MAC Viva Glam Nicki Minaj review + swatches


MAC comes out with a new Viva Glam every year, and this year Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin produced two lip products of which all revenue will be going to the MAC Aids foundation. Buying lipstick for a good cause, now that's what I call a nice job!

I picked up the MAC Viva Glam Nicki today, when I arrived at the counter all the artists were busy applying the lipstick on themselves. And they helped me like the super nice dolls they always are. I was already quite certain I wanted to purchase this baby, but wanted to try it on either way. If it was truly terrible on me, I would've left it there at the counter.

But, lucky me, the lipstick looked great on me. And soon the artists were crowded around me ooh-ing and ahh-ing over my lipstick, my outfit and my shoes (more on that later). I purchased the lipstick (and after decades of wanting it, the 217 brush as well) and left the counter to go catch my bus back home.


MAC Viva Glam Nicki is described as a 'bright yellow pink', though on some skintones and in the tube it seems to hang a bit more towards coral. Anyway, I love the color. Please excuse my skin, I didn't wear any makeup today except for the lipstick.

The formula is a satin, same as my much loved Pink Nouveau lipstick. It glides onto the lips perfectly but can feel a bit drying after some time. So carrying a moisturizer or a lipbalm is key.

It's a color that is a little tricky to combine. So I suggest keeping the skin and eyes pretty basic, maybe just some subtle liner. Really let the lips do the talking. And I'd suggest wearing a simplistic outfit as well. Try to stay away from bold colors, unless you are going for a color blocking look.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki is really pretty. But I wouldn't call it all that special. So if your not into bright yellow-ish pink lipsticks, I'd leave this one at the counter/store. I however really like it and I'm sure I'll get plenty of wear out of it.

MAC Viva Glam Nicki is available now for €18 at all MAC sales points.


  1. Lipsticks zijn zo verslavend!
    Zou ik ook een Nicki halen?

  2. i got mine today. and i love it! it does look a bit more coral on my lips but still very nice :)