8 Black Nail Polishes That Are Anything But Basic

No matter what your Halloween commitment level — from full-on Heidi Klum to skipping the costuming altogether — there’s one way to pay homage to the holiday that we can all get down with: a slick, black manicure.
Hardcore lovers of Fright Night can start with Elvira-inspired talons, painted high-shine black and zhushed up with a little spooky nail art. Less inclined to go on theme? Try a more nuanced version with matte, deep glitter, or even a color-changing option that only turns black when your fingers are cold.
Bottom line: The latest polish offerings prove black is anything but boring. Ahead, left-of-center polishes that are so cool, you’ll be wearing them long after the costume comes off.
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Layer this black shade over another Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polish color and watch it pool to reveal a marble design. Pro tip: Nailing the effect requires wiping nearly all the polish from the brush before applying in order to get the thinnest coat ever.

Sally Hansen Color Whirl in Steam Punk, $10, available at Ulta Beauty
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Whether you're dressing as a rock star or throwing on cat ears and calling it a look, this eight-free and cruelty-free glitter polish helps elevate the vibe. The best part? The peel-off formula can be stripped away by hand in seconds, a godsend for anyone used to laboriously scrubbing at glitter formulas to remove every last glimmer of polish.

Butter London Peel-Off Glitter Nail Lacquer in Black Magic, $12, available at Butter London
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Afraid black polish may be considered a bit too edgy for your office dress code? Try this sneaky topcoat, which turns any Orly gel polish deep black when fingers are cold. That means you can sport an orange mani during your climate controlled 9-to-5 and obsidian black when you're out in the cold, cold world.

Orly Gel FX Shade Shifter Black, $8 , available at Orly
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In low light, this stealth polish looks pitch black, but step into the sun, and it shows as a deep oxblood that’s even darker than the brand’s classic Vamp shade.

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Color in Rouge Noir, $28, available at Nordstrom
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When going for a straight black polish, color density is key. This creamy 10-free shade is pitch black and pitch perfect.

Zoya Nail Polish in Willa, $10, available at Zoya
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To take the shine out of any of your black-ish nail polish shades, add a matte topcoat for a velvety effect.

Wet n Wild Wild Shine Nail Color Matte Top Coat, $1, available at Wet n Wild
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This deep black shade is spiked with just a hint of green, but that’s not it’s only surprise move: This gel formula really lasts, which means your mani will look fresh long after the Halloween candy (or hangover) is gone.

Essie Gel Couture in Hang Up The Heels, $11.50, available at Essie
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This polish may look like any other shade of gray in the bottle, but a few coats on the nail reveal an inky granite — a great alternative to stark black.

Deborah Lippmann Nail Polish in Stormy Weather, $18, available at Deborah Lippmann
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