It’s Written in the Stars: Chanel Taboo Le Vernis

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis 583

Ever since I saw Chanel Taboo Le Vernis (583. RRP in Belgium: 23 euros) in the blogosphere, I had been counting down the days till its release. Let me put it this way: if you have always wondered if luxury nail polishes are “worth the money,” for me this one really is. I own several similar shades (comparisons are included), and I have to say Taboo is not only different but definitely better!

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis 583 closeup

Taboo looks like the galaxy in a bottle with its dark purple base and flecks of violet, red, and silver. The formula is excellent. It is smooth and opaque with one coat, but I prefer two because the flecks show up better that way. If this is not stunning enough for you already, try it with a gel top coat!

Here is two coats of Taboo underneath Dior Gel Coat (which I will review soon):

Chanel Taboo swatch

Chanel Taboo

Since I have always been obsessed with purple nail polishes, I pulled some similar ones out from my stash. Clockwise from left: Zoya Yasmeen, Chanel Taboo, Zoya Jem, and China Glaze Let’s Groove:

Zoya Yasmeen, Chanel Taboo, Zoya Jem, China Glaze Let's Groove

From left to right: Zoya Jem, Zoya Yasmeen, Chanel Taboo, and China Glaze Let’s Groove

Zoya Jem Zoya Yasmeen, Chanel Taboo, China Glaze Let's Groove comparison swatch

I would say the base color of China Glaze Let’s Groove is is the most similar out of the three, but Chanel Taboo is darker, and the amazing flecks just hit it out of the park! As a side note, I didn’t use a top coat on any of these. As you can see, the Gel Coat gives Taboo a glossy finish as well as bringing the flecks out better!

The whole galaxy thing reminds me of The Little Prince:

Chanel Taboo Le Vernis swatch

Bottom line: I am unabashedly in love with Chanel Taboo Le Vernis, and if you like beautiful nail polishes, I think you will be as well! As far as I know, Taboo is not limited edition. However, I hope I have managed to get the message through: you need it, and you need it now!

Is Taboo calling your name? What are some of your favorite nail polishes so far this year?

Sunny, your beauty culture translator xx

  • Liz

    THANK YOU, SUNNY. You’re the first person I saw that compared Taboo. I wasn’t tempted at all by it when I saw it on the blogs, but seeing in person is something else. Ugh, stop it, Chanel. I just can’t deal with $30 nail polishes right now! lol

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Liz! I have a stash of purple so I thought I might as well compare them for ya 😉 Taboo is permanent so you can wait (assuming you can resist the temptation haha)!

  • Lily

    NICE! I’ve seen Taboo a few times, and it’s really gorgeous. I’m NOT picking it up though. I’ve got enough vampy shades in my stash 😛

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      But Taboo is MORE than a vampy shade! It’s just so, so interesting!

  • Kiss & Make-up

    Awww, Le Petit Prince… :-) Taboo looks SO gorgeous! It has so much depth to it. I agree, it’s worth the money.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I know! I have a handful of purple nail polishes (you’re only seeing part of my collection here haha), but it just beats everything else hands down!

  • beauties

    interesting colour :) you can stare at it and get lost in ‘the galaxy’ of it

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Pretty much! I’ve spent some time doing that over the past few days LOL

  • Caise

    I want it too!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I understand. I personally find it impossible to resist :)

  • Anne

    This has my name written all over it!
    Chanel really hit the nail on the head with all those recent nailpolish releases!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha yes, grab it when you can, Anne!

  • Musical Houses

    Wow, chanel Taboo really looks different in the bottle and on your nails! Love the colour!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girl, I think the gel coat makes a difference, but in any case I’m a big fan too 😉

  • Icaria

    My name is on the list for one! The hype is a little crazy but the color is so beautiful! The Dior gel coat does make it look gorgeous! *sigh* another item to go on my list. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I’m so sorry to hear about the madness. I hope you’ll lay your hands on a bottle soon! If you wear shimmery nail polishes often, I’d say the gel coat is a good investment!

  • Christina Zamir

    Oh, I definitely have to get this one! I already have Graphite, Bel Argus and Peridot. I used to wince at the price point of Chanel polishes, but I have come to realize life is too short to deny myself Chanel. :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Christina, I think it’s reasonable to indulge in colors that really speak to you! I just know you will LOVE this one!

  • Teri

    So pretty! No words! Must need this asap!

  • BeautyLoves

    It’s SO pretty! It beats all the similar nail polishes by far. I’m tempted to buy this one :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Buy it, buy it now! It really beats everything else I own, and trust me when I say I own many purples!

  • BeautyReflections

    It’s pretty on you! But this shade of purple just isn’t my thang for some reason. It’s so grape jelly coloured-not my cuppa!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Tracy, aww well that’s good news for your wallet! While I love the shade and the formula, I can see not everyone is going to love it quite as much 😉

  • TheProcrastinator

    WOW. It’s like a purple galaxy. Chanel vernis are my weakness, I think I need this. I’m trying to convince myself that it’s different enough from TF Dominatrix…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey girly, I don’t own TF Dominatrix but I am relatively sure the two are sufficiently different! You can’t compare a pear to an apple so yes, you need it 😉

  • Dominique

    I picked up Azuré, Bel Argus and Lilis today :) but they didn’t receive Taboo, it looks gorgeous ( a must-have I think ), so next time I’ll pick up Taboo !

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Wow, I hope you’ll enjoy those! I hope you’ll be able to lay your hands on Taboo soon. I just painted my toes with it and I’m so giddy 😉

  • VickyM

    This nail polish is super pretty 😀 you have the galaxy on your nails Sunny! It really suits you. This goes on my wish list, I´m glad it´s not limited edition, since right now I have to pick up this gorgeous Rouge Coco shine…

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Haha thanks, Vicky! I hope you’ll love it as much as I do when you pick it up!

  • Sara

    I am also obsessed with Purples and this must be the most gorgeous purple that I have. Love Taboo, looks also stunning on you :-*

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Sara! This is definitely the best one I own. No doubt about that!

  • TheHappySloths

    It’s pretty on the nails but so much more beautiful in the bottle!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww I think it’s gorgeous anyways, but you might have a point!

  • MyLuciteDreams

    Taboo is such an unusual shade, it’s gorgeous! I would have picked it up if it translates just as well on the nail as it does in the bottle. A beauty nonetheless! Enjoy it sunny

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Aww sorry to hear that, Taylor! Did you try two coats? I find that with one coat it’s not all that special. Also, try a gel top coat over it. I swear it makes it even better!

  • Ruby Chua

    I can definitely see why Taboo is better now. The frecks are really beautiful!

  • Larie

    Ooooh, disqus! I like :)

    I love Tabooooooo. I like it better on my nails than on my toes, though! On my toes it’s really cool and blue-purple, but on my nails it’s a tad warmer, and of course, I can see the sparkles better 😉

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Thanks, Larie! I don’t know what took me so long. It took no time to install it at all and I don’t have a crazy amount of spam comments anymore!

      It’s strange but I think it’s the opposite! On my toes it looks more red-based, and on my fingers more blue. I love it both ways though!

  • Ruby Chua

    I can definitely see why Taboo is better now. The frecks are really beautiful!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! It has a lot of dimension!

  • The Unprofessional Beauty Blog

    This is such a beautiful shade., and it’s quite different from the purple polishes I own.

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Now that is a good excuse to add it to your stash!

  • Rabbit

    Taboo is beautiful! I love purple nail polishes, so thank you for the comparisons :)

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      You’re welcome, Rabbit! Glad to hear the comparison helps!

  • Beauty Box

    I see I’ve met a kindred spirit – I love holographic nail polishes too! The purple ones you pictured are just lovely….

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Yu Ming, I’m pretty big on purple polishes! You are seeing a part of my collection here 😉

  • Oreleona

    beautiful color! love the multifaceted shimmer in it

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      I agree! The flecks make it so much fun!

  • Krystle Kouture

    I don’t know why but I was expecting it to be redder from the way it looks in the bottle. The purple is beautiful just not what I was hoping for

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Krystle, aww I’m sorry to hear that. It’s red-based but not too red!

  • Isabelle

    Aww, I thought it’d be much more red? I would’ve liked it more with more red!!

    • Sunny @Mostly Sunny

      Hey Isabelle, I had thought it’d be a bit more red-based as well, but on me it doesn’t seem that way. Still, I’m in love with this one!