Thursday, October 24, 2013

MAC Viva Glam 1 : Viva Glamourous Bag with Lipstick and Lipglass Review and Swatches

"Fabulous, chic and utterly outrageous. This holiday season, RuPaul pairs her original burgundy red VIVA GLAM 1 Lipstick and a new matching Lipglass with the limited-edition Viva Glamorous Bag." - MAC

Stroke Of Midnight : Viva Glamourous Bag

I'm not the only person who buys themselves Christmas gifts, right? I know this time of year everyone tells you not to buy yourself anything, just in case someone else buys it for you... but I don't think that way. To me, that logic is flawed. What if they get the wrong item? Or worse, what if nobody buys it and it sells out? The most that can happen is that I end up with a backup of something that I really wanted... and that's not all that bad. If I got two of these, I wouldn't mind at all.

This year, I bought something really early. I knew from the minute I saw the promotional image of the Viva Glamourous Bag that I would be getting this set no matter what. So when this launched online, I went ahead and snatched that bad boy up lickity split. I have been drooling over the lipstick and lipgloss duo since the relaunch earlier this year in September, so this was a perfect excuse to get them! And I love the program that Viva Glam is behind, so I feel guilt free!

Hand Swatch.  Lipstick Left, Lipglass Right
Viva Glam I is a true classic red. This is one that flattering on multiple skin tones and is what most of us think of when someone says bombshell red. It brings to mind pin up ladies and old school Hollywood glamour.  I've become slightly ( maybe more than slightly) addicted to red lipsticks lately, but normally I am drawn to the heavily blue toned ones. This particular shade is described as burgundy, and while slightly blue toned, is also a little brown. So, this makes it unique to me. I'm continuing to try and expand my comfort zone little by little, and it's a lot of fun!

Viva Glam 1 Lipstick under direct lighting
I am not an huge lipgloss type of person. Some will catch my eye here and there, but over all I hardly reach for them. This particular gloss is a opaque creamy red in the exact shade of the Viva Glam I lipstick. It is slightly sticky, giving it staying power on the lips. I applied it over the lipstick and it gave just a perfect amount of depth to the look. It also brightened it up just a hair,  just by catching the light.

Viva Glam 1 Lipstick + Lipglass under direct lighting

In the full face photos, the color is a little more true to life. Without extreme direct light, the color goes deeper and more burgundy. All of these photos are without lip liner or primer.

Me wearing Viva Glam 1 Lipstick alone
Me wearing Viva Glam 1 Lipstick and Lipglass
Together they lasted a couple of hours at full strength, but sadly were taken out by drinking and eating.  I love the effect they give, simple glamour with very little effort. The color I absolutely love on myself. It just looks so dramatic and bold!

I was kind of disappointed in the bag itself. Don't get me wrong, it's gorgeous looking. However from the promotional pictures it just -looked- like it would be a wider bag. But you can tell from my photo, this ia narrow little bag and it pretty much useless for carrying more than a couple of pieces of makeup. Maybe that works for some people, but I know I like to have options when I travel. Bigger bag please!

All in all, you pay the same as if you are buying the to pieces individually. But you  get the nifty little bag for free this way! So I'm happy with my purchase, The color is amazing and incredibly flattering, I highly recommend you at least give it a shot to see how it looks on you. You might be pleasantly surprised!
The Holiday sets are currently for sale on the MAC website, and will be available to purchase at MAC stores and counters. This set was $30 and all proceeds went to the Viva Glam fund.

Do you already have this lipstick, or is there another Viva Glam that you love? And please tell me if you also buy yourself all the good presents like I do!

Thanks for reading!
xoxo -Sharon

All items purchased by me, all opinions are my own.


  1. Its gorgeous on you!! This is on my I WANT IT LIST!!

    1. ^_^ Thank you! It's a must have in my book!



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