You know how everyone love that most iconic of nail polishes, Essie’s Ballet Slippers? It was recently revealed that even Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II wears only Essie Ballet Slippers on her impeccably manicured fingers. Every celebrity loves it, you hear about it all the time, but you know what?
I HATE it.
There. I said it. I hate Essie Ballet Slippers like no other nail polish I’ve tried. Now don’t get me wrong, you know I love my Essie polishes (as seen here, here, and here), but Ballet Slippers is one that has always driven me crazy. Am I the only person in the world who cannot get this colour to paint nicely for anything?? I have tried multiple bottles, in case one was inadvertently old, etc. but no matter what, it goes on streaky and uneven and I wipe it off furiously, wondering why I even tried.
I will add this one little aside, in case anyone from Essie Canada happens to be reading – can we make the brush just a wee bit wider? I love the colours and (normally) the formulations, but the brush is a bit thin and I’d rather not have to go over my nails a ton of times to get enough coverage. Ok, sidebar over.
While I hate the way Ballet Slippers looks after I’ve applied it, I have been dying to recreate the colour. This perfect blend of soft nude-pink is the perfect clean polish for any season. I tried and tried to find a similar shade, but to no avail, until I was gifted Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polish in All or Nothing.
You guys, I am in LOVE!
Not only is the Revlon Colorstay polish the perfect shade of slightly sheer nude-pink, IT GOES ON LIKE A DREAM! I have none of the streakiness that I experienced with Ballet Slippers, but the colour is an almost perfect dupe! One coat will give you just a hint of colour and is perfect if you want something very sheer but more interesting than clear polish. Two coats gives a bit more colour, but still allows some of your natural nail shading to show through, which can be very elegant. And three coats, as shown in the picture above, gives you the loveliest pale pink nails, my personal favourite.
The formulation is pretty amazing. It dries quickly, doesn’t chip after several days, has a nice shine, and most importantly with more sheer shades like this one, it goes on smoothly and with no streaks. Honestly, that’s really all I’m asking for in a nude-pink polish, and it’s taken me years to find one that actually worked. I didn’t use base coat or top coat for this manicure, but I may pair it with my favourite ridge-filling base coat (see more here).
I can’t speak to the other Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy shades, but I can tell you that if you have also struggled with the final finish of Essie’s Ballet Slippers but you desperately want that colour, you cannot go wrong with this one. And at about $5-7 CAD, it’s also easier on your wallet.
Have you tried any of the Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy polishes? Let me know what you think of them in the comment section below.
Enjoy the pretty things in life,