MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick Review & Swatches

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MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick

Viva Glam 26

MAC Viva Glam 26 Lipstick ($20.00 for 0.1 oz.) is a vivid, medium tomato red with subtle, warm undertones and a semi-matte finish. It was richly pigmented in a single stroke, which yielded even coverage that glided across my lips without tugging/dragging.

The texture was firmer and dense but not stiff, so it didn’t slide around while worn. This shade lasted well for over six hours, left a stain behind, and felt non-drying over time.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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$20.00/0.1 oz.

88%

Average

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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This is a seriously gorgeous tone of red! I do have YSL Scout’s Red, which when I did the side by side comparison, is nearly a perfect match. So, I will probably pass on this even though I love it so much. Oh, and I so desperately miss wearing regular tube lipstick when I go out. Especially my favorites, like Scout’s Red!

I like supporting the Viva Glam program and usually pick up each one, regardless of whether I would actually wear the shade, since I have people I can gift the lipstick to. I don’t enjoy warmer based reds. They don’t flatter my skin tone or my 66 year old teeth. It will look wonderful on my daughter so I have someone I can gift it to already in line. It is a worthwhile cause, IMHO, so I will be getting this.

Viva Glam doesn’t count, I think, as the money goes to a great charity so this one is now on my list. It is so pretty, I mostly wear cooler reds, but I can wear warmer as well and I can see a lot of use from this one. A good colour for all seasons.

Viva Glam Rosalía is the perfect red lipstick. Pigmented, medium red for everybody, matte but moisturizing and full coverage.
I think MAC wanted to represent here the spanish passion and that’s why they chose the spanish singer Rosalía for this Viva Glam 26. I’m going to wear it a lot this Christmas.

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