Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Product Review: MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick

At a Glance:
Price: US$14.50 / RM65
Weight: 3g / 0.10 US Oz.
Made in: Canada
Likes: Nice texture, non-drying, it's for a good cause! :)
Gripes: Limited edition, takes a few layers for an even finish, the color can look ridiculous on me if applied too heavily.
Repurchase: No


Product Description


Pigmentation & Color:

This lipstick is a blueish Barbie / Bubblegum pink which I have to admit, is not for everyone (especially me! >.<). This being a Lustre lipstick isn't meant to provide an opaque finish. However, I find that I have to apply a few layers in order to achieve an even finish.


And on my lips:

Texture & Scent:
MAC Lustre lipsticks usually apply smoothly. I've read about how some people find Lustre lipsticks drying - I don't experience that with this lipstick though. This has a very faint vanilla scent.


MAC Viva Glam lipsticks usually come in the usual black lipstick bullet, but with a signature red ring and MAC letters on the front.

Once you remove the cover, you can see Lady Gaga's signature in there:

The box also have that same signature, albeit in red hot metallic red:

Time Test:
This lipstick lasts about 4 hours on my lips before it fades.

Price & Availability:
This lipstick was priced at US$14.50 / RM63 when I bought it, but it has been discontinued now. It's been repromoted though with the Holiday collection - you get both the Viva Glam Gaga's lipsticks and a beautiful red bag for $36.

My $0.02:

I'll be the first to admit - I'm terrified of pinks for my lids and lips, especially blueish, loud Barbie pinks like this one, and I'm terrified of Lady Gaga. For some strange reason, MAC manage to put BOTH of them together and create something that would end up in my shopping bag! Oh MAC, how you do me in...

Lol! Seriously though, this is one of the more "wearable" bubblegum pinks there is out there, but I'll not lie - it CAN look ridiculous on me if i pile on the layers. Case in point:

Featuring this lippie on my lips, MAC Pink Swoon blush on cheeks.

See what I mean! It's totally WRONG for my skintone! Haha! But, the beauty with makeup is that the colours are just as limited as your imagination. Mix it with a gold gloss, and tada:

Featuring this lippie and the MAC Liberated lipglass on my lips, NARS Orgasm on cheeks, MAC Artistic License Technakohl on lids.

See, no more pink now! Haha! Ok, I know that defeats the whole purpose of wearing a pink lipstick, but hear me out! Although this is not a color that I'd consider repurchasing, I usually make it a point to purchase at least a Viva Glam lipstick every year to ease my conscience because I really like what MAC is doing with the MAC Aids Fund - seldom do you see companies donating 100% of the sale price of an item for a good cause :) So happen that last year's was a pink one, so oh well, pink it is then (Voice in head: Excuses, excuses, excuses, you could have left the counter with just the Cyndi Lauper one you know. Just admit it already, you can't say no to MAC!).

*ahem* Sorry! Reading back, this post is like a verbal vomit! >.< This is what you get when you sleep only 3 hours a day! >.<

Ok, to summarize, while I love its smooth texture, the color's not right for me. That being said, I won't be repurchasing, unless MAC comes up with another pink, limited edition Viva Glam...

Over to you. Will you be buying the Viva Glam set this year? :D


  1. The voice in your head is funny : )
    Looks like a pretty lipstick, I love the lustres!

  2. Haha thanks! :D It is, just not really suitable for me! :D

    I love lustres for everyday wear too! :D

  3. Thank you Gio! But it looks totally off on me! :P

  4. It's a pale pink but mebbe has potential for mixing with other lip colours... :-)

  5. it actually looks good on you both ways! btw, do you live in KL? heard there is Inglot there, have you hauled there yet?

  6. milktea: actually lightly on, it looks quite nice la. But must layer with another lipstick! :D

  7. MereMakeupManiac: really? :D I thought it look quite off on myself! :D

    No, i don't live in KL, but Inglot is coming to town soon! ;)

  8. Oh i have this, i only use this for going out at night lol..

    CMPang x

  9. wow lucky you! am keeping my fingers crossed it'll launch here in Singapore too!

  10. Mai: Ic! :D I'm sure it looks great on you! :D

  11. MereMakeupManiac: Crossing my fingers for you too!! :D


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