Battle of the Brands – Black Nail Polish Showdown!


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).

The Contenders:

BYS Nail Polish – Black Satin approx. $3/14ml225224

Sinful Colours Professional nail polish – Black on Black $4/15ml

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Maybelline Colour Show nail colour – Onyx Rush $5.95/7ml

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Designer Brands nail enamel – Blackest Black  $6.95/12ml

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Face of Australia Colour Pro Triple Action nail enamel – Scream $6.95/10ml

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L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis – Black Swan $6.95/5ml

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Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail colour – Black Out $7.95/8ml

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Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss – Black diamonds $7.95/11ml

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Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour – Black Out $7.95/11.8ml

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Revlon Colour Stay Longwear Nail Enamel – Stiletto $16.95/11.7ml

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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

LH1

Left Hand 2 (LH2/Ring) – Revlon Colour Stay Longwear Nail Enamel

LH2

Left Hand 3 (LH3/Middle) -Sinful Colours Professional nail polish

LH3

Left Hand 4 (LH4/Index)- Face of Australia Colour Pro Triple Action nail enamel

LH4

Left Hand 5 (LH5/Thumb) – Maybelline Colour Show nail colour

LH5

Right Hand 1 (RH1/Thumb)- Rimmel London 60 Seconds nail colour

RH1

Right Hand 2 (RH2/Index)- Covergirl Outlast Stay Brilliant nail gloss

RH2

Right Hand 3 (RH3/Middle) Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear nail colour

RH3

Right Hand 4 (RH4/Ring)  – BYS Nail Polish

RH4

Right Hand 5 (RH5/Pinky) – Designer Brands nail enamel

RH5

Scoring – out of 5

Application

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.

Drying time

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)

LH1: 5

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.

LH3: 4

LH4:4

LH5: 4.5

RH1: 4

RH2: 4

RH3: 3

RH4: 2.5

RH5: 2.5

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!)

LH1: 3/10

LH2: 3/10

LH3: 8/10

LH4: 6.5/10

LH5: 6/10

RH1: 5/10

RH2: 6/10

RH3: 5/10

RH4:  9/10

RH5: 7/10

Here are the final result pics after 5 days of wear:

LH1:028

LH2:029

LH3:030

LH4:031

LH5:032

RH1:034

RH2:035

RH3:037

RH4:038

RH5:040

Final Scores!

LH1: 18

LH2: 15

LH3: 21

LH4: 18

LH5: 17.5

RH1: 14.5

RH2: 18.5

RH3:  18

RH4: 19.5

RH5: 16.5

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 🙂

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3 thoughts on “Battle of the Brands – Black Nail Polish Showdown!

  1. poppyturnbull says:

    I love the opi black onyx it’s a bit pricey here but I bought it last time I was in America and you only need one coat plus it has great shine.

  2. Jasmine says:

    What an interesting post! I love this.. the best black polish I’ve ever used (opaque in just one coat.. love it!) was from a Factory clothing store! It ended up being $2 because I went to a direct factory outlet for Factory, so I’m happy! xx

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