MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande £15.50 - Link
January is always an exciting time for lipstick lovers, as MAC launch their latest Viva Glam offerings, and this year Ariana Grande is the latest of a long list of celebrities to put her name to the worthy cause. The MAC Viva Glam range serves as part of their MAC Aids Fund which donates its profits to men, women and children who are affected by Aids and HIV, and let's be honest a little splurge is always necessary when you are donating to such a good cause.
MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande is described as a deep dark, matte plum with cool, berry undertones. In the bullet this does look very intimidating and the kind of shade that will leave you questioning how and when you are going to wear this lipstick. However once applied on the lips this leaves a stunning dark berry shade, that I would say is Rebel's older and bolder sister. This is definitely a go bold or go home shade, that requires a lot of hard work so if you're going to commit to the shade you may as well rock it!
The combination of a matte formula and bold colour makes this a little bugger to apply, not only does it require good concentration skills when applying - but a lip liner is a must to avoid any bleeding or smudged lips. This is definitely not your kind of get up and go lipstick as it simply requires a lot of effort to apply as one slick round the lips can appear a little patchy so two coats are definitely needed for the perfect vampy lip. As a fan of matte lipsticks I found that this felt quite creamy on the lips just like their other matte lip range, but this does dry out throughout the day. I've found that this lasts around 4 to 5 hours which for a matte isn't too great, but this is because feathering does happen and you will need to clean round the lips. I have tried dabbing this on lightly and patting with a tissue to create a stain effect and that does look lovely, but this I find is too much for a daytime shade.
When I initially saw the release I have to be honest I wasn't too sure about the choice of colour, being a fan of Ariana Grande I was racking my brain trying to picture when she had sported this choice of colour and to be honest I could only think of nudes - which I had initially thought would be released as her shade of choice. But I figured why not invest in a plum and embrace the dark lips before Winter leaves us for good.
Am I the only one who adores the Viva Glam packaging? I love that the silver tube is replaced with the traditional Viva Glam red bullet featuring Ariana Grande's signature - I love having a good look at each celebrities signature and think it makes a lovely finishing touch to the lipstick.
Overall once I had come round to the idea of wanting to try this lipstick I have to admit the latest Viva Glam offerings left me feeling a little flat. I wanted to really love this and have a kick ass vampy shade, but for me this is the kind of lipstick that you can only get away with for a couple of hours, for anything longer you're gonna have a battle on your hands as this not only requires a lot of hard work to apply, but the same to fix any bleeding or smudges that occur during wear.
Have you tried MAC Viva Glam Ariana?