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15 Best Black Lipsticks

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15 Best Black Lipsticks August 3, 2018

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!

Best Black Lipsticks That You Should Try

  1. M.A.C In Black Night
  2. Marc Jacobs Le Marc Lip Creme In Blacquer
  3. Sephora Cream Lip Stain In Night Bird
  4. Urban Decay Vice Lipstick In Perversion
  5. Winky Lux In Voodoo
  6. Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick In Black Truffle
  7. NYX Macaron Lippie In Chambord
  8. Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick In Perry Panther
  9. Kat Von D In Nayeon
  10. Make Up For Ever In Satin Black
  11. Black-Up In Satin Black
  12. Lime Crime In Black Velvet
  13. Maybelline New York Color Sensational In Pitch Black
  14. e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick In Black Out
  15. NYX Butter Gloss In Black Berry Pie

1. M.A.C In Black Night

Pros

  • Excellent color payoff
  • Makes lips look soft, smooth, and moist
  • Cremesheen finish
  • Buildable color
  • Long-wearing

Cons

  • Pricey

M.A.C In Black Night Review

This classic black lipstick from M.A.C is one of my favorites. I like its cremesheen formula and soft texture. It’s highly pigmented, and its color is conveniently buildable. Depending on how you apply it, this can go on light or heavy. It’s best to use a lip primer underneath it to prevent the color from bleeding and smearing. If you’re afraid that your black lipstick is going to be a little too bold for your complexion, then Black Night by M.A.C is the way to go!

Rating: 5/5

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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 a 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.

Rating: 5/5

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3. Sephora Cream Lip Stain In Night Bird

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Long-wearing
  • Does not need touch-ups
  • Very pigmented
  • Buildable formula

Cons

  • Needs a lip primer underneath for it to last long

Sephora Cream Lip Stain In Night Bird Review

This silky, long-lasting lip stain keeps your lips covered in a bold color all day long without needing to be reapplied or retouched through the day. I love its high coverage formula that glides on smooth and transforms from a creamy texture into this lightweight, silky stain. It’s low maintenance, feels comfortable and is never sticky. Also, I am someone with dry lips, and this lipstick is infused with avocado oil, so it never dries out my lips!

Rating: 4.9/5

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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!

Rating: 4.9/5

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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 application, and the formula actually feels like satin. Even someone with chapped lips like mine can wear this and still have smooth-looking lips.

Rating: 4.8/5

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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 a 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.

Rating: 4.8/5

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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.

Rating: 4.7/5

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8. Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick In Perry Panther

Pros

  • Applies evenly
  • True to color
  • Suitable for dry lips
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Average staying power

Covergirl Katy Kat Matte Lipstick In Perry Panther Review

This one’s a fashion moment for all you black lipstick lovers. Katy Perry launched her line of lipsticks called the Katy Kat Collection by Covergirl.  ‘Perry Panther’ is a gorgeous blue-based black and everyone’s wearing it! This has a nice, soft finish that feels creamy and moist on the lips. It’s infused with shea butter and conditions your lips. I liked the luscious, velvety finish it left me with, but I was not very impressed with its staying power as it needed several touch-ups through the day. However, this is a pretty great drugstore option!

Rating: 4.7/5

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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.

Rating: 4.6/5

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10. Make Up For Ever In Satin Black

Pros

  • Highly pigmented
  • Long-lasting
  • Delivers rich color in one swipe
  • Buildable

Cons

  • Needs to be reapplied a few times through the day/night

Make Up For Ever In Satin Black Review

I was on the hunt for an affordable black lipstick that looks sexy and sultry, and I must say I found my personal favorite. I love its texture, which is silky, smooth, and easy to apply. Even though it does need to be touched-up, it still lasts for a long while without turning into a mess. It stays in place all day and feels very comfortable on my lips. I bought this for Halloween, and I haven’t stopped using it ever since! Highly recommended!

Rating: 4.6/5

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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 skin care 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!

Rating: 4.6/5

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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.

Rating: 4.5/5

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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.

Rating: 4.4/5

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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 a 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 a black lipstick, definitely go in for this!

Rating: 4.4/5

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15. NYX Butter Gloss In Black Berry 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 Black Berry 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!

Rating: 4.3/5

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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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