Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson
MAC Viva Glam Taraiji P. Henson Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color coverage with a slightly firmer consistency in the tube. The texture was smooth, cream-like but did tug on the lips just a tad (not uncomfortably, though). On me, the color lasted for six hours, left a stain behind, and was non-drying.
Editor’s Note: This review was originally posted on January 18th. I’ve changed the date to February 2nd to coincide with new Viva Glam products now being available on MAC’s website 🙂
- Smashbox Inspiration (P, $21.00) is glossier (95% similar).
- MAC Rare Exotic (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar).
- NARS Carthage (P, $28.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).
- Maybelline Rebel Pink (DC, $7.49) is cooler (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Date Mate (LE, $6.00) is more muted, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Lock Diary (LE, $7.00) is darker, more muted (85% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Zelda (LE, $36.00) is lighter, glossier (90% similar).
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$19.50/0.1 oz. - $195.00 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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Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson
MAC Viva Glam Taraiji P. Henson Lipglass ($17.00 for 0.10 fl. oz.) is a bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and flecks of violet and pink sparkle. It had semi-opaque, slightly buildable coverage that applied evenly and smoothly to lips. The color had minimal settling into my lip lines, and the high-shine finish seemed to downplay what did appear in my lip lines. The consistency was smooth, lightly tacky but comfortable to wear over the five hours it lasted.
Worth noting, the packaging is slightly different than the usual Lipglass, and though it seemed larger in size, it actually contained less–only 0.10 fl. oz. compared to the 0.17 fl. oz. of a regular Lipglass tube. This shade will be available on February 2nd.
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- Urban Decay Tongue Tied (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Colour Pop Kink (LE, $6.00) is lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Queen P (LE, $17.50) is lighter (90% similar).
- MAC Raring to Go (P, $10.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar).
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$17.50/0.1 oz. - $175.00 Per Ounce
The Lipglass formula is supposed to be “pigmented, very shiny and can impart subtle or dramatic color” that can be worn “on its own, over lip pencil or lipstick” and will “condition lips.” MAC could use an update on the description as some shades are more pigmented than others but several are sheerer and likely intended to be that way. The formula has a very glossy, high-shine finish with a light-medium weight and moderate tackiness.
I have found that newer Lipglasses (over the last couple of years) are smoother and not quite as tacky as the formula was many years ago. They wear from three to six hours on me and are usually lightly hydrating. MAC recently updated the shade range and packaging for the range (though the formula was said to be unchanged), so worth noting is that with that packaging change came a reduction in quantity to 0.10 fl. oz. (was 0.17 fl. oz.), which may matter for some but not everyone.
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