Um, can you say swoon? I’ve been dying — DYING! — to see the new Chanel Nail Lacquer in Riva ($27) ever since it popped up on the runway at the Chanel Cruise fashion show last May. I’ve lusted over Riva more than I’ve lusted over the abs of the official “Sexiest Man Alive,” aka Ryan Reynolds.
Needless to say, that’s, um, a lot of lust.
The limited edition shade just launched online and in select Chanel stores as part of the five-piece Chanel Cote D’Azur resort collection. Also included in the release are four Rouge Coco lipsticks in Sari Dore, Perle, Taffetas Rose and Chintz ($30 each).
Have you ever seen the sun reflect off a tropical sea on a hot day? Yeah, Riva’s like that! It’s a mesmerizing pastel blue, and when the light hits it just so, a hint of azure iridescence peeks through.
When I have it on my nails I feel like I’m sitting on my surfboard, waiting for the next wave, watching my hands as they caress the crystal blue water surrounding me. *DROOL!* It’s like the ocean in a bottle.
NOTE: Riva can be a little challenging. It takes three layers to get to full opacity, and the texture, like many of the Chanel polishes I’ve worn, goes on thick, which can make it a little tricky to evenly apply.
And then there’s the fact that it’s hella expensive ($27)… Oh, how I long for those kinder, gentler days when shades like Chanel Flamingo were a mere $19.
As much as the price hurts, I’m still Lady Gaga over the color. I haven’t tested it for wear time yet, but if that’s anything like my Chanel go-to’s, Jade and Vendetta, Riva should hold up for between 7-10 days without chips.
Riva might test your patience if you don’t like having to apply three coats, but if you’re a Chanel collector or a blue polish fan, I think it’s worth your time.
AVAILABILITY: At Chanel stores and online
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Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,