How weird it feels, writing about those two MAC Cosmetics lipsticks when I know how long I have waited to get them. A year of working at MAC in the Champs-Elysées in Paris and in Covent Garden in London triggered me to buy the latest collections, always – forgetting about MAC\’s staples.
I am in my red lipstick phase and, please rejoice with me; I have fulfilled one of my lifelong goals last week by getting myself a high-end lipstick for the first time ever. My heart set on Givenchy\’s Deep Velvet lipstick in 37 Rouge Grainé in its limited-edition Christmas packaging. Now the dilemma sounds like \”should I keep it as a present for myself or should I use it now as I\’ve waited for it enough?\”.
Anyway – although a precious color, it is but a red lipstick so let\’s dive into the MAC Russian Red and Viva Glam 1 lipsticks for a minute.
MAC Cosmetics | Matte Lipstick in Russian Red
As an ex-MAC makeup artist, I will always recommend wearing a lip primer underneath MAC\’s matte lipsticks, and for good reason, as I think they are a tad drying. Not too much, otherwise who would wear them?, but still drying.
I am personally a fan of wearing my lipstick the Asian style, with a gradient from the inside out of the lips so the \”drying\” effect is actually more a side effect of the lipstick living on my lips and giving it a natural finish than a proper downside.
Russian Red was popularized back in the 90s by none other than Madonna and was since then sported by many a celebrity. The color has always made me dream and upon seeing it on my sister to whom I gifted it, I have decided it would join my collection at some point. I love how deep the red is, very classic – the kind of color/name combination that transports me to another place and another century.
I do not regret it, but to be honest, this lipstick color has something to it that doesn\’t quite suit me. Too bright for a girl who only wears mascara and has shaken off every rule of makeup, starting with \”wearing foundation\”?
MAC Cosmetics | Matte Lipstick in Viva Glam 1
I have wanted Viva Glam 1 since the day there was a Theme Day back in the Paris flagship store I used to work in, and every single makeup artist had to wear Viva Glam 1. Not only did I realize that I looked absolutely bomb with it on, but also that everyone looked stunning in Viva Glam 1.
The Viva Glam range was created with the MAC Aids fund in mind – every time you buy a Viva Glam lipstick, all the earnings go straight to that fund. By the way, I\’ve just learned that the first campaign of the Viva Glam range starred RuPaul, no less!
I never bought any Viva Glam lipstick, always prioritizing other brands and colors over them but a few weeks ago, I decided to get out of my bed and get Viva Glam 1 – the best decision ever.
I feel particularly amazing when I have this color on; a kind of deep red that caresses the burgundy part of the color spectrum, but not too much. I happen to know dark colors look great on my lips and Viva Glam 1 compromises red and dark stunningly.
All in all, I\’m pretty happy with my purchases in terms of quality but I mean – I\’m a die-hard MAC lipstick fan – always been, always will be. I\’m also wearing Whirl quite often lately and I\’m wondering if I should get myself Mehr or Velvet Teddy as I have been eyeing them. Oh hey, that\’s probably my cue to make a blog post with all of my MAC lipsticks!
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