What do actress Emma Stone and the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, have in common? No, this isn’t the setup for a joke. It’s an actual question.
The answer, besides a highly affable personality: a particular nail polish, Ballet Slippers by Essie. The best part, however, isn’t the colour of this polish–which is an on-trend and oh-so versatile a light pink with a medium sheer finish–but the price. Here it is on sale at Walmart for under $8.
Last weekend, the 29-year-old La La Land actress was spotted at the 90th annual Academy Awards looking powerful in a maroon Louis Vuitton pantsuit and smokey face makeup. Her appearance, like many of the other attendees, was a scaled back, less glamorous version of years past, appropriate for the equal rights themes that have pervaded the recent large award ceremonies. Her hands, meanwhile, were looking downright Royal, tipped with the cheap-but-cheerful milky pink product.
Queen Elizabeth has allegedly been loyal to the polish for decades. According to Essie’s About page, the Queen’s hairdresser sent the brand a message in 1989, requesting a supply of Ballet Slippers, “the only colour Her Majesty would wear.” How’s that for a testimonial? It’s just too bad she’s always wearing gloves…
Royal etiquette guidelines state that members of the royal family are to avoid bold-coloured polishes, so the matriarch isn’t the only royal lady to opt for this particular brand of nail polish; the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, is also a known fan when she does opt for a manicure.
And it’s not just famous folks like the Royals or Emma Stone. Beauty buffs on Instagram and YouTube have been obsessed with this easy-to-wear hue for ages.
So, whether you’re looking for something more subdued to match a sophisticated red-carpet outfit, trying to stick to a Royal dress code or simply looking for a nail shade to match that pleated wrap dress you just bought, Essie’s Ballet Slippers should do the trick.