Just a quick warning, you may will find this review cheesy. Mac Viva Glam I is the first red lipstick I’ve ever owned. And for a girl who swore that she could never wear such a bold color, it can be . . . life changing ― tada! First sign of cheeziness right there.
why so cheesy?
Big words for a lipstick eh? To make the long story short… For many years I was insecure about my lips. So I stuck with only a few MLBB, My Lips But Better shades and AVOIDED, by all means, any color that would draw attention to them. This changed right after I bought my first red lipstick, and I eventually became a self proclaimed lipstick addict.
Its true what they say “There’s a perfect shade of red for everyone”. I got curious, did what any girl would do, and went review hopping. Thanks to Shari ― who, by the way, is one of the best persons that you will ever meet here, and whose blog inspired me to start blogging ― Mac Viva Glam I caught my attention. She described it as an old Hollywood red, which was exactly what I was looking for.
classic hepburn red
I promise you, it won’t make you look like a slut, just in case you had that kind of red lipstick mindset in your head like I did. In fact, this color reminds me so much of the classic make up looks of Audrey Hepburn and Lily Collins. It’s timeless, sophisticated, and confident. It can also make your skin and teeth appear brighter. Instant whitening in a tube!
You get an opaque rich color in just one stroke and it lasts all day but with slight fading right after meals and after around six hours. Compared to other lipsticks this has excellent staying power to the point where I need a good makeup remover to completely get it off my lips. Another warning ― enormous picture of my face incoming.
strengths & weaknesses
Did I mentioned it’s matte? Matte lipstick has the reputation of sucking the moisture out of your lips, and I wish I could say this lipstick was an exception, just like the Burberry matte lipstick, but nope. It is MEGA DRYING. You have to moisturize and scrub before application. It can still be drying after awhile but it’s forgivable, at least for me.
That being said, I think this is also the reason why it is long lasting and why it doesn’t show any signs of feathering at all. Creamy lipsticks glide on your lips, Mac Viva Glam I hugs your lips… very tightly. Like it dries up on top and sticks to them. I guess we can’t always have it all.
Color wise, Mac Viva Glam I is just too perfect for my life. I LOVE IT. I believe that it will work very well with a lot of skintones too. And since this is the lipstick that launched my long wishlist of shades to collect, I highly recommend it to anyone. And yes, even if you prefer creamy glossy moisturizing lipsticks, I would still have to recommend you try it, at least at the counter. Just give it a go and see, if like me, you can forgive the fact that it’s drying since it has such a beautiful color and excellent longevity.