Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Chanel Riva vs. Barry M Blue Moon

When I put Riva in the comparison spotlight earlier this month, I teased that I had Barry M Blue Moon to try as well once my swap partner got her goodies from me. She did, so I was free to give it a go. Based on Barry M's success in copy Paradoxal, I had high hopes for Blue Moon. Based on the bottles, the two look really close.




Blue Moon (top), Riva (bottom).


On the nail, at three coats each, the only difference I could see was in the opacity.


Top to bottom: Riva, Blue Moon, Riva, Blue Moon.



Blue Moon (top), Riva (bottom).


When I went to four coats each, the difference was lessened, though still visible.


Top to bottom: Riva, Blue Moon, Riva, Blue Moon.


I'm not sure why I didn't think to do 3 coats of Blue Moon and 4 of Riva; that would have been closer still. For me, Blue Moon is a fine alternative to Riva, slightly better than Hard Candy Sky because the base color seems a bit of a better match. I wonder if Barry M is working on a Mimosa copy now.

19 comments:

  1. They really are close! I like this alternative.

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  3. Wow, that's really close! I hope Barry M (or anyone else, everyone else!) dupes Peridot. *begs*

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  4. i like barry m better, because of the opacity ;-)
    i really don't see why all the tussle around chanel polishes, they don't look nothing special to me :-(

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  5. a cheaper alternative!! like purplegreenpande said, hopefully barry m would dupe Peridot because its so pretty and its limited edition.

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  6. HAIL yes! Now I'm really gonna be dying for my Blue Moon to get here! Thanks for comparing these, I'm so excited!!

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  7. Ok so at first I didn't know if I wanted to buy Barry M Blue Moon, but now I really want it! Lol only because its sooo similar to the Chanel one! =P
    Haha it is a gorgeous colour =]

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  8. It annoys me so much that expensive brands use like, zero pigment. If I can get it for a fraction of the price, you better bet I will! Now, I wish I could get some Barry M! lol

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  9. Wouldn't surprise me if Barry M are doing this on purpose...can't wait for the Mimosa dupe if they are!

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  10. How did blue moon work out for you? on me it chips very fast and takes long time to dry. I love the colour but because of that I almost don't wear it.

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  11. I love this shade, and as long as you use a good top coat, I find most Barry M don't chip.

    Barry M's website ships to quite a few international countries too :P

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  12. Do both have any shimmer? I thought I see a wee bit in the Chanel one. Both stunning and quite close!

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  13. Great comparison! I was so curious!

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  14. Great comparison. I love these colours, but they don't look as nice on me

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  15. Thanks, ladies!

    Beautyshades, I only swatched Blue Moon so I don't know about wear, but other Barry Ms do fine for me.

    kittypolishnbags, they both have a secretive shimmer; it might be easier to see in big versions of the photos--most evident in the bottle shots.

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  16. I see..... Other Barry M colours are alright for me as well only the 2 new colours are not. I may have to try this one with another top coat and see how it goes.Thank you

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  17. Thank for this Karen! I think I will place an order soon seeing that I love Riva & I want to get my paws on other Barry M polishes ;)

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  18. Wow...they seem pretty close to me! I have a few Barry M polishes and really like them. Thx for comparing for us!

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  19. I love Blue Moon! Barry M seem to do really well with making affordable dupes :)

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