MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipglass ($15.00 for 0.17 fl oz.) is described as a “hot pink.” It’s a brightened medium pink, kind of strawberry-pink like, with subtle yellow undertones. It’s not quite bright enough to be a true hot pink–at least not on lips, though it’s brighter in the tube than on. MAC Please Me is lighter, while Illamasqua Indulge is darker and brighter.

The color coverage is mostly opaque with a little translucency here and there. It does settle into lip lines somewhat. Lipglasses feel a little thick, and they are definitely tacky, so they are not everyone’s cup of tea. They are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste. Viva Glam Nicki lasted five hours on me. Β It’s a little lighter, not quite as yellow-toned, as its lipstick counterpart. Since it’s been awhile, and I did want to show the gloss layered over the lipstick, I also included standalone lipstick swatches as well as the two layered.

MAC fan or not, Nicki Minaj fan or not, MAC’s Viva Glam campaign helps fund an organization that does a whole lotta good–the MAC AIDS Fund. Every cent of the selling price of Viva Glam products goes towards MAF. From the press kit they currently have available on their website, they were heading towards a $250 million goal for this past July–but as of February 2012, they had raised $235 million from the Viva Glam Lipstick and Lipglass shades. 100% of the sale price–not proceeds, profits, or an ambiguous figure–every cent. MAF provides financial support to organizations across the world to provide a range of services that include preventative care for HIV/AIDS as well as care for those with HIV/AIDS.

Fun facts: What 1 Viva Glam Lipstick (or Lipglass) can do…

  • Purchase 254 condoms to prevent the transmission of HIV
  • Provide 32 Safer Sex Kits which include condoms, lubricant and instructions
  • Provide a clean, safe place to sleep for two nights for one resident living with HIV/AIDS
  • Provide 45 minutes of lifesaving HIV prevention skills to a group of 75 women and girls
  • Buy eight individually tailored, nutritious meals for a person affected by HIV/AIDS
  • Prevent one mother from transmitting HIV to her baby
  • Keep an injection drug user HIV and HCV free for one year by providing sterile syringes
  • Purchase one rapid oral HIV test
  • Test four babies to determine their HIV status
  • Provide crisis counseling to a person living with AIDS who is also struggling with drug addiction, mental illness and homelessness
  • Provide a new job interview shirt and tie for one resident at an HIV/AIDS housing organization
  • Purchase 151 safer injection kits (cooker, cotton, tourniquet)
  • Provide 30 minutes of training for 20 medical providers on integrating HIV prevention and reproductive health
  • Provide a move-in kit for a client moving into new housing, including cleaning materials, toilet paper, laundry soap, dishes for one person, lightbulbs, etc.
  • Buy 24 female condoms which are distributed by the DC Department of Health to prevent HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancy

Other available Viva Glam shades include Viva Glam VI and V Lipglasses; Viva Glam Ricky Lip Conditioner; and Viva Glam I, II, III, IV, V, VI, and Nicki Lipsticks.

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MAC Viva Glam Nicki $17.50/0.1 OZ.
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About the Reviewer


Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I would say the gloss is more wearable (if you don’t LOVE your brights), though the lipstick has a texture more will find comfortable. Lipstick is a bit brighter – you could always wear a thin layer of it and mix with clear gloss to dupe the lipglass.

How did I miss this?? Probably too excited for the Azealia Banks lipstick, LoL. Thanks for the review Christine! Kudos to MAC for their quantifiable and continued efforts to fight AIDS.

On a side note, there seems to be a typo in the product links? Reads “hhttp”, so isn’t recognized by the server.

MAC hasn’t sent out a press release to U.S. bloggers yet, but international blogs are saying the launch date is 9/6 for U.S. – it’s online now, though!

I just called the MAC counter at the Macy’s near me (Hayward, CA) and was told the release date is next Thursday, Sept. 13 but that they will be pre-selling them starting tomorrow, Sept. 6. Are these dates usually dependent on the individual counter/store?

They might have moved the date or else it is online a week early (which is what they’ve been doing lately). I don’t have a press release, so I don’t have official information – sorry!

I love the lipglass, the lipstick, not so much. The products combined seem quite too much for my taste. I wish they had released a lip pencil as well.

In Anticipation Pro Longwear Lip Pencil is a very similar color, it’s what I always wear with Nicki. Nicki also looks great with Cork (if you are lighter) or Chestnut (if you are darker) to help neutralize it a little. Cork + Nicki lipstick + Viva Glam V Lipglass = pretty soft nude pink lip!

Gorgeous shade and a great cause. Viva Glam is one of the reasons I am loyal to MAC. I’ll buy this even though I’m kinda disappointed in Nicki lately πŸ˜›

This is one of the only cosmetic launches I close my eyes and buy! It is a great cause. Whether I like or don’t like color I still buy it. I can always gift to someone, so its totally worth it.

I don’t have the press release yet, and the website didn’t state how long, just that it was LE. I believe they’ve done 6 months as well as a year.

Christine, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS POST!! I was going to donate $35/month to sponsor a child in need (I’m still going to do that!) with my own money earned from work, and when I saw that 100% of money from these lip products also go to charity, I MADE MY FIRST EVER MAC PURCHASE!!

I am SO excited, so thank you for this blog post! I got to buy my first ever MAC, and the money’s going to charity ^^

By the way, can you please let your readers know in your next MAC post that if ordering online, the code word ‘TXT’ gives you free shipping, no minimum purchase? I saw it on retailmenot πŸ™‚

Christine, every time I put this lipstick on I want to like it so much, but the color is spotty and splotchy and looks awful. Any tips on how to get it to look nice and smooth like you did in the pictures?

Actually something similar happens with me… it looks patchy and doesn’t really adapt to my lips. It looks somewhat fake and at the end I have to tone it down because I might look like a very fake Barbie. πŸ™


Thank you for always being so diligent in reminding people of how awesome the Viva Glam program is. Of all the programs out there that give a portion of their sales to charities, MAC is the only one I have ever seen to give 100% of the price point, as well as, innovating and running the program 365 days of the year. I may not be jazzed by all their new releases, but I always pay attention when it’s a Viva Glam release.

Shoot. I wasn’t going to buy any more lipgloss, but I do think this would look amazing over the original lipstick…ah well, might as well buy it just for the charity aspect. πŸ˜›

I have a question. This is sold for 25 dollars where I live. Will only 15 dollars go to the good cause? Will they just keep the other 10 dollars?

Hi Tuss!

I just know that it’s 100% of the selling price, so from that, it seems like the whole portion, not just the $15, which is only based on the U.S. price!

Hi Christine,
thank you for your amazing reviews!
Will you suggest the Lipglass and the lipstick to a blonde girl, light blue eyed, with rose undertone skin?

Think about a nordic girl… but not so nordic (since I’m Italian, I don’t have a pale/fair skin), my mineralize skinfinish natural is Medium.

The Viva Glam line is the one MAC product I still feel comfortable spending money on. I love the Nicki lipstick (although I have to wear it very blotted down as when it’s fully loaded it looks TERRIBLE with my skin tone, haha!) so I’ll definitely pick this up when I have some spare cash.

I think I’ll have to get this! I wanted to get the lipstick but the color look too bright for me. The color of the lipglass looks a little less intimidating. And it’s for a good cause!

Thanks for this post! As someone who isn’t all that crazy about MAC, I’ve always wondered what the deal was with the Viva Glam line. Now that I know, I’ll be making an extremely rare trip to to pick up the lipglass!

Hum… I donΒ΄t know why MAC described this as “hot pink” because to me itΒ΄s like a brighter baby pink more than hot pink. So dissapointed, because I saw the promo pictures and the color looks so bright and gorgeous in the tube, but then in the swatch is lighter and not so bright as I thought. Well, I guess more money for my wallet lol

Thanks for the review! I seen it online here and had to go to my local Macy’s store to buy it. This was my 1st purchase of a lipglass from MAC. I love how well it goes along with my Viva glam Nicki lipstick.

too bad it settles cause the color is really pretty. the lipstick is even prettier…if only it was pale >.<
i really like this cause, if i had my own money, i'd buy some of these lipsticks <3

Here you go, Monica!

On eyes: Tom Ford Enchanted Eye Color Quad, Tom Ford Plum Absolute Eye Creme Color (as eyeliner, with eyeshadow on top), and Giorgio Armani Eyes to Kill Waterproof Mascara. On cheeks: Tarina Tarantino Charm Blush.

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