Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010

MAC Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick
MAC Pink Friday Lipstick

MAC & Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick

Oooh, you are SO lucky! FedEx JUST dropped of a little black box that could only mean MAC… and inside was MAC & Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday lipstick. I say you’re lucky because I have to head to class in about fifteen minutes–I had just enough time to snap photos, swatch, crop, and upload.

Pink Friday is described as a “bright creamy pink lipstick,” and it has a satin finish (which means it has a creamy, semi-matte finish–no shimmer). It is a a creamy, medium pink with a noticeable blue undertone. It is pretty opaque on lips, and it almost has a chalky look, because it’s paler than it looks. I thought it was going to be a deeper pink, even based on seeing in the tube (in person), but it goes on paler.  I also recommend prepping lips as satin lipsticks can often emphasize dryness or any flakiness on lips!

It is bluer-based (veers on purple) in comparison to All Styled Up. It is totally different from Chatterbox and Sweetie. Fun Fun looks washed out and muddy when swatched next to it. Lavender Whip is significantly glossier and purpler. Saint Germain and Snob are actually the closest to Pink Friday; both are just a hue lighter, but the colors are very, very similar. Funny enough, Viva Glam Gaga looks less blue-based against all of these stronger, bluer-based pinks (see swatch).

DUPES:  Saint Germain, Snob

I apologize in advance — I do not have Pink Nouveau to compare this to. I was actually planning to purchase it along with Pink Friday on Friday but this press sample arrived this afternoon. I have a skin swatch of Pink Nouveau here, and you can tell it is similar–not quite as bright, probably not quite as blue-based.

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  • Product: 25/30
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ease of Use: 4/5
  • Packaging: 4/5

RECOMMENDATION: The texture is a little off — it doesn’t apply as smoothly or as cleanly as other satin finish lipsticks. If you have either Snob or Saint Germain, this is close enough that you could skip.  This is a shade that looks best on cooler skin tones because of the strong blue base.


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All Styled Up vs. Chatterbox vs. Pink Friday

MAC Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick
Pink Friday vs. Fun Fun vs. Lavender Whip

MAC Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick
Saint Germain vs. Pink Friday vs. Sweetie vs. Viva Glam Gaga vs. Snob

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Pink Friday? How much is it?

It will be available for purchase on maccosmetics.com on November 26th, December 3rd, 10th, and 17th, while supplies last. $14.50.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Saint Germain and Snob are the closest.

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251 thoughts on “MAC & Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Alexis

    OMGGGGGGGG i want it soooo bad!! thanks tempt :)

  2. Hana

    It’s a lot prettier than I thought it would be. Thanks Christine! :)

  3. Hilary♥

    I love this color but I’m leaving it – it reminds me so much of Gaga Glam and Saint Germain. So dupable.

  4. bayli

    Christine you are the best!! Thanks so much for posting this right away!

  5. Heather

    How close it is to Viva Gaga? Looks very close…

  6. Jennifer

    The color reminds me of something I see the girls on Jerseylicious wear…which is not good at all. I love Nicki but I’ll definitely pass on this. Thanks for posting this though, I appreciate it!

  7. ak

    Sorry to trouble you Christine but is there anyway that you can do a pick of the Pink Friday up against the Pink Nouveau? Thanks.

  8. Alexia

    Well, gotta say I’m not really impressed, I was gonna buy two but may not buy it at all. Oh well. lol

  9. Kaoyee

    I can totally see that color on Nicki Minaj but I would not be able to pull it off. Thanks for taking the time out to do this for your readers!! ahah hope you weren’t late for your class.

  10. ak

    These pics make me realize how warm Chatterbox looks. Hmmmm…I’m wondering if I should pick that up?…. Sweetie looks good too of course, but in my head I’ve been thinking lately of buying Girl About Town or Fusion Pink and using one of those with the Beet lip pencil I already have.

  11. Jywoi

    Oh, wait they’re on now, sorry!
    Thank you for the swatches !

  12. Josiane

    I wanted to buy it but you changed my mind…

  13. Wow! It’s soooo bright! I want! Christine, I want to know if they accept international credit cards over maccosmetics.com?

    • I’ve never tried, but I remember reading comments left by readers that they don’t :(

    • Jessie

      Hi! If you have an international credit card you CANNOT order from the USA site because you need to have a USA billing address otherwise they will not place your order.

      But you can order from your country’s site!

  14. Karyn

    Wow thanks for this! I’ll be passing on Pink Friday I don’t think I could pull it off even tho I’m Nicki’s coloring…but now I really want Sweetie & Chatterbox!

    • ak

      I don’t even know how even Nicki pulled this off! If Pink Nouveau is darker and less blue-based than even this, then you KNOW I won’t be buying this new one.

      I already have Pink Nouveau which I wear with any medium brown lip pencil and blend it in well, and it still looks like the actually Pink Nouveau in the tube but the color just ‘endears’ itself to my skintone.

    • Jenn

      Every brown girl MUST own Sweetie!!!! It is sooooo flattering!

      • ak

        Yeah it’s nice and mild for those who have pink-o-phobia, but I’ve been in the mood for bolder pinks lately.

      • Karen K

        I’m as pale as they come and I love Sweetie! Beautiful color. Not one bit interested in Pink Friday though.

  15. Heidi

    I bet ‘I like it like that’ would be a good dupe as well.

  16. Brooke

    yuck, leave it.
    thank you SO much for posting the swatches, I definately would have been upset that I wasted my $$

  17. Argeleen

    ur the best thanks so much!!!!! <3

  18. Samantha

    this color is so gorgeous. i wish they made it a cremesheen but im gonna get it anyway :)

  19. Rea

    Uh, I guess this is the most unpleasently color I saw on you so far (nothing against you of course!) – seriously, who’d wear this kind of color? It somehow looks pasty and like cream… Leaving it for sure.

  20. Erika

    hmm.. this is really similar to st.germain just a little darker i was going to buy it but i might just opt out?

  21. Christina

    Oh, this color is so not me.

  22. Jennifer

    So basically Pink Friday is a variation more so on the Saint Germain side than Gaga.

  23. Lucie

    It actually looks like a really gorgeous colour…just not on me. 😉

  24. t.to

    i don’t even like the color that much,
    but for some weird reason i want it so bad.
    that makes no sense!

    • Jazzy

      lol it makes perfect sense, I was going to get 2 but now I think im going to pick up another backup of chatterbox

  25. Verry pretty, Looks like I like it like that!

  26. lustrebonbon

    UGH! Hideous. I am SO disappointed.

  27. Shi

    Thanks SO much for the swatches! I was going to buy this but…even VG GaGa was bordering too blue for me, this is definitely too blue. :(

    • Whitney

      Hey Shi, I too love the pink lip look and I suppose I’m a NC-45, the very patient woman that helped me had me try the lady gaga with some horribly pink gloss atop it (it may have been the match to it) and I thought it was the lipstick. I saw another of the salespeople with the same complexion whose lips looked great and asked what she had on. The problem was not VG GaGa, the issue was with the gloss. So I ended up with plum liner, gaga lipstick and love nectar gloss, that keeps everything in the same family but not to cool (read garish). We made sure there was enough liner, blended well and let it warm some on my lips, I now wear it all the time! also try with viva glam V. hope that helps someone :)

  28. Maria

    Oh, disappointment. I have both Viva Glam GaGa and Saint Germain. I love Nicki Minaj, but I’ll be skipping this one.

  29. Rose

    That lipstick is horrendous! Oh well. I love Nicki but this really isn’t doing it for me. Thank you for posting :)

  30. Courtney

    Gaga is already difficult enough to wear. No way I can pull this off.

  31. After looking at your excellent comparison’s, I think I might pick up Chatterbox, TBH. Everyone loves these icey blue Pinks but I’d love a much warmer Pink.

    • ak

      I hear you I like some cold, blue-based pinks like Girl About Town and Pink Nouveau but I just can’t wear anything lighter than Pink Nouveau without a lot of ‘chemistry’ or ‘alchemy’ being involved! LOL

    • I want Chatterbox now too. It looks gorgeous. Change of plans for MAC stop on Friday :-)

  32. Dawn

    That colour is sooo not me! Judging by your swatches, though, Chatterbox and Sweetie are joining my wish list

  33. Is it just me, or does it look more lilac than pink?

    If so, I kind of like it for that reason!

  34. OohNiceCupOfTea

    ok so it pretty much is Snob, so I’ll pass, I’ve owned snob for ages and can pretty much count how many times i’ve worn it on one hand.
    I would love to fine a nice baby pink that works on my strongly pigmented lips (pale skin blue eyes – red lips, great if I want to slick some balm on and go not so great for trying to find a nude that works… lets put it this way, Viva Glam Cyndi on me looks pretty much like my natural lip colour whilst on others it looks really red!)

    • I completely understand where you’re coming from. I have very fair skin, blue eyes, brown hair, and red lips. If I leave my lips as is, about 99% of nudes look horrible on me. Do you brush a little foundation on your lips? That’s a good start but before you even apply your makeup, exfoliate your lips and apply a little balm. Okay, so my saving grace for nude lips is MAC lip erase in ‘pale’. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on it, but it’s something that I believe is subjective to each person. It’s a pro item, but you can order it from a pro store. Anyway, I’m not going to lie to you and tell that it’s super long wearing or moisturizing. Frankly, it’s not. And if your lips are super dry or prone to flakiness, you probably won’t like it. However, it makes a huge difference in the way my nude lipsticks look on me. I can wear colors that I definitely couldn’t before.

    • alison

      I’m the same way – NC15/20, blue eyes, natural blonde (but dyed dark brown), very pigmented lips. Brave is basically MLBB. I have Snob and VG Gaga, and they both look pretty weird on me. Even Angel looks sort of off.

      I wanted to get this, because I love Nicki Minaj, but I know I’ll never wear it.

      (sidenote: if you can get your hands on Lazy Day from this years To The Beach, that was an awesome neutral/nude pink on me…)

  35. Kassey

    I wanted to get this but after seeing the swatches I’m glad to skip. I have St. Germain, Viva Glam Gaga oh and yes, MAC Snob. :)

  36. tricia c

    How does this compare to the very exculive limited edition ma california dreaming (it was free with and exclusive email coupon from mac)

  37. Nicola

    The colour seems to be similar to “lazy day” from MAC, isn’t it?

  38. Laura

    Ick. I have Snob and I wear it once in a blue moon (and then it has to heavily blotted and paired with a gloss) so this is a definite pass for me. Also, I have no clue who Nicki Minaj is.

    Cheers for the swatches!

  39. Tina

    i’d never be able to pull off this lipstick, i’m way too warm toned
    however, your side-by-side swatches have introduced me to some other awesome pinks i want to try now!

  40. baby in a corner

    i really like this but as mac doesn’t deliver here I presume it won’t be available. I’ve figured out on your skintone that dark colours look lighter, light colours look lighter and colours look more cool toned as compared to my very light very cool skintone! So this would probably look less purple on me.

  41. Wendy

    ick… looks like pepto =/ I’m pretty pale so I would look srsly sick if I tried this color… I love Nicki but I’m going to pass on this… it’s not even in cute packaging either!

    thanks for posting!

  42. ShockingBlue

    While it’s a cute color, and will look neat on some, I’d look like a damn fool wearing that!

  43. Tiffany Dhein

    How’d you get it so soon?!

  44. viv

    eek. all i can think is pepto bismol.

  45. That will definitely not be coming home with me. I was really expecting it to look more like Chatterbox. This is way too blue for me and would likely make me look ill. Many thanks for sharing the swatches.
    Jane x

  46. TiffanyTerese

    I am dyinngggggg to order this lipstick. I love pinks! I was actually really worried that it would be super similar to Gaga but guess I’m wrong!

  47. Zoe

    As a redhead with fair skin and an obsession with light milky pinks. And especially satin lipsticks I am SO excited to get this.

  48. Mary Grace

    i did want this for Nicki Minaj’s sake, but my lips would look way too pale for my NC42 skin… *sob*

  49. Rosanna

    Guess I’m not missing anything really because I already have “All Styled Up!”

  50. I love it! Totally adorable and fun. Going to pick up, but won’t wear it until spring.

  51. rose

    i thought i needed this lipstick but i dont :)
    Thank you so much for the swatches, it really helped :)
    I have saint germain and gaga lipstick and snob, and they are like exact dupes :)

  52. Jennifer

    A couple pictures of me wearing “PINK NOUVEAU”… I found it could look like Gaga if the flash on my webcam bleached it out, or it could look more like Saint Germain if the lighting was bluer or darker. Mostly to me it looks like a bright pink with a light blue based / purple tinge to it…

    I’m NC20 BTW.

  53. kfm

    Excellent swatches and comparisons, Christine! This really helps put in perspective where this falls in the Mac pink spectrum!

  54. Hilde

    Um, I think I’m leaving it, I think this, albeit a cute color, would just clash in bad ways with my face. It reminds me of a lime crime lipstick i saw swatches for once.

  55. Shannon

    I think it’s horrid.

  56. Dianna

    I thought it was gonna be at least a few shades darker… I was expecting a bright, medium pink. How disappointing!

  57. Anya

    this would look awful on me D: thanks for saving me the money and the disappointment.

  58. Carrie Ann

    Wow, it really is similar to Snob & Saint Germain. I think I’m gonna skip this one, especially since it has a satin finish. I’ve already got the Viva Glam Gaga, which I think is prettier. Thank you for posting these swatches. Now, I won’t have to worry about trying to get my hands on this.

  59. Veronica

    If I can get my hands on one, I will…if not, I’m glad it has some pretty close dupes. I think for a more daring look, it could look good with a gray or even purple smoky eye (it’s hard for me to pull off cool-toned eyeshadow but maybe I’ll give it a try on a day off, lol).

  60. Linda

    This colour is boring me, it seems that MAC release a colour like this a few times a year and for a great many people its very hard to wear.

  61. Jenn

    Whoa…this is not a very flattering color. :-/

  62. Melanie

    I love this Christine thanks so much for posting. I think I’m going to buy three of these. I adore Nicki Minaj.

  63. JayJay

    I have Pink Nouveau, and just from these swatches, I would say that they are really not alike at all.

    I was expecting this to be darker pink, and more wearable, and I wanted it.. But now, I don’t know! I never wear Gaga anymore. It was just too hard to work with..

  64. ELYSIA


  65. AnGeLwInGz

    Ouch that is bright! I imagine there are very few skin tones that could pull off that color without looking obnoxious. Thanks as always for the brave swatches Christine! BTW who is Nicki Minaj?

  66. Promise

    WOW! This is bright!!!

  67. Sam

    Hmm… I’m not sure how I feel about it! I was really excited about it but it’s very… pink. I have Viva Gaga and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It’s a lot more wearable than I expected. This doesn’t look very wearable. I have a hard time with pinks (especially Angel… I hate that color!) I know it’s not similar in shade to Angel but is it similar in application? Angel sinks into the lips and washes me out… does this have the same properties, do you think? (Sorry that question is a little weird :X but I’m afraid of getting it and not being able to wear it!)

    You’re awesome Christine!

  68. SiaM

    I do want it!!!! :) thanks for the swatches wow you are really fast

  69. These kinds of MILKY PINK just don’t work for me. I wish they did though..:(

  70. Diana B

    I just want to thank u for posting this so fast u are amazing and so dedicated to us TY. I really want it but its so close to Snob.

  71. I definitely see the difference between this and VG Gaga. I already own Gaga and I LOVE it but I’m going to pass on this. The color is way too crazy for me. Instead, I’ll just buy backups of VG Gaga.

  72. Vijaya

    Would you recommend this for a dark NC50 skin tone, Christine? I dig the way this looks on you, and Nicki Minaj, but I’m a bit wary of buying it for myself, just because it looks pale and I’m not sure I could pull it off.

  73. Refinement

    I usually don’t wear pinks like this but OMG this is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! Christine, do you think MAC will release this the night before like they did with Venomous Villians and To The Beach?

    • I’m really not sure – since it’s very, very specific, I imagine it will be on the 26th – keep in mind Thursday is Thanksgiving, which is a holiday, so I would be shocked if anyone was working at MAC and could change it. But again, I really have no idea.

  74. I want it just because… but I have snob & I think if I mix All Styled Up & Lavendar Whip I should be fine.

  75. Jenn

    Meh, pass. These colors never seem to work on me, anyway. Thanks for swatching ahead of time! 😀

  76. MARGO

    chatterbox and sweetie are pretty and sweetie is my fav mac lipstick. the rest of the colors are not for me and do not appear flattering.

  77. Alyssa

    Oh wow! I do not like it. Not one bit. Even if I could pull it off… I wouldn’t want to.

  78. It looks exactly like Viva Glam Gaga. They should have came up with something more original! :(

  79. Dana

    I love Nicki and think this is an awesome collaboration but these types of colors never work for me :( I’ll be passing…

  80. Amanda Dubs

    that is TOOOO pale pink. Well for me at least :) I’ll skip it. Really wish I could get Martha tomorrow but my MAC will not be getting that collection…

  81. Kelly C.

    I have to say, I’m kind of amused at how many people ‘Loved It’ in the post with the artist wearing it, but after seeing the swatches have recoiled in horror. : )

    Personally, this color would NEVER work for me. Its such a pale and sickly color, and frankly, does not remind me of Barbie at all.

    • Alexia

      The lipstick in the post pic looks nothing like the lipstick that Christine swatched, I think that’s why many are so disappointed. lol Well at least in my opinion.

  82. Andrea

    This is amazing! & even though I have St Germain, Snob & VG Gaga, I need this! haha

  83. Imogen

    How dull. I am so sick of this colour over and over. Boring!

  84. Christine

    oh my, fun fun looks almost neutral next to pink friday!
    i think my eyes hurt. lol

  85. Alyssa

    I’m not liking it that much. Too chalky looking like you said. Gonna pass…but I love Nicki Minaj.

  86. Cecelia

    What did you grade Pink Friday?

  87. i love it…the pink is awesome, but i think it’s too pale for me

  88. Lala

    Grrr I really was hoping I would like it but I dont:( mayb I will find a different pink lipstick this one won’t look good on me
    Do you like it?

  89. Liz

    Woh def pass for me. Even too pale for me. VivaGlam Gaga is so much better.

  90. cloudburst

    Like you, I’m surprized it looks that light on!

  91. Diana

    awww man i was so excited for this lipstick!!! it looked so good on her promo pics for it but it looks nothing like the actual swatch. I’m soooo disappointed cuz this is just too blue toned and pale…uuugh whyyyy lol

  92. Amy

    I could just not see myself wearing this color AT ALL. It’s so bright and looks almost purple. Sometimes it’s hard seeing colors like this (Saint Germain, Gaga) on blogs because I haven’t seen anyone in real life wear these colors. Maybe it’s where I’m from, which is a Midwest city. If you own these types of lipsticks, where do you wear them to? I’m seriously curious!

  93. Evelyn

    Wow it looks like a much nicer pink in the tube than on. I would really look like Barbie in it, and that’s not in a good way. lol

  94. tg

    Well, I have my answer to the age old question of “What would Pepto Bismol look like in lipstick form?” I don’t know how this could be flattering on any skin tone, unless it was toned down with gloss.

  95. I could see that working on a futuristic Halloween/costume look, but otherwise, it’s a pretty awful color. Yikes!!

  96. Roma

    Omg. LOVEEEE!!! <3 can't wait to get my hands on this!!

  97. I LOVE pink lipsticks but this looks so so dupe-able. Maybe get it for collecting purposes? Not sure. Want it but wouldn’t go crazy if I couldn’t have it.

  98. Zoe

    Wow. A lot of hate for this lipstick! Its gorgeous! I own gaga, saint germain, snob and chatterbox and all are wearable.

    • kathy

      thank you so much for swatching, I was bummed i’d missed out this am, now im happy I did’nt buy it. totally not my color, not even close

    • Agatha

      I want it just because its MAC and LE but in reality I have never worn St Germain out anywhere and Snob gets very limited use.