When I first applied Chanel Riva Nail Polish ($27 148.277 Le Vernis Nail Color Riva), I was transported to a cruise on a Chanel ship, in the Mediterranean near Cannes.

This is a soft baby blue with a hint of green, touched with blue-purple iridescence that shows in direct sunlight.  Very fresh on pale skin, I suspect this would look amazing on very dark skin tones as well.  The color is suspended in a gel base.

It takes three coats to build the color, the pigment is suspended in a gel that lets a hint of light through the layers.  Somehow Chanel Riva manages to look expensive, while the one-coat lighter pastels by other brands can look like house paint.   I’m glad I bought five.  To each her own.

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