It was way past time for me to swatch this one; Riva was released last November and is now gone from the Chanel site. It's pretty to look at in the bottle: a light sky blue with a delicate subtle shimmer. Out of the bottle, it annoyed me. Application was tedious. The first couple of coats were streaky, which doesn't surprise me with a light color like this. However, it didn't settle well. I used four coats and then gave up even though I could still see some uneveness. Maybe I should have tried thinning it, or letting it dry more between coats, or meditating to get into the right frame of mind before applying it, but geez, for $27 a bottle, I don't think I should have to do that much work. I have 80s vintage pale Sally Hansen frosts from Dollar Tree that behave better than this. It's a nice color, yes. Is it worth what I paid? I don't think so.
I'm curious to see how the new Revlon, Blue Lagoon, compares to Riva. Based on Revlon's Perplex and Black with Envy, I'm guessing it'll be a decent alternative. I know Blue Lagoon didn't come out in a separate display the way those other two Chanel knock-offs did, but it sure looks Riva-esque to me. I've read that some people have had problems with Blue Lagoon's formula, but I've usually had good experiences with Revlon so I'm planning to give it a try. Speaking of Chanel comps, this one that Rachel Marie did of Mimosa and Revlon Electric convinced me I don't need to try that particular Chanel.