The Lipstick Bandits strike again! This time we posed the question: Is there a universally flattering lipstick shade out there? We think we have found it and it shouldn’t be any surprise because most of you will have heard of this shade before…
It’s MAC’s Viva Glam V! When I first got into the online beauty community, even before I started this blog, I had heard-tell of the wonders of this lipstick. Even my own mother owned it before I even had a chance to tell her about it’s amazing-ness! This was one of my first MAC lipstick purchases. It’s such an easy to shade to wear with anything which makes it a perfect purse lipstick (the one that’s always in your bag. I also love the Viva Glam program which you can read about here. MAC donates 100% of the proceeds of the Viva Glam lipsticks to the MAC AIDS Fund. Talk about a win-win!
It’s a lustre finish which means it’s quite shiny and it also contains shimmer. I think it adds just the right glow to my lips.
These lipsticks retail for $14.50 on MAC’s website/stores/counters. Is MAC a little out of your price range? I tried to find some close drugstore options as well:
I compared it to two of the Revlon lip butters I own in Sugar Plum and Peach Parfait:
Swatches L-R: Revlon Peach Parfait, MAC Viva Glam V, Revlon Sugar Plum
Although I didn’t find an exact dupe, Peach Parfait is an excellent everyday choice as well. Sugar Plum is a bit more, well, plummy. Although it isn’t crazy pigmented, it isn’t quite as neutral as the other two.
Wearing MAC Viva Glam V!
Did I mention this lipstick is also very versatile? Yep, you can wear it a multitude of ways…like…add some shimmery gold gloss…
MAC Viva Glam V layered with NARS Greek Holiday gloss
It adds a summery/beachy touch, don’t you think? I *love* this combo!
Want to perk up the shade for drinks after work? Add a bright lip liner…
MAC Viva Glam V layered over MAC Embrace Me lip pencil (see here)
Viva Glam V turns an otherwise neon-bright lip pencil into more of a berry shade that’s perfect for going out.
What’s on the rest of my face? Here is the product breakdown:
Face- Tarte Maracuja Concealer in light, MAC MSFN in Medium Plus spritzed with Fix+, MAC Modern Mandarin lightly stippled onto cheeks, MAC Whisper of Gilt skinfinish
Eyes- MAC Dalliance Mega Metal Shadow (inner corners), MAC Modern Pewter Extra Dimension shadow (all over lids, lower lashline) MAC Havana Extra Dimension shadow in outer corner/crease, Tarte Amazonian Clay liner in Rich Green, Lancome Hypnose Drama Mascara
Want to see how Viva Glam V looks on the rest of the Lipstick Bandits? Check out their posts below!