If you had told me back in 1980-whatever that someday I would buy a lipstick designed by Cyndi Lauper, I would probably have laughed so hard I would have snorted New Coke all over my legwarmers.
However, when the choice is between a lippie designed by Cyndi Lauper and one designed by Lady Gaga, Cyndi is clearly the safer, more conservative choice.
The Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga lipsticks are MAC’s latest products in the VIVA GLAM series. Proceeds from sales of products in this line go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which focuses on curbing the spread of HIV and providing assistance and resources to those living with HIV and AIDS, with particular focus on the effects of AIDS and related diseases on women. The campaign also promotes awareness of safe-sex practices and HIV prevention among women and teens.
The Lady Gaga lippie is a pale pink, and when I say pale pink I mean paler than Pepto-Bismol but not all that much unlike it, actually. If you mix equal parts Pepto-Bismol and Milk of Magnesia you’ll probably have the color about right. (The fact that I associate Lady Gaga with Pepto-Bismol and Milk of Magnesia probably tells you something.) I cannot imagine any person it would look good on, including Lady Gaga.
The Cyndi lippie, on the other hand, is a lovely light red with a hint of coral. It wasn’t originally on my shopping list; I had my eye on the Rose Maiden lipstick from the Spring Color Forecast Coral collection, and I usually prefer to make my charitable donations directly rather than through purchasing products, so I wasn’t really thinking about it. As it happened, the other lipstick was too bubblegum for me, but the Cyndi was remarkably nice.
MAC lipsticks come in a variety of finishes and degrees of color saturation; both the Cyndi and the Gaga are the “lustre” lipsticks, which are not quite full coverage with one coat. You can easily build up to a fuller coverage with a second coat, or you can finish it off with a gloss (which is my preferred method, though in this photo I just applied 2 coats of lipstick so as not to distort the color). The lustre lipsticks have a very smooth, moisturizing lip-feel and a subtle, unobtrusive vanilla scent. They wear evenly and do not leave little gritty bits on your lips. They are also friendlier to chapped or dry lips than some other lipsticks. Not all of MAC’s lipsticks are this pleasant to wear — some of the long-lasting products can be drying, but that’s true of most long-wear lip products — but these lustre lipsticks are always nice. Wearlength is average and this color leaves little to no stain on me.
All in all I’m much more impressed than I thought I would be. She bop, indeed.
Price/Value Ratio (high-end: poor/fair/good/excellent): Excellent.
Purchase again? If I run out; they’re supposed to be available for a year.
(Have you used this product? Love it? Hate it? Want it? Give a holler in the comments!)