MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick & Lipglass Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick & Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl. oz.) is described as a “shimmering pink.” It’s a sheer, pink-tinted gloss with moderate gold and pink sparkle. It lightens my natural lip color slightly but yields primarily shine and sparkle. It can be layered over another lip color, including the lipstick. I noticed this particular shade seemed tackier than recent Lipglasses, though not quite as thick as The gloss lasted for three hours on me. Jouer St. Tropez (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Good Fairy (LE, $14.00) is warmer (90% similar). ColourPop Here's 2 U (P, $6.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Huda Beauty Snobby (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Summer Vibes (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Rose de Lune (LE, $30.00) is more pigmented (90% similar). MAC Rainbow Interlude (LE, $18.50) is warmer (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Love Buzz (324) (P, $29.00) is warmer (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Renaissance (P, $15.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Eau de Rose (86) (LE, $27.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Secrets, Secrets (LE, $20.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Star (LE, $30.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). MAC Sugar Coat (LE, $18.00) is cooler (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as a “matte plum.” It’s a deep, dark burgundy plum with cool, berry undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque color payoff with a lightly creamy texture that had some slip, which made it hard to apply on its own as it streaked but also applied with a jagged edge. This needs to be applied with a lip brush or over a lip liner to give it something to cling to. It lasted for five and a half hours on me but feathered slightly. I really wish this knocked it out of the park, because it’s for a great cause. If this color (or performance) doesn’t do it for you, please consider one of the many other permanent shades of Viva Glam lipstick instead! MAC Phenomenal Woman (LE, $19.00) is lighter (95% similar). Sephora Wanderlust (33) (P, $8.00) is glossier (95% similar). MAC Soulfully Rich (P, $18.00) is lighter (95% similar). Fenty Beauty Griselda (P, $18.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). KVD Beauty Homegirl (P, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Prince Noir (LE, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Christian Louboutin Beaute Eton Moi (P, $90.00) is less glossy (95% similar). Burberry Black Cherry (57) (P, $34.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar). ColourPop Tutu (LE, $7.00) is lighter, brighter, cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Paramour (LE, $7.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Burnt Violet (DC, $21.00) is cooler, glossier (95% similar). Bite Beauty #048 (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Self Portrait (LE, $21.00) is less glossy (90% similar). KVD Beauty Motorhead (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). ColourPop Mamacita (P, $6.50) is lighter, more muted, cooler (95% similar). Too Faced Maneater (P, $22.00) is lighter (90% similar). Bite Beauty Elderberry (LE, $24.00) is glossier (90% similar). Fenty Beauty Underdawg (LE, $24.00) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC High Drama (P, $21.00) is lighter, less glossy (90% similar). ColourPop Screamer (LE, $7.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Both shades will be available online January 13th and in-stores/at counters on January 21st through February 1st, 2017.

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MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipglass over Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande Lipstick

Makeup Look
On face:
  • Guerlain Parure Gold
  • Guerlain Les Voilettes
  • Chanel Sunkiss Ribbon

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Carrie Avatar

Kind of an odd mix, the sparkles are too sparse to really look good over the lipstick! I was interested in the gloss, but will probably pass now.

Nicole Avatar

I’m not happy about this. We all know that MAC can make great lipsticks and glosses. There is no excuse. MAC your grounded! Lol.Ugh. I know the the SA I work with here locally is going to call me on these because I’ve bought every Viva glam for a long time..for the cause. But, geez it seems they are making them more and more sub par. I saw the last Miley one on display still over the weekend! People who shop MAC want to wear the stuff. I could just send $ into an organization. These are the worst viva glams I have seen! That beeing said, I’ll at least get the gloss for my daughter to have since she loves Ariana and it’s clear-ish, I don’t need or want it,& good cause. The lipstick- Idk. How do you think it will look over a liner?

Nicole Avatar

I wish they would have done these better. But, I’m going to get them both for the cause. I’m taking all the karma I can get these days. If anything, I think the dark lipstick will look nice maybe actually toned down by just lightening it with a balm & finger. If not, my daughter will be super happy to have both ( lipstick for play of course) !

Kat Avatar

Ah! Oh no, I wish this had done so much better. I think I’ll go for Viva Glam I or III instead (or maybe both!). On the other hand, I’ve never had problems with feathering lipsticks before, so maybe if I used it over a lip pencil… I’ll just go to the store and swatch it for myself, you never really know 100% until you try, and I’m willing to go to extra trouble to make a VG worth it.

Helena Avatar

Hmm, not a big fan of the lipglass not being the same/similar colour as the lipstick :S This will be the first celebrity Viva Glam lipstick I won’t have bought for years! The lipstick isn’t my colour atall, I do like those kind of glosses, though so I may get that. I do feel quite bad not not be purchasing both 🙁

Katherine T. Avatar

The lipstick looks scary! The clumpiness makes it look like blood clots (ugh!), and I can see the feathering/bleeding on the edges. Putting a gloss on top will cause this to slip and slide into clown lips for me. Also think it’s an odd color choice for Ariana, and not a spring color, more holiday/winter. The gloss is pretty, but I already have Sephora holographic lip glosses. Not a fan of Ariana, but since these are a good cause, wish they had scored better. Will look at the other Viva Glam lippies instead

Lorrin M Avatar

I love a good berry lip and I was impressed with Miley’s Viva Glam but something about the formula of the lipstick and that gloss don’t seem to work well together. Also, I’m not sure why they described the formula as a matte plum when it’s quite satin- I feel like if they had chosen something actually matte it would have paired better with the gloss 🙁

Ginny Avatar

What happened with the lipstick? MAC has plenty of dark colors in matte (and various) finishes that don’t have such problems with opacity. This doesn’t even look like their matte finish.

Racquel Avatar

I am so disappointed. I ve been holding out for this and the product is sub-par. The thing that makes this worse is its for charity. I dont have the patience to try to make the lipstick work.

Quinctia Avatar

That’s got way too much slip for me to consider it a matte. I think there’s a good chance if it was more matte, it’d be a little more workable. Maybe a little less comfortable, but with that type of shade, something’s gotta give, and I’d rather it look good.

Fran Avatar

Oh, dear, it really is too bad about performance with this lipstick — you really can see it in the photos! It would be cool if you could post swatches of the Viva Glam lipsticks/glasses that are currently available.

Cat Avatar

Since I’ve only recently taken an interest in MAC, all the talk about “a great cause” confused me. I had to Google it. =) I had no idea that 100% of Viva Glam sales went to a fund for those dealing with AIDS/HIV. I thought it was just some celebrity-associated thing so, since I’m not really into most celebrities, I was never interested. Now? I think I’ll be looking into Viva Glam. (Not this particular release, though!)

Marissa Avatar

dang i was wishing these performed better! the lipstick color is so prettyyyyyyy but it looks patchy and bleedy on the edges and it needs a lot of things to make it work properly :'( the clear lipglass is very common but great for people who like clear glosses, ariana fans and people interested in cooperating with the aids fund. i’ll pass *hugs her viva glam v*

crystal emme Avatar

I think viva glam is such a good cause, I’ll still be getting the lipstick & lip glass. I always get the VG products regardless of whether or not I will wear it.

Kristi Avatar

They’re a pass for me. Lipstick is too dark (I’m a nw15), and the lipglass is just so blah. Very disappointing!

Although…sooo excited to read your review of the new Chanel blush!!! 🙂 🙂

Marta G. Avatar

I’m not really a gloss girl, but I think that this one looks so pretty and versatile. Given the poor performance of the lipstick, I might pick the lipglass instead!

Marian Avatar

I am always praying for Prince Noir to be reincarnated or brought back…with the dark lipstick and matte trends I’m surprised they haven’t come back with it. Thank you for your reviews! I just about look up every product I buy on your site : )

Venus Star Avatar

I knew from the beginning I wasn’t going to get the lipstick (not very fond of dark lip colors), but the lipglass is perfect for me! It’s sparkly, Ariana Grande, and the money goes to an important cause. Will be getting it!
I just wish the lipstick was in some shade of light pink instead, though.

Jackie Avatar

Dissapointed! I Was So Excited To Finally Try The Lipstick, Just To Find Out It Made My Lips Look Fugly -.- (Patchy/Chapped). Love The Color But The Clumpiness Of The Product Is Just Eww! Don’t Recommend Ladies ? PS: Low Key Mad At My Bf For Not Telling Me My Lips Did Not Look Poppin LN ??

Anon Avatar

Guys. I saw that “Limited Edition featres Ariana’s signature” I thought all have signature of Ariana? What does that even mean? thanks!

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