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. I wish it was a little darker.

    Oh well, I’ll still buy it to support her. I do love Nicki! I’ll have to pair it with a few other lip products, because if wear this shade by itself it would not compliment my skin tone at all! lol

  2. It’s too similar to Saint Germain and snob. I own both and rarely wear either I don’t need a third tube of lipstick in this shade of pink. But I do want Chatterbox now! Thanks Christine!

  3. Lorna

    i was planning on getting this but thanks to this post now i won’t be. i have viva glam gaga, saint germain, lavender whip and at least 2 other similar colors before i realized overly blue based pinks give me a jaundice-y yellow tinge to my skin when i am naturally a more neutral, beige tone.

  4. Elena

    Lavender Whip + Saint Germain = Pink Friday! or that is what I am telling myself since I live in europe :(

  5. how can all those look SO similar on the arm but so different on the lips? it boggles the mind.

  6. I hav gaga snob and at germain but want this to set the family of barbie pinks off hehe :-)

  7. Andrea

    Thanks Christine! It looks gorgeous in the tube but I think I’ve gone off it now I’ve seen the lip swatches. I can’t decide if I like it! I’ll probably buy one anyway….

  8. Jessie

    Wow… I thought that I would like this waaaaay more than I actually do :S

  9. Amal

    and I thought chatterbox was too cool for my skin tone. hah!

  10. Sandrine

    This color isn’t flattering at all. Also doesn’t compare to Pink Nouveau. I have Pink Nouveau (it’s a very popular shade where I live) and it’s more of a true medium pink (think Katy Perry in last year’s Grammy awards with the pink Basil Soda gown). This is more lilac-y. Definitely wouldn’t be able to pull this off. I’d really like to see someone who can, though. I don’t even like it on Nicki but that’s just me. But Chatterbox is gorgeous!

  11. Ivana

    Maaaaann, how disappointing…I feel like I’ve seen this color over and over & unfortunately it does nothing for me.

  12. Vanessa

    I compared this to pink nouvou and it is different. This shade is like Christine said a lot bluer and leans towards purlpe as opposed to nouvou that is very bright pink without being fusia. I consider nouvou to be more “barbie” pink than pink friday but that just me. I think pink friday would be a great color for the summer.

  13. Brandi

    That color is a big NO!!

  14. Trish

    Love this color! As someone who can only wear ‘blue’ pinks and reds, this is a must-have for me. And as an FYI, I’m an NW43/45.

    • ak

      Really? Just curious how are you gonna wear this? Each time I even look at Snob and St. Germain and VG Gaga I balk at the idea of trying it, and I curse my too warm-toned skin! I prefer colder colors, with the exception of red and teal, anyway.

  15. snm

    a blue pink again? seriously whats the obsession about those cool pinks with mac ?besides it is not a barbie pink for me.i dont think that i will be wearing this

  16. Banan

    I think I might acctually get it! but I have viva glam gaga and it’s very similar! but I still want it lol!

    • Vanessa

      Actually i dont really think its that similar at all. I have Glam Gaga and to me this shade is more purply honestly Gaga is more of a true light pink.

  17. I was thinking the same thing, that it looks like All Styled Up, which I already have, so I will pass on this one.

  18. I have Viva La Glam in GaGa, and personally I think this looks nothing like it. Same sort of tones, but it’s much cooler and much lighter.

    Out of curiousity, I mixed GaGa with Barry M in Marshmellow (101) and it looks exactly the same as this lipstick. It’s almost a dupe, but I’d much rather just buy this. I’m excited!

    I’m NC15, by the way.

  19. Emme

    I don’t live in the US and I had considered looking over at ebay once the lipstick was out because the shade looked promising. Thank you for the swatches Christine, they totally changed my mind!

    However, I had bought Sweetie as a gift for a friend of mine and now I want it too! Sweetie and Chatterbox have joined my wish list!

    • Vanessa

      Thank goodness for christine or you’d be spending 30.00 – 50.00 (in ebay) on a lipstick thats not all that great.

  20. Dollymix8

    Cool colour, won’t look good on me though… My skincolour is too dark and I don’t like pink lips that much

  21. stephanie

    i wish it was a tad darker and more unique. I still think its going to sell well. People love Nikki’s makeup and style

  22. Ember

    Thanks so much for your swatches and review Christine. Viva Glam Gaga was already too blue a pink for me, so I know that this one is a no go. I hope the only selling online doesn’t become a habit with MAC.

  23. Thanks for the comprehensive comparison swatches. It’s very very similar to a variety of lipsticks so it’s helpful to see if you need it or not based on what you already have in your collection.

  24. Laura

    Horrible. I was expecting something more pink and not so lavender.

  25. Magnolia

    Ah! Thanks soo much for posting this. I was worried I’d have to stalk the website.. but nope, I can safely pass now. Especially since I already have Gaga and Snob :)

  26. Claudia

    I have st germain, snob and gaga so this one will be a skip !

  27. Wolfman's Got Nars

    Oh wow, that color is just horrible. It reminds me of something I would’ve worn as a kid for dress up, but luckily grew out of quickly.
    Seriously MAC, wth?

  28. I don’t like this color.
    And I think it’s very cool to suits you.

  29. Pamela

    Sorry, I’m not a fan of pinks especially paler, bluer ones. This color seems appropriate only for 10/31.

  30. Yvonne

    I think that I like the color. The chalkiness bothers me. So is it a white chaulky look?

  31. Georgina

    Thank you SO much Christine! 😀 You just saved me $14.50. xD I was so set on buying it, but after seeing swatches, I decided it would look terrible on me, and that I like Viva Glam Gaga better, which I have.

    Thank you!

  32. Sass

    I’m getting it because it’s named Pink Friday and I don’t have any dupes in my collection for it…just gotta find out how I’m going to get it to work with my skin tone. Was able to work Gaga so we’ll see.

  33. nicci

    Why does this not have a letter grade? It’s a full review and other reviews I have read contain a grade. Kind of confused…???

    • I was in a huge rush because I was trying to get it up before class (if you read the first paragraph, I mention trying to get everything up ASAP) – I’ve got stuff to do all day and once I can sit down and edit, I surely will. I assumed a review + swatches + photos would be most helpful and really just focused on cropping photos and writing down thoughts and getting dupes together… sorry!

  34. MACJunkie

    Is there special packaging with this lipstick? Like a box with Nicki’s signature similar to Gaga’s Viva Glam?

  35. I kinda wanted this, but seeing how close it is to St Germain and Viva Gaga has made it an easy skip.

    Plus, I HATE satins!

  36. Eileen

    So blue based it’s almost lavender.

  37. It’s too close to everything we already have! I know Nicki is very creative and likes to push the envelope, but she could have done so much with this opportunity.

  38. Sarah

    I just can’t ever get behind colors like this, they’re just ugly :-\

  39. liz

    dont care much for the color but my best friend loves nicky minage and the color pink so i’ll be sure to get this for her as a birthday/christmas present!

  40. Cynthia


  41. Samantha P.

    I don’t like it.. :/ It looks too much like a chalky pink.

  42. Svetlana

    Wow I love it. It would look great on me. Unfortunately it’s not available in my country but I just got my Viva Glam Gaga and will be getting Snob .

  43. Sarah

    Love love love, Im in love with all things pink, and especially lipstick <3 Not to mention, I love Nicki.

    I am allll over this lipstick!

  44. Jen

    Its just turned 12am here in the UK so I ordered my pink friday lipstick straight away. im sure i will love it :) i own snob and saint germain and also pink nouveau i love pink!

  45. Rosie

    I’m a little disappointed in the color. I was hoping it would be a nice baby pink for Afr. Am with dark skin.

  46. alison

    I really wish this wasn’t such a milky pink! I already have Snob and Gaga and never ever ever reach for them (even Angel is too light and blue-based for me), so as much as I love Nicki, I’m going to have to pass. It makes pale me with naturally pigmented lips look sort of… dead. :/

    (Chatterbox and Sweetie have both joined my wishlist, though!)

    • ak

      At least Angel is so very sheer, and not even frosty at all, that it can be made workable with even just a little bit of lip pencil though.

  47. Christine

    I wasn’t interested in this at all before and it just looks awful swatched. Too bad I NEED Chatterbox, Fun fun and sweetie now

  48. V

    Pink Friday is online NOW
    just placed my order

  49. Hend

    :( Pretty colour But I don’t think I can pull it off ,
    I’ll stick to my snob

  50. jennina

    it was sold out on maccosmetics.com already. so fast

  51. z

    How on earth did this sell out already?! Ive been stalking the website for 2 days straight! I never even got the email alert that it was on sale. So maaaddd! Grrrrrr!

    • Jen

      i had been stalking it all week and like 10 times before AND after midnight this morning, only to find it sold out. never got the email but i made sure to send a nice complaint to MAC :)

    • It was sold out within the first hour. I ordered mine closer to the midnight mark. Someone on twitter posted that MAC only had 3500 of the lipsticks for sale.

  52. I tried to order this morning at 6:00 cst and was sold out!

  53. Elle

    Don’t think I can pull this one off…bought Gaga primarily for the whole Viva Glam thing but I barely wear it, so I’d probably never wear this one. Thanks Christine!

  54. Wow thanks for the swatches, I’m totally skipping this. I adore my viva glam gaga lipstick & lipgloss, but this is too similar. And anyway I am not a fan of Nicki Minaj.

  55. Yvonne

    Since it is sold out already- is it gone fir good? The ad said it would only be sold on those four select Fridays while supplies last. So if supplies are gone and it was limited edition- it’s gone -correct- like with the Lancime Proenza Pink color. By the way- what is a dupe of the Lancime Proenza Pink color?

  56. Isa

    It looks pretty, but very common.

  57. Kelli

    I won’t be buying that. I would have to doctor it up too much to make it look good on me.

  58. sarah

    i think its an ugly shade of pink it was sold out so quick i didnt get to get it but im glad i got to see these swatches it would look awful on my warm skin

  59. steph with an 'f"

    I already have st. germain and viva glam gaga….skip. I was gonna get it but it’s almost identical so it’s a waste of $$$.

  60. Vanessa

    After spending $21.50 (price + shipping!) on this lipstick im starting to question if it was even worth it :( It looks too dry.

  61. Kerry

    Oof. Not a fan of this. :/

  62. Miss. Crystal

    I think the color is nice and it all depends on your skintone as well as your personality and style. I own Saint Germain which looks similar to Pink Friday and I love it! I layer it over a creamy, purple color and I’ve gotten many, many compliments. It basically gives the look of Lavendar Whip. I’m a caramel skin color and yes I wear it very frequently everywhere and don’t see anything wrong with it.

  63. le

    it’s nice, but i already have viva glam gaga and that’s close enough for me.

  64. kerry

    anyone remember melrose mood lipstick from the heatherette collection? similar?

  65. Kathrina

    Ugh, until I saw this I did not believe there could be a lip color which would not look good on you, Christine. It has nothing to do with you, you’re beautiful, but this is ( in my opinion) a disgusting color which I can’t imagine to be flattering on anyone.

  66. sarah

    tried getting this tonight it was in my bag but the site wouldnt let me check out!

  67. Boompsie

    I love mine! I’m starting to find out that I actually might be more neutral toned, as I keep getting told I can wear both cool and warm – so maybe this color works best for those who are more neutral maybe? You got me wanting to get Chatterbox, and perhaps even Fun Fun and Lavender Whip now too =p

  68. Lisa


  69. abby

    Hi Christine! I got this lipstick but i am having difficulty finding which eyeshadow/s and blush to go with it. I am an NC/30…HELP!! :( thanx so much :)

  70. blackbarbie2012

    lovee the lipstick!!.. idts pretty much awesome.. also PINK is myy favorite so ii lovee idt!!. :))<3

  71. chelsea

    is all styled up a good dupe for pink friday? I got my pink friday today, and i love it. but i dread the day it goes empty:(

  72. Bronagh

    I love Nicki Minaj and Mac so my friend bought me this lipstick for Christmas. I was really excited to get it but i tried it on and im not impressed at all… of course its a good quality lipstick as its Mac but the colour on my skin is awful. I put it on without makeup and i looked sick, with foundation it looked a little better but i wont be wearing this lipstick again, but i can see girls wit similar skin tones to nicki pulling this lipstick off, im just a little too pale for it :(

  73. i want it really really badd………luvvvvv it……

  74. Sam

    Hey Christine. I just wanted to let you know that it is nothing like Pink Nouveau or however you spell it! Pink Nouveau is a LOT brighter than Pink Friday. The are nothing alike.

  75. This terrible color is selling for 90 bucks on ebay!! why???? and starts at 45.00

  76. Lil'L

    OMD, i have been searching for AGES to find this! i used to just mix cheap lipsticks till i got the closest colour! anyone who says this is not impressive is insane! i LOOVEE Nicki Minja, she is my idol, i would do anything to look like her! this has pleased me sososososososo much !

  77. brittney

    i love nicki minaj and i have to go and get her lipstick

  78. Gigi

    Omg This Is A Beautiful Color That Will Fit Anybody’s Skin.Must Have!<3

  79. Kianna

    What did you use, if you did, for lip liner?

  80. christine, i just want a cool true baby pink lipstick (mac) any recommendations?
    im NC20-25
    i have pink pout, you think snob can work?

  81. Zeenatrising

    Hi Christine,

    How do you think Illamasqua’s Plunge compares to Mac’s Pink Friday, Saint Germain and Snob? Thanks so much, your make up blog is THE BEST!!