There’s no doubt that black nail polish used to represent a certain type of vibe. In the past, it was affiliated with goths, punks, and rock ‘n’ roll badasses or something that could be worn by “normies” during Halloween. But times have surely changed—black nails can be worn by anyone, any time of the year, and with any outfit, whether it’s business or party-related. The shade has even won Hollywood over, as celebs like Rihanna, Selena Gomez, Black Lively, and Kendall Kenner have sported black nail polish on the red carpet in recent years. (Meghan Markle also famously wore black nail polish, allegedly breaking royal protocol, and Harry Styles has even sported a black nail or two).
Because this once-shocking shade is more common these days, it brings along a whole world of possibilities for nail polish lovers everywhere. Aside from a slew of brands offering their own take on the classic shade, you can have your choice in a shiny or matte finish. Better yet, get creative and paint your tips black for a spooky French manicure, or incorporate it in some intricate nail art. Chrome and metallics add a futuristic twist, and glitter options are readily available if you’re feeling festive.
It’s time to put your bright polish shades away and embrace the darkness. Ahead, you’ll find 15 of the best black nail polishes to try right now, from low-cost to luxury options. Keep scrolling!
Dreaming of having nails that resemble the infinite beauty of a starlit sky? Switch up your solid black nails to one with microfine glitter, like this one by Smith & Cult. (It's the exact shade L.A.-based nail artist Betina Goldstein is sporting, above!)
The price of this black Louboutin formula might be the equivalent of 10 reasonably priced polishes, but the bottle and cap (which are inspired by 17th-century European architecture and calligraphy pens, respectively) are a work of art themselves.
With tiny specks of gold and silver confetti glitter, this vegan nail polish will make your fingertips feel like a party on any average day. It’s fine on its own, but you can also paint it over your regular black for extra oomph.