I don't remember when or where I first caught glimpse of Chanel's wondrous new purple polish Taboo from their Spring 2013 Revelation de Chanel collection, but I do know that ever since, I haven't been able to get it out of my head. I stopped by the Chanel counter at Bloomingdale's earlier this week "just to look" but once I saw Taboo in person, I knew I had to have it! So fair warning - you, too, may not be able to stop thinking about Taboo once you've seen it :)
Chanel Taboo is a dark, cool toned purple polish infused with tiny vivid burgundy and blue shimmer flecks. Unlike dark polishes that look black unless seen in direct sunlight, Taboo reveals it's purple soul inside. The glorious burgundy and blue shimmer isn't shy and is also visible indoors. Here's the excellent part: because there is both warm and cool shimmer, Taboo will look different in different lighting. In some lighting, it will appear more of a pinker purple and in others it will appear more of a bluer purple. How can this polish be purple, blue, and pink at the same time?!
The formula is perfect. Taboo applies wonderfully in (1) coat but I added a second to intensify the shimmer and add depth. Taboo doesn't dry super glossy so I added Seche Vite Dry Fast top coat.
Here's a straight-on shot to show the beautiful shimmer:
Taboo doesn't look exactly on the nail as it does in the bottle. You can see here that the warm burgundy shimmer really clings to the side of the bottle and looks pink:
Taboo is a really complex and excellent polish. I absolutely adore everything about it!
Chanel nail polishes retail for $27 - yikes - so for $27, I really should be thinking about this polish non-stop. It better be so incredible that it sends me running to the counter in fear that the person who gets there 0.5 seconds before me will get the last one. Also - this is going to be a hard one for the drug store brands to dupe ;) Even though my birthday isn't for a few months, Taboo will be a birthday present. Right after swatching, my boyfriend actually hid it from me!
In NYC, Chanel nail polish can be purchased at Barneys, Bloomingdale's, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, Macy's, and Saks. Online, I recommend Nordstrom (affiliate link) for free shipping.
So Chanel Taboo is fabulous, but how does it compare to other purple shimmers in my collection? Keep reading for some comparisons!
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