye on getting a similar color. While I love the Tom Ford, I doubt that color would look right for my skin tone. But you do have me thinking about getting a softer color that’s as similar and cute. Love this and the inspo you’ve given me!

    Danielle | <3

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    Danielle Alexa
    January 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    These are all such stunning shades, I am going to have to treat myself to a few!

    Danielle xx

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    January 25, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    White/pastel coloured nail polishes are some of my favourites!

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