Best Black Lipsticks That You Should Try


by Esha Saxena
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From Gigi Hadid to Rihanna, black lipstick has been making the rounds everywhere. It’s one of the hottest beauty trends of the moment! Now, I do agree that wearing black lipstick can be a challenge for anyone – it’s intimidating, but it’s also oh-so-empowering! So I did the thing and tested some of the most popular black lipsticks out there – and these have to be my absolute favorites. You can pull off this surprisingly versatile shade not just on Halloween, but on any day of the year!

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte LipstickIn Midnight
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Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme In Blacquer
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Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick
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Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick In Black Truffle
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SWinky Lux In Voodoo
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Revlon In Midnight Mystery
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Kat Von D In Nayeon
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Lime Crime In Black Velvet
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Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color In Pitch Black
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15 Best Black Lipsticks

1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick In Midnight

Pros

  • Ultra-matte finish
  • Highly pigmented
  • Easy to apply

Cons

  • Might feel chalky

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick In Midnight Review

This deep black shade with neutral undertones imparts a matte finish to your lips. It is lightweight and stays intact for about five hours. This lipstick does not dry, clump, or crease, leaving a velvety look on your lips.

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2. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme In Blacquer

Pros

  • Long-wearing
  • Packed with antioxidants and natural humectants
  • Does not dry out your lips
  • Vibrant pigment
  • Buildable color

Cons

  • Price is on the higher side

Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme in Blacquer Review

This limited edition black lipstick from Marc Jacobs comes in an luxurious, sleek packaging with a magnetic case. It feels so great to hold! Let me tell you about my experience with this beauty. I am impressed by the way it goes on evenly on my lips (it’s not at all patchy), it leaves you with a nice satin finish with a subtle sheen. The pigmentation of this lipstick is mind-blowing, and it gives you a fully opaque finish in just one swipe! I recommend using a black lip liner before you go in with the lipstick to prevent it from bleeding.

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3. Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick In Bankrolled

Pros

  • Long-wearing
  • Cruelty-free
  • Paraben-free
  • Silicone-free
  • Phthalate-free

Cons

None

Smashbox Be Legendary Cream Lipstick In Bankrolled Review

The Smash box Be Legendary Cream Lipstick is highly pigmented and offers a creamy, satin, and smooth finish. It is enriched with she a butter and vitamins C and E. This medium black shade with a neutral undertone lasts for up to 10 hours. It does not dry out your lips, and the smooth texture is easy to wear.

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4. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick In Perversion

Pros

  • Smooth and creamy
  • Easy to apply
  • Long-wearing
  • Moisturizing
  • Highly pigmented

Cons

  • Slightly stains the lips

Urban Decay Vice Lipstick In Perversion Review

This neutral black lipstick gives you a satin finish, and I must tell you, the pigment load is insane! It applies smoothly and evenly, and one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. If you have dry lips, you needn’t worry anymore because this is comfortable to wear. It hydrates and nourishes your lips with its properties like aloe vera, jojoba oil, and avocado extracts. This also contains vitamin C and E to give your lips a dose of the much-needed antioxidants. When compared to other brands, this is also relatively less expensive. Definitely give this a try!

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5. Winky Lux In Voodoo

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • High coverage
  • Great color payoff
  • Cruelty-free
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • This does need a touch-up after a heavy meal

Winky Lux In Voodoo Review

If you are a fan of some fancy packaging – this one by Winky Lux is the winner in this department. The lipstick comes in a cute pill-shaped container that feels so luxurious to hold. This one in the shade ‘Voodoo’ is a true, deep black that is beautifully pigmented. You can get a fully opaque finish in just one swipe, and it settles into a matte finish. It does not drag or pull during the application, and the formula actually feels like satin. Even someone with chapped lips like mine can wear this and still have smooth-looking lips.

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6. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick In Black Truffle

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Streak-free formula
  • High color payoff
  • 100% organic and natural
  • Moisturizes and conditions lips

Cons

  • Pricey

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick In Black Truffle Review

This lipstick in the shade “Black Truffle” can be best described as deep black-violet shade. It is an intense purple with subtle warmer red undertones and a natural sheen to it. I love how smoothly it goes onto my lips and is one of the glossier shades in the range. The wear time is great, and it’s also pretty hydrating, making it a safe bet for dry lips too. I do want to mention how much I like its consistency and how it doesn’t tug when you’re applying it. This is highly recommended for anyone who wants a black shade with a tinge of purple in it.

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7. NYX Macaron Lippie In Chambord

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Good texture
  • Long-wearing
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Could have been more pigmented

NYX Macaron Lippie In Chambord Review

Chambord by NYX is a deep, dark black with neutral undertones and a glossy sheen. It has a rich, creamy texture and it applies fairly well. This has enough pigmentation, but there could be more – however, its color is buildable, and you can manage to get an opaque finish in two swipes. It’s neither too drying nor too hydrating – just somewhere in the middle. It’s important to line your lips with a black liner before you go in with this to prevent it from feathering. Overall, this is full value for money and is worth trying.

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8. Revlon In Midnight Mystery

Pros

  • Easy to apply
  • Sheer finish
  • Creamy formula
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Not long-wearing

Revlon In Midnight Mystery Review

The Midnight Mystery by Revlon is enriched with avocado oil and vitamin E. It adds a rich and creamy black color to your lips. This lipstick is lightweight, easy to apply, and feel sbutteryon your lips. All you need is just one stroke and flaunta glam look with this shiny, smooth black shade.

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9. Kat Von D In Nayeon

Pros

  • Smooth and creamy
  • Easy to apply
  • Long-wearing
  • Buildable color

Cons

  • Uneven (if not applied with precision)

Kat Von D In Nayeon Review

‘Nayeon’ by Kat Von D is a cool black with a frost finish. If you want a black shade that has a subtle metallic feel to it, this one’s the way to go. The packaging is sleek and pretty, and the formula is great. It’s one of the creamiest lipsticks that I tried, and it glides on without any pulling or tugging. One swipe leaves you with an opaque finish, and it lasts you for hours without any touch-ups.

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10. Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color In Pitch Black

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Waterproof
  • Velvety matte finish
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Might need reapplication

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Color In Pitch Black Review

The Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lip Colouris lightweight and feels comfortable on your lips. The waterproof and kiss-proof formula stays for upto 12 hours. The Pitch Blackshade is highly pigmented and offers a velvety matte finish.

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11. Black-Up In Satin Black

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Highly pigmented
  • Formulated without parabens
  • Buildable color

Black-Up In Satin Black Review

This Paris-based line is popular for its range of professional-quality makeup and skincare that caters to the needs of darker skin tones. The shade ‘Satin Black’ from this brand is a deep matte black that’s highly pigmented and goes on very evenly on my lips. I was majorly impressed with its staying power as it did stay on for about 8 hours. It feels lightweight on my lips and is so comfortable to wear. With the right attitude, you can successfully pull this off!

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12. Lime Crime In Black Velvet

Pros

  • Extremely pigmented
  • Matte finish
  • Long-wearing
  • Transfer-proof

Cons

  • Messy, doe applicator

Lime Crime In Black Velvet Review

Liquid lipstick, anyone? ‘Black Velvet’ is indeed the deepest matte black. I must tell you, this is insanely transfer-proof. It just won’t budge and stays in place. Coming to the application – the doe applicator can be a little messy, and it’s easy to get way too much product on. However, once you get the hang of it, there’s nothing like it! It lasts for around 8 hours, and through eating and drinking! The color only starts to wear away around the inside part. It’s definitely one of my favorites! Do grab this when you have the chance.

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13. Maybelline New York Color Sensational In Pitch Black

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Super creamy and saturated
  • Cheap and affordable
  • Good packaging

Cons

  • Requires touch-ups

Maybelline New York Color Sensational In Pitch Black Review

The Maybelline Color Sensational in ‘Pitch Black’ is a stunning mid-tone greyish black. It needs about two swipes for a fully opaque color. You can also use this shade to alter the depth of another lipstick. It glides on the lips smoothly, but you do need a lip liner and a primer to prevent it from turning into a big mess. The wear-time is average, but one can handle this with a few applications now and then. If you’re looking for a budget-friendly black lipstick, this is your answer.

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14. e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick In Black Out

Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Creamy and moisturizing
  • Super affordable

Cons

  • Contains mineral oil, paraffin, and propylparaben

e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick In Black Out Review

This formula by e.l.f is so moisturizing and it has this sweet cocoa butter fragrance to it. It’s also enriched with shea butter and vitamins A, C, and E to condition and nourish your lips. I do like the way its creamy formula seals in moisture and gives me long-lasting, comfortable wear. The shade ‘Black Out’ is an extremely pigmented black that goes on nicely on the lips and does not budge. For $3, this is an incredible purchase and if you don’t want to spend a ton of money on black lipstick, definitely go in for this!

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15. NYX Butter Gloss in BlackBerry Pie

Pros

  • Good color payoff
  • Easy to use
  • Adds depth and volume to your lips

Cons

  • Can’t be used as a stand-alone product

NYX Butter Gloss in BlackBerry Pie Review

NYX Butter Gloss in the shade ‘Blackberry Pie’ is a semi-opaque color coverage product that needs at least two swipes of color for an even, deep look. I feel that this lip gloss performs well if it’s applied over a base lip line so make sure you completely fill in your lips with a black lip liner before you go in with this. It has an intense glossy finish that gives a gorgeous, wet lips effect (if you are into that kind of look). It’s comfortable to wear and is non-sticky!

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Quick Tips To Choose The Best Black Lipstick For You And Rocking The Look

Now that you’ve come this far, I believe you want to try this bold, edgy, and adventurous shade to embrace your dark side. Since black is a bold color, if not applied properly, it can look tacky. So you ought to do it the right way!

  • Choose a lipstick finish that matches your needs – be it matte, glossy or liquid.
  • I can’t stress enough upon the importance of exfoliating your lips because there’s nothing worse than seeing dry, flaky lips peeping through your lip color.
  • Make sure you outline your lips with a clear liner to keep your color in place.
  • Since your lips are the focal point – it’s best to avoid wearing any other bold makeup.
  • Black lipstick can look flat, so you can customize it and give your lip color extra depth by adding a layer of gloss.
  • It’s pretty high maintenance, so make sure you toss your lipstick in your handbag in case you need to touch-up!

There really is nothing like bold statement lips to transform even the most basic outfit into something phenomenal. What’s better than this universally flattering shade? That was my roundup of the 15 best black lipsticks to choose from. Do you have a favorite black lipstick yet? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Esha Saxena is a writer, journalist, and a full-time wallflower. She holds a Master’s degree in Media and Mass Communication and firmly believes that makeup is nothing less than art. Combining her love for writing with her passion for makeup, she brings to you reviews, techniques, and her ever-growing knowledge on this form of art. In her spare time, she loves reading, listening to obscure indie bands, and writing poetry – all of this while being a crazy dog lady.
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