Thursday, 3 November 2011

30 Days of Lipstick, Day 2: MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V

Hi, everyone! Welcome to the second installment of 30 Days of Lipstick, my challenge to wear and review a different lipstick for each day throughout November. It's going to be a fun project!

Because I reviewed a fairly vibrant shade yesterday, I thought I'd opt for a more natural hue for Day 2. I chose MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V ($17.50 CAD at MAC stores and counters). As part of MAC's Viva Glam collection, 100% of the proceeds of this item went to the MAC AIDS Fund, an admirable cause! Purchasing Viva Glam products is truly a fun and glamorous way to give back :)

Like all of MAC lipsticks, Vivia Glam V comes in MAC's signature black bullet tube, but features red detailing on the package (mirroring the red ribbon campaign used to signal support for AIDS research):

MAC Viva Glam Lipstick Packaging

The shade itself is a not-quite nude brown-toned pink with gold shimmer. MAC describes it as "neutral pink with pearl", which is a fairly apt representation. Being a lustre formula, it offers a sheer, slightly shiny finish. I actually used up an entire tube of it several years ago (it used to be one of my staples!), and am working on my second tube currently. I hadn't worn this in months, so it was a treat to feature it today!

Here's a picture of it in the tube:

MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V

And a picture of it swatched on my inner arm:

MAC Viva Glam V Lipstick swatched on my inner arm (MAC NC15 skin tone)

And here are a few pictures of me wearing it:

Me wearing MAC Lustre Lipstick in Viva Glam V

In natural sunlight

The Verdict

  • Viva Glam V offers a light, neutral shade that doesn't wash out my NC15-20 skin
  • Versatile shade that can be worn year-round and with many makeup looks!
  • Comfortable finish that does not dry out lips
  • Lovely vanilla scent!
  • Relatively affordable as high-end lipsticks go
  • 100% of the proceeds go to charity, so you can buy with a clean conscience :)

  • Because of the brown undertones, this could look a little muddy on those with very fair or very cool (pink) toned skin
  • It is a very neutral, understated shade, so it's not a lipstick to choose if you want your lips to stand out!

Overall, wearing this lipstick today has completely rekindled my love for the shade! It will definitely be my go-to neutral lipstick for fall and winter. Glad to have re-discovered it :)


  1. Wow, that's such a pretty shade on you! I'm a sucker for neutral-brownish pinks!

  2. Thanks! I used to wear it almost every day back in undergrad :) Do you think you'd like it for yourself? Always happy to include MAC as part of Giftmas presents ;)

  3. That's a really pretty shade on you, Jen!!It's pinkish without being too cool a pink...really neutral.I bet I could swing wearing it.
    Thanks for that!
    Thinking about seeing everyone at Christmas...It's coming soon!
    Auntie M.

  4. Thanks, Aunto Martha! I definitely think this shade would look lovely on you :) Can't wait to see everyone at Christmas... it is sneaking up fast! xo


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