MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass / Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches

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Just when you thought MAC was finished collaborating with Rihanna, along comes a new Viva Glam lip collection for 2014!

In case you didn’t know…

As always, every cent from every Viva Glam lipcolor goes directly to the MAC AIDS Fund.  The organization helps women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. I’m forever a Viva Glam fan!

Just one Viva Glam Lipstick can equal…

  • 1 rapid oral HIV test
  • 8 nutritious, home-cooked meals
  • 1 school stationery starter pack for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • 1 vegetable garden starter pack for a community garden
  • 2 safer sex kits
  • 1 month of personal transportation to and from doctors visits
  • 2 hours of childcare for a woman during a medical appointment
  • 14 blood glucose monitoring strips
  • 1 pair of shoes for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • …and more!

Good incentive, right?
mac viva glam rihanna lipstick

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a super creamy blue-red shade (MAC’s description) with a little bit of frost/lustre. I think the end-result shade on the wearer depends on lighting situations and skin undertones. There were some times I felt it looked more cool than others, and the frost wasn’t easy to pick up with my camera. It’s there, but I think it’s quite slight. I think my lipstick swatches actually turned out a little warmer than they really should have, so please also take that into consideration.

The pigment payoff lends itself nearly opaque in one swipe, but it always takes me a few to get things just how I want them. The texture is really creamy. Not so soft that the lipstick bullet smooshes upon application, but it glides really easily for me and leaves my lips feeling moist. I can get about four hours of wear with Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick, and I don’t feel like it gets patchy or dry looking during that time.

The lipstick component itself is red with a soft-touch finish. The interior under the cap displays Rihanna’s signature, along with the MAC logo in red, on a black background.

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MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

mac viva glam rihanna lipstick swatch swatches

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick

mac viva glam rihanna lipglass

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass is a different animal. While MAC still describes it as “blue-red”, the blue undertones almost takeover on my skin, turning this a shade of pink on my lips. (If you layer this over the lipstick, the effect is much more red, and much prettier than wearing alone in my opinion!)

There’s a fuchsia-red glitter in the gloss formula, which I think looks more sparkly than frosty while on. The more you layer on, the more dynamic the sparkling effect is, but keep in mind, that’s when your Lipglass can become a little goopy. Lipglass is one of my favorite gloss formulas, because I feel like it sticks around a good amount of time due to the slight tackiness, but it’s not too sticky. The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass has MAC’s signature vanilla-like scent, with a slight taste that dissipates rather quickly.

The Lipglass component has Rihanna’s signature displayed in red-foil, and a red grip with a soft-touch finish. The applicator is a doe-foot felt-like pad.

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Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass

mac viva glam rihanna lipglass swatch swatches

Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass

Price & Availability…

Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass is available through July 2014 at all MAC locations and Prices: Lipglass—$15, Lipstick—$16.

  • Beth and Beauty

    Thank you so much for sharing this with me about where the proceed of the Rihanna Viva Glam Collection goes to. I had no idea. I will for sure be adding this to my MAC lipstick collection. I only have 2 so far but I am working on it…..LOL!!! I love the ones I do have. I have a MAC haul post on my blog if you want to check what I started my MAC collection out with. I don’t think I had my second one (Snob) at the time of the post.

  • Amber

    I’m so glad it helped! Snob is one of my faves of all time. I wore it in the 90’s! Thanks for stopping by :)

  • Cosmetics Aficionado

    Such pretty reds. I need to pick these up soon!

  • Radiance Hair and Beauty

    really nice .I’m so glad to see !!!!
    thank you to share it!!!