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Chanel Riva vs Revlon Blue Lagoon

Thursday, 19 May, 2011

I saw Blue Lagoon at my Walgreens and went, “Ohh…I can do a comparison to Riva!” and they have some shocking similarities. They’re both shockingly shitty with application. There I said it. I blasphemed the La Maison de Chanel. Revlon – eh. Like they care.

Despite the craptastic application, they’re both pretty colors.

Come and see…




Blue Lagoon Review:  Three coats. Three freaking coats. Look at the lumpiness. The chalkiness. Ugh. Three coats of trying to smooth everything out. Wrong! It just got lumpier and chalkier…The only thing that smoothed it out somewhat was the topcoat I put on over it. There is some chunky glitter in it, but not as chunky as one would thing. When compared to the shimmer from Riva, the Blue Lagoon glitter does seem chunky. This formula took forever and a day to dry. It took longer than 5 minutes between coats – I was desperately trying to avoid lumps and bubbles in the polish.

Riva is…Riva. I won’t got on about it, but you can read about it here. I will say, however, that neither of these polishes are worth it.

I think one is better off purchasing a Finger Paints polish that is sky blue – it’s opaque in two medium coats. Then purchase a CND Nail Effect polish and slap it on top…not only will it be prettier, but it’s still cheaper!

I’m sad that I didn’t find a dupe for Riva that’s better quality. Oh well, I’m sure there are many other polishes out there waiting for me to try.

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  • Reply Mar Friday, 20 May, 2011 at 4:44 am

    I love the shades but wouldnt be able to deal with bad applications

  • Reply Beata Friday, 20 May, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    I have read from a lot of bloggers that the application is a bit of a pain with Rivas. I have a bottle of Hard Candy Sky and I have layered 2 coats of Sky with 1 coat of CND Sapphire shimmer…a close enuf dupe for me.

  • Reply Molly Monday, 23 May, 2011 at 12:43 am

    I was just looking through my polish looking for a pastel to paint my nails… I’ve got an old Natural Glow Super Shine (Naturistics used to make lip gloss etc. They were manufactured in NY state. I think they were affiliated with another brand I can’t rem.) from the mid 90’s that used to be my favorite. The color is called Ocean Ice pearl.

    I’m mentioning this because back then, I got a pale mint green polish with iridescent glitter in it. It was one of the WORST nail polishes I have ever tried to apply! It reminds me of these two. It was a SINFUL color… I should dig it out and force myself to use it, Lol, so you can see the visible nail lines, uneven gloopy look. I think I applied 4 coats!
    Funny I read this tonight when I pulled out the blue and it reminded me of the mint green.

    I might try to mix a dupe to this color because it IS very pretty! 🙂

  • Reply Nicole Monday, 23 May, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I got a bottle of the Revlon, so pretty until you apply it! Mine was lumpy and bumpy too.
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  • Reply Richa Sunday, 12 August, 2012 at 8:49 am

    I agree with you on the quality for Revlon, Its just bad…

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