What’s New: MAC Nicki Minaj VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipstick and Lipglass

Okay, so there’s a white elephant in the room, and I have to address it before I go any further. A few months ago, when details for this new MAC VIVA GLAM/Nicki Minaj series of lip colors were released—there were a TON of negative comments about it all around the web. To be fair, I read many positive comments too—but sadly, they were mostly negative. I’m more of a “glass half full” person, especially until I get a product in my hot little hands before making my judgements. I think it’s only fair!

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 is now available in both a lipstick, and a Lipglass formula. Both shades lean pastel lavender-pink with entirely different finishes and pigment payoff between the two products. (And both are completely different from the original VIVA GLAM Nicki shade.) Let’s delve a little further, shall we?

In my opinion, there are three key customers for this lipstick/Lipglass shade:

  • There’s ME. I am an avid supporter of ALL things VIVA GLAM, whether I’ll ever wear the shade or not. Some may think that’s silly; but here’s what’s NOT silly about it. Since its inception in 1994, all VIVA GLAM sales have benefited the MAC AIDS Fund. 100% of the selling price of VIVA GLAM goes directly to men, women, and children affected by HIV/AIDS. Over $250 million, just from the sale of lipsticks, has changed the quality of life for people who really need it. It goes far beyond just being a lipstick for me. This is powerful stuff.
  • There are Nicki Minaj devotees that will buy anything associated with her. Nothing wrong with that! Because hey! 100% of this is going to the MAC AIDS Fund. (And I remember a time in my life where I bought anything associated with New Kids on the Block and Kirk Cameron. It happens.)
  • And finally—different strokes for different folks. Life without color is BORING! And if you like these lavender shades, ROCK them and pay no mind to anyone. If you like it, it’s all that matters. And that’s about all I’m going to say about that.

Were these new shades for me personally? Unfortunately not. I’m not hating! But let me tell you—I am still wearing the heck out the original VIVA GLAM Nicki Lipglass shade!

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipglass

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipglass

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipglass

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipstick

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipstick

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipstick

The Lipglass feels like a standard Lipglass to me, with the familiar vanilla-like Lipglass scent and slight stickiness. You may not be able to pick it up in the swatches, but the VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipglass has a little bit of shimmer in it. It does slightly settle in my lip lines. If you’re lucky enough not to have as many lines as I do, you may be able to get away with it without worrying about that.

The VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipstick is an Amplified satin cream with such a beautiful soft, cushiony finish. Too bad it didn’t translate well with my skin tone at all. I have a feeling we could have been better friends if that weren’t the case!

Price & Availability…

VIVA GLAM Nicki 2 Lipglass and Lipstick retail for $15 each at all MAC locations and maccosmetics.com

An editorial sample was provided by the company and evaluated to determine our opinion of the product in this post. Please see the Disclosures page for further information regarding our policies for using editorial samples.
  • OPI Addict

    great, honest review!! :)


  • http://www.nikmakeupjunkie.com/ Nik Ash

    Thank you for being honest! Also, for being positive rather than having a tantrum because it’s lavender. I happen to think it’s a beautiful color, just not right for my skin tone. But, like you, I buy all of the Viva Glam lipsticks, so I will own it!

  • Gouldylox

    Kirk Cameron was mine!! Next you’ll tell me you had a thing for Corey Haim as well….

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    Nope. I wasn’t into the Coreys, so we’re all good! LOL

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    I try so hard to be fair and have a good outlook (it’s so easy to get caught up in drama!), so I’m glad this spoke to you, even if it turned out not to be for you either :)

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    Thank you for stopping by! xo

  • Megan Walsh

    I picked this up a few weeks ago, I just got the lipstick. I’m pretty pale with pink and yellow tones in my skin and it looks pretty on. I love the color. I like that she went with an amplified color. I think it’s good she did a wearable on almost everyone shade and then one that shows a bit more personality. Love it!

  • http://twitter.com/lipglossspandex Marilyn

    It’s definitely a hard shade to wear, and not for everyone, but it’s Nicki’s second Viva Glam lip color, and MAC is an artistry brand, so it makes sense. I wish it were more wearable, because I love supporting the MAC Aids Campaign, but I think I’ll just buy another one of the Nicki 1 Lipglasses. LOVE that color.

  • Joanna

    Looks pretty but there is no way I can pull this off. Thanks for the review :)

  • http://collegemakeupbudget.blogspot.com/ Beauty on a College Budget

    I want to buy these because like you I think the cause is amazing. But being a college student, I can’t buy it if I know I won’t use it. This lipstick is just not for my skin tone. Such a shame too. I also won’t buy from MAC anymore period after such bad repeated treatment by their sales associates. They need a total attitude adjustment.

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    Glad to hear it worked for you!

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    UGH! That is the worst! I despise bad customer service, and I can totally understand why you wouldn’t want to shop there if it’s like that for you.

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    No problem :) Glad it helped you make a decision.

  • http://beautyjunkiesunite.com/ Amber

    I try to think of it as more of an artistry brand too, and some of the shades are definitely more editorial in my opinion.