I have been desperate to get hold of Chanel Taboo ever since I first saw it. It launched about a month ago in the US, but Chanel polishes tend to come out a little later over here. The lady at one Chanel counter I visited said it sometimes takes more than a year for products to launch in the UK. A blog I came across said it would be available here in June, and another Chanel counter said it would be launched after the Summer 2013 collection.
Having missed out on buying the one other Chanel polish I want so much – Malice – I didn’t want to miss out on this one. (It turns out it’s a limited edition, but I didn’t know that at the time).
So I hatched a plan to get it from the US, but before that could come to fruition, I discovered that it was already for sale in the Chanel Boutique in Bond Street, London. My wonderful husband walked from Westminster to Mayfair during his lunch break to go and get it for me. I was so excited!
It’s undeniably a beautiful polish. The application was perfect. It went on flawlessly and only needed one coat, although I used two just to neaten up some of my edges, and also to see if it added some depth to the shimmer (which it didn’t).
It dried very slightly rough, due to the shimmer particles, so needed a top coat for some shine.
My only disappointment is with the overall effect when seen indoors. In the bottle it has a wonderful duochrome look, with an orangey-red shimmer. But this really doesn’t translate to the nail indoors. You can see it outside, in the sun, and and then the blue and red-orange particles glint momentarily as the sun catches them and the whole manicure sparkles and shines. But indoors it just looks like a deep purple with a hint of silver shimmer here and there, which is a little disappointing. But I’m still in love, and am so pleased to finally get my hands on it.
It’s clear and sunny today here in South London, so I could at least appreciate this polish in its full glory.
- Colour: two coats of Chanel Taboo
- Top coat: No. 7 Stay Perfect
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