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.ย  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. Hilana

    Love the red, but tried the Gaga, and it looked awful on me. I looked…ahem… slutty. :(
    Brighter shades just suit me better.

  2. Mya

    Hi, I’m NC40 and how would ladygaga lipstick look on my skin? I really want this lipstick but I’m not sure If I can pull it off?

  3. Rita

    I haven’t been so interested in these, but now I think I must get me a Cyndi!

  4. The Gaga shade is lahv lahv lahv!

  5. Simone

    I love Lady GaGa’s! Cannot wait to get them in the UK

  6. Christina

    Viva Glam Cyndi is definitely more my style, but I might get Gaga for a friend who is more cool toned than I am, I think she’d love it!

  7. Casey

    I bought several of the Lady Gaga Lipsticks on the website but after seeing the Cyndi Lipstick on you I think I’ll have to get it! Its gorgeous and so wearable for a red shade. I think this will be the only red in my collection. =)

  8. Stella

    Gaga looks indeed like Saint Germain, so I don’t think I will buy it.
    Cyndi is alright… But not a big fan of red lips.

  9. Andrea

    I know they are at the different ends of the coral spectrum but do you prefer Cyndi or Vegas Volt?

  10. Neva

    I just bought Cyndi’s l/s! What lipliner did you use to pair it with?

  11. Rachel

    Wow! both them are so pretty. But how does Cyndi compare to Costa Chic??

  12. Sarah M

    Love the pink! :-)

  13. Hmm, I don’t think I’ll be able to pull of the Gaga one, but I’m really surprised, in a good way, by the Cindy Lauper one! I think I’ll have to get that one, it looks so nice! I think it will be perfect with my NC30 skin!

    Thank you, for yet another amazing review ^^

  14. margot

    I’ll have both, it’s for a good cause :p

  15. Peggy

    That gaga lipstick!
    I might have to get ten of them, soo pretty!!!


  16. ak

    Waaaaah The Gaga one is way too light for me and it does look exactly like Snob mores the pity. *sniff* I have no choice but to look at the Cyndi Lauper VG which by the way looks great on you Christine!

  17. I love the Cyndi Lauper lippie! I’m a sucker for coral lipsticks…

  18. shez

    hey christine

    thank u for the swatches . is the lady gaga one similar to angel lipstick?

  19. rowan

    i’m buying the lady gaga shade for myself and my mother, it’s so very pretty!

  20. Ada

    Hi Christine, I like the Cyndi lippie. What kind of e/s would you wear with it? I’m new to red lipstick.

  21. omg;; Lady Gaga+ Makeup+Helping others? ..

  22. Michelle

    I want Cindi Lauper’s Viva Glam so bad it hurts… GaGa’s color is pretty too, but I think it is going to be hard for some peopel to wear since it is so blue toned :(
    I really love what they did with the packaging on this though, with the autographs, it was clever…

  23. Alexis

    I will be buying my Cyndi shade tomorrow – I just hope it looks as pretty on my lips as it does on yours!

  24. Luda

    Love the Lady GAGA color, got it yesterday. It’s the perfect hot pink. Not too hot and yet you will stand out in the crowd when you wear it.

  25. rosario

    Hi Christine great swatches!!! Not sure is anyone has asked but what kind of lipgloss would you recommend for the Cindy Lauper l/s?

  26. AndreaMarie

    Beautiful colors, especially Cyndi’s red! It reminds me a bit of my Hot Tahiti lippie. Will pick up a couple this weekend, since my Cork broke and I need to go anyhow. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Christine, thanks for providing the swatches!

  27. Kimber

    getting Gaga, that’s a must, but on the fence with Cyndi – I’m blonde, blue eyes, fair – what do you think? A must or skip it?

  28. liz

    i really like them both i want them haha im tan which color do you suggest i should get? could i even pull off the lady gaga one?

  29. Diana

    eeeehhhh light pink lipstick like that is nagl in my opinion. :\ the othe rone is pretty, though.

  30. Nicole

    I picked up Gaga today, and I love it with Electric Fuschia l/g layered over top! Love! ๐Ÿ˜€

  31. Chase

    I love lady gaga and cyndi lauper.
    I was hoping the Gaga shade would be something I could pull off but it isn’t. The Cyndi one looks gorgeous though.

  32. mya

    I went to MAC today and bought a lot from the sprint collection and also bought lady gaga viva glam lipstick!! I didn’t like the cyndi lauper much because the color was a lot similar to viva glam 1 I believe. But cyndi lauper looks great on u..looks a lot coral on u then it did on me which was more red on me.

  33. I have a Nordstrom gift card for $20 that I’ve been hanging on to and I think I’ll be getting the Cyndi one with it. It’s a good cause and the color is pretty.

  34. Natalie

    I think Cyndi’s lipstick reminds me of one of the lipsticks from Euristocrats last year?

  35. i picked up the gaga today! (:<333 i'm so glad i have temptaliaa, or else i probs wouldn't have stopped by mad!

  36. details

    Hi Christine-
    I’m wondering how Viva Glam Cyndi compares to Fafi Strawbaby?
    Would you say Cyndi is the same color – just minus the rainbow pearl?
    I’m looking for a dupe – and a dupe with a good cause – I mean whuuut!!
    Do you have still have strawbaby – can you compare the two? What are the differences? thanks!!!!

  37. Rosanna

    I tried Lady Gaga and Cyndi Lauper’s Lipstick today.

    Cyndi was really nice, you could really see the underlying orange in it because my lips are pigmented (the red sort) so it brought out that coral part. As predicted, Gaga was really too pastel pink for me but I could certainly make it work but I’d rather spend money on the Spring Colour Forecast (which I did) lipsticks which looked more amazing on me.

    The Viva Glam shades were nice but weren’t wow on me. I might buy them later because they’re on for 12 months and Spring Forecast will only last like a month or two (maybe three?).

  38. Kirsten

    love them!

  39. Amy

    AHHHHH!!! I thought these weren’t coming out until March! I wanted to get them the first day of availability! Oops!!! LOL. I will be getting both shades if I can swing it. I hope I hope. Lady Gaga’s shade reminds me of Fashion Mews from the Hello Kitty line. Does it look that way in person? Or… purrrrson? ๐Ÿ˜€ Sorry if anyone else has asked this, I scanned the comments and didn’t see it. So excited to get these!

  40. I wish I could pull off the gaga one! I want them just for the signatures~

  41. Cyndi looks beautiful! I will have to check it out a Mac store/counter soon. I was more excited about the Lady Gaga lipstick, but now that I see swatches, I think it looks a little too light for my medium skin tone.

  42. virion_butterfly

    I just bought both lipsticks and they’re beautiful! HOWEVER, I am starting to get a bit annoyed about MAC’s promotional photographs for collections, anyone with me on this? The lipstick on Cyndi in the promotional photo looks NOTHING like her viva glam shade! I was really excited for the lipstick to be more of a red. This reminds me of those behind the scenes photos for the colour craft collection where the Ben Nye palette was sitting there. I am starting to get a bit turned off of MAC….if they won’t even use their OWN makeup in their OWN photoshoots I sort of feel like an idiot buying it. If it’s not good enough for them should it be good enough for me? Just a thought.

  43. shez

    hi christine

    is this lipstick sinilar to MAC angel ??

  44. Denise

    I bought both of them today and I LOVE it! Thanks for the swatches :)
    also, decided to try the Chanel counter to see if they have any red dragon in stock and they JUST got a shipment in. Needless to say, grab that one up fast too. Happy day!

  45. Aida

    Is it me or does Gaga look like YSL Rouge Volupte Frivolous Pink (19)?

    Is their a dupe for Cyndi using other brands? It looks familiar with one of the Rouge G brighter colors..maybe Gina or Gaela? or even D&G Ruby? Thanks!

    • I think it’s more like Lingerie Pink. I can’t think of a dupe off the top of my head for Cyndi. Gaela is pink and Ruby is definitely pretty red (at least on me). I don’t know what Gina looks like, though.

  46. Zinnia

    i really thought i was going to get the cyndi lauper but ended up getting the lady gaga becouse it was so preaty

  47. teresa

    hii christine! :)
    I got both Cyndi and Gaga this weekend and i lalaLOVEE them! However, my lips are more dark/pigmented then yours, and Gaga is really REALLY sheer and doesn’t show up as well as it does on your lips :( what would you recommend to fix this problem? I dont have mac lip erase, and when i try putting concealer over my lips, it SUPEr dries them out :(

  48. Leonie

    Can’t wait to buy the Gaga lipstick!

  49. bonnie

    Love the opaque look of Lady Gaga, but MAC please consider RE-LAUNCH of Bardot, Shrimpton, these colours are hot again.Really Really miss them.
    Opaque look is hot right now!!!

  50. ezzie

    ooh, the cyndi lauper one is gorgeouss! from the promo pics, i thought it would be like a really strong red, but im loving the hints of coral/berry in it!

  51. Lynn

    Thanks for the swatches. Ordered Cyndi, Gaga is too candy looking for me.

  52. Roxanne

    Oh my god, I love the Cyndi Lauper one… Reminds me of strawberry bubble gum! Such a great cause too, I might just have to pick it up as a reward for doing well on my midterms ๐Ÿ˜›

  53. azita

    i bought gaga today- it’s so pretty! i paired it with hush, hush rose from spring forecast collection and they look so pretty together! i really like cyndi too, so i might buy that later.

  54. Shi

    I just picked up Viva Glam Gaga and it’s not as opaque/pigmented on me. But I love it nonetheless, and I’m glad 100% of the money goes to a good cause!

  55. Kelly

    Is Lady Gaga comparable to creme cup?

  56. shez

    im an indian girl, nc37 – please help me out with how i could make this lipstick work for me? much appreciated christine?

  57. lynne

    I just got the lady gaga one yesterday and I love it, Im still thinking about the cyndi lauper one tho.

  58. I love the Cyndi Lauper colour most (and on you also) more than the Gaga. Though I’d want the Gaga one for ‘collectability’ if that makes sense. I would just *never* wear it!

  59. Ingrid

    Hey Christine, do you think Creme Cup is similar to Gaga?

  60. Diana

    omg i loooovvve viva glam gaga! it makes me feel like a mexican barbie! haha…but i only bought one n i thought about getting a backup but i figured id wait til next week n now its sold out everywhere!!!

  61. Mandy

    Picked up Cyndi and Gaga today! So excited to have them! Am loving the wearable red and super bubblegum pink. A great cause, so I figured I’d go for both!

  62. Emy

    No one cares about the Cyndi! More for me! :)

  63. Amorgan Gruber

    Hey, is there any way I can get a hold of those swatches? Great review, I love The GAGA Color!

  64. Pretty sure I’ve been wearing that light pink/bluish lipstick for years now when nobody else was… but anyway, while Lady GaGa continues to steal other people’s looks, I am SO excited about Cyndi Lauper making her way back into the spotlight. She’s going to be on Celebrity Apprentice and I can’t freaking wait! I’ve idolized her since I was 6 years old and still have a scrapbook where I kept all of her photos from magazines, trading cards (yes, there were Cyndi Lauper trading cards sold in grocery stores!) and stickers. I purchased both lip colors today via the MAC pro website, so I won’t get mine for a few days. I am going to compare the GaGa lipstick to my YSL signature color and see which one I like best. Thanks for posting the swatches so I could get a better look at the texture and tones of the products.

  65. ModeCrazyMakeUpOn

    I’m definitely gonna buy both when they’ll be launched in my country! I have a question about the viva glam lipsticks (couldn’t find the right post to ask there) about the ones that don’t have a gloss in the viva glam collection (viva glam I, II, III & IV + the lauper and the gaga one) : which liplass, … can match each one the most closely? I tried to find the answer but obviously didn’t manage. Thanks a lot for your help!

  66. Lindsey

    My Gaga should be in the mail tomarrow! YAY!!!

  67. Hi Christine! Do you think a warm tone can wear the Cyndi Lauper shade? By the way, what are you studying for, what’s your major?

    • Oh, yes, definitely!!

      I am a JD/MBA (graduate school – law and business). My major for undergrad was dual – Economics & Political Science :)

  68. Is it me or the Gaga lipstick looks like a lot to the Strayin lipstick from the Hello Kitty collection? Because if theyยดre almost the same, I think Iยดll buy the Gaga one instead the Hello Kitty :)

  69. Nicole

    Any permanent MAC dupes for Cyndi?

  70. Silly me, but omg I wanted to get the lady gaga because I want to donate, but I don’t like lustres. And snob’s a satin. :( What to do…

  71. Chloe

    They look gorgeous on you!! Thanks for the swatches and review! <3 I was wondering which (or both haha) you would recommend for nc20/25 skin? I really want to pick one (or both … <3), and it's for such a great cause!

  72. ellie

    I know Cyndi would look better on me since i have warmer skintone but i would get gaga instead because i’m really into pinks right now. What gloss from the new spring collection or liberty of london would be good to make gaga a little warmer?

  73. Hi!
    Can I borrow some of your wonderful pictures to my blog?
    It’s new so I don’t have many readers, and it’s on swedish, but I wanted to ask just in case ^___^

    Thanks for the best makeup website with the best pictures!

    • Hi Fridde,

      You are welcome to take (but upload to your own server) promotional photos and link back, but for photos we’ve taken, just one (like a teaser photo) and a link back.

      Thank you!

  74. I’m so late on this, but I am absolutely IN LOVE with the Viva Glam Gaga lipstick. Like, head over heels. I’m wondering if there are any other MAC lipsticks that are exact dupes, or at least close? Any suggestions? Thanks!

  75. jennah

    A little late to hop on the bandwagon but I just got the Cyndi one and am absolutely in love with it. It’s my first ever MAC lipstick. I tried the Gaga one in the store but it looked bad with my super pale skin and blonde hair. But the coral Cyndi one looks great. I can’t wait to wear it!! Thanks for the great review!

  76. Honeys

    just picked up Viva Glam Gaga today n it’s my 2nd MAC lipstick after Angel =)
    thanks to my local MAC MA who kept it ‘specially reserved’ for me n others who have waited for months to arrive in our country, or i might won’t be able to get at all..
    heard they said that it’ll only be available for half year..wonder if its just in my country or something..
    im so addicted to MAC n i wanna grow my MAC collection, so excited.
    plannin’ to get MAC Give Me Liberty of London next =D
    couldn’t get enough of Temptalia Christine, love n xoxo..

  77. glitter princess

    this colour of lipsticks looks like a good dupe of the hello kitty pink fish lip conditior is this the casE?

  78. Lori

    What would be good lip pencils to go with these 2 colours? LOVE YOUR SITE helps me so much as I am far far away from a Mac store!

  79. How do you take pictures of your lips and get such a great shot?? What kind of camera do you have??

  80. nmnikki

    reminds me of double dare c/s glass…

  81. sarah

    gaga lipstick is amazing i have it and i want to buy another before they stop making them

  82. Kalie

    Can someone pls tell me which lipstick to look for on the mac website!! I want the one in the picture but theres like 5 to choose from, vi, v, viii etc…

  83. nikki

    does anybody know of a dupe for viva glam cyndi?
    i’m kicking myself nearly everyday for not buying a backup because i’m nearly finished with the one i have:/

  84. Eleanore

    I bought the Cyndi one today from Debenhams after finding it there online – I’ve come into MAC late, and when I found out that Cyndi Lauper had put her name to the brand, I knew I had to have it. But.. ebay didn’t help, and now I’m just too excited to actually have it on the way to my home now! Love the shade too and it’s unlike anything else I have, so that’s great!

  85. kara

    hi christine, is the cindy one similar to Made With Love lipstick ?

  86. Carol Lynne

    I know this is a really old post, but are there any dupes for Cyndi? I never got it. T.T