MAC Matte Lipstick- Viva Glam I- Review /Swatch

Posted on Sep 19 2012 - 2:27pm by agnibanya
Hello all,
I had planned to do a different post today, however by the time I finished off with my eye makeup, the daylight had already started fading,(haha, so very me!!) so I chucked my initial idea of 5 Red lipsticks and would only share a review of the MAC Viva Glam I  lipstick. 
Like my most lipsticks, this one too has a short story to it. I was actually looking for , after I had tried it previously at a store and it was out of stock then. So I went checking in another MAC store and the SA suggested I try this lipstick. I did , but was not very impressed, but even then the SA kept insisting that I take this instead of Ramblas Red (I have reviewed Ramblas Red HERE) . I got Ramblas Red home and kept dreaming about this one whole night long and the next morning I couldn’t contain myself and then the beauty was mine.:))
MAC describes Viva Glam 1 as Intense Brownish Blue Red. Well , the  fact that its brown and its Blue based makes it a really versatile shade across all complexions, there’s a bit of brown and still its blue based, very unlike those brownish reds which make my teeth look yellow, this one actually makes them look whiter..
Its just so wonderful, and it works so well for me that I can’t stop singing praises for it!!!  In my opinion, this lipstick is perfect for dusky skin girls like me who are always afraid of wearing reds, and can never seem to find the right one for themselves.I’m so sure they will love this for sure!!!

Its a matte finish lipstick and unlike those dry mattes (think MAC Ruby Woo,Colorbar Velvet Mattes, Chambor Powder Mattes, Lakme 9 to 5 etc etc), this definitely does not dry lips at all, I can wear it without a lip balm under and it doesn’t make my lips dry or flaky.

It is soft and smooth to apply and I feel post application only, it just hugs the lips in the right way to give that matte finish which I love of RED lipsticks. Glossy reds kind of look a little weird on me since Red is such a strong color, additional shine can totally ruin the look. It does not feather or bleed, yet its a good idea to use a  lip liner for those clean edges. Also you can apply the lipstick with a brush for the same effect, but I generally prefer a lip liner with this. BTW, I have found a perfectly matching lip liner with this, let me know in the comments if you want to know which one is that.It also has the signature vanilla scent which is common of all MAC lipsticks. The scent fades away after a couple of minutes post application.

This lipstick is highly pigmented, one swipe of color and you get completely opaque color on lips that can hide any kind of Lip imperfections. It lasts all day long with light snacks, and you may need a touch up after a meal. Anyway, its always a wise idea to do a touch up after a meal , and you know why! 😉

As with my other Red lipsticks, I usually keep my eyes soft and sultry, totally bare eyes don’t look good on me so I prefer a soft pale gold shadow and some liner to go with it.

In the picture below , on my eyes I have used Urban Decay Primer Potion Original, MAC’s paintpot in Indianwood (reviewed HERE) and Inglot Face and Body Sparkle #64 ,Applied using Duraline and Maybelline’s Lasting Drama Gel Liner, Inglot eyeshadows matte Black and Brown on outer corner and lower lashline and Oriflame Very Me Fat Lash Mascara.

And a close up of the eyes:
Ah! I wish the sparkles showed up well in the pictures, they looked so gorgeous!! 
Hope you like the look I have created.                                              

Have a great evening everyone!!!                                                     

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  • Preetha Karthik

    lovely EOTD and lip swatch also..u look sooooooooooo pretty Agni..totally loved this wants indianwood now..

  • Agnibanya

    Thankoos Pree..You must get Indianwood re, its the just so awesome…btw,I'd suggest do try the Inglot sparkles….they are the most gorgeous glitter I've ever seen and the sparkle on eyes is the effect of that only !!

  • Jyotirupa Mishra

    Ur eyes Agni. <3 Love them. and this definitely looks like THE RED on you. :)

  • Radhika M

    You look so pretty! And you sure do know how to wear a red awesome :)

  • Agnibanya

    Ah thanks a lot Jyo….It is and will always be my fav RED :))

  • Agnibanya

    Thanks a lot Radhika … I'm flattered.. :))

  • Sophia Jerald

    Awesome sultry look…Love your eyes…the red lip looks soooooooooo good on you..

  • Agnibanya

    Thanks Sophia….I have to struggle hard to make a red lip good on me…

  • Sophia Jerald

    It just looks really fab on you and ur pics are also really good..


    I'm really loving your EOTDs these days :) and Viva glam 1 is my fav red too.. :)

  • Agnibanya

    Hey ..Thanku Bee..I had seen it on your blog only after I tried it first time at a store and din't buy…But your pic on the blog forced me to 😉 That jacket by the side wala photo…Remember??