Category: Nail Polish

Chanel Le Vernis Nail Colour Taboo 583

Being the magpie that I am, as soon as I saw pictures of the new Chanel Spring 2016 collection I knew I had to have Taboo. One of three nail polishes released in the collection, Taboo is the only one which will remain permanent. This was a bit of an usual release for Spring – in the bottle it looks like a distant galaxy, with swirls of purple, red and blue, with microglitter for stars!

Taboo is my first ever Chanel polish, and I am glad I chose something so unique. I haven’t been able to find any dupes of this but I suppose it’s just a matter of time – remember all the Peridot dupes which eventually appeared? Taboo applies smoothly on the nail, although the long and thin brush isn’t the easiest to use – for the price I’d expect something a little more ergonomic. I used two coats, as although it appeared opaque after one coat there were a few small bald patches which needed covering. Taboo dried quickly and to a smooth finish, and I applied one coat of top coat.

On the nail, Taboo is a vampy deep purple with complex red and blue shimmers. I love how the shimmers catch the light and lift the colour, although from far away it can look like you’re wearing black polish.

I was really disappointed with the lasting power of this shade. I’ve heard that Chanel polishes tend to chip quickly, and I found that I had lots of tip wear and chips after one day (as seen on my Instagram photo). I wouldn’t mind so much if it was a cheaper polish, but it’s the most expensive one I’ve ever bought! I forgive Taboo a little bit because it’s so unique, I’d probably be weeping into my purse if I’d bought a more simple shade. I’ll be doing some research into top coats as I’d like to enjoy Taboo for more than 24 hours at a time!

Would you spend £18 for a one night stand with Chanel Taboo?

DIY holographic nail polish

Last year I was doing a bit of research online about making your own nail polish. Whilst that didn’t really take off, I did get my hands on some holographic pigment which I’ve been enjoying using. The pigment, called SpectraFlair, is used in car paint and can also be mixed into nail polish for a holographic finish!

I bought 3 grams of SpectraFlair grade 35 powder (this is one of the coarser grades, for a chunkier holo look) and some ball bearings, for which I paid around £25. You need a really small amount to give a nail polish a holographic effect – in fact adding too much can make it look grey and ruins the effect! I added a small amount of the powder into Barry M 292 Navy and ended up with an amazing and exciting holographic shade!

As of July 2012 the rules over shipping this product changed, so you can only buy SpectraFlair already suspended in clear nail polish (in a concentrated form) instead of as a powder. I’d recommend then either adding a few drops of the concentrated SpectraFlair into another clear polish for a holographic top coat, or you can add a few drops into a nail polish to completely transform it!



The seller I bought the powder from last year now stocks SpectraFlair already suspended in clear nail polish instead – it’s highly concentrated so you only need a drop or two added to a clear polish or your nail polish!
One gram of SF35 works out at around £16 including shipping to the UK