5. ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS MATTE LIPSTICK IN “MIDNIGHT” ($18)

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[Photo by: Sephora

We think this lipstick definitely wins for “Prettiest Packaging” with its pink-gold accents, but how does it stand up to the other contenders? Pretty well, we think! It goes on and comes off very smoothly and is reliable enough so you don’t end up looking like Valak from The Conjuring 2 at the day’s end.

Application: 4/5
Darkness: 3/5
Smudging: 2/5
Long-Lasting: 3/5
Removal: 4/5

4. KAT VON D EVERLASTING LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “WITCHES” ($20)

KVD everlasting lipstick
[Photo by: Sephora

If you asked 10 girls what their favorite black lipstick was, nine out of 10 would probably say the Everlasting Liquid Lipstick. Ms. Von D has established herself as an arts maven in the alternative community, and it’s no wonder why: Her makeup line kicks butt. Our one qualm with this particular lippie is BEWARE. OF. FLAKES! Just make sure that pucker is well moisturized before applying, and you’ll be golden.

Application: 4/5
Darkness: 3/5
Smudging: 5/5
Long-Lasting: 4/5
Removal: 4/5

3. COLOURPOP ULTRA MATTE LIP IN “FRIDAY” ($6)

colourpop lipstick black
[Photo by: Sephora

All right, so technically we cheated: ColourPop’s lipsticks aren’t in-stores yet. But the brand began moving into Sephora this month, and when they do make their lippies available, it’ll be no joke. They’re super pigmented, sturdy and only 6 FLIPPIN’ DOLLARS to boot…but boy, are they drying. Again, just prepare to moisturize, but you really can’t go wrong with this liquid lip.

Application: 4/5
Darkness: 5/5
Smudging: 4/5
Long-Lasting: 3/5
Removal: 4/5

2. MAKE UP FOR EVER ARTIST ROUGE LIPSTICK IN “BLACK” ($22)

make up forever lipstick black
[Photo by: Sephora

A cosmetic that is the literal makeup equivalent of dipping your lips in an oil slick…If you don’t mind a little shine to your pout, this black bullet is everything. It’s incredibly rich, glides on like heaven and lasts pretty much forever. Alas, just like real oil, it runs, and therefore a liner is needed. But if you’re willing to make the investment, it’s well worth the extra cash.

Application: 4/5
Darkness: 5/5
Smudging: 3/5
Long-Lasting: 5/5
Removal: 4/5

1. SEPHORA COLLECTION CREAM LIP STAIN LIQUID LIPSTICK IN “NIGHT BIRD” ($14)

sephora lipstick black
[Photo by: Sephora

You might not have seen this one coming, but trust us: This lipstick is the end-all, be-all. The Sephora Collection may have a few underwhelming products here and there, but their liquid lipsticks are definitely not one of them. It’s everything a black lippie should be. It’s sold at an unreal price point, and did we mention it smells like vanilla?

Application: 5/5
Darkness: 5/5
Smudging: 4/5
Long-Lasting: 5/5
Removal: 4/5

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