Dior Vernis in Riviera is the object of my obsession this spring. Riviera was released as one of four different Dior nail polish colors in the Spring 2012 of Dior Addict Extreme lipsticks. The moment I pulled Dior Riviera out of the box, it would be a favorite for both spring and summer.
|Dior Bikini, Riviera, and Aloha (left to right)|
The color of Dior Vernis in Riviera straddles the line between orange, coral, pink, and a hint of red. In different lighting, the color looks quite different. In the fluorescent lighting at work, it appears orange. In the evening light at home, it looks more like a bright pink. Outside in bright light, as in my swatches, it seems like an orange with a hint of red. With such roundabout descriptions, what color do I actually consider Dior Riviera to be? I would call this a hot coral with orange leanings.
Here are a brief set of nail color comparisons. OPI Guy meets Gal-veston is a bright pink coral and you can see that Riviera leans more red-orange for a coral. Dior Vernis in Bikini (reviewed here) is a significantly lighter peach coral. Dior Vernis in Aloha (reviewed here) is just at bright, but definitely more orange than Riviera. When compared side by side, Aloha is much more orange in person. As you can see Dior Riviera is quite bright. It was a challenge photographing it against my typical white background because it the color is so hot. I would say that is a tad more subdued in person than my camera suggests.
I'll recap my thoughts on the formula (you can see more in my Dior Bikini review). The formula is a bit on the thick side, but dries quickly to a nice even finish in two coats. The quick dry is my favorite part of Dior nail polish. I had a complaint with the formula thickness in my Dior Bikini post and felt the same way with Riviera at the time. However, I've noticed that the consistency of the formula has improved over time. It's no longer as thick and spreads more easily. The improvement is mysterious, however I noticed a similar phenomenon when I got Aloha last year. The formula was not ideal in the beginning, but over time improved.
Dior Riviera that has the intensity and feel of a ladylike red, yet it has a contemporary freshness due to the coral and orange tones. I have a definite weakness for colors like this. I might not wear brights on my lips, but they're definitely welcome on my nails.
Thanks for reading! Have you tried Riviera? What is your MVP (most valuable polish) this season? Would you choose bright lips or bright nails?
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