It doesn’t matter who your favorite celebrity is, you have probably seen them donning black lipstick to some sort of premiere in the past, and will certainly in the future. It’s the sort of product that never goes off-trend, so a lot of people believe it is a must-have in their makeup bag.

You can get the same brands that the actresses and singers take to the red carpet for a reasonable price but some are certainly better than others. To help you avoid making a mistake, we have created a list of the top nine black lipsticks. They are made by some of the world’s biggest makeup brands, have thousands of fans and will leave you feeling empowered every time you wear them.

Our Top Picks for the Best Black Lipsticks

#1 Lime Crime Velvetines Liquid Matte Lipstick, Black Velvet

It’s almost impossible to write a list of the top ten black lipsticks without this stand out product. It is a high quality liquid matte finish and feels luxurious. To deliver a vibrant look that doesn’t feel heavy on your lips, it glides on but dries quickly to give you a unique look that lasts. The smudge-proof finish doesn’t bleed and stays true to the way you apply it, even smelling of French Vanilla to make your lips smell great. Cruelty-free and vegan-friendly, apply lip balm 15 minutes before applying and when it is on, there will only be minimal retouching required.

#2 Manic Panic Raven Lethal Lipstick – Raven

This creamy shade of black is lighter than most but still has an intensity about it. It has a semi-matte finish that will appeal to a lot of users as it has a buttery look that feels good. What a lot of people seem to like is the added moisturizers that help to lock in the softness and the color. Manic Panic creates cruelty-free lipsticks that are also free-from gluten, parabens, and lead. The case it comes in is etched in diamonds to make it stand out in your makeup bag and the bold color lasts a long time.

#3 Milani Bold Color Statement Matte Lipstick

A lipstick that is as kind on your skin as it is cruelty-free deserves a look at. The pigment-rich formula has a deep matte finish that looks luxurious without caking the lips. Certified vegan, it contains no animal by-products and it even looks good when wearing minimal make-up. For a stand out finish and an expressive look, the bold black finish has warm undertones and applies easily. It has no taste and a pleasant smell and stays on well in the same way a more expensive brand does.

#4 e.l.f. Studio Moisturizing Lipstick 82647 Black Out

A quality, deep looking black lipstick that contains cocoa butter to moisturize the lips as though you were wearing a balm. There are also vitamins A & E to condition your lips adding to the comfort when you wear it. The black stays put without needing much in the way of touch-ups so it should be considered one of the more reliable brands if you’re leaving the lipstick at home. The coverage is great but it can smudge a little, this is likely because of the moisturizing ingredients.

#5 NYX Professional Makeup Velvet Matte Lipstick, Midnight Muse

Anyone who checks the name before the color will be intrigued by the midnight muse offering from NYX Professional. They have made it so it is highly pigmented to draw out so luscious color that is deep and sultry when applied. The matte finish has a velvety look but all but eliminated shine for a natural appeal. When on, it doesn’t feel heavy or dry and you’ll forget it’s there, even if everyone around you doesn’t. A black lipstick that will last all night, this is a great option for a special night.

#6 Maybelline New York Color Sensational Black Lipstick Matte Lipstick

For a high-quality product from a popular brand, look no further than Maybelline. Their color sensation range is known for being luxurious and in the honeycomb nectar, it certainly leaves your lips with a creamy finish that looks great. With one stroke, you get an intense look from the highly pigmented color. It has a greyish black look so it’s not as strong-looking which some people will find preferable. You might need a lip liner to make sure you are accurate as things can get messy. It doesn’t last for as long as the others but the odd touch up is all you need to maintain the look you started the night with.

#7 Splashes & Spills – Vivid Black and Red Lipstick

This two-pack offers good value but is not for you if you don’t need or want the red that comes with it. This would be a shame though as both products are bold, with a matte finish. The Scarlett red is vibrant and the daring black is deep and sultry in its look. The color looks rich and lasts a long time for some head-turning lips. It is kind on sensitive skin types so it can be reapplied throughout the night and has a natural finish without being too layered or thick.

#8 Winky Lux 24-Hour Long Lasting Lipstick

They’ve marketed this as being great for the holidays as a Christmas style lipstick, but it works on any occasion. The long-lasting finish looks great throughout the night with a matte effect and features castor seed oil to seriously hydrate your lips. The vibrant color certainly stands out but doesn’t feel thick when on. The cruelty-free formula is also free-from sulphates and gluten with no animal testing. Made to stand out, it is not for the faint hearted but is a quality lipstick from a brand that seems to have their ethics in order.

#9 NICKA K Vivid Matte Lipstick NMS07 Black

With a fresh modern finish, this matte black lipstick is formulated with beeswax to make it smooth and comfortable to wear. The coverage is full and incredibly bold, as you would expect from a deep black lipstick. You might find that it comes off a little when eating but a quick retouch should usually suffice. Although it is not as highly pigmented as others, it is good value for the price and a few layers can be all you need to create a sultry look. With no taste or smell, it is a good black lipstick at a great price.