e.l.f. Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish Review & Swatches

** This post was written by Fiona. She no longer blogs for Swatch And Learn. However, Mary still continues to blog and will be happy to reply to your comment. **

Dear elf Cosmetics,

Thank you for creating quality nail polishes that are affordable and easy to wear, such as the e.l.f. Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish. Please do not be offended by this: I think the color-name giver of your company may need his or her eyes checked. (Or perhaps the burgundy taken away.)

This color is not burgundy. It does not have enough of a bruised-red or purplish undertone for it to be burgundy. It is a reddish brown with a dose of orange that reminds me of Thanksgiving. Albeit a nice color in its own right, it does not give me the intoxicating feel that burgundy does. I am sober and disappointed.

Yours truly,

Not Drunk on Burgundy

e.l.f. Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish Swatches & Photos

*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Natural Light *~*

*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Flash *~*


    Chip resistant
    Long lasting
    Quick drying
    High shine
    Glides on effortlessly

Key Notes

  • Name: e.l.f. Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish
  • Amount: 0.35oz. or 10 ml
  • What I Paid: $1 USD
  • Price Per Unit: $2.88/oz. or $0.1/ml
  • Other e.l.f. Essentials Nail Polish Collection Colors Available: Clear, White, Pearl, Nude, Pearl Pink, Blush, Champagne, Bubble Gum Pink, Fluorescent Pink, Coral, Mod Mauve, Berry Pink, Royal Purple, Light Red, Sunset, Medium Red, Lilac, Desert Haze, Smoky Brown, Innocent, Mint Cream, Chocolate, Plum, Dark Navy, Fuchsia, Fire Coral, Hot Pink, Punk Purple, Party Purple, Mango Madness, Passion Pink, Purple Pleaser, Rosy Raisin, Red Velvet, Cranberry, Metal Madness, Teal Blue, Golden Goddess, Twinkle, Glitter Glam, Purple Dream, Copper, Black, Dark Glitter Purple
  • Where to Buy: e.l.f. website

elf Burgundy Review


Well, you already know how I feel about this aspect of elf Burgundy. I don’t personally like it much because I don’t really like browns on my nails. But if you do, you might actually quite enjoy this. It’s a vibrant reddish brown with a hint of bronze undertone to it.

Consistency & Application

It’s smoother than burgundy itself! Sort of. I like the consistency of e.l.f. Burgundy: it’s thin enough that it spreads easily and levels itself out. And it’s thick enough to give you a nice coating with just one application. It takes about 7-10 minutes to dry.

My brush came defected though, making application difficult. There were hairs that stuck out! I plucked them out with my tweezers, and now all is fine and forgiven. The brush helps the nail polish glide onto the nail easily. If you’re not used to it, you might not like the rectangular cap.


Gloss me up some. The finish is super smooth and super glossy. You don’t need a top coat to add mega shine. But hey, you spent all that time on your nails, so make sure to wear a TC anyway to protect your work.


I was quite surprised by the elf Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish. I got great color with just one coat! Applying a second coat made the reddish brown even richer. I tried three coats on my right hand and didn’t see a big difference – maybe it smoothed out some uneven application a little. But if you’re careful, you can definitely get away with two coats… maybe even just one!


No one likes raggedy nails that look more chipped than old china, me included. I would say e.l.f. Burgundy does a pretty good job standing up to time and wear. About 4 to 5 days without signs of wear. It’s not super awesomefantabulistical. But it’s coming from a polish that cost $1, so I think it’s totally worth it.

  • Good consistency
  • Affordable
  • Infused with vitamin E
  • Free of DBP, formaldehyde, toluene
  • Lasts fairly long
  • Can get away with just 2 coats… maybe even 1

  • Not burgundy!

Final Verdict: 7.1/10

It’s not burgundy! That’s all. If the color has been more my taste, I would’ve totally rated it higher since I like everything else about this polish.

What do you think of this non-burgundy burgundy shade? Do you like browns on your nails?


6 thoughts on “e.l.f. Essentials Burgundy Nail Polish Review & Swatches

  1. Ruthe

    This is SO not burgundy, but I think it looks gorgeous on you! I absolutely love it! 😀 I have yet to try e.l.f. polishes because I’ve been hearing mixed reviews…

    1. Fiona Post author

      Thanks, Ruthe! Sometimes e.l.f. has 40-50% off sales, so you’re basically paying $0.50 or $0,60 per color (plus shipping). Not much to lose! 🙂

    1. Mary

      Hey Alaeis,

      I saw on Twitter that Vampy Varnish’s site is moving from GoDaddy to Hostgator. And during the migration to another host, there were some issues that I think her husband was trying to resolve. She’ll be back. (Love her site.)

    2. Fiona Post author

      You know, I’ve heard that the brushes on elf nail colors suck. But this is actually the first time I’ve ever had a bad brush, and I’ve tried quite a few elf nail colors. I plucked out the bristles that were sticking out, and the brush worked fine after that!


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