Review & Swatches: MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick & Lip Gloss

Following the success of its partnership with Lady Gaga for the first Viva Glam Gaga lip colors, MAC has again teamed up with the pop star for a new set of limited-edition nude lip products.

This is a review of the new Viva Glam Gaga lipstick and lip gloss. Both cost $14.50 and 100% of the proceeds go to the MAC AIDS Fund.

For more information, please visit And check out the intriguing introduction video, below.

MAC Viva Glam 2 Intro Video

Packaging: 9.5/10
This packaging is exactly the same as the packaging for the previous Viva Glam Gaga items. Instead of being silver, the lipstick tube is red and features Lady Gaga’s signature. The outside of the lip gloss also features her autograph, giving both lip products an extra packaging flare. As with most of MAC’s items, this packaging is sleek and simple.


Lipstick: 8/10
Viva Glam Gaga 2 is an Amplified lipstick and goes on smoothly. The lipstick is a light neutral beige color. The finish has a nice sheen (not at all matte), has medium-to-full opacity, and isn’t drying. As with all MAC lipsticks, this one has a light vanilla scent. I’m neutral when it comes to vanilla scents, and I don’t find this one at all off-putting, so this probably won’t bother you unless you are very sensitive to smells.

Because of its color, the effect on your lips can be somewhat odd. For me, this color matches my skin color almost exactly (NC 20-25), which made my lips blend in completely with the rest of my face. Now, technically, that means this is a perfectly nude lipstick. The problem is, when most of us think of the “perfect nude” lipstick, we don’t actually mean a color that is exactly like the rest of the skin on our face. The lack of any pink in Viva Glam Gaga 2 makes it difficult to work with for people with skin lighter than NC/W 30. For those skin colors, nudes need some tint–pink or peach–to keep them from washing out the face.

This color could work, though, for darker skin tones (NC/W 30-40) as a light nude color. A darker complexion will contrast the lipstick color enough so that it doesn’t wash out the face. Once you get to about NC/W 40 or 42, though, I think this color will be too light.

Lip Gloss: 7/10

The lip gloss color is almost the same as the lipstick color, except that the gloss has more grey in it. The grey tint and lack of any pink hue make this color a bit unflattering.

The application is also splotchy. After you apply it, the color seems to pull toward the middle of the lips, leaving the edges with less color.

Last, this gloss has shimmers. The shimmers really don’t add anything to the effect, and it’s actually kind of an odd pairing, given the gloss’s color. I can’t really describe why it looks strange, but hopefully you’ll be able to tell what I mean by the images below.

Ease of Use:

Lipstick: 9/10

This gloss goes on smoothly and evenly. Because it’s a neutral color, it’s also somewhat forgiving in application.

Lip Gloss: 8/10

The lip gloss takes a little work. The gloss goes on fine at first, but after a few seconds, the color clumps up in spots, making the finish uneven. You have to work with more layers of color to try to even it out.

Price: 9/10
These are the same price as MAC’s regular lipsticks and lip glosses. These two products get bonus points for supporting a great cause.




Lip Gloss

Toss if: you want an easy-to-work-with nude
Try if: you have NC/W 30-40 skin
Buy if: you want to support MAC’s AIDS fund–buy the Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Box

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lip Gloss

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lip Gloss Applicator

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Swatches: Lip Gloss, Lipstick, Lip Gloss on Top of Lipstick

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick Applied

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lip Gloss Applied

Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lip Gloss Applied on Top of Lipstick

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9 Responses to Review & Swatches: MAC Viva Glam Gaga 2 Lipstick & Lip Gloss

  1. Nory says:

    The lipstick and lipglass look nice with your skin color. I am an n/c 30 and cant wait to try this on in the store. I have been looking for a beige/nude. Hope this works out for me.

  2. Lisa B. says:

    It looks great on her, but I doubt it will work for me…I am asian so a lot of nudes not only wash me out, but also make my skin look unhealthy. I like the Amplified finish, too, but since its so pigmented, the color has to be perfect…otherwise I have to fuss with gloss, liner, etc….just to make it look decent, and I hate having to do all that…

  3. Michelle says:

    your review is spot-on! i’m nc20, and though i love the l/s, it’s definitely not an “easy” colour – works beautifully with vivid green e/s though!

  4. Kara Sanders says:

    I look horrible in nude lips, but the Supreme Lady Gaga could make a potato sack look awesome.

  5. TheElizabeth12395 says:

    *sigh* The Lipstick and Lipglass looks perfect on Gaga…but I guess I’ll buy less of the lipglass…and stock more on the lipstick :/ It looks so coppery and peachy on Gaga

  6. Kristi says:

    I got an even application with both the lipstick and lipgloss. I love this.p set.

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