Black and dark nail colors, in general, look chic, are versatile, so they go along with almost any outfit and make you look put together without trying too hard. And if you think that plain black is a little intimidating, there are polishes with sparkles and glitters to make it fun.
Other glitters and holographic polishes get much more accented if you put a black color underneath. Black nail polish can be used as a base color and for nail art, so it can’t be runny or hard to work with or have a formula that tends to stain your natural nail.
I have rounded up the best black nail polishes that are easy to use and do not take a lifetime to dry. Depending on what you like, you can opt for polishes that have a glossy finish that looks just like a gel manicure or satin and matte finishes for a more toned-down look.
OPI Infinite Shine2 in Black Onyx
This nail polish has a creme finish that adds a layer of luster and flash in one coat. It provides full coverage without lines nor streaks. It dries really fast and in a shiny finish; they really look salon-quality even done at home. The color and shine appear in the true pigmentation from the time of application until the time of removal.
essie Nail Polish, Glossy Shine Finish in Licorice
True to its name, this is a gorgeous black cream color. It dries fast, does not streak into lines, and it has a glossy vinyl-like shine when it dries. Opaque on the first coat and easy to apply, you can go even without a top coat and doesn't chip for several days. The brush covers the nails and combined with its formula it allows you to cover a good portion of your nail with each stroke.
Sally Hansen Insta Dri in Black to Black
This black creme color is fully opaque in just 2 coats. If you start by applying in thin coats, it only takes a minute to dry. The polish dries quickly, doesn’t chip for a while, has excellent coverage and it goes on thick. The brush is easy to use since it's got a thick brush (perfect for clumsy people) hence making the process of putting nail polish very easy.
China Glaze Nail Polish in Liquid Leather
This liquid leather shade is a classic jet black polish. These nail lacquers are infused with china clay that helps to strengthen nails and protect from chipping. Application is easy since the polish isn’t thick but more on the thin side, therefore you will be able to manipulate the color with the brush to get it where you wanted it to.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Lincoln Park After Dark
This color is described as midnight meets purple. This one is not a true black color but more of a dark eggplant shade that looks black from a distance. The formula is excellent, very rich and creamy on the first coat and evens out perfectly on the second coat. It's noticeably more flattering on pale skin tones than plain black.
Cirque Colors Creme Nail Polish in Memento Mori
This polish dries to a luscious opaque black creme nail polish without visible lines and it is opaque after just one coat. The formula is on the thick side, but not so thick that they are difficult to control. The polish dries down into a satin finish. You won’t experience spilling on your nail or worry about the polish getting into your cuticles.
ILNP Cosmetics Nail Polish in Missed Calls
This is a black based nail polish with two kinds of intense holographic sparkle pigment. The holo flakes are dense and rich which look amazing on sunlight and kind of muted in lowlight. It makes the black look elegant and less harsh. It dries naturally in a short time to a smooth, shiny finish.
ZOYA Nail Polish in Storm
This is a rich, inky black cream polish with holographic sparkles. The color gets fully opaque after two coats and the formula is great so the polish lasts for days with a topcoat. The consistency is just right, not too thick or too thin, so there isn’t bubbling or streaking along the edges of your nails. The sparkles make the nails look classy and fancy like getting an expensive manicure.
Cuccio Color Nail Polish in 2am In Hollywood
This is a classic high-gloss black cream polish. It is watery in one coat, still, it is pigmented in two coats. The second layer covers and evens everything out perfectly. It does not dribble beyond the edges of the nail so it is not messy at all despite its consistency.
Jordana Nail Polish in Black
This shade is a shiny black color that dries quickly and is pigmented upon the first coat. The brush is ideal for small nails, allowing the color to apply very comfortably. Since it is a thick nail polish, it is also really long-lasting polish. This nail polish doesn’t contain formaldehyde and you get a lot of product in one bottle.