A few weeks ago, right after Riva came out, I tweeted that I was finally going to spring for my first Chanel polish. I had my cart all loaded up, my cc info entered, when I realized I was spending almost 30 bucks on a nail polish. Now, I'm not opposed to spending that much, I just decided it was kinda silly to spend that on Riva as, from what I understand, it's pretty dupey (if you know where to look).
One of the dupes that I'd seen bantered about was ChG Moody Blue. Unfortunately, Moody Blue is d/c'd and I've only been able to find it for around $20 shipped. For that price, I might as well buy the Riva, if you KWIM. Then I discovered that Hard Candy Sky is also a very close fascimile to Riva. Of course, then I realized that HC Sky is also a d/c color, but as luck would have it... it's been re-released as part of Hard Candy's new Wal-Mart line. I never thought I say this, but yay for Wal-Mart. LOL.
I picked this up a few weeks ago, and finally had the chance to try it out.
Sky is a pale, slightly-dusty blue with just a tiny hint of green. There's also a "secret" iridescent shimmer, just like with the Chanel (though, I think the shimmer in this is a tad more pronounced than in Riva) That said, I don't know if this is an exact dupe for Riva, I just know that for $4, it works for me. :) Especially when you consider it made my skin around my nails look red (it looks much worse in this pic). I suppose that's because of the green in this color. This is 3 coats and a TC to even out the finish. I had no real problem with Hard Candy's formula, though I did find it to be a bit thin.
FYI... Rmcandlelight at Nails Beautiqued did an excellent comparison post. So be sure to check that out to see them side-by-side.
Hard Candy Sky was purchased by me at Wal-Mart.