Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013
MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013

Nicki Minaj continues her reign as the hip-hop queen of M·A·C VIVA GLAM! The Lipstick-loving diva is back to serve up a delectable duo of Lipstick and Lipglass in an all-new shade of pastel lavender pink. Every cent of the selling price goes toward helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Limited edition.

Products ($15.00 U.S. / $18.00 CDN each) (Limited Edition)

Viva Glam Nicki 2 (Lipstick) Pastel lavender pink (Amplified)
Viva Glam Nicki 2 (Lipglass) Pastel lavender pink

Availability: Availa ble globally February 9, 2013 at all M·A·C locations, 1.800.588.0070 and

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013
MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013
MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013

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114 thoughts on “MAC Viva Glam Nicki for Spring 2013

  1. I think I’ll have to pass on the lip stick. But I do love the look of the lip glass!

  2. Savannah

    Ugh, not her again and another color I won’t be able to wear :(

  3. Almon

    Hmmm… Looks like a paler version of “Up The Amp”… Well, I could be wrong.

  4. Oh, feck. I adore lavender pinks. /quietly adds to shopping list

  5. Jennisa

    Its a shame…I can never seem to like the colours in the VG Nicki collections…usually too bright for my tastes, and well this combination here is too cool-toned for my NC50 golden undertone self!

    • Christina

      Your skin colour and undertone sound gorgeous! Sorry, had to say that :)

    • Nikki

      I agree. I’m also an NC50 girl, and as much as I like Nicki Minaj and would love to support Viva Glam, she has yet to come out with a MAC make up product that I feel I wouldn’t have to tweak to make work for myself. I hate buying a product knowing I’ll have to play around with it because I know that eventually, I’ll stop using it regularly. As a woman of color herself, I wish Nicki would have designed a product that is more universally flattering for all skin tones this time around. I feel all her products thus far have been better suited for fair to medium skin tones. :-(

      • Bobbie

        Try the Viva Glam Nicki 2 lipstick with magenta liner and the lipglass on top! I love it as a combo.

  6. Patricia Couto

    I looooooooooooooooove the color!!!!!!

  7. Diosa

    That looks like it could be a really great spring color. I’m curious what the swatches will be like.

  8. Lisa

    Definitely not a universally flattering shade!

  9. blkrox

    These are actually up on Nordie’s website with an expected ship date if Feb. 4, 2013. I put my order in already!

  10. Emilia

    omg i have been waiting for lavender shade of lipstick from MAC, YES!

  11. mirian

    OT but nicki’s straps on her shoes are confusing me so much! They make no sense and they seem photoshopped out on the other foot.

  12. THB

    I actually like these two products.

  13. Edani

    I’m interested in the lipstick, but this photo is somewhat off-putting. Between the confusion on her feet (the shoes are lovely, but what’s going on with the straps) and the terrifying look on her face? She is a beautiful lady, but this photo isn’t flattering at all.

    • S

      I think the straps are not photoshopped, they are probably partly ‘clear’ plastic/rubber, which you can’t quite see in the picture

      • Edani

        I really don’t know what’s going on with the shoes, didn’t say they were photoshopped, just confusing me. It was one of the first things my eyes went to, and my brain went “Whu…huh?” But I suppose I’m being nit-picky. The expression on her face is what throws me off the most, almost making me NOT want to buy the lipstick. (It remains to be seen whether or not it’ll actually be flattering to my ultra-pale skin.)

    • Nicole Danielle

      The one strap just looks undone and the terrifying look also just looks like a smile.

  14. Laura

    Why do they keep pumping out Nicki Minaj lip products? They’re always really unflattering shades and this looks to be the worst. Wish they’d get someone new for the Viva Glam. You know your gonna get a really bright, in your face lippie with Nicki. I’d like to see somebody new with more neutral or classic colours,

    • Riana

      They keep putting them out because her lipstick was the highest selling Viva Glam lipstick in the company’s history, the Lipgloss also sold very well and considering all sales go to charity it’s a smart decision to promote a high seller again.

  15. Jennifer S

    Her again.? I’m over Nicky, I’d rather see anyone else at this point. Oh yeah and some wearable colors too. That last wearable color was MAC viva glam Cindy. I love that shade.

  16. The shade looks a lot like Lavender Whip, which I know lots of people have been hoping to see again.

    • kim

      Yes I was thinking the samething. I hope she compares the lipstick to Lavender Whip and Quite Cute both have similarities.

  17. Amy

    I love all the “less natural” and more fun lip colors :) Especially since all the other stuff they’ve been coming out with are boring colors. I do wish this was a true lavender though.

  18. Alexis J.

    It’s sad, because I find so many of the other Viva Glam products to be more universally flattering. These recent shades seem harder to pull off. Oh we’ll, it’s all for a great cause and I’m sure a lot of people are excited for the release! I will happily wait for the next VG collaboration.

    • I agree. I feel like the original Viva Glams were based off the idea that anyone could wear it…they seemed to have tossed that out of the window, though. I personally love bright/pale pinks and things (I’ve purchased all the Viva Glam lipsticks since the Fergie campaign), but most people aren’t going to wear two lip liners and a lip gloss just to make their lipstick wearable. It’d be nice if they made something more along the lines of…Viva Glam V, I believe. Everyone seems to love that color.

  19. Quinctia

    If more Nicki Minaj Viva Glam stuff means more pastel creams that are limited on who they’re flattering on…then it’s probably time to get someone else in there. Not even necessarily a replacement, just a second person so there’s another option?

    • kp

      Agreed! I am sick of that ashy-looking mess on people.

    • Christina

      last year’s was not pastel at all, though, it’s REALLY neon on me. But I do like it

      • Quinctia

        I’m sure it pulls different due to undertone, and I know it’s got a certain saturation to it! But it still gave off the pastel sort of vibe to me, haha.

        The fact they did Gaga twice and both were nudes is kinda meh, too. But at least one of the Gaga offerings was paired with the Cyndi color, which was drastically different. Nicki was only paired with lip balm before.

  20. Natalie

    Christine- when you swatch these could you please tell us how they compare to “Blooming Lovely” lipstick from the Liberty of London collection from awhile back? Thanks!!

    • Christina

      yes please – I own and treasure that lavender colour! I find it “non-pink” though, in the tube and on my lips. So I wonder if this may be even more wearable with pink in it?

  21. Jessica

    Im prob gonna pass.. Its not the colour for me.

    – Hey Christine, have you tried the lip glosses from Two Faced?? It has this “gentle” plumping ingredient in it. I tried it today and it actually didn’t hurt my lips like the usual lip injection gloss Two faced actually sells. I know you usually have lip problems when it comes to lip pumpers so I figured you might wanna check out these ones :)

    • I’m allergic to a lot of plumping agents, actually – not just Too Faced – even gentler ones :(

      • Jessica

        Ohh I didn’t know you had an allergy! Sorry about that. I just thought it always hurt you like it does for me… Okay don’t try it 😉 haha

        • I forget which one was REALLY bad – DuWop! That’s it. That one felt murderous on, but I actually get a post-application reaction/redness/rash/irritation, even when I can’t *feel* the tingle (like MAC Plushglass). :( But then there are some random ones that are totally fine.

  22. erin

    i dont’ know about the color, but kudos to MAC for putting the entire amount of the selling cost to the charity, not just the profits or a percentage. that is impressive!

  23. Jennifer Lee

    I’d like to see a Viva Glam Adele :3

  24. Sarah

    I don’t know this Nicki (not famous in Germany). I think a new model would be overdue… the lipsticks look so tacky and so does she. Plus, the colors are hardly wearable. Nicki’s too special a character, I’d rather take a face that is better known all over the world (since she’s supposed to be an embassador for their campaign) with a look more agreeable 😉

    • Sara

      really? She’s famous in Denmark and I’ve heard her songs on the radio while in Germany. I think many of the models or collaborations done in the past are done with celebrities or models that are not known to ALL people, so I don’t see why there’s something wrong with using Minaj. I do agree though that I would like a change of models now.

    • Wearable is different for everyone! I love lavender pinks, personally. Besides, the normal VG line is full of more neutral shades.

      Though, I do wish they’d bring in some other celebs, but it makes sense. She’s a massive deal atm.

    • Malia

      this isnt true, I am in Germany and seen her on tv many times, lots of songs on the radio, usw.

  25. Marisa

    Oh MAC please oh please bring back real divas like Rupaul who knew what a true diva lipstick was. This mess is just sad.

    • Cheryl

      I totally agree.

    • Parabola

      Agreed. Most of the new representatives are hard for me personally to take seriously.

      • HANNHUNG

        I’m with you guys. What a bad rep for the company. There are so many beautiful and positive Women in the World. Why her at all? And… it’d be wonderful to see a Women in her late 30’s or in her 40’s.

    • MACAddict22

      That was before my time. I didn’t realize RuPaul was a spokesperson for MAC before. That would be amazing to bring him back. I’d buy whatever the lipstick shade.

      • Miss J

        Yup, RuPaul was one back in the day. Dita Von Teese, Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Eve, Fergie, Pamela Anderson, Christina Aguilera, and some others have all been used as spokespeople. :)

      • Tina-Chris

        RuPaul was the first MAC Spokesperson

  26. Maya

    What an awful color!

    • Yellowlantern

      One person’s awful color is another person’s HG. Different strokes for different folks. The Viva Glam line has other kinds of colors.

  27. Yellowlantern

    I wonder if it’ll be like Budding Love, this looks similar. From that Love and Water collection.

  28. Maria Wilson

    I think this looks GORGEOUS. Unconventional but still probably beautiful. Can’t wait to see the swatches. I will probably be picking this up.

  29. The lavender colour reminds me of the Revlon lip butter in Gumdrop which I love for summer

  30. Emily

    I don’t care too much for the personality but the color looks interesting. It’s a fresh and exciting departure from the ubiquitous corals/peach/orange shades from this year.

  31. Miss J

    I really love Viva Glam Nicki (1), but I’m not sure I could work a light purple lipstick, lol. The gloss looks more doable, though, so I might get that. I like the fact that they started doing more fun colors for the campaign, but I do wish they’d still add the more “wearable” colors to the permanent Viva Glam line. Why not come out with Viva Glam VI SE again, but make it permanent? Or another shade?

    Can’t wait to see some swatches of these! But Lord, just wish they would have chose a better photo. Her face in that photo… :/

  32. Mariella

    there’s nothing about Nicki Minaj that “speaks to me” (and I think this would be the case even if I were younger) – not her music and certainly not her “look”. Same applies to the makeup that MAC keeps slapping her name on…so far, none of that has been my cup of tea either.

  33. ChynnaBlue

    Nicki again? Disappointing.

  34. Rihanna needs a viva glam campaign!

    • MACAddict22

      Agreed! I’d love Rihanna or Katy Perry Viva Glam lipstick. They both can rock out just about every f’ing color in the universe.

  35. paris

    I find it funny how so many people have a problem with nicki having a second viva glam shade lady gaga had two and neither one was a for everybody shade I have two of the first gagas I’m going to get this because its fun alllllll of the other shades are not flattering on everybody from the permenant line I can only wear 2 and 5 and at the end of the day put all the nicki hating to the side and realize the good this line does.

    • Quinctia

      The first Gaga was paired with the Cyndi shade that was a nice contrast. I don’t disagree that it was a bit disappointed that the two Gaga releases were as similar to each other as the Nicki releases seem to be. Nicki’s first shade was paired with a lip balm, so it seems like a couple releases in a row with only stuff in Nicki’s style.

    • I think it’s probably because Nicki is following up Gaga. If Gaga had been followed up by someone who created more universal or subtle shades, THEN Nicki, I don’t think people would have complained because there was variety. But Gaga’s crazy shades followed by Nicki’s crazy shades is a bit much.

      • Riana

        I think the reality is these shades are geared towards the style of the particular star they choose. Gaga had neutral lips because when it comes to it she usually does bold eye makeup with neutral lipsticks or bold lips with neutral eyemakeup.

        With Nicki she has worn very bold lipstick so they’re not going to pick her to create her own Viva Glam and then design shades she doesn’t wear.

  36. Jillian

    I’m so excited!!! I’ve been looking for a nice lavendar lipgloss, and I really hope this one doesn’t turn out to be too milky!

  37. Veronica

    Hnn, what an interesting shade! I have a Revlon Lip Butter in lavendar, but it wears fairly sheer. If this wears more opaque, I might have to give it a look.

    Given her intense popularity right now, I can see why they felt Nicki Minaj would work for the campaign, though I echo the sentiment that I feel more universal shades would probably work better for the charity in the future. (I second whoever said Viva Adele! That would be awesome. :D)

  38. Melody

    Can’t wait! I love getting a new purpley lippie and knowing the money will be put to a very good use.

  39. Katrina

    This ad reads like subliminal advertising gone wrong; definitely not subtle enough. I’m actually kinda grossed out. Leave just for the bad ad campaign.

  40. I’ll be keen to try this on!

  41. Lou

    I like Nicki and I liked viva glam Nicki, you can tone it down a bit by using a small amount and blending it in. The visual for this new campaign is a bit off putting, her makeup makes her look a bit scary

  42. Minnie

    Reminds me of the lavender lipstick in Quite Cute from the Quite Cute Collection.

  43. Yumi

    Here for the amplified finish!

  44. Stacey

    Plastic plastic plastic…..the ad is so plastic looking….like a cartoon. Why are there two shades of lipstick on the pic and only one shades being sold?

  45. Claire

    Really not liking the visual for this – she looks like she just got out on day release! Between the odd shoes, ridiculously pumped up boobs, and that “I might kill you tonight” grin I’m just not feeling it. And that pose is driving me mad!

    It won’t deter me from the products though – they look nice, will have to wait for Christine’s swatches before I make up my mind though!

  46. I’m definitely intrigued – by the pic, it looks like Lime Crime’s Airborne Unicorn!

  47. MACAddict22

    I am so excited for a lavender Viva Glam lipstick. FINALLY! MAC heard my prayers. I love anything lavender. I will be buying two of these bad boys. It’s for a great cause. I just hope it comes out lavender on my lips and not pink. I’m tired of pinks and reds to be honest. Bring on the funky colors MAC!!!

  48. Farjana Hossain

    This is reminding me of Lavender Whip from a few years ago. I could not get Lavender Whip but I have been on the hunt for it for years. It is not for everyone but you can mix it to make it wearable. The cause is great and the color looks beautiful :). I am looking forward to this lippie.

  49. Mo

    I soooo want these!

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  51. Marissa

    I like the products and the cause but I hate how they keep using Nicki Minaj. She’s a horrible role model and the promo pictures are disgusting. Please, MAC. Find someone a bit more respectable…

    • Tina-Chris

      My thoughts exactly!!! That is why I didn’t buy the first one and I won’t be getting this one.

    • hairspray

      she was chosen because she is from the an area where hiv/aids its at its highest infection rate right now and mac is focusing on bringing attention there and she also has family who has passed away from hiv/aids

  52. Whitney Smith

    So excited to try out this shade! I have supported the Viva Glam AIDS cause since Lady Gaga released her two lipsticks, and I’m definitely curious to try out a lavender lipstick! :)

  53. VJNS

    If they sell out I will NEVER buy another MAC product again (ok, MAYBE I won’t). But they do sell out so quickly I get frustrated with them.

  54. Cassie

    Wow, I looking at the picture I don’t even think the lipstick looks good on her at all. Didn’t like the Gaga’s or Nicki’s. I also find these two artists so contrived and past VG reps and I remember Shirley Manson, Boy George, K.D. Lang, Eve, Elton John,Pamela Anderson,Dita Von Teese,Christina Auguliera,Ru Paul and I think Cyndi fits in with the above people who really were ground breaking,creative and genuine strong personalities. I think Adele would be perfect as well, she fits the description. Not the one-up shock (boring) people with whole teams who work on every aspect of their “persona”. Give me Mary J. Blige any day.

  55. Riana

    To anyone wondering the reason why Nicki was chosen to represent Viva Gam again is due to the fact her lipstick became the highest selling Viva Glam lipstick in the company’s history. It outsold every single Viva Glam made prior to it and her Lipgloss also sold quite strongly. I think MAC just looked at the numbers and realized it’d be smart to bring her back again. All money made from the lipsticks goes to AIDS research, the more money made off the campaign the more people can be helped. I’m not sure how I feel about the color (if it’s like Airborn Unicorn then I’ll be in love) but I am happy that ultimately so much money is going towards a good cause.

  56. The color looks nice but I dont think it would work for me.i don’t know how nicki pulls such shades off.

  57. Mo

    If you like the shade, get it. It will go towards a good cause. I wouldn’t let the promotion of a singer that I didn’t care much for stop me from getting a color I liked. I don’t care for Justin Bieber but let MAC come out with a bangin shade with his name on it. I’m on it. LOL! I didn’t know who Azealia Banks was but I was all over that Yung Rapunxel lippie. Haha!

  58. Parinas

    I will this one too,because I am a nicki fan.:)
    For the people who are asking why this is the second time Nicki is the face for viva glam,look at Gaga last year,she was 2 times too.
    The look at the numbers…Gaga was more popular than cindy so she could do this a second time.Just like Nicki her lipstick was more popular than Rickys Lip conditioner.

  59. Codiee

    Personally, I love lavender shades on myself in general. When Quite Cute out of the quite cute collection came out, It was my go to color for spring when I wanted to wear a neutral eye. So this is a definite yes for me. I recently got her first lipstick for Christmas, and it’s amazing. Although Nicki is a very controversial person (I’ll admit even though I love her), I do think that MAC should include some more powerful women for viva glam in the future. Maybe even Madonna? I’d love to see RuPaul have a FULL MAC collection, but that’s another cup of coffee. However, if someone loves this lipstick and won’t buy it simply for the spokesperson for it, you’re quite ignorant. Every penny of viva glam lipstick goes to the AIDS fund, not Nicki whatsoever. Personally I’d buy this lippie regardless of who the artist was or if I even liked the shade, because of the cause, and simply because I don’t think anyone could have enough lip products! :)

  60. Nigal

    Feb 9th? A Sat???

  61. Yoli

    I want both products!! I passed on Viva Glam Nicki 1 products, but these I’m digging. I wonder how the lipstick will compare to the infamous Lavender Whip?

  62. Erin

    Did ypu pick yours up today or online yesterday Christina? I picked up five! i love it

  63. The Knockout

    I have to ignore the posters cause I think they dont do the colors any justice….
    I am not a fan of her makeup looks or even her makeup artist they make her look too clown like not really Barbie but a circus clown. Reminds me of past Illamasque posters with the clown style of makeup… None of my Barbies makeup looked like Nicki so there choice with her makeup on the ads are very questionable.. With that being said the colors are gorgeous esp for dark skin tones.. I have both lipsticks and Gaga Pink.. All three awesome and beautiful when paired with the right lip liner!

  64. Emme

    Christine, does the lipglass compare to Budding Love lipglass at all? Also, what kind of blush would you apply with this colour to make the overall look more wearable? :) Thanks!