When it comes to black lipstick, it’s difficult to find a color that looks as complex on the mouth as in the package, which is why the best ones are never flat. Shadow Self is a slightly metallic blue-black with red undertones that exhibits a beetle-like sheen in bright light and deepens into plush warmth in lower lighting. Sure to bring out your inner sorceress, even if the most magical thing you’ve ever done was waved some sage around your living room.
This list would be nothing without the black that made PDX Black Lipstick Co. cult-famous. Feast your eyes upon the creamiest, blackest lipstick on the market, semi-glossy and moisturizing with a light minty scent. Not ready to go full throttle? PDX Black Lipstick Co. offers a range of near-black shades to help you ease over into the dark side. Bonus: Lipstick samples go for $2, so you can try a bunch guilt-free before you commit.
Your lips, but charred to oblivion: This ultra-matte, ultra-black lipstick with a deep, warm undertone is so good, it sells out almost the minute it’s back in stock.
Smooth and creamy with a bit of luster, this formula is long lasting and evenly opaque in two coats. It can be blotted down to a matte look, making it a perfect alternative for those who find pure matte lipsticks too drying.
The super high-quality (and ridiculously affordable) indie brand of our dreams brings us this lovely, wearable black that glides on and layers perfectly to opacity. Bonus: The thin tube design takes the horror out of application, a blessing for those of us born without the Jolie gene.