** 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. **
I would like to congratulate elf Cosmetics for turning 7! I love this brand: most of their stuff is awesome, and it all costs so little. Plus, they always have discounts (even up to 70% off), and their customer service is great. This is my honest opinion – Swatch And Learn is not affiliated with elf Cosmetics. Have you tried their stuff?
I would like to congratulate elf Cosmetics on a second thing: They finally got the name of a nail polish correctly! 😛 I have quite a few elf colors, and I keep buying more because they provide such value for $1. The thing that peeves me to no end is that their color names are so misleading. But not e.l.f. Essentials Red Velvet. When I look at this color, I actually do see the inside of a red velvet cake. I can see it layered in between cream-cheese frosting. (I did not eat it; don’t worry.)
e.l.f. Essentials Red Velvet Swatches & Pictures
*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Natural Light*~*
*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Flash *~*
*~* 2 Coats with Top Coat in Artificial Light *~*
- √ Chip resistant
√ Long lasting
√ Quick drying
√ High shine
√ Glides on effortlessly
- Name: e.l.f. Essentials Red Velvet 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, Burgundy, 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, Berry Pink, Cranberry, Metal Madness, Teal Blue, Golden Goddess, Twinkle, Glitter Glam, Purple Dream, Copper, Black, Dark Glitter Purple
- Where to Buy: e.l.f. website, Target, K-Mart & some big-box stores & drugstores
elf Red Velvet Review
I don’t actually love elf Red Velvet. My kind of red is darker and vampier. This? Not vampy enough! It’s good to have in my collection in case I need it for some nail art pairings or something. It’s a pretty color in its own right; I just think I have weird taste.
What I’d really like is to see is something more special. The only thing that sets it apart is that under certain light, you get a pinkish overlay on top of the poppy red.
I find reds can be quite hit and miss when it comes to opacity. elf Essentials Red Velvet is a hit. It has great color payoff. Not quite a 1-coater. You won’t see streaks or bald spots after 1 application, but a 2nd coat will definitely intensify this red shade.
Consistency & Application
I praise e.l.f. Red Velvet’s consistency, like I do most elf polishes. It goes over the nail so easily for a breezy application, and it self-levels on the nail for a smooth finish. I don’t think you’ll find it too thin or too thick, making it a cinch to work with. It’s not perfect-perfect. Just my personal preference, but I’d like it just butterier. Add more butter to the cake, please!
Not awesome. Not bad. I’d say it’s average when it comes to being resistant to chipping and peeling. I’m really hard on my nails since I go to the gym a lot. The disinfectant and the banging of my hands against the weights don’t help. After 3 days with the e.l.f. Red Velvet nail polish on, I see a bit of tip wear, and it has chipped in a couple of spots.
It’s $1. I realize that doesn’t say all that much if the product sucks. But for a buck, Red Velvet Nail Polish by elf is definitely worth it and more.
elf Cosmetics doesn’t use DBP, toluene or formaldehyde in their nail polishes, so you can wear the elf Red Velvet nail polish without worry.
Final Verdict: 7.5/10
This shade is a bit yawn-inducing for me. “Seen it; done it; worn it three times already” kinda nail color. But I think it has its place in my collection. I’ve decided to embrace alllllllllllllllll nail polishes, whether I love them or dislike them. Because a collection needs to have every color on the planet, doesn’t it?!?!
What do you think of this uneventful red? Does it look better to you than it does to me?