Maybelline Downtown Brown is part of the Color Show line, and this is a highly unique nail polish. In my stash of 600+ bottles, I don’t have anything like this brown-green duochrome.
I heard that it’s a bit similar to Misa Embroidered Emerald (which is an old and discontinued polish that I’ve been trying to get for literally years to no avail). So you can bet your bottom dollar that I was combing through the drugstores in hot pursuit of Downtown Brown.
After weeks of stalking Shoppers Drug Mart, they finally put out the display. I quickly snatched Downtown Brown from the display and then looked at the other colours more leisurely.
If you like this lacquer, don’t have an internal debate with yourself whether or not to get it. If you find it, get it. It’s a limited-edition shade, so once it’s gone, it may be gone forever unless they re-promote it in the future.
Maybelline Downtown Brown Pictures
Maybelline Downtown Brown Swatches
All swatches have:
- CND Stickey Anchoring Base Coat
- 3 coats of Maybelline Downtown Brown
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
√ Bolder, crisper colour that just won’t quit
- Name: Maybelline Downtown Brown
- Amount: 7 mL (0.23 fl. oz.)
- What I Paid: $4.49 CAD
- Where to Buy: Shoppers Drug Mart and other drugstores
Maybelline Downtown Brown Review
This isn’t your ordinary garden variety. Downtown Brown by Maybelline is what’s referred on America’s Next Top Model as ‘ugly pretty’. It’s not a girly polish by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s editorial, different, and artistically interesting.
There’s a murky quality to Downtown Brown. I feel like the main colour is a red-based brown and then there’s a green glaze on top. Very cool colour combination, and I love the earthy feel.
Although you can see both colours, usually one is more dominant. However, when you look at your nails in different lighting, the dominant colour changes. Sometimes I saw more green, and other times the brown came through more. It’s interesting to look at throughout the day.
Downtown Brown by Maybelline has a shimmery duochrome finish.
Application & Formula
It had a watery consistency, but it applied thickly somehow. Since I used medium coats, I was able to achieve full opacity at just 2 coats. However, I added a 3rd one to intensify the colour. Also, because the polish was on the watery side, I used this extra coat in hopes of avoiding nail-polish shrinkage with Seche Vite.
Unfortunately, I didn’t wait long enough between my last coat and my top coat, so my ring finger took the brunt of it. I got shrinkage on that finger. In case you aren’t sure, shrinkage is when a fast-drying top coat shrinks the polish as it dries so that you get premature tip wear.
I suggest that if you want to avoid that, wait a very long time for Downtown Brown to dry before applying your quick-drying top coat.
If you see this polish and want it, get it right away or you may regret it. This is a limited-edition product, so once it’s sold out, it’s anybody’s guess if Maybelline will ever re-promote it.
Sure, I’ve paid more than $4.49 CAD for a bottle of nail polish before, but considering that you’re only getting a small 7 mL of polish, I think the price is quite high. That being said, it’s totally worth it because you’ll be hard-pressed to find a readily available dupe on the current market.
Final Verdict: 9/10
I really like this brown and green duochrome. The colours work so well together, and it crushed my lemming for Misa Embroidered Emerald! (I actually like how Maybelline has more brown and less red than the Misa.) Plus at the drugstore price, it doesn’t make my piggy bank squeal bacon murder!
Did you pick up any of the Maybelline Color Show nail polishes? What colour combinations for duochrome polishes do you wish companies would make? Which Maybelline polishes do you own and would recommend?