Wednesday, February 10th, 2010

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam – Swatches & Product Photos

Viva Glam is an absolutely amazing campaign. Period. It doesn’t matter if you love or hate MAC, it’s an incredible campaign that truly cares about its cause. The entire selling price of every Viva Glam Lipstick/Lipglass goes towards MAC’s Aids Fund. Every penny. That’s not proceeds, that’s not a portion of–that’s 100%. To date, MAC Aids Fund has raised over $150 million for the cause.

  • Viva Glam Cyndi is a muted coral-red with a glossy finish and goes on semi-opaque. You get a good amount of color out of this, despite it being a lustre finish.Β  It reminds me of some limited edition shades, but nothing quite with the same finish/look.
  • Viva Glam Gaga is a slightly cool-toned, bubblegum pink with a glossy finish and also applies semi-opaque. Again, despite its lustre finish, there’s a good amount of color pigmentation. While Cyndi didn’t seem immediately dupe-able, Gaga is similar to shades like Snob. (Though, if you’re going to buy one, why not go Viva Glam so you can donate $14 towards MAF?)

MAC did a standout job with the two latest, limited-edition launches of Viva Glam. The packaging is thoughtful and classy but still fun. Each Viva Glam Cyndi/Gaga Lipstick is housed in traditional black cardboard packaging, but each celebrity’s signature is embossed in metallic red, sprawled across one side of the packaging. The lipstick is the traditional Viva Glam black bullet with a metallic red ring around the center, but uncap the lipstick, and each lipstick also has the celebrity’s signature printed in black inside. I just think this attention to detail is particularly exceptional. Well-done, MAC!

Read all about how MAC AIDS Fund works and what $14 can do at

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MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper
MAC Viva Glam Cyndi Lipstick

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper
MAC Viva Glam Gaga Lipstick

MAC From Our Lips Collection - Featuring Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper

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289 thoughts on “MAC From Our Lips Collection – Lady Gaga & Cyndi Lauper for Viva Glam – Swatches & Product Photos

  1. Megan

    great swatches! I bought Lady Gaga today.. love it! Its a little bright for my taste.. but I love lady gaga and I love the AIDS fund that the money goes towards!

  2. Meg

    Bought my Gaga today! So excited!

  3. Ashley

    Both of the colours are beautiful. Though I already have similar lipstick shades, I will definitely these.

  4. Ryan

    OMG I have been waiting for this for so long!!! I am obsessed and addicted to lady gaga and honestly I cant think of a better rollmodel and spokespearson. Also her lipstick is my favorite kind of pink so I must get 3… maybe 4. It also goes to an amzazing cause which I have a lot of sympathy for… GO GAGA!!!

  5. Alex

    I’m pretty sure I want both of them. And maybe multiple Gagas. Haha. I love guilt-free makeup purchasing! Thanks so much!!

  6. Anitacska

    The red one is very pretty, might check it out. :)

  7. kushi

    Thanks for the swatches christine!they are so close is cyndi’s l/s to red-full stop l/s from fall trend 09 collection?Thanks

  8. Tiffany

    yup, getting them both! thanks!

  9. Alexis

    How would you say the Cyndi compares to Suprise Me from the Holiday 2009 collection?

  10. I love gaga’s shade more! I can’t wait to buy!

  11. Sum

    lovely! i love em both…hey christine i was wondering do u have a collection where u have all the viva glam edition lipstick swatches…im new to mac so it would be great to compare and figure out the nicer colors…sorry if its already on ur website…cant seem to find it :S hope im not much trouble…always appreciate ur work..hugs!

  12. shontay

    I ordered both shades yesterday. Can’t wait! I’m even going to keep the boxes.

  13. Beautiful! Two wonderful women going for a great cause.
    I ordered my Lady Gaga shade already. I am a huge fan so I was truly looking forward to this release. ^__^

  14. Brian Kelly

    They’re so beautiful! I just got surgery on my leg so I can’t walk but I can’t wait to go and get both of these!

  15. Zoe

    MY LIFE IS COMPLETE <3 <3 <3

  16. Bruna

    Do you think that CindyΒ΄s look a little like Crosswires?

  17. I am totally getting both, thanks for the swatches!

  18. Ally

    I put gaga on hold to pick up tomorrow. Might get Cyndi to. Thanks for the swatches.

  19. Jenny

    I’m going to buy both. I think Gaga’s will work better for my skintone, but the money is going to great cause and I like Cyndi Lauper, so I’ll buy her lipstick as well.

  20. I LOOOVE and will be getting both. I would get them both for the BOXES alone, LOL, but I actually am really looking forward to both colors!

  21. ah I love the Lady Gaga one! I think I’ll go pick up one (or two lol!) tonight!

  22. Melly

    is the gaga one similar to saint germain(sp?)?

  23. Dao

    So pretty! Lady Gaga did an interview in Marie Clair and she said VG Gaga was based on Pink Nouveau, the lipstick she used to wear.

  24. Janet

    Do you think that the Lady Gaga one is similar to the new Bubblegum or Victorian from colour forecast?


  25. Jodie

    Ooooo those colours look lovely.. I was only gonna get the gaga one but the cyndi looks just as good but I have to wait ages for them to come out in the uk ;(

    Thanks for getting these up so quick

    Jodie x

  26. Jennifer

    Cyndi’s looks so freaking pretty! I just ordered it online.
    I wanted to get gaga’s but I feel I already have something like it…
    Well it is for a good cause so :).

  27. Rosanna

    Do you think Gaga is more wearable than Snob?

    I used to have Snob but I gave it away because it was so hard to wear.

  28. Sparkleandsmile16

    They both look gorgeous! I will definitely pick up Gaga, but maybe Cyndi’s too since it is for a good cause. πŸ˜‰

  29. kfm

    it seems like gaga looks a lot like one of the shades (bubblegum, i think) from the spring colour forecast. maybe it’s just my monitor. i don’t have any colours like cyndi, so that one’s a definite. will have to see about gaga.

    • Gaga is definitely more dupe-able, but it’s not quite the same as other shades and it’s for a good cause. It’s in the same family as shades like Snob, Pink Nouveau, Saint Germain, Bubblegum, etc.

      • kfm

        ah, i couldn’t resist… ended up getting both of them :) i’m actually happy i did, because they’re both lovely!

  30. Sarah

    Hey Christine! I’m an NW20 and a bit of a MAC noob… Do you think either of these shades will suit me? :) Thanks for your help!!

  31. Anna

    oooh i really want both! hopefully my bf will take me to go see them today lol.

    btw christine, how did you depot your holiday palettes? the square shaped ones, im afraid to mess it up lol

  32. abril

    Hi Christine! Do you know when are they going to be sold outside the USA??? I can’t wait to buy them both! :)

  33. Abi

    Are they going to be available to buy in the UK ?

  34. Kristen

    Thank you Christine for putting this up today. I know you’ve been saying how busy you are with classes and I totally get how much time it takes up πŸ˜› You must be SuperWoman to get all of this done, and we all really appreciated it. Good Luck on your Exams!

  35. Meesh

    I’m thinking about buying these for a friend for her birthday! But do you think both shades would look good on someone of Chinese/Asian descent?

    • Gaga will be harder to wear – she’ll probably have to put a little more work into it/thought in what to wear it with to suit her best (because she is probably warmer rather than cool). I’d rock it, and I think she certainly could, but it’s not like slap it on and it’s perfect, y’know?

      • Meesh

        Hmmm that’s very true. Gaga reminds me strongly of Prive. And my friend and I have very similar skin tones an everything. If I can get Prive to work, GaGa should be similar too right? Cyndi is a definate go. I’m buying it for myself! The more I look at it, the more it screams BUY ME! Esp. on you, it’s a really pretty red, but it’s tame enough that it looks more berry and wearable.

  36. cyn

    I bought both! I love them, they’re such beautiful colors…does anyone know if these are limited????

  37. marta

    an hour ago i was thinking i would definately buy the lady gaga one. now im thinking that the cyndi lauper one is a great buy. ill proabably just get the cyndi one. more my taste :) not getting enough credit.

  38. I’m sure these will sell out fast, but they’re not limited edition are they?

    • They’re limited life, so they’re supposed to be available for twelve months. Now, I don’t know how much stock each store got, so they may sell through whatever they have in stock and have to wait for more to arrive.

  39. Jess

    Gorgeous!!!! i might pick both of these up.

  40. Pauline

    So pretty! Are they LE?

  41. I only picked up Cyndi because the Lady Gaga was too cool for my skintone. I really wanted the Lady Gaga one to work because I’m a fan..but I ended up getting Cyndi because it is “red” but not a pure, shocking, in your face red. And I have been looking for a nice subtle red for quite some time. I’m very happy with it! Nice job MAC! I agree that MAC did a great job with all the special touches on the packaging.

  42. I know that Cyndi doesn’t have naturally dark lips, so I can say straight up that they must have photoshopped that photo to make her lips darker, or added a diff and darker lippie to her lipstick. I really wish that people in the cosmetics industry would stop doing this; If it weren’t for people like you, we wouldn’t even have known that it’s not as pigmented as it looks on that picture with Cyndi and Gaga!

    *end rant*

    • If her lips are lighter, then the lipstick may go on darker on her than me (it may get muted on me), but the promotional imagery is clearly modified (the contrast is very, very high), so I don’t know about not using the product so much as the image is just tweaked. I mean, that is not the raw image that popped out from the camera!

      I don’t know either way, since I wasn’t there or anything, but I know that often lipsticks that aren’t super pigmented on my lips are very pigmented on someone with naturally less pigmented lips than mine — e.g. something that’s pink may end up red on someone else.

  43. I checked these out while I was at the mall today and didn’t get them. But now I really really really regret not getting them! Oh well I will get both Lady Gaga and Cyndi when I pick up my lipglosses tomorrow.

  44. Krista

    Wow I didn’t think you could see the ‘cool blue’ in the Viva Gaga lipstick! I’m super intrigued! Thinking about buying both shades!
    Thanks for the swatches! I was seriously waiting for you Review and swatches πŸ˜€ Thankk youuu!! πŸ˜€

  45. ellie

    im soooooooooooooooo geting both on friday along with the color collecton stuff my pockets poor poor pockets

  46. Christine! Could you do a full-faced look with Viva Glam Gaga? I’d love to see how it looks on you! (especially since I’m half asian like you[I think]) haha!

  47. Wilcoa

    Gorgeous colors… think I may have to go and buy Cyndi tomorrow!

  48. I love both and I need both! MUST HAVE!

  49. Shelly

    I LOVE the Cyndi shade! I was originally going to get Rose Maiden from the Spring Forecast collection, but the Cyndi shade seems similar (to my eyes) without the frost, so I will definitely get that instead (and put my money to a great cause) VG Gaga definitely won’t work on me–I think I’m too olive for it–but Im a big Gaga fan so Im tempted to buy it anyway for the good cause ;P

    • Yes, I was thinking Rose Maiden was similar (but this probably has a little more orange in it), and definitely sans the frost (which kind of makes it totally different — but could be in a good way if you don’t like frost!).

  50. Sass

    I’m going to buy them for the packaging.

  51. i want viva glam cyndi! =)

  52. Connie

    OOOh, pretty! I think I like the Cyndi lipstick more which surprises me! Which do you prefer, Christine? =)

    • I like them both, but they’re very different, you know? I’m always drawn to these totally cool-toned pinks (though I need another one like I need another eyeshadow, LOL), but Cyndi is just… beautiful and wearable.

  53. ileana

    Oh. I just realized I need Cyndi Lauper’s NOW!

  54. Ashley

    I’m really trying to decide if I can pull of either of these. I’m not really into super bold colors, but these look really fun! The Cyndi one looks like a nice alternative to a super dark red bold look, kind of a soft cherryish red. And the Gaga one looks pretty in your face, but I’m pretty pale, so maybe I can pull it off? Either way, I might get both just because they’re for such a good cause and I definitely love both of the people representing! MAC did such an awesome job picking it’s models for this collection!

  55. Jae

    I’m so after gaga… Hmm, but do you think gaga will look okay on nc30 skin?

  56. oh my, UK hurry up! I can not wait a month or so. They are both gorgeous. Im buying both, and multiple backups πŸ˜‰ i am going to be broke.

  57. Jenn

    Christine, what do you think would be a good dupe for the Gaga lipstick? A lipstick from the permanent collection.

  58. Rachael

    Hi Christine! How would you compare Gaga to Saint Germaine? Are they pretty similar? Thanks so much! :)

  59. Cherie

    I’m totally loving both!!! I think I may get Gaga instead of Victorian or Bubblegum from Spring Forecast tomorrow! Plus what a great cause!!! :)

    Thanks for the swatches Christine :)

  60. Steph

    I bought a Gaga one for my sister and myself today. Loooove it!

  61. Kate B

    I love how MAC donates 100% of the proceeds – way to go MAC! I’ll be picking up Cyndi!

  62. Rachael

    Hi Christine! Is Gaga similar to Saint Germain? They look pretty similar to me, but I haven’t seen Gaga in person. Thanks so much!! :)

  63. Gigi

    My hubby bought me both lipsticks today for Valentine’s Day! So sweet! Both colors are great, however, I love my MAC Gaga more. The cool pink color is just so pretty and a nice pick me up with this crazy weather. MAC Cyndi will be great for spring, coral lips are the next big thing.

  64. Leenie

    Both are pretty but not enough to go in buy

  65. Leenie

    Maybe in person I might like them I’ll go check them out

  66. Becky

    Hey Christine how does Gaga compare to Up the Amp?

    • Totally different – Up the Amp is darker, distinctly more of the purple variety. This is definitely a cool-toned pink, but not really purple. Much lighter, too.

  67. Hannah

    I bought one of Cyndi’s and 4 of GaGa’s on MAC’s site today. They look beautiful, I’m so excited for them! And it makes me feel like less of a make-upholic knowing 100% of my money is going to help people. :)

  68. Gao

    I’ve never had a RED lipstick but dang, Cyndi’s lipstick is so pretty !
    I might have to get it, LOL.
    I’m just afraid it’ll be wayy to dark for my liking since my lips are a tad darker .
    But I’m def. going to get Lady Gaga’s , I LOVE those pinks, I’m sure
    I’d be super satisfied.

  69. I love the Viva Glam Cyndi! I think I’m too warm and dark for Gaga :(

  70. liana

    Does anyone know how GAGA’s lipstick compares to Saint Germain?

  71. marisa

    hey christine! did you swatch gaga’s next to snob or saint germain? if so, how did it compare?

  72. Ellie

    Is the Viva Glam Gaga at all like Bubblegum from the Spring Color Forecast?!?

  73. I will DEFINATELY get Lady Gaga, Lauper? prolly not

  74. Carrie

    I think I’ll end up getting the Cyndi version. My skin is pretty light, but I have warm undertones, so I think a coral red would be more flattering on me than a bubblegum pink. Is Cyndi anything like Ladybug?

  75. Lorna

    i got lady gaga today and it’s great but seeing cyndi lauper’s color makes me want to get that too even though i am not that into red lipsticks. it looks very wearable.

  76. amy

    Both are very pretty!

  77. Amanda

    Can you do swatches with Gaga alongside Pink Nouveau, Pink Plaid, Saint Germain, Snob… So we can see how they compare?

  78. Caitlin

    Is VG Gaga similar to the So Sweet, So Easy cremeblend blush from the Lillyland Collection?

    Both colors are so pretty! I’m resisting the urge to get them when I go to MAC tomorrow.

  79. cat

    aaaaaaaah im in love.

  80. Nancy

    I picked up both of them today! They are both beautiful and I am so happy to have them. I love it that they also go to a aids/Haiti. BRAVO MAC

  81. Nathania

    Wow, at first I thought I’d like Gaga’s more, but then I saw Cyndi’s on you and it looks FANTASTIC! MUST GET BOTH!

    • Sarah

      I completely agree. I though Cyndi would be way to red and dramatic. But it looks absolutely GORGEOUS here. I’m pleasantly surprised :)

  82. Sixx

    Do you think you could demonstrate Lady Gaga’s look from the face chart given? I’m most interested to see how Pink Nouveau would like on the brows…

  83. Diana

    Originally i was only interested in lady gagas but now that i’ve seen the swatches im really liking cyndis!

    I’m between NC37 and NC40…do you think Lady Gaga’s would be too bright and/or light for me?

  84. Nic

    Hmm, Gaga is pretty, but maybe a little too similar to Saint Germain (which I already own). I’ll have to see it in person to decide. The Cyndi one looks really pretty though! I didn’t think I’d like, based on the description, but it looks different from what I expected. I don’t have a lipstick like it. I think I’ll have to get it. :)

  85. Amanda

    Hey Christine!! I have NC20 skin and I am picking both of these up tomorrow…but was wondering what would be a good gloss to apply on top, something to warm up GaGa a little bit because the pink kinda scares me..but I am buying it!!


  86. Cody

    I’m curious, how heavily have you got Gaga layered on in those photos? In most of the other swatches I’ve seen it looks a little more sheer than in yours. I generally avoid bright pastel pinks but I figured if it goes on less opaque that I could maybe get away with it, because it’s for such a good cause!

    • I go as much as I can to show pigmentation/opacity. You can always go sheerer by applying less or blotting. You could also use a lip brush to control the application as well!

  87. BeckBeck

    Wow, I thought these would both be wayyy out of the range of what I can pull off, but… I might have to go see Cyndi in person. I really like it!

  88. evo

    i wanted to love gaga but it was so sheer and when i went to build it up, it made me look sick!

    i love cyndi lauper’s lipstick

  89. Hannah

    I need Cyndi’s!
    Although I love lady gaga, I don’t think I’d ever wear that shade of pink. I go for midtone rosy or nude pink colors.

    Yay for Viva Glam! :)

  90. Maggie.

    How would you say the Gaga shade compares to YSL Rouge Volupte in #7 Lingerine Pink? I got #7 based on your lip swatches so I totally trust your opinion! More or less pigmented? Ease of application, creaminess, opaqueness, longevity? Thanks!

    • They’re very similar. This might be a little paler and cooler. This is a little less pigmented, somewhat creamy, but it’ll last longer than a Rouge Volupte (the creaminess of the Rouge Voluptes makes them only last about two or three hours on me–MAC is typically four to six).

  91. I had a question about the Cyndi & Gaga bags. I was wondering if February 25th was the day the bags would be available online. Today, I called my local MAC store today and they said that they were supposed to get them in today but now they’re coming next week which is before February 25th. They also told me they sold out of the Lady Gaga bags already -before it even hit the store! So I went ahead and called MAC stores in San Francisco and LA but they don’t have the bags either. I also called Nordstrom and they said the bags were only coming to MAC stores. It just seems as though these bags are already sold out and they’re not even online OR in stores yet. Any help would be so so appreciated!! Thanks

    • They will probably be available before the 25th online, but I couldn’t tell you when. I would just say start checking the 21st, but it’ll likely be the 22nd or 23rd.

  92. I’ll be picking up both of these once I get a chance. I know I probably won’t wear Gaga’s too much since I don’t tend to be able to wear cool blue pink’s very well.

  93. Sarah

    I’m drooling….

  94. Stacey

    Buying both! So pleased they’ll be staying around for 12 months too πŸ˜€

  95. rashmi

    nice swatches m going to buy cyndi …close to red …
    what r ur other fav amongst viva glam ????

  96. AlyxVeee

    I tried on the Cindy Lauper one and got compliments immediately my friends so I think ima buy it lol. That and some VivaGlamVI lipglass, which was paired with it by the MA. =) Well done MAC indeed!

  97. Angelique

    Love Snob but had to have the Gaga, placed my order online yesterday, can’t wait til it gets here!