The Best Black Nail Polishes For Fall, According To The Pros

Megan Decker
·4 mins read

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

Still, as great as that burnt orange looks through a Zoom screen, 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 compile the best options out there. Find your foolproof guide to the most wearable dark nail polish, ahead.

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<h3>Mischo Beauty Run The World</h3><br>Kitiya Mischo King, the founder of clean nail-care brand Mischo Beauty, describes her favorite black as both high-shine and durable. Plus, when you're looking for a polish that feels empowering, this shade name says it all.<br><br><strong>Mischo</strong> Run The World, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.mischobeauty.com%2Fcollections%2Fnail-lacquer%2Fproducts%2Frun-the-world-1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Mischo" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Mischo</a>

Mischo Beauty Run The World


Kitiya Mischo King, the founder of clean nail-care brand Mischo Beauty, describes her favorite black as both high-shine and durable. Plus, when you're looking for a polish that feels empowering, this shade name says it all.

Mischo Run The World, $, available at Mischo
<h3>Pear Nova After Party</h3><br>If you're committed to dark shades for the duration of the fall, consider grabbing a black in a soft-gel formula, like this one from Pear Nova. Not only will the gel give you close to three weeks of wear, but the holographic sparkle will also keep you from feeling bored after the first few days.<br><br><strong>Pear Nova</strong> After Party, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.pearnova.com%2Fproduct%2Fafter-party%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Pear Nova" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Pear Nova</a>

Pear Nova After Party


If you're committed to dark shades for the duration of the fall, consider grabbing a black in a soft-gel formula, like this one from Pear Nova. Not only will the gel give you close to three weeks of wear, but the holographic sparkle will also keep you from feeling bored after the first few days.

Pear Nova After Party, $, available at Pear Nova
<h3>JINsoon Absolute Black</h3><br>Nail pro <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/B2fLssuFcpl/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jin Soon Choi" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jin Soon Choi </a>tells us that a black manicure is not only practical, but also a great equalizer. "I think the all-black manicure will be huge this fall, because it's <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2019/09/8370041/french-nails-manicure-nyfw-trend-2019" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:high fashion" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">high fashion</a> and inherently gender-free," she explains. "Nothing makes me feel more confident than when I'm wearing Absolute Black — my go-to rich, shiny black gloss."<br><br><strong>Jin Soon</strong> Jin Soon Absolute Black, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fjinsoon.com%2Fabsolute-black%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Jin Soon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Jin Soon</a>

JINsoon Absolute Black


Nail pro Jin Soon Choi tells us that a black manicure is not only practical, but also a great equalizer. "I think the all-black manicure will be huge this fall, because it's high fashion and inherently gender-free," she explains. "Nothing makes me feel more confident than when I'm wearing Absolute Black — my go-to rich, shiny black gloss."

Jin Soon Jin Soon Absolute Black, $, available at Jin Soon
<h3>Essie Licorice</h3><br>Essie's global educator <a href="https://www.instagram.com/ritaremark/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Rita Remark" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Rita Remark</a> says that <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-essie-nail-polish-colors" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Essie's best-selling" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Essie's best-selling</a> black polish — the shade Licorice — is a fall staple. "This time of year, when you want a darker color, this patent black is a no-brainer," she tells us.<br><br><strong>Essie</strong> essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GXW0VBC?th=1" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Essie Licorice


Essie's global educator Rita Remark says that Essie's best-selling black polish — the shade Licorice — is a fall staple. "This time of year, when you want a darker color, this patent black is a no-brainer," she tells us.

Essie essie Nail Polish in Licorice, $, available at Amazon
<h3>CND Vinylux Black Pool</h3><br>You'd be hard-pressed to find a nail salon that offers <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:gel polish" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">gel polish</a> 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 favorites.<br><br><strong>CND</strong> CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish in Black Pool, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.target.com%2Fp%2Fcnd-vinylux-weekly-nail-color-105-black-pool-0-5-fl-oz%2F-%2FA-52918838" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Target" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Target</a>

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 favorites.

CND CND Vinylux Long Wear Nail Polish in Black Pool, $, available at Target
<h3>Ella + Mila Lights Out</h3><br>Nail pro <a href="https://www.instagram.com/michellesaundersjames/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michelle Saunders" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Michelle Saunders</a> tells us her criteria for differentiating a good black polish from a bad one is the shine factor. "The high shine of Lights Out by Ella + Mila reads super elegant on a manicure or <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/fall-nail-polish-pedicure-colors-2018" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:pedicure" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">pedicure</a>," she says.<br><br><strong>Ella + Mila</strong> Nail Polish in Lights Out, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ellamila.com%2Fproducts%2Fmommy-collection-lights-out" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:ella +mila" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">ella +mila</a>

Ella + Mila Lights Out


Nail pro Michelle Saunders tells us her criteria for differentiating a good black polish from a bad one is the shine factor. "The high shine of Lights Out by Ella + Mila reads super elegant on a manicure or pedicure," she says.

Ella + Mila Nail Polish in Lights Out, $, available at ella +mila
<h3>OPI Lincoln Park After Dark</h3><br>Where midnight meets dark purple is where you'll find <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/best-opi-nail-polish-colors#slide-5" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI's Lincoln Park After Dark</a>, 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.<br><br><strong>OPI</strong> OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.opi.com%2Fnail-products%2Fnail-polish%2Flincoln-park-after-dark" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:OPI" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">OPI</a>

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 OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, $, available at OPI
<h3>Chanel Pure Black</h3><br>We trust the color forecasts of nail pro <a href="https://www.instagram.com/betina_goldstein/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Betina Goldstein" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Betina Goldstein</a>, who gave us the head's up that <a href="https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/green-nail-polish" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:green would be trendy for early September" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">green would be trendy for early September</a>. Now, she tells us she's very into Chanel's Black for a seasonal color refresh, calling this shade "the perfect October nail polish."<br><br><strong>Chanel</strong> Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pure Black, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.chanel.com%2Fus%2Fmakeup%2Fp%2F159713%2Fle-vernis-limited-edition-longwear-nail-colour%2F" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Chanel" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Chanel</a>

Chanel Pure Black


We trust the color 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 color refresh, calling this shade "the perfect October nail polish."

Chanel Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Pure Black, $, available at Chanel

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