I'm not in love with most brown nail polishes. To be honest I only really wear brown if I have to go to a meeting. It's basic but it looks nice and sophisticated. I used the Elf Smoky Brown nail polish a while back fr a gradient and I really liked the way it looked. It's quite a dark, milk chocolate kind of brown. Not something I would wear often on its own but it is great for nail art.
The formula on Smoky brown was pretty much flawless. 2 easy coats and I was happy to go. I popped on a topcoat just to make it last longer on the nail. The brushes on Elf nail polish are awful weird though. Some are really short and other have a huge long handle. Very strange! They are pretty good quality for the price though so I wouldn't let the brush keep you from picking up a shade you liked. If ye have any recommendations for nice polishes from Elf do let me know!