Kim Kardashian Wore Essie Nail Polish on the Red Carpet—Here's the $13 Shade

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It's not often you hear "Kardashian" and "drugstore" uttered in the same breath. The only recent occurrence we can think of is when Kendall Jenner wore a full face of drugstore beauty products to the Met Gala, but technically speaking, she's a Jenner, not a Kardashian. Regardless, the point is that we don't hear a lot about the famous family's budget-friendly beauty faves (if they have any). 

That's why it was so refreshing to learn that Kim Kardashian counted on the iconic drugstore nail polish brand Essie for her latest manicure. Last night, she attended the Baby2Baby Gala in Los Angeles with long, square-tipped nails that were painted a stunning milky-nude color. Keep scrolling to see the exact $13 shade that her nail artist, Brittney Boyce, used to create it. 

Here it is, the exact sheer, nude-pink shade that Boyce used to create Kardashian's red carpet manicure. She applied two coats before going over it with a long-wearing topcoat. "We wanted to go with a perfect milky/sheer neutral shade that would complement the length and shape of Kim's nails," Boyce said. 

This was the topcoat Boyce used to seal Kardashian's nails. It's a gel-effect topcoat, which means it provides long-wear, chip-resistant shine without the need for any special equipment like a UV lamp to cure it. 

The final step was to apply cuticle oil for moisture. This one uses apricot kernel and jojoba oil to make nails and cuticles feel soft and hydrated in a single swipe.

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This formula dries in about a minute, making it perfect for anyone who tends to smudge their still-wet nails. 

Another iconic shade from the brand, this light pink is foolproof (and similar to Kardashian's vibe).