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

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki & Ricky
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MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass
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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. Nikki

    Will they stop selling Viva glam gaga as soon as this comes out?

  2. Kimberly

    What eyeliner were you wearing? both the liner & the lipstick look beautiful on you!

  3. Lark

    I’m not judging until I’m in a store swatching; Pink Nouveau is perfect except for the Very Yellowness. But if this leans coral? All bets may be off!
    Bought Morange before Xmas to play with and with bright pink penciled lips eh voila! a whole array of Palm Beach lip colors… I may finally get some real use out of Gaga pink with darker bluer pencil. Mixes beautifully; two lippies get messy but full filled in pencil sort of adds color with no bulk. Having to fight for blue pink lipsticks is getting old! Pink Pigeon didn’t work out so well.

  4. cait

    Want! Gosh that is a pretty lipstick <3

  5. sarah

    gorgeous looks more wearable than pink friday

  6. Alexandra

    OMG the lipstick color is SOOOOO Nicky Minaj! Pretty! But unfortunately I don’t have the courage (yet) to wear pink that bright ;D

  7. Nadia

    Love this lipstick. I’ve already have the viva glam GAGA lipstick .
    Is the nicki lipstick very different compare to the Viva glam Gaga ? What do you think ?
    Is it worth? Thanks

  8. abby

    That is SUCH a NIcki Minaj color! haha. When I think of her and the color pink, this is EXACTLY what comes to mind! :)

  9. Rayisha

    Just got mine today, I’m a nc45 and I love it!!!!!

  10. Nancy

    Is this out yet?

  11. This actually looks quite wearable, unlike what you would expect from Nicki Minaj. I expected is to something so bright, I would never wear it or I wouldn’t be able to pull it off. It doesn’t look like what she’s wearing in the promo image, that looks way more pink or is that just me?

  12. samantha

    do yellow undertones make your teeth look yellow?

  13. Bettynova

    i thought im not going to like this but it looks super-duper fab!!!
    i think i want it :-)

  14. I received this on Friday and I am so happy. I am NC45 and I was able to pull this off. It is very pigmented so a little goes a long way. I also put on clear gloss on top and it kind of tones down the color. This is nothing like Pink Friday. This is the color Pink Friday should have been. You should not be disappointed if you purchase this because I think this is something the majority can pull off if you learn to work with it which is not hard to do.

  15. Sasha

    Wow, Nicki looks great on you! Although it is yellow-toned, would it look good on a cool-toned girl?

  16. Anita

    Oh my god how did you get your hands on this. This is gorgeous.

  17. MORENA

    when does it start selling online? And in stores?

  18. Liz

    so pretty! wish I could wear colors like this but they wash me out because I am so pale :(

  19. amanda

    i just dyed my hair a deep red-brown again, since its cool toned, dyou think itd work for me….

  20. juliyaa

    this seems much darker than viva glam gaga aha i think i will pass :)

  21. lucy

    Oooh, looks lovely on you. I am intrigued by that gorgeous teal you have on your lower lashline…what is it please?

  22. JoeJoe

    Would you say this is a dupe for YSL opera rose? Someone stated it was but I looked at a swatch you did of Opera Rose and I don’t see this as a dupe. What do you think?

  23. Talia

    I just ordered this yesterday, and I cannot wait to get it in the mail. Holy crap, the lipstick looks amazing on you Christina, sheesh…I can only hope it looks half as good on me. It kind of reminds me a lot of the first Viva Glam Gaga shade, the pink one…minus the coral effects.

  24. Jessica

    Beautiful! Also, can I just say THANK YOU for providing this blog!! It’s amazing. I haven’t bought a Mac lippie yet without consulting your page. I don’t know what I would do without you, haha :)

  25. Selena

    is the VG nicki almost the same as the VG gaga?

  26. Emily

    How does it compare to Candy Yum Yum/ Viva Glam Cyndi/ Impassioned ?

  27. Nancy

    I am in love with the Nicki lipstick. Ordered 2 from Nordstrom & I love how these support an amazing cause!

  28. Heather

    Is it just me or did you notice the amount of lipstick in the tube looks smaller? When I got mine it looked like there was less product than other Mac lipsticks I own.

  29. georgina

    love it!!!

  30. Mayra

    It’s a nice pink !! Do u think it would look good on a c40 skintone ?

  31. When does this collection launch?

  32. Dannii

    Omg! I never comment on anything on a site but I had to say… I CANT WAIT FOR THIS TO COME OUT.

  33. Nancy

    Bought two Nicki’s yesterday! I love it! I looks and feels so summery pairs with neutral makeup and a white top.

  34. Bayti

    what a pretty pink. do you think this is less pale than gaga’s pink lipstick? I have an olive skin color, which shade of pink matches my skin better?

  35. sonia

    yay! i want it! thankgoodness it’s not so blue-based as the prior pink lip launch during shop mac cook mac….btw christine..u really feel like the lip conditioner feels like thickened milk? lol i gotta say eww to that! i feel like it’s the same as vaseline, no?

  36. Mel

    I’m around an NW25, will this suit my skin tone? Since it is yellow toned lipstick will it make my teeth look yellow too? How does this compare to Cut a Caper & Ever Hip? Lots of questions…I’m just so curious!

  37. J

    I was going to skip the lipstick and just get the lip conditioner but oh my god the swatch is perfect! Finding an excuse to go to MAC tomorrow!

  38. Willow

    Christine,I got your eyeshadow last year and loved it!
    If MAC do another contest like that, will you enter?

  39. Sabrina

    Looks like a super bright version of Ever Hip. I have no idea if it will suit my fair skin, but have today purchased it anyway as it’s for charity :)

  40. Stella

    Hi. Is this good for warm tones also?? I tried the gaga viva glam, which did not work for my skin tone.. i am looking for a bright pink for me. do you recommend it ?

  41. Nicole

    I bought this lipstick at mac the other day but I’m not sure what I would wear on the eyes. Any suggestions? :)

  42. Sianna

    do they still have these in stock?

  43. nikki

    this looks amazing on you christine. I bought several :) I’m an nc 25 but it looks the same on me as it does on you. what eyeliner wearing on your waterlines? pretty

  44. Agnese

    I’m an NC20, I have brown hair and blu-gray eyes. Do you think this lipstick would look good on me?

  45. Jessica

    It’s such a pretty color !!! :0 I want to get this so badly!

  46. trish

    Hi Christine!

    what do you prep your lips with before you put this on or any other lipstick?regular balm, lip primer or both? and what brand?still mac? because i was wondering if the lipstick would look different if you applied both or just balm or primer. thank you so much!:)

    • Nothing – I never put anything on prior! Of course, I wear lip balm generally whenever I’m not wearing lipstick, but I remove it completely before applying lipstick, lipgloss, etc.! No primer, no lip liner, no balm. I believe in showing the product as is, without any extras, so I don’t want to use anything that would alter the color (lip liner can do that, can also prevent bleeding if it will bleed; lip balm can make it look more moisturizing or even add a sheen/glossiness or interfere with how easily it applies).

  47. Tania

    Do u think it would look good on me im a Nc25??

  48. Rocio

    Do you think it would look good on Nc35? 

  49. Jennifer

    Since this lipstick is a satin finish, does it feel more drying on the lips?