The 20 Best-Selling Essie Nail Colours of All Time—That You Can Still Buy

Essie—without a doubt—is one of the most iconic and beloved nail polish brands of all time. As of this year, approximately 818 bottles of the cult-classic shade Ballet Slippers are sold each day in the U.S. alone, (ahem, that’s roughly 24 per hour, folks), the second and third best-selling shades are Blanc and Mademoiselle, and the ever-so-cheekily named polish Bikini So Teeny is the top-selling shade in history. Impressive, no? 

Since the fever for the perfect summer mani is exponentially rising, we had an itch to conduct some polish research. After reaching out to the experts at Essie, we now have the brand's official list outlining the 20 best-selling shades still available for us to buy in bulk. Curious to see how the list plays out? Keep scrolling! 



An opaque full-coverage baby pink. 


According to the brand, Licorice is "a beguiling jet black cream."


The ultimate shade of crème de menthe for your nails. 


Described by the brand as "a light tan with a wash of white."


One part beige, one part pink, so you don't have to choose.


A powderpuff shade of sheet white. 


Essie's quintessential "tango" burst of red. 


A moody apricot with a hint of tonal grey.


The most precious of pale pink nail polishes.


Essie describes this nail polish as "a spiced tea rose with a dash of cream."


A sparkling dewy shade of blue perfect for summer. 


The brand's most iconic shade of demurely classic pink. 


A pillowy shade of snow white nail polish. 


Essie's number one best seller? This sheer wash of ultra light pink. 

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