One of the very best charity initiatives in beauty is the MAC Viva Glam campaign, where 100% of your purchase price–not the profit, not a certain amount, but the total cost you pay at the store–goes to MAC Viva Glam AIDS Fund. It’s really amazing, and in addition to the permanent shades, there are occasional limited edition releases which means you continually have the chance to pick up more lipsticks for a great cause. The most recent launch are the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick* and Lipglass* which I’m reviewing today.
Usually MAC Viva Glam will include a very similar lipstick and gloss, but for the first time that I know of the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick and Lipglass are pretty much opposites. There’s a dark plum and a sheer shimmery pink. I really like that idea because you can definitely pair them together, but you also have a product for both ends of the spectrum, from the super subtle to the vampy and dark.
The MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick comes in the classic Viva Glam packaging with Ariana’s signature on the bullet. The lipstick looks almost black in the tube, but applied to the lips it’s a dark burgundy plum with cool undertones. Although described as a matte, it has shine to it and more of a satin finish. The coverage is semi-opaque, it’s rich but not totally even which is much more obvious because it’s such a dark shade.
The MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick is very creamy and pretty comfortable on the lips, but the slight slipperiness to it made it really hard for me to get a crisp, clean edge, as you can tell in the lip swatch, so I recommend a lip brush, lip liner, or both. It does move around a little on the lips and feather a bit. Honestly, it could be such a perfect fall shade, but unfortunately it needs some work.
The MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass comes in a classic MAC lip gloss tube with Ariana’s signature on it so it matches the lipstick. It’s a very sheer pink with loads of pink and champagne shimmer in it. On the lips, it’s mostly just shimmer.
Despite all the shimmer, the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass doesn’t feel gritty on the lips. It provides lots of shine and has a tackiness to it that helps it last longer, but means I wouldn’t wear it on a windy day with my hair down. This is the kind of colour you can pair with anything, including the matching lipstick, but it also looks really pretty on its own.
I really love the look of the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick and Lipglass paired together, but unfortunately applying a gloss on top brings out the worst in the lipstick, since it moves around even more. It’s also a bit messy to apply a light gloss on top of a dark lipstick using the applicator.
While the MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass is a really pretty, shimmery sheer gloss, unfortunately the Lipstick formula was uneven. Honestly, I think MAC Viva Glam is an amazing cause so it’s impossible to have any regrets when the purchase price is going to charity, but if these shades aren’t for you definitely look into the permanent lineup.
Are you picking up either MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande shade? What’s your favourite MAC Viva Glam?