MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick Review, Photos and Swatches

In stores this week is MAC 2012 Viva Glam Collection featuring Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj. Let’s see if the new lipstick delivers!

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipstick review

Described as a “bright yellow pink”, Viva Glam Nicki lipstick is a vivid, almost neon coral pink and a great sequel to Nicki’s first MAC lipstick, Pink Friday.

While the Satin formula offers superb coverage, I find it extremely difficult to work with, especially on my dry lips. Regardless of how I exfoliate and moisturize, it always seems to dry out my lips, highlight flakes and fine lines. The only way I can make it work is to prep my lips with a thick layer of Ruby Kisses Menthol Lip Salvation, then carefully paint the color on layer by layer with a brush AND finish with another layer of gloss on top. Talk about time-consuming!

Anyhow, MAC Viva Glam Nicki is a gorgeous gorgeous color that I love against my NC30 skin and I am sure it will look great on most skin tones as well. If only the formula was less drying!

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj Lipstick
MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick swatch

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Did you pick up the new Viva Glam products? What did you think of them?

MAC Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick is available at and MAC counters for $14.50. Every cent will go to support the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. It looks really, really great on your skintone! I’m about the same MAC shade, so I really have been wanting to buy this–especially since MAC Viva Glam purchases go to a great cause–but that sounds like way too much work for me. I wish they’d make it into a Lipglass form too, like they did with the Cyndi and Gaga 1 lipsticks.

  2. Just got it today and I loved it!
    I think it looks a bit brighter on me…also if you are into pink bright lipsticks the Impassioned its perfect!

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