MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass

February 10, 2014

MAC released two new vibrant classic reds for their Viva Glam line with Rihanna. There is a Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick ($16 for 3g / 0.1 US oz) and a Lipglass ($15 for 4.8 g / 0.17 US oz). The colors are bold with rich pigment. I rarely wear reds but could not resist these two. I’ve missed out on previous limited-edition Viva Glam shades, I did not want to miss out again.

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick is a frost formula. It’s described as a blue-red but on me goes on much warmer without blue tones. It has a metallic warm red frost but on the lips it doesn’t appear too frosty like some MAC Frost formula lipsticks can. It’s a very pigmented bright red color – pigmented enough to cover the entire lip and show up true-to-tube on darker-toned lips. It’s a striking shade – something I’m not brave enough to wear everyday or to the office, although it’s a classic enough shade that I think one can.

The Viva Glam Rihanna Lipglass is a semi-sheer hot pink red infused with tiny red and fuschia micro sparkles. The base is a bit sheerish but layering with a brush will increase the pigment. When worn alone, it’s a bit transparent so you can see a bit of the lip underneath. When layered over lipsticks it adds sparkle and shine.

Both the lipstick and lipglass versions are fairly similar in color, they are almost an exact match. The lipglass flashes a bit more blueish due to the cool-toned sparkles. Swatches side by side:

I pulled a few other darker colors I have to compare. Most of my lipsticks are neutrals or peachy colors. As you can see the darker ones I have are still more on the neutral side. Below shown is MAC Viva Glam IV Lipstick, MAC Viva Glam VI Lipstick and Lipglass, MAC Astral Cremesheen Glass (discontinued), Chanel Pink Pulsion Glossimer (discontinued) and Burberry Mallow Pink Lip Gloss (swatched here).

Both are classic reds I think are truly universally flattering. I’m not sure that I think I could pull them off for everyday or for every occasion, but I do think I can wear them for more special occasions. The pigment of the lipstick is very impressive. I wish more MAC lipsticks had that kind of color payoff (although I am a huge fan of the sheers and lustres). Did you pick up the new Viva Glam Rihanna shades? What’s your favorite Viva Glam to date?

MAC Viva Glam Rihanna Lipstick and Lipglass are both available at all MAC stores and counters now. Online at Maccosmetics.com, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales and Macy’s.

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  • This lipstick looks amazing! I love how it is't just a plain red, it looks really unique πŸ™‚
    gorgeous pictures by the way
    Bea x
    Bea's Beauty Blog

  • I don't care much for either of them on their own, but together, I really like the colour.


  • HinSabrina,

    I really like the pink red of the lip glass! What a pretty shade πŸ™‚

  • the lipglass is really quite wearable! I see a touch of pink rather than straight-up chilli red.

  • The lip glass in particular looks beautiful on you. That bit of transparency and hint of pink is very becoming. And, if I had lips as beautifully formed as yours, I'd wear red all the time πŸ™‚ I often purchase the latest Viva Glam because I like to support MAC AIDS Fund. It's extremely rare that a company donates 100% of the proceeds as MAC does with Viva Glam. Sad to say, MAC dries my lips out and so I give the products to my niece. We both feel good about it. I support the cause and she gets some fun products that, being a student on a tight budget, she might not otherwise purchase. Win-win!

  • Loved both of them! The lipstick looks amazing on you =) you definitely should wear it for the office when you feel bold =D

    Rosie's Life

  • Oh lord. Viva Glam lipstick looks amazing on you.We have similar complexions so I think it'll look lovely on me too. Unlike you, I don't think I'd have a problem of wearing it out, on a daily basis. I don't have a single true red shade under my name. But this shade is just the type of shade to give you bags of confidence on a bad day. πŸ™‚ Might swatch it soon.

  • Love the comparison swatches! I’m not a huge red lip fan but I do loooove that packaging (such a sucker for beautiful packaging).


  • I picked up the lipstick but I have yet to try it on. It looks amazing on you!


  • I LOVE WHEN POSTS HAVE SWATCHES. Very wonderful well designed post πŸ™‚ I think Mallow Pink is calling my name.

  • OMG!!! This is so pretty. I super love thye color for I find it sexy and daring on lips. A must have especially this coming Valentine's.

  • Kristina

    Gorgeous colors…wish I could wear red! Looks great on you and I love the packaging!

  • I love how the Lipglass looks on you. While I think the lipstick is too much for the office, I do not think the LG is. It's the perfect foray into wearing reds to work for you. I loved the lip swatch so much on you that I bought one for myself. Thanks for the enabling and keep up the lovely photos.