Nail Polish Infatuation: Chanel Le Vernis in Taboo

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Isn’t it exquisite? Now, I’m not usually a fan of dark nail colours (on myself) and I’m not generally a huge fan of Chanel nail polish (it chips if you don’t use industrial-strength base and top coats) but Taboo cast a little spell over me and I couldn’t stop myself from buying it. The colour is a deep, red-toned purple with flecks of iridescent shimmer shot through it, and when the light catches your nails, the polish reflects shades of red, violet, pink and copper – it’s utterly mesmerizing.

We know that Chanel sets the trend and other brands follow – it’s guaranteed that cheaper brands will try and dupe the colours created by Chanel – and quite often they manage to do so quite successfully. The difference with Taboo is, as Jules quite rightly put it: it’s un-dupable. I do not see how cheaper brands will be able to replicate this formula and/or colour. The colour is so rich and pigmented that you really only need to do one coat, and the formulation is incredibly rich and smooth – it applies evenly and leaves no streaks or bubbles. It dries down to a naturally shiny finish, but I always like to pop on some of my Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat for an extra-glossy effect. Lush.

Historically, my issue with Chanel was that the formulation of the nail polish wasn’t nearly good enough to justify the hefty price tag. Not so with Taboo – it is stunning and it ticks all the boxes: innovative colour, highly-pigmented and flawless application. Bravo, Chanel. Bravo.

Retails for R290.00 and is available from Edgars Red Square.

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