essie Original Nail Polish, 6 ballet slippers, Sheer Pink Nail Polish, 13.5 ml

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essie Original Nail Polish, 6 ballet slippers, Sheer Pink Nail Polish, 13.5 ml

essie Original Nail Polish, 6 ballet slippers, Sheer Pink Nail Polish, 13.5 ml

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In the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign, there has only been one nail colour she’s sported - in the public eye, at least. It’s so subtle you’ve likely never noticed it, though closer inspection shows her nails are often painted a soft and milky barely-there pink. No, the 91-year-old monarch needs certainty that her chosen hue is both stylish and appropriate — and apparently the only color to adorn her fingernails is Essie's "Ballet Slippers." The timeless pale pink color is reportedly a favorite of the queen. The elegant nail polish color would be a perfect match for the pink ensemble she wore at a recent garden party! What's most impressive is its staying power. After all, it shouldn't be that hard to find a dupe for a pale pink nail polish. But the texture sets it apart from the rest. "Many try to capture the soft, neutral pink color, but what's truly unique about Ballet Slippers is it's not-quite-sheer, not-quite-opaque look," says Remark. "The result is a soft pink veil of color that conceals nail imperfections and flatters your nails all while remaining clean and sheer." Plus, that translucence means it works for just about everyone, which might explain why it's a regular for brides (so much so that some bridal experts hold it as the standard). "It doesn’t compete with your dress and complements rings perfectly," says Sarah Gibson Tuttle, founder of L.A. nail salon Olive & June. "It's been a bride favorite forever."

Essie Ballet Slippers nail polish is an award-winning, best-selling pale pink nail colour that is fit for the Queen. This soft and classic pink nail varnish with a lovely subtle, sheer finish is perfect for all occasions or seasons. It can also be used with Blanc shade to create a perfect French manicure. We're breaking down Kate, Meghan, and Queen Elizabeth's favorite nail polish shades below, plus deets on where you can buy these colors for yourself. Queen Elizabeth's Favorite Nail Polish

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In fact, our monarch is so associated with the seashell pink, Essie Ballet Slippers, that royal folklore once suggested it was protocol to wear nothing stronger than a nude hue. ‘Such isn’t the case, though’, said royal correspondent Omid Scobie in 2018. ‘There’s no actual protocol about dark nail polish. It’s simply about being appropriate.’ Famous for her nails, Barbra Streisand became the first celebrity client of Essie after the brand launched in 1981. Essie Weingarten had one goal for her polish line, which was “to help women feel special and to give them the perfect manicure.” Weingarten launched her line with three shades (Blanc, Bordeaux and Baby’s Breath) by heading to Vegas with a suitcase full of polish which she pitched from salon to salon. Before entering the nail lacquer business, Weingarten worked in the ladies’ hosiery. She recalled that all the pantyhose had clever names, which is why when she started her company she gave her polishes distinct, fun names, rather than numbers. And there is one particular - and suitably ‘appropriate’ - shade that the Queen favours. According to nail care brand Essie, the Queen’s hairdresser sent the brand a letter in 1989 requesting a bottle of its cult shade Ballet Slippers; ‘the only colour Her Majesty would wear.’ Since then, the Duchess of Cambridge also wears this colour (almost) exclusively when public facing, as did the Duchess of Sussex.


essie® first base® smoothes and protects nails while adhesion-promoting ingredients help bond polish to the nail surface to resist chipping.

essie ballet slippers

an eternal manicurist and fashion stylist favorite, essie's classic pale pink polish is graced with a subtle, sheer finish. this beloved award-winning essential is an iconic colour for all seasons. 


essie nail colour product benefits:

  • extensive colour palette with hundreds of shades 
  • high, glossy shine finish 
  • provides flawless coverage along with outstanding durability 
  • brush fits every nail size for streak-free application
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