Review: MAC Viva Glam Cyndi (Lauper) Lipstick

By Voxy  

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.


MAC Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick: $14

Provenance: Poichased.

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!)

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  1. avatar baz
    Posted February 18, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Permalink | Reply


    Say it ain´t so!!!


  2. avatar marigolds
    Posted February 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I LOVE the Lauperlippie on you – I wonder if I can pull that off. (And the Ruby Woo was a big disappointment for me too – it feels like crap [so dry!] and is too blue for me – it def heightens the rosiness in my skin too much.) Sigh. Anybody want to make a trade? I paid like $30 for the Ruby Woo on ebay because it was discontinued or something.


    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 17, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Permalink | Reply

      Uh-oh, I have really bad news for you… the Ruby Woo is not discontinued. ::ducks::

      The Lauperlippie (love that, by the way) is definitely not dry. I was worried it might be, but it’s very creamy.


      • avatar Alice Wonderbra
        Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:35 pm | Permalink | Reply

        ruby woo IS discontinued…but only the A-Mei version from what i understand (she is a taiwanese pop star). ruby woo is purchasable still (as long they aren’t out =( i went to mac last night and they told me i had to wait for a shipment in two weeks) in the normal version.

        if you want a bright bluish lipstick in matte like the ruby woo is, try the mac russian red. it has a bit less blue in it, is brighter, and has more moisture but is still 50s pin-up red (it was made for madonna in the early 90s)

        i know this is a month late but thought i should share =)


        • avatar Voxy
          Posted March 28, 2010 at 10:39 pm | Permalink | Reply

          Oh, that’s good to know! Thanks for the info!

          I do love the Russian Red, too… so many nice red lippies, so little time! :D


  3. Posted February 15, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Permalink | Reply

    I have always been a huge Cyndi Lauper fan.

    When I was a kid a prof in my dad´s department was hired who looked just like Cyndi Lauper to me. She had a huge poster of her on her office door. Oooh, I thought she was amazing and so strong and interesting and intelligent and unique. I was gaga (Why didn´t I get the name Lady Gaga? I´m always gaga)…

    So, anyway, I will definitely have to have this despite the fact that I like my lipstick deep…Matte Russian Red Mac or Ruby Woo Red Mac.



    • avatar Voxy
      Posted February 16, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Permalink | Reply

      I really wanted Russian Red or Ruby Woo to work on me and neither one did. I might be able to swing Russian Red with just the right other makeup, but Ruby Woo is way too blue-toned for me. Which is a pity, because I love the color so much!


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