Black nail polish is more than a mere fashion trend, as it is a cultural statement used throughout history to convey a social status, a countercultural affinity or just a different way to perceive fashion. Black nails have both attracted and repulsed different people from all over the world, with (we bet) many teenagers still fighting with their moms to get the permission to show off a dazzling black manicure.
From minimalist monochrome black to glittered options, these are some of the best black nail polishes of the moment that will inspire you to give a subtle edgy touch to your day-to-day and special occasion looks!
1. Givenchy Black Nail Polish in Noir Satin
Deeply pigmented, Givenchy’s Noir Satin black nail polish combines an easy application with a long-lasting, jet-black color. And you can’t really say no to such a glamorous packaging! Get yours at Net-a-Porter!
2. Marc Jacobs Nail Polish in Blacquer
Speaking of cool packaging, we can’t help falling in love with Marc Jacobs’ Enamored Hi Shine line, where Bacquer is the black nail polish we are all craving now. Available at Sephora, it gives any black manicure a high-end, plasticized wet look.
3. Smith & Cult Black Nail Polish in Bang The Dream
If you are looking for an opaquer finish, we recommend picking Smith & Cult’s Bang the Dream black nail polish from Saks Fifth Avenue, the lasting formula of which also provides a covetable, brilliant shine. One of the best black nail polishes to buy now, this one isn’t exactly jet-black, but a softer graphite with a subtle metallic shine that is much easier to wear on a daily basis.
4. Nails Inc. Black Nail Polish in Alexa Silk
We instantly fell in love with Nails Inc’s new Alexa Silk black nail polish, the pearlescent and satiny finish of which is the night-out approved effect we have been all looking for! You can find your bottle at Net-a-Porter!
5. YSL Nail Polish in Noir Over Noir
Yves Saint Laurent’s La Laque Couture collection is one of the French label’s most acclaimed beauty lines, and it is not that hard to understand why. Lasting and all wrapped in a gorgeous packaging, La Laque Couture is a must-have item for all those nail polish collectors out there! Get your Noir Over Noir black nail polish at Nordstrom!
6. Pretty Vulgar Nail Liquor in Deep Dark Secret
Pretty Vulgar’s shiny Deep Dark Secret is our glam-rock-injected favorite black nail polish, as it exudes coolness and dark attitude, indeed. Its built-in top coat makes everything better, granting a long-wear finish that will last from one Saturday night party to the other! It is available at Sephora.
7. Deborah Lippmann Black Nail Polish in Fade to Black
Deborah Lippmann strikes again with the Fade to Black satiny black nail polish with a creamy texture, available for purchase at Net-a-Porter. Apply two coats for a darker finish, and you’ll never go wrong with this classic black, which is as timeless as a pair of black pumps!
8. Gucci Nail Polish in Iconic Black
Formulated to treat anyone to a high-end manicure, Gucci’s Iconic Black is the nail polish we all deserve. Fall in love with its triangular-bristle brush for its precise application, and head over to Saks Fifth Avenue to get your bottle!
9. Chanel Black Nail Polish in Celebrity
From one luxurious beauty brand to another, Chanel’s nail polish line is to die for, indeed! Its Celebrity black nail polish features a new formula that nurtures your nails, coming to make you feel like a real celebrity every time you walk out the door wearing this color on your fingertips. Find it at Nordstrom!
10. Christian Louboutin Nail Colour in Khol
Pretty nail polish bottle lovers, rejoice! Christian Louboutin’s nail polish line is not only gorgeously structured, but also filled with an equally glorious black nail polish color that lasts for days. You can get it at Sephora.
11. NARS Black Nail Polish in Night Breed
When in doubt, always wear glitter! Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, this glitter black nail polish is the best beauty product to (literally) sparkle up your life. Wear it either over your transparent base coat or layered with your favorite nail color for a striking look that never fails!
12. Burberry Beauty Nail Polish in Poppy Black
Romantically inspired by British weather and formulated with a patent-pending technology that helps the color pop, Burberry’s Poppy Black moisturizes the nails while at the same time lasting an entire week. Find it at Net-a-Porter!
13. JINsoon Black Nail Polish in Polka Black
What about black polka dots on your perfectly done nails? Available at Saks Fifth Avenue, this black nail polish proves one can never go wrong when combining black with black. It features tiny black accents that create perfect polka dots on any manicure, including dark burgundy nails.
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