When it comes to the world of makeup, specifically lipsticks, I always have a constant struggle to find the perfect lipstick. As an alternative goth babe with a love for all things spooky and Halloween, my main struggle is finding the best black lipstick. One that isn’t patchy or doesn’t come off on my teeth. One that is a true deep black and not a sheer color or god forbids a dark blue or purple lipstick masquerading as black lipstick.
I enlisted the help of some other alternative and goth babes to nominate and vote on their favorite black lipsticks. Based on their votes, I’ve compiled the best of the best into this blog post.
SLEEPWALKER by Black Moon Cosmetics
Sleepwalker is blacker than the blackest black of all black lipsticks created with your soul in mind. One swipe of this intensely pigmented black will take you into total darkness.
I may be a little biased as this is my favorite black lipstick, and I’ve tried quite a few. It doesn’t bleed, and I can wear it without a lip liner, and it dries down matte and isn’t sticky like other liquid lipsticks.
I think Shayla says it best, “I’ve tried a lot of different black lipsticks, searching for the right one. A lot of them look a bit green, are way too drying, or just have the quality of Halloween makeup, lol. This lipstick is truly the one for me. It looks so beautiful, and I’m so obsessed. I can’t wait until it’s restocked. It’s truly a staple.”
You can buy it here for $18.00.
Alien Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick by NYX Cosmetics
Doll up your lips in plush, vibrant liquid lipstick color with NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick! This long-wearing, super-pigmented opaque velvet lipstick is infused with avocado oil and vitamin E to glide on smoothly and set to a striking matte finish that never feels dry.
Brenda says, “Nyx’s Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in black is my go-to! The consistency is * chef’s kiss* perfection, and it’s so easy to apply with the included applicator. The color is deep and rich, and you only need one layer to coat your lips! The price of this lip cream is super affordable for how amazing it is. It transfers quite a bit, so it doesn’t hold up to eating or kissing. However, it is great for photos, or a day at the office, or a night out!”
Buy it here for $7.00.
ZERO LIQUID LIP COLOR by Sugarpill
Ultra-pigmented and super long-lasting. Our creamy, mousse-like formula never feels dry on your lips! Silky, rich, matte true black, no blue or brown undertones. Creamsicle scented.
“I LOVE this black lipstick!! It’s a nice dark matte black (not dark blue like some other black lipsticks I’ve tried) and applies beautifully. I feel it is comfortable and does not crumble or dry out my lips. I only need to take it off to eat,” says Bonnie.
Thrill Seeker Super Stay Matte Ink Liquid Lipstick by Maybelline New York
Super stay Matte Ink liquid lipstick leaves your lips with a flawless matte finish that lasts up to 16 hours. Its unique arrow applicator makes for a more precise matte liquid lipstick application.
Tor says, “As a goth nonbinary person, I have a few needs: crucial among these is a good, black lipstick. I’d loved the 24-hour matte lipsticks from Maybelline before (over all others, and I mean this without any sort of monetary backing) because not only does the color pop, but neither God nor man can get it off me once I’ve applied it. I can only complain about a little dryness, but for the sake of impeccably lined and popping lips, I can cope. In my hunt for a good black lipstick, I’ve gone through a dozen or so brands. If I had known Maybelline made a black–and I had CHECKED before to no avail–I wouldn’t have dropped a dime on any other brand. Seems like it’s a seasonal brand? Anyways, this item from them (in whatever shade you get it) gives you bright, matte colors. It doesn’t smudge or rub in any way after you’ve let it dry. I can wear a face mask for a twelve-hour shift and not see so much as a trace of color on the inside. EXACTLY what I look for in a lipstick.”
“This brand is already one of my absolute favorites, so when I found that they sold this color, I immediately bought it. So far, this lipstick has been amazing, I’ve worn it out to dinners, and I never have to worry about it smearing around while I eat! I’ve only had to touch it up once or twice as the day went on, but that was because of my mask pressing up against it. It can feel a bit sticky at first; when it does, I just go over it lightly with a lipgloss,” says Amethyst.
You can buy it here for $8.00.
Obsidian Wicked Mattes by UNICORN GANG™ Shop
Unicorn Gang Shop’s liquid lipstick formula is a weightless long-lasting lippie with a soft matte finish that leaves you loving liquid mattes again!
This non-drying formula leaves lips feeling more hydrated than a traditional matte lipstick and without sinking into fine lines giving you that dried-out look other mattes give you!
“Long-lasting, through eating and drinking. Not sticky until the end of the day, which is nice because, by that time, it is more easily removable. I ordered three and will definitely be ordering more,” says Raven.
You can buy it here for $18.00.