If price made your pretty nails pass on Chanel’s breathtaking but budget busting resort collection Riva ($27, ouch!), Anchors Away!
One of 12 nautical shades in the new China Glaze Anchors Away Collection for spring goes by the name of Sea Spray (about $5).
Here she is in her bottle next to Riva…
With a familiar marine-like blue vibe and similarly subtle micro glitter, both could be cousins, judging by the way they look in their bottles.
But how do they look beside each other on nails? Well, they aren’t twins, but they come fairly close. Sea Spray looks a little darker than Riva does and isn’t as creamy. And its micro glitter is silver, while Chanel’s is teal.
If you’re impatient, you might prefer China Glaze’s formula to Chanel’s, so that’s something else to consider (in addition to the difference in price). Sea Spray packs more pigment than Riva and takes just two coats to achieve full opacity; Chanel’s requires at least three to four (I used four here).
China Glaze Sea Spray (left) and Chanel Riva (right)
China Glaze Sea Spray
Is Sea Spray a perfect $5 dupe for $27 Riva? Almost, especially from afar. Unless you’re looking very closely at both colors and/or going toe-to-toe with a hard core polish fan, most people probably wouldn’t notice a difference, which makes Sea Spray a great budget option if you like the look of Riva, but don’t want to pay the steep Chanel price.
Still Partying with Tabs, Vol. 3,677
I feel like I didn’t sleep at all last night. I tossed and turned until at least 3, and while that sucked for me, Tabs was thrilled. It meant he had someone to party with (he loves the night life) and expressed his joy by biting my chin each and every time I was about to nod off.
Cats are so weird…
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
P.S. How’s it going today? I know it’s only Thursday, but I’m counting down the minutes till the weekend.