Thursday, February 17th, 2011

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass ($14.50 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “light neutral pinked beige.” In reality, I found it more of a neutral light-medium beige with subtle white micro-shimmer. The finish was creamy, not quite milky, but as such, there was some settling into lip lines. It is a thicker gloss, too, so be careful when applying it to ensure an even finish (also avoiding smooshing your lips together too much, as it will push around the gloss and making it look uneven).

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipglasses are vanlla-scented, and they are typically thick and sticky. However, because of their tackiness, they do tend to wear better and longer (four hours for me).

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

final thoughts: The color itself is a great neutral nude; I do see it working for most skin tones and under tones, assuming you like nudes. It’s not too pale, not too deep that it’s more brown than beige. Surprisingly, I couldn’t come up with a great MAC dupe for this shade; it is closest to Illicit but it’s less orange.  C-Thru would be your closest within the permanent range but much paler.

where to buy: Nordstrom

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MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
C-Thru, Young Thing, Illicit, Young Spark, Viva Glam Gaga 2, 1N, Glamour for All, Runway Fave

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
C-Thru, Young Thing, Illicit, Young Spark, Viva Glam Gaga 2

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
Viva Glam Gaga 2, 1N, Glamour for All, Runway Fave

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass over Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass over Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase Viva Glam Gaga 2? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $14.50.

Is it limited edition?

Yes, it will be available until February 2012.

Any dupes?

Surprisingly, I couldn't come up with a great MAC dupe for this shade; it is closest to Illicit but it's less orange.

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82 thoughts on “MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipglass Swatches, Review, Photos

  1. Emily

    looks lovely swatched, but streaky on the lips :( dissapointment.

  2. Hiromi

    a bit too nude for my skin, but christine you pull it off fantastically! how do all colours look good on you TEACH ME YOUR WAYS

  3. Daphne

    Hey do you think the lipstick could work with asian skin nc20? How does it compare to Peachstock.
    Oh and ive been hunting for a great barbie pink like what Katy Perry wore at the Grammy’s in 2009, yes i know, such a long time ago and i havent figured! Haha i was guessing Snob or Saint Germain but they dont carry it in my country so i cant swatch em! Do you think they’d suit my skintone?

    • Please read the lipstick review post, which includes a comparison – thank you!

      You’ll have to be careful what you wear on eyes/cheeks, because pale pinks like Snob and Saint Germain are tough to pull off, particularly for warmer skin tones like your NC20 skin tone!

  4. mia


    its perfect

  5. Marjan

    I don’t like the lipstick/lipglass much, but I love your eye make-up! =)

  6. Janet

    Hi Christine,

    What color is that swatched on your arm? The 7th color from left to right?

  7. Gorgeous. I need this in my life. I’m obsessed with a nude lip. GRRR. I’ve got to be more adventurous.

  8. daphne

    Wow! Talk about pigmentation for a nude lipglass! That’s really awesome. I wonder if I could find some use for it. I don’t wear colors this nude alone (Brave New Bronze and Shy Girl are my lightness limit I think) but what it could layer over seems exciting..

  9. I think I like the lipglass better than the lipstick. Shocker. I am a lipstick junkie, normally.

  10. Leticia

    This seems to be too beige for my skin tone, but I will certainly swatch it as soon as I can. I love to support the Viva Glam campaign, so most probably I will get the lipglass and/or the lipstick!

  11. Mariana

    Thanks for being so quick to get these reviews out, you are truly the BEST!! I like the colors, not as much as the first ones last year w/Gaga and Cyndi, but I do like them.

  12. daphne

    Uh oh…another Daphne! Glad I spell it with a lowercase letter 😉

  13. I was going to mention that i did not like the up close swatch and that this would be a pass, but the full face picture might have changed my mind. Hmm. I must go to my store and swatch away!

  14. Amber

    oooooh i have been waiting for your swatches/comparisons on this – I am going to try it on soon – I really hope it works for me! Thank you so much for all your hard work.

  15. I love the Viva Glam lipsticks and glosses, and I love what MAC uses the money for. Totally gonna buy this.

  16. glenda

    Hi cristine what is your shade in mac foundation?

  17. natalie

    I love the color…. But its too streaky on me :( . I will still keep it anyways its for a good cause.

  18. Steph

    Not sure about the lipstick, but I like this lipglass! I think I may get this because I don’t have a nude gloss, but I have nude lipsticks.

  19. Perhaps pairing this gloss over a pink-based lipstick works better…it looks so pretty swatched, but not that great on the lips.

    Another thing for me to play around with at Mac!

    Cassie x

  20. Awww, too bad it’s not as pretty as I thought it would be. Yucky color.

  21. Evelyn

    That color makes me sad. lol It’s not pretty enough.

  22. ashly

    Would Purrr be a close dupe?

  23. Laura

    I’m not crazy about it, but I might pick it up anyway because I have nothing similar and it’s LE, and for a good cause.

  24. OMG.. I’M IN LOVE…..

  25. Gina

    I didn’t like the lipstick alone, but it looks beautiful with the lipglass on top! I can’t decide if I want both, or just the lipglass.

  26. DemoiselleB

    Isn’t it comparable to the 2N lipgloss? Or is it less creamy?

  27. Amrita

    It looks beautiful on you! As does everything, though xD

  28. Greta

    i need this in my life too. i think both of the colors look really good on you. i just like nude lips :) GAGA! YAY!

  29. Stpehanie

    This gloss looks great on you! Thanks for the comparisons and reviews. These really help (even though I already ordered it the second it came online LOL)

  30. Too consealer-ish for me!

  31. Heidi

    Hi Christine,
    How would you say this is in comparison to Florabundance lipglass? Thank you so much in advance!

  32. Carrie Ann

    I was surprised at how pretty this looked in the tube. I thought it was just going to be a flat nude. I think it looks prettier on its own rather than paired w/ the lipstick. I also think it could be a pretty versatile shade depending on what lipstick or liner you wear underneath.

  33. ak

    The lipglass is great, and I still haven’t given up hope for either the VG Gaga liglass or lipstick! I hope my MAC Cork or Hodgepodge lip pencils will see me through these!

  34. anh

    Hi christine!

    i love the gloss on you, how long does it last for? i bought a nude gloss/lipcolor from the peacocky line, but it doesnt last for very long. and also do you think the lipstick would look good on my asian skin? i am nc45 and almost always wear bronzer (refined golden) thanx!

  35. Alyse

    Hi Christine! Can you please tell me which other makeup colors you used for this look? Namely the eye products and cheek color. Thanks!

  36. gisell

    Hi don’t own any nude lips/colors I will love to try this on XD, thanks XD

  37. Amanda Dubs

    I just went and bought the lipglass only and I love it, it isn’t streaky on me at all, but maybe I layered it a bit, it looks fantastic :)

  38. Jenny

    I just bought both lipstick and lipgloss from the MAC counter ! I am usually a NC30 and this nude is so gorgeous. It doesnt make me look too washed out and it isn’t as drying as Myth. Although both have a different undertone. I love love love this combination. I cannot wait to wear this along with a smoky eye look tomorrow :)

  39. Ann

    I actually dislike the lipstick shade; however this gloss swatch looks awesome.

  40. Chaia

    Christine, do you know how this compares to Frankly Fresh from Liberty of London? It’s the only nude-type shade I have from MAC to judge this by. Thanks!

  41. Looks GREAT on you, probably not so much on someone darker than you. Still pretty though

  42. Sylvia

    Wow Christine, I think these new Gaga colors look AMAZING on you!!!!

  43. I picked this up today and I love it with Cork lip pencil! I am NC44/45 by the way and it looks good! I would say it is closest to C-Thru on my lips.

  44. Oh and it’s not really streaky on me either?! :-/

  45. Serina

    oooOOOO interesting shade, will have to try it out at the store. What are you wearing on ur cheeks christine? It’s very pretty!

  46. Becca

    oh my gosh, this is beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m really scared it will be streaky though….. we’ll see

  47. leesie

    I think I have to try this combo and think about buying these.

  48. Kristin

    Love Love Love Temptalia! Thanks for the review…i just bought mine this afternoon! Great reviews…always!

  49. I think both the lipstick and gloss look great on you! I have a weird observation/question, though – is that a long black hair on your top lip in the lipstick + lipglass photo? I hope it doesn’t come off as rude – I know how sticky lipgloss can be sometimes! haha

  50. Amy

    Lol I think it’s so interesting how it looks almost exactly like your skintone!

  51. Jazz

    I forsee this being a hot mess on my lips . I will go to the mac store on Tuesday and see though

  52. serene

    The quality looks terrible.

  53. Constanza

    Looks like concealer mixed with lipgloss

  54. Michelle

    I initially wasn’t interested in this. But I still went to my mac counter to try it. I tried the lipstick first and was like, meh, but when I added the lipglass over it.. Omg! Perfection! I ended up buying both! I am currently inlove!

    • Vanilla

      I would say the same thing after seeing the swatches here. The lipstick by itself was okay. The lipglass by itself was kinda meh. But then you put them together and all of a sudden it’s amazing! Gonna have to get them both now.

  55. Sojourner

    Seems to look a bit like Revealing lipglass to me…

  56. Luly

    Look so nice on u!!! really lovely

  57. Alison

    How would you compare this to Flesh l/g from mickey contractor collection?

  58. Gina

    talk about showing every imperfection on your lips…what a waste but I guess it is ok if you want to walk around looking like a corpse or that you forgot to wipe your food off your lips.

    • Emily

      You should use lipliner with this product or else it will look corpse/scaley like. Also applying with a brush will totally help. and I think the lipglass over the lipstick really helps. When I tried just the lipstick itself, it looks pretty bad!

  59. mb

    i just bought the lipgloss and it is a really nice nude lipgloss…I think if you are interested in the lipglass/lipstick, you should go try it on…b/c you’d be surprised on how many people of different color/skin tones it looks really good on. I personally love it and think its the perfect nude lipgloss for me. Hope this helps! :)

  60. Vvn

    would have been amazing if this was a Cremesheen! hahahaha, but I think I much prefer the gloss over the lipstick, might pick up both actually!

  61. Larisse

    is this similar to nars striptease??

  62. Emily

    This combination works the best (in my opinion) if you also use ‘Spice’ lip liner before applying the viva glam gaga 2 lipstick and lipglass! Also, applying the lipstick with a lip brush will make the color look less scaly and too ‘white/washed out’! I love it! When trying on just the lipstick or lipglass by itself, it doesn’t look too good (on me at least). It looks scaly and too white/washed out, but the lipliner totally did the trick and blew the color out of the world!

  63. Megs

    I think LE Liberty of London Frankly fresh is a great dupe for this and I find it not sticky and doesnt settle into lines. but theyre around same price and Frankly fresh is only available online now I think… This colour would look great over any nude or to tone down brighter colours like Coral:)Bear in mind nude lip colours only look fantastic when wearing the right lipliner. Otherwise they wash ones lips out I think!