MAC & Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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.Β  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:Β  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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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.Β  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

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Pink Friday vs. Fun Fun vs. Lavender Whip

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Saint Germain vs. Pink Friday vs. Sweetie vs. Viva Glam Gaga vs. Snob

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The color reminds me of something I see the girls on Jerseylicious wear…which is not good at all. I love Nicki but I’ll definitely pass on this. Thanks for posting this though, I appreciate it!

couldn’t agree more with jennifer. i really don’t care for this at all, it is a hugely popular look with the vegas party scene right now, usually paired with a skintight bebe dress and huge teased platinum hair. just… no. not cute.

I can totally see that color on Nicki Minaj but I would not be able to pull it off. Thanks for taking the time out to do this for your readers!! ahah hope you weren’t late for your class.

These pics make me realize how warm Chatterbox looks. Hmmmm…I’m wondering if I should pick that up?…. Sweetie looks good too of course, but in my head I’ve been thinking lately of buying Girl About Town or Fusion Pink and using one of those with the Beet lip pencil I already have.

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Wow thanks for this! I’ll be passing on Pink Friday I don’t think I could pull it off even tho I’m Nicki’s coloring…but now I really want Sweetie & Chatterbox!

I don’t even know how even Nicki pulled this off! If Pink Nouveau is darker and less blue-based than even this, then you KNOW I won’t be buying this new one.

I already have Pink Nouveau which I wear with any medium brown lip pencil and blend it in well, and it still looks like the actually Pink Nouveau in the tube but the color just ‘endears’ itself to my skintone.

Uh, I guess this is the most unpleasently color I saw on you so far (nothing against you of course!) – seriously, who’d wear this kind of color? It somehow looks pasty and like cream… Leaving it for sure.

Hey Shi, I too love the pink lip look and I suppose I’m a NC-45, the very patient woman that helped me had me try the lady gaga with some horribly pink gloss atop it (it may have been the match to it) and I thought it was the lipstick. I saw another of the salespeople with the same complexion whose lips looked great and asked what she had on. The problem was not VG GaGa, the issue was with the gloss. So I ended up with plum liner, gaga lipstick and love nectar gloss, that keeps everything in the same family but not to cool (read garish). We made sure there was enough liner, blended well and let it warm some on my lips, I now wear it all the time! also try with viva glam V. hope that helps someone πŸ™‚

I hear you I like some cold, blue-based pinks like Girl About Town and Pink Nouveau but I just can’t wear anything lighter than Pink Nouveau without a lot of ‘chemistry’ or ‘alchemy’ being involved! LOL

ok so it pretty much is Snob, so I’ll pass, I’ve owned snob for ages and can pretty much count how many times i’ve worn it on one hand.
I would love to fine a nice baby pink that works on my strongly pigmented lips (pale skin blue eyes – red lips, great if I want to slick some balm on and go not so great for trying to find a nude that works… lets put it this way, Viva Glam Cyndi on me looks pretty much like my natural lip colour whilst on others it looks really red!)

I completely understand where you’re coming from. I have very fair skin, blue eyes, brown hair, and red lips. If I leave my lips as is, about 99% of nudes look horrible on me. Do you brush a little foundation on your lips? That’s a good start but before you even apply your makeup, exfoliate your lips and apply a little balm. Okay, so my saving grace for nude lips is MAC lip erase in ‘pale’. I’ve seen a lot of mixed reviews on it, but it’s something that I believe is subjective to each person. It’s a pro item, but you can order it from a pro store. Anyway, I’m not going to lie to you and tell that it’s super long wearing or moisturizing. Frankly, it’s not. And if your lips are super dry or prone to flakiness, you probably won’t like it. However, it makes a huge difference in the way my nude lipsticks look on me. I can wear colors that I definitely couldn’t before.

I’m the same way – NC15/20, blue eyes, natural blonde (but dyed dark brown), very pigmented lips. Brave is basically MLBB. I have Snob and VG Gaga, and they both look pretty weird on me. Even Angel looks sort of off.

I wanted to get this, because I love Nicki Minaj, but I know I’ll never wear it.

(sidenote: if you can get your hands on Lazy Day from this years To The Beach, that was an awesome neutral/nude pink on me…)

Ick. I have Snob and I wear it once in a blue moon (and then it has to heavily blotted and paired with a gloss) so this is a definite pass for me. Also, I have no clue who Nicki Minaj is.

Cheers for the swatches!

i’d never be able to pull off this lipstick, i’m way too warm toned
however, your side-by-side swatches have introduced me to some other awesome pinks i want to try now!

i really like this but as mac doesn’t deliver here I presume it won’t be available. I’ve figured out on your skintone that dark colours look lighter, light colours look lighter and colours look more cool toned as compared to my very light very cool skintone! So this would probably look less purple on me.

ick… looks like pepto =/ I’m pretty pale so I would look srsly sick if I tried this color… I love Nicki but I’m going to pass on this… it’s not even in cute packaging either!

thanks for posting!

Nice! I was prob reading way too fast in excitement and skipped that part LOL, lucky you! I can’t wait to order mines at midnight (thurs into fridayyy)

That will definitely not be coming home with me. I was really expecting it to look more like Chatterbox. This is way too blue for me and would likely make me look ill. Many thanks for sharing the swatches.
Jane x

I am dyinngggggg to order this lipstick. I love pinks! I was actually really worried that it would be super similar to Gaga but guess I’m wrong!

i thought i needed this lipstick but i dont πŸ™‚
Thank you so much for the swatches, it really helped πŸ™‚
I have saint germain and gaga lipstick and snob, and they are like exact dupes πŸ™‚

A couple pictures of me wearing “PINK NOUVEAU”… I found it could look like Gaga if the flash on my webcam bleached it out, or it could look more like Saint Germain if the lighting was bluer or darker. Mostly to me it looks like a bright pink with a light blue based / purple tinge to it…

I’m NC20 BTW.

Um, I think I’m leaving it, I think this, albeit a cute color, would just clash in bad ways with my face. It reminds me of a lime crime lipstick i saw swatches for once.

Wow, it really is similar to Snob & Saint Germain. I think I’m gonna skip this one, especially since it has a satin finish. I’ve already got the Viva Glam Gaga, which I think is prettier. Thank you for posting these swatches. Now, I won’t have to worry about trying to get my hands on this.

If I can get my hands on one, I will…if not, I’m glad it has some pretty close dupes. I think for a more daring look, it could look good with a gray or even purple smoky eye (it’s hard for me to pull off cool-toned eyeshadow but maybe I’ll give it a try on a day off, lol).

I have Pink Nouveau, and just from these swatches, I would say that they are really not alike at all.

I was expecting this to be darker pink, and more wearable, and I wanted it.. But now, I don’t know! I never wear Gaga anymore. It was just too hard to work with..

Ouch that is bright! I imagine there are very few skin tones that could pull off that color without looking obnoxious. Thanks as always for the brave swatches Christine! BTW who is Nicki Minaj?

Hmm… I’m not sure how I feel about it! I was really excited about it but it’s very… pink. I have Viva Gaga and I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. It’s a lot more wearable than I expected. This doesn’t look very wearable. I have a hard time with pinks (especially Angel… I hate that color!) I know it’s not similar in shade to Angel but is it similar in application? Angel sinks into the lips and washes me out… does this have the same properties, do you think? (Sorry that question is a little weird :X but I’m afraid of getting it and not being able to wear it!)

You’re awesome Christine!

I definitely see the difference between this and VG Gaga. I already own Gaga and I LOVE it but I’m going to pass on this. The color is way too crazy for me. Instead, I’ll just buy backups of VG Gaga.

Would you recommend this for a dark NC50 skin tone, Christine? I dig the way this looks on you, and Nicki Minaj, but I’m a bit wary of buying it for myself, just because it looks pale and I’m not sure I could pull it off.

I usually don’t wear pinks like this but OMG this is FAB-U-LOUS!!!! Christine, do you think MAC will release this the night before like they did with Venomous Villians and To The Beach?

I’m really not sure – since it’s very, very specific, I imagine it will be on the 26th – keep in mind Thursday is Thanksgiving, which is a holiday, so I would be shocked if anyone was working at MAC and could change it. But again, I really have no idea.

that is TOOOO pale pink. Well for me at least πŸ™‚ I’ll skip it. Really wish I could get Martha tomorrow but my MAC will not be getting that collection…

I have to say, I’m kind of amused at how many people ‘Loved It’ in the post with the artist wearing it, but after seeing the swatches have recoiled in horror. : )

Personally, this color would NEVER work for me. Its such a pale and sickly color, and frankly, does not remind me of Barbie at all.

The lipstick in the post pic looks nothing like the lipstick that Christine swatched, I think that’s why many are so disappointed. lol Well at least in my opinion.

awww man i was so excited for this lipstick!!! it looked so good on her promo pics for it but it looks nothing like the actual swatch. I’m soooo disappointed cuz this is just too blue toned and pale…uuugh whyyyy lol

I could just not see myself wearing this color AT ALL. It’s so bright and looks almost purple. Sometimes it’s hard seeing colors like this (Saint Germain, Gaga) on blogs because I haven’t seen anyone in real life wear these colors. Maybe it’s where I’m from, which is a Midwest city. If you own these types of lipsticks, where do you wear them to? I’m seriously curious!

Well, I have my answer to the age old question of “What would Pepto Bismol look like in lipstick form?” I don’t know how this could be flattering on any skin tone, unless it was toned down with gloss.

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

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.

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….

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 πŸ™‚

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?

Thank you SO much Christine! πŸ˜€ 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!

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.

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!

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!

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 .

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

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!)

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!

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 πŸ™‚

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!

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?

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

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.

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.

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

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!! πŸ™ thanx so much πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™

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.

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 !

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!!

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