Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj Join the MAC Viva Glam Fam

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Viva la Vida Glam, Barbz! The new Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj for MAC Viva Glam collection just danced onto my desk, and I’m in the mood to celebrate.


Both the yellowish pink Viva Glam Nicki Lipstick ($14.50) and the clear Lip Conditioner ($15) just feel so springy and fun! Plus, like all Viva Glam products, 100% of the proceeds of Viva Glam Nicki and Lip Conditioner sales go to the MAC AIDS fund, which helps women, children and men living with HIV/AIDS.

With just one tube at a time, millions have been raised since the program’s start in 1994. Gotta love that. ๐Ÿ™‚

Swatches of Viva Glam Nicki on the left and Lip Conditioner in Clear on the right

Wearing MAC Viva Glam Nicki


Wearing Lip Conditioner in Clear atop MAC Viva Glam Nicki, plus more proof that it’s impossible to out-pose a kitty supermodel!

A few quick observations

  • MAC didn’t hold back with the pigment in Viva Glam Nicki, and one layer easily creates full coverage. It also sports MAC’s signature vanilla flavor and scent (yum!).
  • Lip Conditioner feels light, non-sticky and smooth, and like Viva Glam Nicki, it rocks the classic MAC vanilla flavor and scent.
  • I like layering Lip Conditioner atop Viva Glam Nicki. It seems to tone down the brightness and make it a little more wearable.

Find both Viva Glam Nicki and Lip Conditioner at MAC counters, stores and online in North America this month and internationally in March.

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  1. Natalie Martinez says:

    I have been waiting for the release since I saw the ad! I want that lipstick!

  2. Livia says:

    I love VG Nicki! Especially since its part of the Viva Glam campaign. But how does it compare to VG Gaga 1 ?

  3. Whoa you posted this lightening fast! I JUST saw the press released yesterday!

    I don’t think I can pull the lipstick off at all, but I like how it looks on you! The lip conditioner sounds promising however. I’m just going to admit I used to have a huge crush on Ricky Martin more than 10 years ago and I still like him a lot!
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  4. Tiffany says:

    Ok, I was ready to hate this… I don’t care for Nicki Minaj but it actually doesn’t look bad.I’ll have to try it in person.

  5. Gina says:

    Oh my god, that lipstick is even better than I expected! High five for yellow toned pinks! I might get the lip conditioner too, just because it’s such a great cause to support (and you can never have too many lip balms)!

  6. Chelle says:

    Sweet!! Cannot wait to get mine tomorrow. Karen it looks lovely on you ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. SWATCHES YAY! I keep seeing press releases for this, but I have been wondering what it actually looks like.
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  8. NeutraKris says:

    This shade looks lovely on you! How do you think it will wear on fairer skinned ladies? Is it strongly blue-toned?
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  9. This is beautiful on you!!! Tabs is looking as handsome as ever!

  10. Brian AKA Roulette says:

    I can’t wait to pick this one up…At last Update, the total raised was $140M+ for HIV charities, and its all localized, so it really does affect YOUR community. (Here in AZ, if I remember correctly, it goes to SAAF, the Southern Arizona AIDS Fund.) They should have a new total when I go again on Sunday.

    Love this color, looks so pretty! Without the blue undercast that Gaga1 had, this shade is totally wearable for most skin tones and perfect for spring/summer!!

    (Also personally thrilled this is a satin and not a lustre finish…mmm, pigment. *drool* )

    You look great, your highlights have exploded and multiplied, I love it!! Soooo cute!


    • Inday says:

      Thank you so much for this information Brian, I had no idea the donations were made to LOCAL organizations! I love the Viva Glam campaign, and this is just one more reason to put my money where my lips are ๐Ÿ˜‰

      I just ordered my VG Nicki Minaj yesterday and after seeing these swatches am in full on EXCITED mode!

  11. Pamela M says:

    Omg Ive been waiting for swatches of this lipstick! Can’t wait to pick this up on Thursday! It’s sooooo pretty!

  12. Melody says:

    Wow, it looks great on you, Karen! I’m so glad it’s yellow -toned. I mean, I love Viva Glam Gaga, but my skin is quite yellow and blue-based pinks can look harsh on me. Although it’s funny, now that I think about it, I prefer blue-based reds. Undertones are still a mystery to me. Anyway, this is a great addition to a great cause. Adding the conditioner was a good idea, too. I’ve never been too interested in it, but I’m inclined to check it out since my purchase would help people.

  13. peach_ says:

    That is such a fun color! Good to know the lip conditioner isn’t sticky at all but still has the MAC vanilla scent. SO comforting and yummy! I’ve always admired the Viva Glam program for donating 100% of proceeds anytime of the year, when many others only donate a small percentage for a limited time.
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  14. Nina says:

    someone sent me a personal code to order the VG Nicki in advance … and im waiting for it to be delivered to me! i cant wait — a yellow toned red is awesome news to me!

    and ricky – your lip conditioner shall be mine! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ps – ricky martin in glee next wk. ill watch just for that. ๐Ÿ˜€

  15. Alicia says:

    What is the finish of the lipstick?

  16. Melli says:

    Very pretty, but not sure if I can pull it off. :


  17. polarbelle says:

    I would have never thought it would be wearable till I saw it on you. It’s pretty. Is the lip conditioner the same as it always has been, just repackaged?
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  18. Adrienne says:

    Iv been waiting for this since I heard that David Lachapelle was doing the promo photography, and it’s finally almost here!! Though from what I saw oft he promo photo online, I wish he’d pushed the envelope more. I saw an exhibition of his when I was studying in Paris, and he has some amazing work!!

    I love MAC’s dedication to their AIDS fund, whenever the other Estee brands do their breast cancer month promotions, it really bothers me how much profit they still make. Like, really Estee, you can only donate 20% of your Breast Cancer Foundation packaged products? And this year Origins repackaged their Make A Difference cream, in a smaller size that was more per ounce than their usual jar, and only donated $5 per jar to the foundation. I love MAC because they actually care a lot about their cause, whereas when other brands, Estee’s children included, do something, it feels bandwagon-ey

    • Karen says:

      Hi Adrienne,

      I think it’s super cool that they do this just because they can, you know? Viva Glam is one of the many reasons why I adore the line. ๐Ÿ™‚

      • Adrienne says:

        VIva Glam, and also their real push to encourage customers to recycle (Back to MAC). The Mac girls at my store also hold little fundraisers with the Macy’s employees for the Mac aids fund, and volunteer in the community through the company. I love it ๐Ÿ™‚ I also like that if I buy a Viva Glam lipstick, and my gf says “baaabe, did you buy more makeup?!” I can say “nope, babe, I made a $15 donation to charity and got a free lipstick for it!” LOL

        I’m super excited for this lipstick, the color is SO CUTE!

  19. Sam says:

    I REALLY loves this color. After seeing how beautifully it brightens up people’s faces across the internet, I’ve been stalking MAC’s website to make it mine! Do you think EvRev would look nice over this?

  20. This pink lipstick looks so flirty on you – LOVE IT! I may actually get this. ๐Ÿ™‚
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  21. Veronica says:

    Does anyone know if this lipstick is LE or Permanent? I really want to get my hands on it. It looks really nice.

  22. Mandy says:

    This color is gorgeous but I don’t know if I would be handle the hotness of this color hehe

  23. Rita says:

    Looks good on you!

  24. Angela G. says:

    Woo hoo! I just filed my taxes yesterday and I’m supposed to receive a refund. I know what I’m gonna buy now! Just gotta keep my fingers crossed and hope that they don’t sell out on this baby before I get my hands on some cash. LOL

  25. Calin lin says:

    Can you make a comparison for the lipsticks similar to it? ๐Ÿ™‚ I am thinking of getting this one but I am afraid that I wont suite me.. thanks!

  26. It’s bright, but stunning on you. Is the lip conditioner moisturizing enough or is there better out there?

  27. Anything for an aids fund.. plus the lipstick looks very pretty!!
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  28. Naj says:

    Hey Karen,

    How are you? Btw, so totally looking forward to March! It’s the kind of pink I’ve been searching for. Wooo!

  29. Diana J says:

    That is a very pretty pink! Looks great on you!

  30. Suji says:

    That lipstick is GORGE! Going on my wish list, stat.

  31. artemis says:

    looks gorgeous on you! i love that kind of pink ๐Ÿ˜€ very pretty ๐Ÿ™‚ wish i could find a non-drying yellow toned pink lipstick over here that i’d afford(it’s hard being a teen in Romania, lol)
    cute t-shirt too ๐Ÿ˜€
    hehe, looks like tabby is jealous on your lips ๐Ÿ˜€ he’s looking away
    just kidding ๐Ÿ˜€

  32. Emily says:

    Looks beautiful on you!!! Xx

    But tell me is it pink Friday?!?

  33. cassi teague says:

    Karen, you look absolutely beautiful in these pictures! That color is fabulous on you!!

  34. I think it’s awesome that MAC does this and it’d be great if more cosmetic companies followed their example. It’s such a great cause, and that 100% goes to the fund is really outstanding. And it encourages me to try colors I wouldn’t normally try–like Viva Glam Cyndi. I was convinced I just shouldn’t wear red, and then I tried Cyndi. I almost went into a panic attack when I thought I had misplaced it last week! ๐Ÿ™‚
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  35. Lerina says:

    I’ve been looking around my lip collection to see if there’s a possible dupe for it and NYX Black Label lipstick in “heather” looks VERY similar on me. Just thought I’d mention for those who can’t get this one.

  36. precious says:

    This Lipstick is beautiful!! I thought it looked more corally from the first pics of it I saw but now I see its a beautiful bright pink! Might I say in the same color fam as “Impassioned”…maybe not!!! Would definitely get this! ๐Ÿ˜€

  37. Miley says:

    Im itching to t my hands on this! I wonder why this isn’t listed on he website! ๐Ÿ™

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