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Ariana Grande Mac Viva Glam Lipstick

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Doesn’t everyone want to know what the latest Viva Glam lipstick from Mac is. I can feel a little less guilty knowing the profits go to charity. Many will have picked this up because it’s the Ariana Grande colab but I honestly hadn’t even heard her sing before! Knew she was a singer but that was it, for me it was all about the shade. Depending on your style this can be very wearable to very daring depending on the intensity you like.

Now the last few Mac collaborations had me wondering what they’d do next. The bright orange or pink from Miley Cyrus wasn’t for me but I loved the Rihanna red. I wore it in my Chloë Moretz look. I tend to pick statements shades but I know what might suit me & what really won’t!

Viva Glam Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande Mac Viva Glam Lipstick - swatch - close up

A Statement Look

When I bought this lipstick I feel like I swatched it & though this was a nice plum shade. Also it’s matte so of course I bought it! When I first tried it out though it’s like a whole different lipstick. The first swipe is a plum stain but by the time you get a nice even coat of lipstick it’s borderline black! As a matte lipstick this isn’t a forgiving one so if you have dry lips you’ll want to prep with a lip scrub, even an old toothbrush to exfoliate with & lip balm. If like me you forget these things then use a Lip Primer to cheat it, my fave is Clinique All About Lips.

Ariana Grande Mac Viva Glam Lipstick - extreme

At this point it’s a very deep plum if you look closely & are in daylight otherwise it will be mistaken for being black. I think many will put it away & forget about it but not me. I’ve worn this in this exact way a few times. Always give a shade the chance to work it may grow on you. It’s a strong contrast especially now I have bleach blonde hair but I like to make a statement! Also to say this is a Mac matte lipstick it starts off more satin & comfortable to apply. There’s enough to time to mess about with your lip line & like me make corrections. This dries down over an hour or so, it’s not transfer proof. It didn’t stain my face after eating when I smudged it a little. I could fix it without much effort which is how I like it!

The Everyday Plum

Ariana Grande Mac Viva Glam Lipstick - wearable

I know for most make-up lovers the vampy statement lip is too much so don’t lose all hope on this one. Something I almost never use but do own is a lip brush. This is a highly pigments lipstick as you know so a lip brush helps to spread the lipstick layer as thin as possible. This gives you back that plum shade & feels instantly matte. It can be built up more slowly so you can get a variation in shades maybe even a ombre effect with one lipstick. Mine looks a little patchy but that’s because I forgot to prep my lips (bad blogger)!

The full RRP less VAT of Viva Glam Ariana Grande goes towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS – Mac

Mac Viva Glam in Ariana Grande is £15.50

Which way would you be more likely to wear this Ariana Grande lipstick? Has any other make-up shades surprised you when you got them home & they were different to what you expected?

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