Chanel Riva from the Côte d’Azur Makeup Collection

November 23, 2010
Chanel fans have been eagerly waiting to get their hands on the new Riva Le Vernis ($27) from the Côte d’Azur Makeup Collection. I’m sure you all know by now the color has been released online at Chanel.com and also at select Chanel Boutiques. Mine finally arrived today from Chanel.com in a cute black drawstring pouch.

Here it is with 3 coats:

It’s a creamy baby blue with the slightest hint of shimmer. The finish is much like Jade, Jade Rose and Paradoxal in the sense that you see shimmer in the bottle but it applies more like a cream. Unfortunately, the wonderful high quality Chanel finish seems to be a bit lacking in the new Riva. You can get a beautiful smooth finish with 3 coats, but it definitely takes more care and steadiness to get a non-streaky finish. As my dear friend L.R. (a Chanel fanatic like me) says, “One coat is sad, two is much better, three fits the bill.” I couldn’t have described it better.

Below you can see how pastel and milky Chanel Riva is compared to the blue from Louis Vuitton’s Damier Azur Canvas material.

I don’t have very many blues cosmetics-wise, but here are is my small collection. All Chanel. Left to right: Blue Wish (from the Tokyo Happening Collection), Riva, Azur (from Spring 2008), Nouvelle Vague (from Summer 2010)

All swatched with 3 coats, you can see Riva is lighter and softer than Nouvelle Vague. Swatched next to each other, Nouvelle Vague almost looks blue-green.

One more view of Chanel Riva:

Overall thoughts: The color is beautiful but not entirely unique. If it had more iridescence like Azur I would have fallen in love. For me, Riva is like, but not love. Perhaps it’s just too early to think about powder blues when Thanksgiving and Christmas are just around the corner. The formula isn’t the best, but it isn’t the worst either. It’s still very workable with 2+ coats. If you have the slightest inkling that you want this, I’d recommend getting Riva now while you can. We all know that Chanel regret can be expensive (cries for not getting Haute Chocolat). Also, Chanel.com has complimentary shipping through 12/16/2010.

I’ll probably put this aside until Thanksgiving is over. Even though it’s not bright or in-your-face, it’s not one of those typical classic nail colors. I’m not so sure I can brave this at the office during this time of year. Maybe you ladies can convince me otherwise.

If any of you have bought this, how are you liking it? And where/when will you be wearing this blue shade?

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  • Pearls&Politics November 23, 2010 at 5:11 am

    ah, so pretty! I love how you have 4 Chanel polishes, all blue. They each look so different though, nice choice! 🙂

  • brittnay November 23, 2010 at 5:11 am

    I don't own chanel, but what I highly recommend is layering the sheer tones – blue wish and azul over the solid color.

    I have done that. It creates a wonderful effect. layering transformes the color

  • RoAmyLive November 23, 2010 at 5:35 am

    that color is really beautiful!

  • rmcandlelight (nailsbeautiqued.blogspot.com) November 23, 2010 at 10:54 am

    I do like it just wish the shimmer shows on the nail like jade then it would have been awesome!

  • Lucia November 23, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Riva looks very pretty in your hands, you should wear it to the office :).
    I am torn about buying this or not. The other day I put on the RBL Bikini bottom, very similar to Riva, but it took me 4 coats and at the end it was too thick I started to pill it….Please tell me I need this…

  • Carlene November 23, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I love it! I think it would look really cute after the holidays with a big fluffy white & pale blue fair isle sweater (although I know you don't live in big fluffy sweater weather-land).

  • Makeup Magpie November 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    What a lovely collection of Chanel blues 🙂 I like Riva a lot, but it definitely needs the three coats you mentioned. I think it looks great when wearing winter white & would be nice in spring time as well. I am fortunate that my workplace is non-conservative enough that I could wear it to work, but may wait until after Thanksgiving!

  • Andi November 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    GAH! I have been debating to get this or not. The color is so beautiful I think! I know I will really be craving it come Springtime. The lackluster formula is keeping me from pulling the trigger. Thanks for the fantastic review and comparisons as always 🙂

  • resham November 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    Its a nice color, but not Very Beautiful and WOW! I am sorry, Just Personal liking..

  • Beauty Reductionista November 23, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I just bought it but now wish I also had Nouvelle Vague. You're so informative, I always look forward to your reviews!

  • Cindy (Prime Beauty) November 23, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    I agree, like but not love. It looks a bit like OPI Catattitude minus the shimmer? That looked horrible with my skin tone.

  • D November 23, 2010 at 4:39 pm

    OMG that colour is gorgeous!

  • gyc November 23, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    i like it a lot!! as a matter of fact i like them all a lot!

  • Elle November 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I love the color! I´m from Germany and it won´t be available here, so I bought it from ebay last week and hope it will arrive soon.
    I would wear it during the winter but probably only when it´s snowing 🙂

  • Eileen November 23, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    It's funny how so many of us are on the same wave-length when it comes to saving Riva for after the holidays. I do, however, think Carlene's cold weather suggestion of pairing Riva with a big, fluffy, white and pale blue sweater sounds lovely and fun. It's too bad I live in SoCal flip-flop land 🙂

    I went ahead and bought Riva now because I know it is going to become an incredible springtime color in the same way that Nouvelle Vague became the quintessential fun-in-the-sun summertime look. I love the very slight shimmer that Chanel put into both colors. And, although it doesn't come across as shimmer on the nail, I think it provides a subtle depth and dimension to the colors that the dups lack–although many of them are certainly beautiful in their own way.

  • tasha~ November 23, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    Still debating if I should get it… its so pretty but I have read many bad reviews! I am not sure…

    It looks verry pretty on you 🙂

  • polarbelle November 23, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    I think this is perfect for your skintone. I'm not a fan of powder blue nails, but it looks nice on you. Sell me the Blue Wish, tho. lol

  • Lauren November 23, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    That color looks so pretty against your skin tone. I actually prefer that to Nouvelle Vague. Have a great Thanksgiving! xxx

  • lexi920 November 24, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    Cute but I think this color would be too light for me…I love your LV backdrop…haha

  • NotYourAverageCanadianGal November 24, 2010 at 8:34 pm

    This looks gorgeous on you !! I say it's a keeper 🙂

  • Makeup [fashion & foolishness] with Stephanie November 26, 2010 at 5:21 am

    Riva is such a gorgeous shade!! Love it!

  • Krystle December 2, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    I want to steal all of you Chanel blues! I've been dying for Blue Wish. I was considering Riva but I think I'll just get a dupe. It honestly doesn't look that special but I'm still trying to resist the allure of Chanel. I really shouldn't collect them!

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