Hey all, today I’m reviewing my Mac Viva Glam III ($17). I got this as a gift from my aunt during an impromptu visit to the Mac store at the mall in Panama. The condensed story is, we went to the store to just look around when she looked at me and said “pick something.” An employee swatched pretty much the entire lipstick collection on my hand and I was about to give up and pick a generic dark red when she tried this one on my hand. EVERYTHING CHANGED. WHERE HAD THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE? I NEEDED IT. So I walked away from the store with this. And it is glorious.
Before I really get into this review I just want to say that I’ve never been a fan of the Mac lipstick packaging. The bullet with the lid on looks like a tampon. I can’t. I just can’t.
Tampon resemblance aside, I do like the red accents on the packaging (in true Viva Glam fashion). Classy.
Anyways, Viva Glam III is a “muted brownish plum” according to the Mac website. Mac, this is brown red. Get it together. I’ll give them some credit because there is a hint of purple when it’s under direct light. It reminds me a bit of the color of rosewood. If fall had a color this would be it.
The color is so so wearable. It’s dark, but it’s toned down enough to be a neutral that basically goes with anything. SO VERSATILE. SO AMAZING.
This stuff is more creamy-matte than dry-matte (if you want dry matte, defer to Mac’s Retro Matte finish lipsticks), but for a creamy lipstick it wears like IRON. Although it transfers, there’s so much pigment in it that it lasted me for about 5 or 6 hours plus a meal. Because it’s creamy, it also doesn’t dry the lips at all and is generally very comfortable to wear. I have so many good things to say about this formula, holy god. Mac was not playing around here.
The best thing about this lipstick besides its stellar performance is that every cent of the selling price goes to HIV/AIDS research. Not profits, LITERALLY THE ENTIRE $17. Given the amount of sales Mac gets, that’s a buttload of money to their AIDS fund. So, not only are you getting a really nice lipstick, you’re essentially making a $17 donation to the Mac AIDS fund. That’s pretty awesome.
You can buy the Mac Viva Glam collection lipsticks here.