CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Polish in #583 Taboo – swatches & review

Chanel did it! They took all the stars in the sky, bottled them up and called it Taboo. This ‘limited edition’ shade is out of this world, with irresistible shimmer that only the people behind Chanel can deliver. The galaxy is now at the ends of our fingertips.


Chanel Taboo is a deep red-toned metallic purple loaded with blue and reddish-copper micro-shimmer. In the bottle, Chanel Taboo is mind-blowing, with a magnitude of multi-colored shimmer. Taboo does not have quite the same effect once applied to the nail, however the look still remains absolutely stunning. In most lighting Taboo is a deep vampy purple with a high-shine and iridescent quality. Taboo’s true beauty really shines in bright sunlight where the shimmer is most visible.


Taboo applies flawlessly and covers in one coat, although two is definitely the recommended. The formula leaves a high-shine finish. The only gripes I have is the tip wear on the second day, followed by some chipping on the third. I am still searching for the perfect top coat for Chanel polishes to extend its wear.

chanel-taboo-1(photo taken in bright sunlight)
chanel-taboo-2(photo taken indoors, in natural light)

Chanel Taboo is a ‘limited-edition’ shade $27

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12 thoughts on “CHANEL Le Vernis Nail Polish in #583 Taboo – swatches & review

  1. Hey Taylor, I’m glad you got it and love it! Have you tried a gel coat? I have much better luck making nail polishes last with a gel coat!

  2. It looks beautiful on you! I use BL’s Hardwear, but Chanel polishes do seem more prone to chipping. I think I’m going to try Dior’s Gel coat at some point, too.

  3. I think because this came out in summer, I just couldn’t get into it – it seems like such a fall shade to me! I can totally appreciate its beauty, but it’s one Chanel color that I didn’t mind passing up. I’m sorry 😦

  4. Ahhh, I’m so jealous! Taboo is absolutely beautiful. I have yet to purchase my first Chanel polish as I keep hearing mixed things on their lasting power 😦

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