halloween-perfect black polishes

In honor of the ridiculously fast-approaching holiday known as All Hallows' Eve, I have spent the last month seeking out different black polishes that are kind of perfect if you're looking to have a little Halloween party on your fingers. Check out swatches of my favorites below!

One coat of China Glaze Liquid Leather. High-Shine Black.

This is, without question, the most fabulous black polish I have ever encountered. Everything about this shade was perfect: the formula and consistency {very easy to work with}; the color and shine {fully opaque in one coat, and incredibly glossy even before I applied top coat}; and the staying power {no chips, no tipwear, and, best of all...no staining}. If you're seeking a high-gloss black, this is your best bet. NOTE: ORLY Liquid Vinyl is a great sub if you can't find Liquid Leather.

One coat of Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Night & Degas. Matte Black.

The Revlon Nail Art Expressionist line is actually one that features two colors - one for a base color, and one for nail art. For this mani, I used only the base color, Night, which is an amazing matte black {on Monday I will show you a full mani using both shades}. This is one of my favorite black polish looks - the mattified color is very chic and unexpected...especially in a noir hue.

Two coats of nails inc. Leather Effect Leather Polish in Noho. Crackled Leather-Like Black.

The two coats needed for this shade are completely fast-drying, and leave just a subtle hint of shine behind {it is mostly matte}. I wore this for days without chips {despite the fact that I wasn't wearing top coat} and it looked gorgeous throughout. For the record, the nails inc. Leather Effect Leather Polish creates more of a crackled leather effect, as opposed to a smooth leather {and that's totally fine with me}; and can also be purchased in the nails inc. Bling It On Kit in Rebel if you want 3D Crystal Skull embellishments - such a perfect touch for Halloween.

One coat of mark Tuxedo from the Nailed It Trend Mini Lacquers - Tuxedo & Gleam Scene Duo. High-Shine Black.

Tuxedo doesn't have as much natural shine as China Glaze's Liquid Leather; however, it really pops once you add top coat. As a mini bottle, the brush is smaller than that of a normal-sized polish, so it requires more strokes; but it still reaches opacity in one {slightly heavy} coat.

Two coats of Sally Hansen Sugar Coat in Lick-O-Rich. Textured Black.

Lick-O-Rich is similar to nails inc.'s Noho; however, it has less shine, and the texture is rougher {a bit like wall spackle, to be honest}. The formula was amazing - even when cooking, the heat didn't cause it to recede or display tipwear. My only issue with this shade is its limited availability. I haven't been able to find it Online; though I've spotted it in drugstores and mass market retailers {such as Target and Wal-Mart}.



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FTC Disclosure: Sally Hansen's Sugar Coat in Lick-O-Rich and mark's Tuxedo were provided to me for review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.


ellie said...

So cool to see such a wonderful selection in BLACK nail polish!

ivy said...

Love this. I always have lots of luck with ORLY!

ellie's desk said...

Sweet to know about black. I do like black occasionally..especially during the fall and winter.

Elle Sees said...

love this roundup!!! perfect choices.

Alexa said...

Great roundup. Excited for Halloween!

Rachel @ The Redhead Fashionista said...

You're killing me with these black nails, Erika! I have to try the China Glaze Liquid Leather.

Couture Carrie said...

Amazing manis!
Love the first one most!


Sara Gerard said...

AH! These are PERFECT! I LOVE the leather nail polishes you sent me! So I am partial to that one, but they all look sleek!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Thanks for sharing! I really like black polish, but I haven't worn it in awhile.

Audrey Allure said...

I love the matte black!

Sherin said...

These are all stunning halloween inspired nails. I love the leather effect on.

Johanna V said...

Nice blacks! I love liquid leather, I will totally buy that once I finish off my Essie Licorice (such a nice black as well ;)) ♥

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Love the Revlon Nail Art Expressionist in Night & Degas.

Janet Taylor said...

I need a first alternative!

Madame Ostrich said...

I love it! I love black nail polish any time of the season--not just Halloween. Dying to try out the Revlon matte kind... very cool!


GalaxySurrogate said...

still don't know how I feel about textured polishes. Love the matte though, might try it soon.

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