Tim Rooke/REX/ShutterstockQueen Elizabeth II is just like you. Sure, she has power over the British Parliament and can wage war or declare peace whenever she pleases, but she relates to us normal folk on a personal level—looking good on a budget.
In addition to her Launer purses that she carries all the time, Her Majesty’s other fashion staple is her nail polish. She always sticks to the same color, Essie’s Ballet Slippers, a light pink polish that almost looks nude. Oh, and it only costs $9 a bottle. (That’s 7.99 pounds in England, which is still ridiculously affordable.)
Matthew Cohen/rd,comAccording to the Essie website, the Queen’s hairdresser sent Essie a letter in 1989 asking for the shade—“the only color Her Majesty would wear”—and she hasn’t changed her preference since. We can only speculate why she chose this nail polish as her go-to, but it’s definitely a plus that it never clashes with her signature neon outfits.
Reader’s Digest previously named Ballet Slippers one of the nail polishes every woman should own for its subtle sheer that’s perfect for the office, but now we have another reason: channeling your inner Royal without breaking bank.