It has been revealed that Queen Elizabeth always gravitates towards one particular nail polish – a sheer powder-pink hue from American nail brand Essie. The pretty pink shade, priced at an affordable £7.99 and aptly named ‘Ballet Slippers’, has been the Queen’s go-to colour since 1989 when Her Majesty’s hairdresser penned a letter to brand founder Essie Weingarten to request a bottle of the elegant, best-selling polish.
Queen Elizabeth has given Essie's nail polish the royal seal of approval
The flattering colour works well when paired with outfits in a whole host of colours and is therefore perfect for the Queen who often chooses to wear two-pieces and coats in notably punchy tones.
In July 2016 she came face-to-face with dozens of garments she’s worn in the past at the preview of 'Fashioning a Reign: 90 Years of Style from The Queen's Wardrobe' at Buckingham Palace. From her exquisite ivory wedding dress to the christening gown she sported back in 1926 when she was just one month old, the exhibition showcased 150 of her most iconic ensembles.
Queen Elizabeth's nail colour of choice complements her colourful wardrobe perfectly
The Queen isn’t the only royal known to be a fan of high-street nail label Essie. When the Duchess of Cambridge married Prince William in 2011, manicurist Marina Sandoval blended Essie’s ultra-wearable Allure shade with Bourjois So Laque Nail Enamel in ‘Rose Lounge’ (a pastel pink hue) to create a lovely, timeless colour.
The brand has just introduced a number of new additions to its Treat Love & Colour collection – a line-up of covetable sheer nail colours that restore strength to dry, brittle nails and help to lock in moisture. The new shades include a few universally flattering neutrals - ‘Good As Nude’, ‘Tonal Taupe’ and ‘See The Light’ - which we’re sure the Queen would give her royal seal of approval.