When it feels like today's extravagant manicure trends are simply not fit for a minimalist — what with the recent rise of rainbow colors, ombré, geometric shapes, crystals, intergalactic designs, and whatnot — the immortal Essies and OPIs of the world save the day with their eternally chic shades. While the coolness of constellations, butterflies, double-dipped Frenches, and embellishments may only last a day, these classic nail polish colors have maintained their cult status for decades.
Take, for instance, Essie's iconic Ballet Slippers. A $9 polish that lives on the shelves of your nearest Target and perhaps the only thing you and the Queen could ever have in common. It's a known fact that the 94-year-old monarch frowns upon nail color of any sort within the royal family, but this is the one subtle shade she makes an exception for. That must indeed be how it wound up making an appearance on Meghan Markle's wedding day.
There are few shades that have reached the celebrity of Ballet Slippers, but the concept of a timeless nail color is nevertheless still there: black, beige, pink, bright red, berry. When things go awry with drawing Orion's Belt, you always know you have these trusted, celebrity-approved hues to fall back on.
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