Monday, May 15, 2017

Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson for MAC Cosmetics REVIEW





I picked up the Taraji P Henson Viva Glam Mac lipstick from the MAC counter at Beirut Duty Free while on my way to Jordan over a month ago. I was browsing through the perfume and makeup section of the duty free when I remembered that MAC is soooo much cheaper at the duty free than in stores. A standard lipstick at their counters throughout Lebanon is 53,000 LL ($35.33) last I checked, while at the airport it's only $20! To compare, it's around $18 in the US. As I was browsing through the collection available, I kept reaching for colors I already owned like Heroine, Ruby Woo and Velvet Teddy, and the colors that I did want were out of stock (ehem Mehr ehem). As I was walking away from the counter, I realized they had the Taraji P Henson Viva Glam collection out and I got super excited. If you follow me on Instagram, you should already know that Taraji P Henson is my queen. I frigging love this woman! She's one of my all time favorite actresses (you need to watch Empire and Hidden Figures) and I love her personality off screen as well. I had seen pictures of this collection online earlier but I wasn't sure if it would be available in the land of Cedars. Since I'm really not a lipgloss person, I obviously went for the lipstick instead of the lipglass. As mentioned, I've had this lipstick for a while now so I thought I'd share my thoughts on it. 





Color and pigmentation:
It's a bright pink/fuchsia, it gives me "Barbie went to college, graduated and got a job" vibes. As in it's not a full on barbie pink... more like a mature Barbie version. 

Mac describes it as:  bright, medium-dark fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones.

Finish:
Matte, just the way I like it.

How long does it last:
I've always had a good experience with MAC lipsticks and longevity, especially their Matte lipsticks. Just like my Heroine lipstick, it lasts a while before fading away and once it does fade there's a stain that remains which usually last until the next day. On an average night out, it will last through happy hour and will only start fading away once food comes into play. 



Does it feel drying:
Absolutely not! Even though it's a matte finish, it is not drying at all. It applies on very smoothly and doesn't drag along your lips during the process. Although it doesn't feel moisturizing, it also doesn't feel drying. You honestly don't even feel it on your lips once it is applied...


Rating: 4/5


[image via essence.com]



What is the Viva Glam Collection?

"Since 1994, 100 percent of the proceeds from the purchase of any MAC Viva Glam product has gone to the MAC AIDS Fund. This important organization addresses the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting a wide range of international groups and providing services to those living with the illness." - Popsugar






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