This $12 royal-favourite nail polish just got a stylish update for 2020

Kate Mendonca
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Many fans of the royal family will know that when it comes to appearances, there are some rules that need to be followed. Though it seems silly, there are certain sartorial guidelines that apply for the sake of tradition, like holding purses in their left hands, wearing tights with skirts and dresses, and dressing little ones in shorts rather than pants.

One rule in particular that has gained attention in the media is that colourful nailpolish is not allowed for any official appearances. According to OK Magazine, natural nails and light shades of polish reign supreme, and over the years there’s one colour that stands out as a royal favourite: Essie’s Ballet Slippers

Meghan, Duchess of Sussex wears Essie's Ballet Slippers nail polish on her wedding day in 2018. (Photo by JOHN SIBLEY/AFP via Getty Images)

Worn by Queen Elizabeth for the past 30 years, as well as on both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle throughout their time in the spotlight, it’s a tried and true shade of pale pink polish with a subtle, sheer finish. While there’s nothing wrong with sticking to the classics, Essie recently released an updated version as part of its Remixed Originals collection. 

Celebrating six timeless shades that have come to define the brand, Essie’s newest collection of polishes gives them a modern makeover. In an homage to Ballet Slippers, Ballet Sneaker takes the original soft pink shade and updates it with a matte finish and full-coverage colour.

Ballet Sneaker. Image via Ulta.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

Retailing for just $12, this affordable nail polish is an easy way to practice some self-care while you’re staying inside. Begin with a base coat, then follow up with two swipes of polish and a top coat, and you’re all set with an at-home manicure that’s sure to brighten your day. 

Shop the entire collection of Essie Remixed Originals below!

Below Zero

Below Zero. Image via Ulta.

Inspired by the shade Smoking Hot, this grey polish features purple undertones and an icy shimmer finish.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

Like a Rebel

Like a Rebel. Image via Ulta.

A play on the classic shade Ladylike, this neutral mauve is amped up with shimmering golden flecks.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

Berry Nice

Berry Nice. Image via Ulta.

Updating the shade Berry Naughty, this shimmering red polish adds a vibrant pop of colour to any mani.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

Satin Slip

Satin Slip. Image via Ulta.

Based on the classic shade Angora Cardi, this rose-toned shade gives nails a sheer pink finish. 

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

Wicked Fierce

Wicked Fierce. Image via Ulta.

An updated take on the Essie favourite Wicked, this deep red shade features a duo chrome finish for a metallic sheen.

SHOP IT: Ulta, $12

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