Middle Aged Beauty Queen

NOTD: CHANEL LE Vernis 583 Taboo

Posted on: April 2, 2013

Why is it the ones we love the most, let us down the most? This is a copy of an email sent to me from CHANEL announcing their newest LE Vernis (Nail polish) color:583 Taboo from Collection Revelation.

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Gorgeous, right? I had already placed my order and received my bottle of Taboo the same day I got this email. When I first looked at the bottle in person I was disappointed because it looks nothing like the picture in the ad. It looked more orange than anything, and we all know how much I don’t like the color orange.

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😨 The real disappointment came when I painted my nails. The color on my nails looks nothing like the color in the bottle. It is a dark purple with some pink, light blue and gold micro/macro glitter. The only way I saw the glitter was through my loupe. This polish does sparkle in the sunlight, just like any other dark purple with micro glitter.

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This polish looked so familiar to me so I went through my collection looking at all the dark purple polishes I have, which is a few. I did swatch 8 polishes, the one that was closest to Taboo is from Estée Lauder Pure Color Smashed. I have Estée Lauder Smashed on my pinky finger in the above photo. As you can see they are very similar. I can see a difference, but what I am seeing is in the base color. Taboo has a very dark purple base, almost black base. Smashed has more of a dark violet base
I want to make this point very clear: Smashed IS NOT A DUPE for Taboo. But they are very similar. Which is why my Taboo is being returned to Nordstrom.

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This is Taboo outside if full sunlight. This is a great picture of the color I was trying to describe. To me it looks more orange than purple.

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My nails in full sunlight. Again a great picture of the bottle and how it transfers to the nail. Taboo is on all my nails in this picture.

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CHANEL Le Vernis 583 Taboo in the full sunlight is a gorgeous bottle of polish, I just wish the color in the bottle was the color on my nails. Very seldom am I disappointed by CHANEL but this was a complete disappointment. I would give this polish a 4/5 only because of the color issue. This may not bother you and it is a great polish. I had complete opacity with 1 coat, the brush is one of the best, it picks up just the right amount of polish needed, no pooling and no streaks. I have noticed in the last year that CHANEL’s polish is less fussy to work with. Taboo has a great formula, it is a beautiful color but I’m afraid CHANEL have priced themselves so high, that in my opinion, if the polish is not a 5/5 it will be returned.
You can find Taboo ($27) at most high end department stores. I bought mine from the greatest store on earth Nordstrom
You can also find Estée Lauder Smashed ($20) nail polish at Nordstrom.

What do you think of the “new subversive color Taboo” from CHANEL? Is it one you will be adding to your collection? Let me know if you picked up Taboo and what you think of it, I’d love to hear your opionions.

💅 As always, thanks for stopping by.

4 Responses to "NOTD: CHANEL LE Vernis 583 Taboo"

A shame! In the photo from Chanel you can tell that they used special lighting and maybe re-touched the photo. You’d think that they wanted to show the true color, no make an artistic photo.. Oh well. Sorry you are disappointed!

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You live and learn! This gives me a reason to try another CHANEL color though right? I’m thinking Fracas, but I have so many in that pink/corally color range. I am going to wait to return in person so I can look at all the polishes they have. So it might be a while. Thanks for the comment Diana!

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Oh man, that is seriously disappointing. And no, that promo pictures looks nothing like the actual product.

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I should have known after Vertigo last summer, remember that one was brown with a gorgeous shimmer, it just looked brown on the nail. But luckily I bought it at Nordy’s so there won’t be problem returning it. 😘 Sent from my iPad

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