Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer Review, Photos, Swatches

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer

Chanel Cote d’Azur Collection: Riva

Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer ($27.00 for 0.4 fl. oz.) is a pale sky blue with ultra fine, barely-there iridescent blue shimmer strewn through the creamier, almost jelly-esque base. The swatches included in this post show the effect of three coats (and thicker ones at that)–I would say that you would need a muted white shade underneath, perhaps, or else four coats.

In all honesty, this is just not a shade to be worn opaque (at least not on its own). You’re better off wearing two coats and going for a sheer look than layering it on and ending up with a very thick pile o’ polish. I didn’t experience any streaking when applying the three coats, but it did seem more prone to bubbling (I don’t think I’ve ever really had a polish look like it was going to bubble on me… it was odd!).

I’m actually a big fan of Chanel’s polishes typically, but I can’t say I’m on the Riva bandwagon yet. The color itself is just not there for me; it lacks the dimensionality of other cult status Chanel shades–the shimmer is too fine, too soft, and it’s difficult to detect unless under direct, bright light. I had no idea this was a much anticipated shade until after I purchased it, which I’m glad for, because my expectations may have been even higher had I known.

Even more painful is the $4 price increase on Riva as compared to their other nail lacquers–what? I’m fully willing to pay $23 for a shade that only Chanel can do (or at least, is the first to do), but $27 for a shade with some application/formula issues and doesn’t quite hit the zing color-wise makes it impossible to recommend in good conscience!

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  • Product: 24/30
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: If you’re a Chanel collector, you may want to snag it rather than see it for $200 in two months–just because a lot of hype has been built up for this shade and it likely will sell out. Otherwise, I think you could safely skip.

AVAILABILITY: Chanel

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Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Natural Light)

Chanel Riva Le Vernis Nail Lacquer
Chanel Riva Nail Lacquer (Flash)