Welcome to the first ever Battle of the Brands! Today we have 10 black nail polishes competing for your love, your money and the space in your beauty case. They will be judged on durability (ie. how long it takes for them to chip), initial application, size and cost!
All joking aside, black nail polish is a staple of every goth and fashionista. There are clearly so many options out there, so it’s hard to know what is worth your money. I picked 10 brands, mostly drugstore, to compare. I got them from various sources, including Chemists, Kmart, The Reject Shop, but you can get them from pretty much anywhere that sells makeup
I tried to apply every single one with the same number of coats, with no base or top coat (so we can see how they stand on their own).
Sinful Colours Professional nail polish – Black on Black $4/15ml
I got hubby to pick these at random, so there was no favouritism with the placement on each of my fingers.
Left Hand 1 (LH1/Pinky) – L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis
Left Hand 2 (LH2/Ring) – Revlon Colour Stay Longwear Nail Enamel
Left Hand 3 (LH3/Middle) -Sinful Colours Professional nail polish
Left Hand 4 (LH4/Index)- Face of Australia Colour Pro Triple Action nail enamel
Left Hand 5 (LH5/Thumb) – Maybelline Colour Show nail colour
Right Hand 1 (RH1/Thumb)- Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail colour
Right Hand 2 (RH2/Index)- Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss
Right Hand 3 (RH3/Middle) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour
Right Hand 4 (RH4/Ring) – BYS Nail Polish
Right Hand 5 (RH5/Pinky) – Designer Brands nail enamel
Scoring – out of 5
LH1 : 5/5 – amazing, went on nicely, no excessive dripping
LH2: 4/5 – really good, looks like it could do with maybe one more coat, but apart from that ok
LH3: 3.5/5- pretty good. A little messy with application, again, could do with another coat
LH4: 2.5/5 – not bad, kinda wishy washy application. definitely needs another coat.
LH5: 2/5 – not great, very thin application. needs at least 2 more coats.
RH1: 1.5/5 – poor – this came out so thin and streaky that I had to wait until it dried and applied an extra two coats. It claims to be “1 second” application, which I don’t feel like it lived up to here.
RH2: 3.5/5 – pretty good. I don’t think that an extra coat would help, it may just be a little sheer itself, and a tiny bit messy, but still ok.
RH3: 3.5 – pretty good. This looks slightly more matte than glossy, and was also a tiny bit messy, but still ok.
RH4: 4/5 – Very good – you totally would not realise this is considered a “cheapy” nail polish. Great application. The only downside was the drying time (mentioned later).
RH5: 2/5 – not bad – fairly wishy washy application. could do with another coat or two.
Everyone gets a 5 out of 5 apart from the following two:
– RH 1: 4/5, took slightly longer than 60 seconds
– RH 4 : 4/5 was still tacky when all the others were already dried.
Durability (everyone starts with 5, as chipping appears remove half a point)
LH2: 3.5 – this is getting demoted so much because not only did it chip, but my nail broke! So while it doesn’t look too bad now, it did chip and break pretty badly.
Price (everyone starts with a 5, plus 0.5 for every 10c under $1/ml, -0.5 for every 10c over $1/ml. Hope that makes sense!)
Here are the final result pics after 5 days of wear:
So they winner by the numbers is… Sinful Colours! However, I would like to declare L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis as my personal favourite – The only reason it didn’t win is because it’s a little pricey for such a small bottle – but you seriously don’t even have to use that much!
I am endorsing Sinful Colours and L’Oreal Paris as my winners, but as always, please make your own decisions when deciding to buy nail polish. I’m just here to give you some direction.
Vote below for your favourite guys! Hope you enjoyed this post 🙂