Friday, February 3rd, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky is a new campaign to promote awareness of HIV/AIDS through MAC AIDS Fund’s Viva Glam program. This year’s limited life products include a specially designed Lip Conditioner (in a tube) with Ricky Martin’s signature emblazoned across it and lipstick Viva Glam Nicki (bright yellow pink) with Nicki Minaj’s signature on the inner packaging.

No matter how you may feel about the promotional material or celebrities chosen this year, the entire selling price of each product goes directly to MAC AIDS Fund, which is dedicated to raising HIV/AIDS awareness. MAF does some amazing things, and it’s one of the best charities I’ve seen any beauty brand identify with. It’s a rare thing to see a brand that donates 100% — and this isn’t just net proceeds, which is typically after costs are paid for. This is a full $14.50 or $15.00 that goes straight to a good cause. If neither of these products are appealing to you, there are several other permanent Viva Glam shades that are more wearable and universally flattering.

Viva Glam Nicki is a vibrant medium pink with subtle yellow undertones that give it a kiss of coral. It has a satin finish, which means it has a semi-matte finish; there’s a natural sheen but nothing glossy or shimmery. The color coverage is opaque, and it applies evenly. On me, it wears four hours. MAC Chatterbox is not as bright, slightly darker. YSL Fetish Pink has a blue-base. Elizabeth Arden Perfect Flamingo is a touch darker and cooler-toned.

Lip Conditioner is clear and slick. This always feels really slippery on my lips; almost like thickened milk. I prefer other lip balms to this personally. The staying power and overall hydration are good but not great. I like that it’s in a tube, though, so it’s more travel- and pocket-friendly.

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
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MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
MAC Viva Glam Nicki

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick

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226 thoughts on “MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. Marieke

    I love that this pink is not cool-toned. Now I can have a bright pink that suits me!

  2. You know I look at this lippie and sometimes I see coral to it, and sometimes I dont. How does it compare to Pink Friday? Is it worth comparing at all?

  3. really love the colour of that lipstick!

  4. Bertilla

    I’m soooooo excited!!!! Loved it!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Wow, first swatch I’ve seen of this without any hints of coral! It’s so pretty! I wish it would look like this on my lips!

  6. Erika

    Do you think this lipstick would look good on medium olive skin tone? I’m an NC42

  7. Julie M

    Ahhh so pretty! I’ll definitely be buying Viva Glam Nicki – if not for anything else then at least for the sake of supporting a great cause :)

    • I feel the same way. I don’t usually buy mac lipsticks because there are plenty of drugstore ones that I like. I bought Gaga and Cyndi and love both. I bought Gaga 2 last year because everyone said it’s the perfect nude shade. I don’t like it on me for some reason, but I don’t regret buying it because it’s for such a good cause. I found a way to make it work though. :) I’m planning on getting Nicki. If I end up not liking it, oh well. At least it’s for a great cause. I also like that 100% goes to it.

    • Claudia

      Same here. My husband died of AIDS-related illnesses and something he always said was–“if someone had told about the reality of HIV and AIDS, I would have listened. I would have protected myself.” We live in Thailand, and HIV education was a major taboo among young people until about 5 years ago. I support many HIV/AIDS educational causes, but MAC is the only product I buy because all the money goes to support HIV related causes. Good thing for a private company to be so socially aware and actually give back to the community, not just break even.

  8. Nosh'Ox

    Omgee this color looks so Beautiful on you :’)
    Could i please ask what Mac foundation shade are you ?

  9. Ooh love Viva Glam Nicki x

  10. Romina Elorrieta

    I don’t care if it is promoted by Nicki Minaj, I love the colour… Seriously, can Christine look more pretty wearing it?. I love the pictures!!

  11. Malia

    I may be confused but I thought there was a Pink Friday lipstick? Is this one different, colour wise?

    • There was :) They did a special collab for that one, but I imagine due to the success of that shade, they felt she’d be a good driver for the Viva Glam campaign, too! They are different, though.

  12. Malia

    Oooops! I just looked there is no comparison- this one looks much pinker and prettier imo, the other one was kinda on the bluish-lavenderish side.

  13. Nicole

    I love this lipstick! Definitely going to check it out the next time I’m at mac :) Thanks for the swatches Christine!

  14. Melody

    It’s beautiful! It looks like one of those shades that brightens up your whole face. For some reason I thought it was going to be an amplified finish, but I dig this color as a satin, too. The Viva Glam campaign is one of the reasons I still frequent MAC, even after some of the strange things going on with MAC recently.

    • Samantha Dancey

      If you don’t mind me asking what kind of strange things? I use MAC cosmetics mainly only a different brand of eyeshadow every now & then in the crease lol but I haven’t heard anything going on.

  15. Mandy

    Not a fan of nicki but i love viva glam and this color is amazing, I can’t wait to get it

  16. Jessica-Rae

    Got mine in the mail yesterday!! Can’t wait to try it out!!

  17. Anna

    Viva Glam Nicki looks beautiful on you! Thanks for getting the review up so quickly!

  18. Dame Elizabeth

    Love it and love the fact that the money goes to charity!

  19. I cant wiat to get mine!!! Plus its for a good couse

  20. Rachel W.

    OH that pink is perfect! I can never get more than 30 minutes of wear on mac lipsticks though.

  21. Wow! That l/s is just gorgeous! I am totally going to pick that one up!!!

  22. Melina

    Nice color. Do you think it would work on a NC 30 skin?

  23. Julia

    I love that colour on you! But as it looks quite close to Chatterbox (which already is wildly bright against my colouring) this is going to end up a miss for me :(

    • Mellymel

      Chatter box is far from this one amazing colour. chatterbox is more of a coral and the Viva glam Nicki is more or a pink. This one colour suits all skin tones.

  24. Alli

    I love Nicki’s lipstick! I’m afraid it might wash me out a little though.

  25. renee

    aw, i’m a little disappointed… i was hoping MAC would go all out and give Ricky a lipstick, too. :( Viva Glam Nicki is very pretty, though!

  26. ohhhh i want thissssssssssss!

  27. sheena

    wow! this looks nice on you Christine!!

  28. Julia

    Is it pinker than MAC’s Chatterbox?

  29. liz

    Thanks for swatches! I really wondered about viva glam nicki!
    definitely on my list… can’t wait to get it.

  30. Nicole

    Nicki looks gorgeous!

  31. Karyn

    Well it definitely looks a bit more wearable then Pink Friday!!

    I’m intrigued. Nicki is a bit darker then I am so maybe I can pull it off. Also I like how it looks on you Christine, it brightens your eyes :)

  32. Aly

    I can’t wait to get the lipstick. Do you know when they will be available?

  33. Sherie

    Is this limited edition?

  34. I don’t know why I’ve never bought at Viva Glam lipsticks, they are for such a good cause! I’m going to make sure I buy this lipstick! And maybe a few others! :)

  35. Hi Christine! I’ve always wondered (I couldn’t seem to find anything about this in your FAQ section) if you got all your makeup to review for free? Or did you have to pay full price for it? I know it doesn’t affect how you review things but I’m just curious =P

    • Everything is disclosed on a per post basis. Just check the bottom of every post to see if it the product was a sample or something I bought. For instance, these were samples. Everything else you’ll see today from MAC I paid for. I pay for about 80-90% of MAC you see on the blog, depending on how things work out. Some months/collections/years are better. It really just depends on the product, because what I spend on the blog goes up every year – it doesn’t go down. I think I spend three or four times what I did when I first started!

  36. LC

    Sorry, but that looks awful! I can’t imagine too many people who would be able to pull that off.

  37. Nicki is gorgeous! I think the lip conditioner for Ricky is a fabulous idea. Everyone needs a lip balm!

    I can’t wait to get these. I’ve told my hubby he’ll have to pick them up, as I’ll be out of town when they’re released.

    I never got an invite from MAC to purchase them early, which is a bit disappointing, considering the $$ I’ve spent on their website in the past couple of years. Oh well, it’s available for a year, so I’m not stressing it!

  38. Dova

    There’s a typo – “MAF does some amazing things,…”

  39. Alina

    A bit to bright for my taste, but looks lovely on you Christine πŸ˜€

  40. Rikki

    Wow that’s a gorgeous lipstick!

  41. whitwhit

    ok. this is really gorgeous, but it looks so different on everyone. I like how it looks more pink than coral. it appears more pink than coral here, which I favor. I really hope it looks like this, or pretty close, on me!

  42. I ordered mine when MAC sent out the pre-order codes. I don’t know if I’m going to love the color on me, but it’s for a good cause so what the heck. Should be arriving this afternoon in fact, so I’m excited to give it a try.

  43. Ana G.

    It’s so nice…too bright for me but still a nice color :-)

  44. helen

    I generally love everything that you swatch but this colour isn’t one of my favourites on your skin. I feel that this signature tone is best worn by Nicki herself. Sorry!

  45. I really like Viva Glam Nicki which shocks me to say haha! I’m so glad it is nothing like Pink Friday but really annoyed that the Ricki element is only a clear lip conditioner, it would have been great to have another lip shade…oh well!

  46. m

    It looks nicer than what I expected from the prome pics…

  47. I want! And planning to stock at least three on my stash! πŸ˜€

  48. blkrox

    I love this color! Can’t wait to receive mine!

  49. fabiola

    You look beautiful with it Christine. I went yesterday to my local MAC counter for a pre sale, and fell in love with it, I use to wear only soft and nude colors, but lately I’ve been loving hot pink lipsticks. Thank you for this review.

  50. This color looks very cute for summer…

  51. leesie

    Um, I think I need that lipstick.

  52. Omg… I’ll take 12!

  53. Maria


  54. Ada

    What a pretty colour! But I still haven’t finished my Cyndi Lauper Viva glam yet.

  55. Carrie Ann

    Ooh, I really like that. I have nothing like it, and I love that 100% of the proceeds go to the charity.

  56. Maud

    Have to have Viva glam nicki!! I have always wanted to get one of the VG l/s but I don’t need more nudes and gaga is way to blue toned on my nw20 skin but I am always looking for good yellow toned pinks so excited to support the cause :)

  57. Vick

    Pretty shade but way too few that can pull it off out of the tube. Just like her last lipstick that you had to pair with liner, lightly apply, darker gloss and then looked like a totally different shade.

  58. Julia

    This is such a lovely and flattering shade of pink! I love pink blush/lipsticks and I’ve been forever looking for *the* ultimate pink lipstick! This looks like it πŸ˜‰ It looks beautiful on you, hopefully it will look good on me as well, I have fair, slightly freckled skin, and brown eyes with dark brown hair! I hope it doesn’t lean too coral, cause I’m all about pink πŸ˜€ It’s great that they also give everything to charity, and not like some lame 2% like other companies often do!

  59. sunny

    way too cool toned for me but it’s a beautiful color!

  60. mc

    when is the collection set to be released?

  61. I think I’ll pick this lipstick up!

  62. nazih

    Ahh viva glam nicki is pretty! I could never pull that off though :(

  63. Gabrielle

    Thanks for the swatches!

  64. Sass

    Pass! Bring Viva Glam Cyndi back MAC!

  65. Leanne

    I love the slight coral tone to this pink. I feel like it’s the perfect pink for spring.

  66. Xero

    I’ve never bought any non-drugstore makeup…but I like that pink lipstick a lot…

  67. ThriftStoreJunkie

    Wow, really pretty for spring! I can’t wait to get me one.

  68. Claire

    Oh god…Nicki’s lippy is GORGEOUS

  69. Esther

    I’m not sure how I feel about the color of this, but I’d be interested to test it out in a store, if they can keep it in stock for long enough for me to go in!

    • They will, eventually! It’ll be around for a whole year.

      • Sofia

        It will be around for a whole year?! Awesome!!
        In that case I’m not rushing to purchase online and I’ll be stepping into my local counter to try out the color for myself! Thank you for always putting up such awesome swatches!!

  70. Naomi

    I love this pink! it’s a lot warmer than the pink friday one that nicki has and i think im gonna get two because the color is great and i get to support their aids fund!!! :)

  71. That’s a nice lipstick!

  72. Kathy

    Viva Glam Nicki looks beautiful, but it’s just a bit too loud for me. I wouldn’t have the guts to wear it. Shame on me! lol.

    The color just screams “1980s” to me. :)

  73. Azaza

    I think I just might buy this lippie when it gets released here :))

  74. Corliss

    I just purchased mine. Soooooooooo happy it’s a satin finish.

  75. sophie

    this is great, i’ve never bought any of the viva glam lipsticks before for some reason – i’m definitely going to pick this up.

  76. Valerie

    I was hoping it was brighter like the ones she usually wears. I loved pink friday so i was really hoping something like that. This is pretty tough.

    • Gina

      I heard that one of Nicki’s favorite lipsticks is Pink Nouveau. So if you really like the shades she wears, maybe you’ll like that one :)

  77. Mariela

    If I missed Iris Apfel’s lipstick in Flamingo, is this a similar color to it??

  78. Kat

    Never thought I’d be buying an $18 lip balm, but I guess there’s a first time for everything! Since it’s not really slippery, I could use it over lipstick for some shine.
    I might grab the lipstick too, I like that it’s yellow based, I bet it’d look amazing in the summer when I have a tan :)

  79. Nana Yiadom

    I would love to wear this shade but I am not sure if this would look good on warmer skin tones.

  80. karen

    Hope makes more than three of them so they don’t sell out in 2 minutes.

  81. Mindy

    How close is it to Viva Glam Lady Gaga?

  82. JerBear

    Hi Christine,

    Do you know if this is the same color as her previous mac lipstick “pink Friday” ?

  83. Claire

    When are they going to launch?

  84. Veronica

    Oh, it’s definitely a Nicki Minaj color. Girl loves her bubblegum pinks.

    I’m usually fonder of darker shades, but I think I may try this out anyway. It’s a great pink and an even better cause. :)

  85. Parker Mackeil

    Beautiful! But how wearable is this pink? I own pink Friday and it is quite vibrant and almost Florescent! Would you say this is more wearable or still on the extreme side?

  86. Raven

    What foundation are you wearing here? I’m so jealous of your ability to pull off anything! That lipstick looks great on you.

  87. Absolutely going to get the Nicki one =)

  88. Sam

    Such a gorgeous color! Do you think it would suit me or wash me out though? I’d probably be around NC/NW15 — but I have neutral undertones, maaaaaybe leaning a tiny bit more cool.

  89. Melissa

    Wow! Love the lipstick! Will have to get a back-up for this one, for sure.

  90. Chante'

    I am NW46 and I have the lipstick and it looks GREAT! Don’t be afraid!!!

  91. Lurrrrvley colour, I will definately be getting this. Being somewhat similar to Chatterbox which is one of my favourite lipsticks, I know I will love wearing this one :)

  92. jess

    how does this compare to the lady gaga shade? seems very similar.

  93. Miss J

    OMG! I’m so excited for that pink! That is a bright, barbie pink I can get down with, yeaaaaah! I seriously just did a little dance, hahaha. Thank you so much for the pics!

  94. artemis

    i love the color, guess it would emphasize my flaky lips tho. like a similar one i have :( hope i’ll find a moisturizing one.. looks pretty on you!

  95. Nara

    Omg Christine ! This is super Gorgeous, This color of tone suits you so well. At first i was going to pass on this lipstick. But now i’ve seen it on you. You’ve changed my mind. Will it be sold in the MAC stores by feb 15? or online only?! BEAUTIFUL!!!