The Best Black Nail Polish Ever Created, According To The Pros

Choosing a nail polish colour says a lot about what you're into at the moment, which is why we often gravitate toward seasonal colours like soothing sage green, moody burgundy, or earthy terracotta.

Still, as great as that burnt orange looks with a pair of vintage jeans and a plaid blazer, there's nothing that emotes quite like a classic black manicure. Not to mention, from a fashion perspective, it goes with everything in your closet.


Whether you're looking to DIY a chic, patent-leather mani/pedi, or you want to know the best shade of inky gel to ask for at the salon, we tapped seasoned nail pros to help us compiled the best options. Find your foolproof guide to autumn's most wearable dark nail polish, ahead.

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Essie Licorice

Essie's global educator Rita Remark says that Essie's best-selling black polish — the shade Liquorice — is an autumn staple. "This time of year, when you want a darker colour, this patent black is a no-brainer," she tells us.
Essie Licorice Dark Black Nail Polish$7.99 Buy

CND Vinylux Black Pool

You'd be hard-pressed to find a nail salon that offers gel polish and doesn't stock the entire CND collection. Choi tells us that the shade Black Pool — which is available in the brand's Shellac gel or Vinylux long-lasting polish — is one of her favourites.
CND CND Vinylux Black Pool$7.95 Buy

OPI Lincoln Park After Dark

Where midnight meets dark purple is where you'll find OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark, a not-quite-black shade of aubergine. It's a salon staple and nearly every nail artist we've interviewed has a bottle on hand.
OPI Lincoln Park After Dark$13.50 Buy

Chanel Pure Black

We trust the colour forecasts of nail pro Betina Goldstein, who gave us the head's up that green would be trendy for early September. Now, she tells us she's very into Chanel's Black for a seasonal colour refresh, calling this shade "the perfect October nail polish."
Chanel Le Vernis Limited Edition Longwear Nail Polish$22.00 Buy
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