Every year, nail color trends ebb and flow. Right now, emerald green and neutral nail polishes are having their moment. We’re gonna let them finish, but we’re here to put the fall nail color crown back where it belongs. And that’s on burgundy nail polishes.
If you think all burgundy nail polishes are created equal, let us set the record straight. There are so many different shades of burgundy and maroon to choose from. Are you more of a shimmer or a matte kind of gal? Do you like your burgundy with a purple undertone or red? Gel or regular? Chicken or the egg?
When it comes to a classic, appealing nail color, you simply can’t beat burgundy. It’s named after a major wine-producing region in France, after all! Need we say more? (We will.)
The 10 Best Burgundy Nail Polishes to Try
1. Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Nail Color, Just in Wine
This red wine shade with a purple undertone is 3-in-1 formula. That means you don’t need to add a base coat or a top coat for it to look good. Gives you more time to pour another glass of wine! Top us off, while you’re at it?
2. Sephora Collection Color Hit Mini Nail Polish, Dream Escapade – Burgundy
Sephora’s nail polishes come in a variety of different finishes, and this dark burgundy shade is in a satin finish. It’s similar to matte, but has a little bit of a sheen to it. Not too shiny, not too matte. It’s the Goldilocks of maroon. Or would it be the bears?
3. Essie Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Finish, Bordeaux
This is a deep, reddish-brown color has a glossy shine finish. It’s one of Essie’s best-sellers, so you know it’s good. Or at least you know your nails will match with someone else’s on the subway. And that’s good for something, right?
4. OPI Infinite Shine Gel Nail Lacquer, Malaga Wine
OPI’s burgundy gel nail polish is a little pricier, but for good reason. Gel nail polish lasts way longer, and OPI is a brand trusted by nail techs everywhere. This shade is a shiny deep red, and we can’t imagine anything it wouldn’t look good with this fall. Except maybe those jeans you still have from 7th grade.
5. Nailtopia Chip Free Nail Lacquer, Ruby Slippers
Nailtopia’s vegan formula is plant-based, bio-sourced, and cruelty-free. Plus, there are no harmful ingredients that will hurt your nails. When your nail polish is cleaner than a cleaning solution, you know it’s worth trying.
6. Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Color, Wrapped in Love
This gel nail polish has a shimmer to it, so it’s perfect for the holiday season and all things festive. The purple shine is subtle, but sparkly. Just like if you combined Kim and Kendall’s 2021 Met Gala looks.
7. ILNP Holographic Nail Polish, Black Orchid
If you’re more of a sparkly queen at heart, this vampy, burgundy glitter plum shade from ILNP is sure to dazzle. It’s also vegan and cruelty free. Just because you’re nails look like a blood-sucking vampire, doesn’t mean you actually are. Just stay away from those mirrors.
8. China Glaze Nail Lacquer with Hardeners, Kiss & Spell
China Glaze’s Kiss & Spell nail polish has a matte burgundy shimmer. We aren’t sure how a nail polish can be both matte and shimmer, but we guess that’s where the magic comes in. Thanks, Hermione!
9. Essie Nail Polish, Pearl Finish, Without Reservations
This shade might air on the side of maroon and not burgundy (yes, they are technically different colors). But, it’s a deep purple-red shade with a pearly shimmer finish that is on trend of the season. Flash it when you fail to make a reservation at the trendy new dinner spot and we’re pretty sure they’ll just let you in.
10. Deborah Lippman Gel Lab Pro Nail Polish, Spill the Wine
Deborah Lippman polishes are pricey, but they’re a professional quality gel that comes without the cost of the salon. This is a full coverage deep red creme shade called Spill the Wine, which is what we’re going try to avoid while putting on our DIY manicure tonight.
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