Halloween

BEAUTY ON TRIAL | BEST BLACK LIPSTICK VS HALLOWEEN TREATS

BEAUTY ON TRIAL | BEST BLACK LIPSTICK VS HALLOWEEN TREATS

Step away from the nude lipstick. ‘Tis the season to be dark AF, so we’re putting the best black lipstick to the test in our latest installment of Beauty on Trial. Keep scrollin’ to see who comes out on top…

HQ Tests: Best Black Lipstick

The Test: Black lipstick versus our fave Halloween chocolate treat: a screme egg.

The Score: It’s not all fun and games, we wanna make sure you get the best black lipstick for your dolla’ so will be scoring them on the below:

  • Application
  • Colour Payoff
  • Longevity
  • Ease of removal

The Lipsticks:

Illamasqua Orion Antimatter Lipstick

Now sold out, try Illamasqya Lipstick in Pristine

Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick in Orion Black Reviews | HQhair Blog

What Illamasqua Say: “Enhance your pout with the Illamasqua Antimatter Lipstick; a semi-matte lipstick that adds long-wearing, non-drying colour to your lips.”

Why We Picked It: We loved seeing @theglitterygoose rock it on set in her skeleton makeup tutorial, so we defs wanted to give it a test ourselves. A special release for their 10/10 birthday collection, we’re excited to see if we’ll love the black bullet lipstick as much as we love their other shades.

Price: £20.00

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pitch Black

Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in Pitch Black Reviews | HQhair Blog

What Rimmel Say: “Achieve bold colour in one simple stroke with the Rimmel Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick; a high-intensity lip colour that sweeps over lips and offers a velvety matte finish.”

Why We Picked It: After seeing the shades on Rita Ora, we were obsessed. It’s time to see whether this liquid lipstick packs a punch – even if it is the cheapest lipstick we’re trialing today.

Price: £5.99

NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Go Rogue

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Go Rogue Reviews | HQhair Blog

What NYX Professional Makeup Say: “Create a statement lip with NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, a matte liquid lipstick that delivers highly pigmented colour with long-wearing results.”

Why We Picked It: NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede Lipstick is a longtime makeup staple for us, but we’ve never tried the black option before. We love its matte finish in the nude and red shades, bit will it work IRL for the darker shade?

Price: £7.00

Lord & Berry 20100 Matte Lipstick Crayon in Blackout

Lord & Berry Matte Lipstick Crayon in Blackout Reviews | HQhair Blog

What Lord & Berry Say: “Add kissable colour to your pout with the Lord & Berry 20100 Matte Lipstick Crayon; a long-wearing, ultra-hydrating formula that glides on effortlessly to deliver full coverage.”

Why We Picked It: We’ve had a bullet lipstick and two liquid lipsticks, so why not add a crayon into the mix? Easily the best option for black lipstick baes on the go, we wanna know whether having convenience will impact on performance.

Price: £14.00


Black Lipsticks Vs Screme Eggs

Our favourite Halloween sweet? It’s the chocolatey variety, duh. We grabbed our fave – and messiest – treat to really put the best black lipsticks to the test…

Before

Illamasqua Black Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Emily wears the best Illamasqua lipstick.

Best Black Liquid Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Katy wears the best Rimmel lipstick.

Best Black Matte Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Laura wears the best NYX Professional Makeup lipstick.

Lord and Berry Matte Lipstick Crayon Black Reviews | HQhair Blog

Amy wears the best Lord & Berry lipstick.

It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.

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The Best Black Lipstick: Reviews

Wanna see how we got on? Here’s exactly what went down in our spooky version of Beauty on Trial…

Illamasqua Lipstick Review

Best Matte Black Liquid Lipsticks | HQhair Blog

Application:

We used a brand new Illamasqua lipstick, so once the first layer was off it was super easy to apply, like any other bullet lipstick. We didn’t use a lip liner for any of these lipsticks to keep it fair, and this one didn’t bleed in the slightest, making it a dream to apply once it got going.

4/5

Colour Payoff:

It applied easily thanks to its cream texture, and we didn’t need to spend too long to make sure the pigment was super opaque and even.

5/5

Longevity:

A cream or sheen consistency, this isn’t the sort of lipstick you’d expect to be indestructible. All things considered, it did pretty well, but there was definitely a lil bit of wear.

3/5

Ease of Removal: 

It just took a lil micellar water on a cotton pad to make sure this slicked right off. Bonus points that thanks to its creamy consistency it’d kept our lips super moisturised and hadn’t damaged our skin in any way at all

5/5

Total: 17/20

Rimmel Lipstick Review

Black Liquid Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Application:

Katy found this Rimmel lipstick a lil tricky to apply. The doefoot applicator was easy to use, however the consistency of the black liquid lipstick was a bit gloopier than she was used to, so actual application was a bit messy. Warning: have cotton buds to hand!

3/5

Colour Payoff:

Even if the consistency took a bit of getting used to, the thickness translated into super pigmentation which applied evenly in one coat. It dried quickly to a matte finish without any smudging.

5/5

Longevity:

It’s safe to say the screme egg didn’t have a chance, this was the best black lipstick for longevity and it barely made a dent on the surface at all.

5/5

Ease of Removal: 

This was definitely one for a lip exfoliator. A cleanser barely made an impact and we’re pretty sure Katy still had some left on when she went home!

2/5

Total: 15/20

NYX Professional Makeup Lipstick Review

Black Matte Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Application:

We’re sure you’re all up-to-date with our edit of the best NYX Professional Makeup products, so we were excited to see how this fared. We’ve used Liquid Suede loads of times, and the black version applied just as well as the other colours. Easy to control, and not messy at all.

5/5

Colour Payoff:

Although we ended up with a high pigment final look, it took us a few layers to make sure that it had applied evenly.

4/5

Longevity:

As far as black matte liquid lipsticks go, this one fared really well. There was no wear to the middle of the lips, and was still going strong.

5/5

Ease of Removal: 

It took a little bit of persuasion, but after a bit of a scrub with a cotton pad soaked in micellar water our lips were left feelin’ peachy clean.

4/5

Total: 18/20

Lord & Berry Lipstick Review

Black Matte Liquid Lipstick | HQhair Blog

Application:

It’d been a while since Amy had last used a crayon lipstick, but it was quick to remember how easy it is to apply. It can be a bit tricky to get a sharp line to the edges of your lips, but otherwise it was really easy.

4/5

Colour Payoff:

Much like the Illamasqua lipstick, it took a while to build up the pigment but we love how it dried matte to create a statement lip look.

4/5

Longevity:

As it applied like a cream lipstick from the bullet we weren’t expecting much from this black lipstick but it surpassed all our expectations. Yes, it did wear a little bit, but nowhere near as much as some of the others in our trial.

4/5

Ease of Removal: 

This was a dream to take off. All we needed was a little bit of cleanser and it came straight off.

5/5

Total: 17/20


Best Black Lipstick | HQhair Blog

The Winner: NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede

We really did put them to the test, and it looks like the best black lipstick award had to go to NYX.


Shop the best black lipstick edit

Of course we’ve included our faves, but here’s the ultimate edit of the best black lipsticks ever

  1. ILLAMASQUA LIPSTICK IN PRISTINE
    £20.00 Buy now with HQhair

    ILLAMASQUA LIPSTICK IN PRISTINE

    The creamy formula of Illamasqua lipsticks you know and love, but now in a black shade to suit your Halloween soul, Pristine is an instant add-to-bag you need to try RN.

    Want more? Continue reading our guide to the best Illamasqua products.

    Buy now with free delivery
  2. RIMMEL STAY MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN PITCH BLACK
    £5.99 Buy now with HQhair

    RIMMEL STAY MATTE LIQUID LIPSTICK IN PITCH BLACK

    This black lipstick can be a bit tricky to apply, but it’s worth the perseverance. Expect long-lasting wear and a super opaque pigment. The. Dream.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best Rimmel products.

    Buy now with free delivery
  3. NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP LIQUID SUEDE CREAM LIPSTICK
    £7.00 Buy now with HQhair

    NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP LIQUID SUEDE CREAM LIPSTICK

    A cult fave that we can’t get enough of, we’re obsessed with the darker hue of the NYX Professional Makeup Liquid Suede cream lipstick, making it a must-have on our list of the best black lipsticks.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best NYX Professional Makeup products.

    Buy now with free delivery
  4. LORD & BERRY 20100 MATTE LIPSTICK CRAYON
    £9.00 Buy now with HQhair

    LORD & BERRY 20100 MATTE LIPSTICK CRAYON

    All the power of a bullet lipstick without the messiness, we love Lord & Berry’s black crayon, and we’re converted to this unconventional applicator.

    Buy now with free delivery
  5. LIME CRIME VELVETINES LIPSTICK IN BLACK VELVET
    £18.00 Buy now with HQhair

    LIME CRIME VELVETINES LIPSTICK IN BLACK VELVET

    Forget Red Velvet, we’re goin’ dark this year. We love Lime Crime Velvetines for their ultra pigmented matte finish, and their black option is everything we want – and more.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best Lime Crime products.

    Buy now with free delivery
  6. SLEEK MAKEUP TRUE COLOUR LIPSTICK IN MULBERRY
    £4.99 Buy now with HQhair

    SLEEK MAKEUP TRUE COLOUR LIPSTICK IN MULBERRY

    We rated this forumla pretty high in our last Beauty on Trial where we discovered the best lipstick, so it’s no surprise that we love the black version of this Sleek Makeup lipstick

    Continue reading: our guide to the best Sleek products.

    Buy now with free delivery
  7. CIATÉ LONDON GLITTER FLIP LIPSTICK IN ICONIC
    £14.45 Buy now with HQhair

    CIATÉ LONDON GLITTER FLIP LIPSTICK IN ICONIC

    On the hunt for a black glitter lipstick? Then the gals at Ciaté have got your back. A beauty iridescent finish, this liquid lipstick is a great option to add-to-bag.

    Buy now with free delivery
  8. BLEACH LONDON Lip Kit Text Me Black
    £12.00 Buy now with HQhair

    BLEACH LONDON Lip Kit Text Me Black

    Complement your lipstick with a black lip liner to create the whole look. Bleach London have created the ultimate lip kit to perfect your look in time for Halloween.

    Continue reading: our guide to the best Bleach London products.

    Buy now with free delivery

If you think you’ve found the best black lipstick for you, it’s about time you updated your stash.

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