The lastest MAC Viva Glam collection, collaborating with MAC favourite Rihanna has just launched Stateside and I manged to pick up both the gloss and lipstick. If you haven't heard of the Viva Glam range, every cent of the selling price of the range goes towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Past collaborations have been with icons such as RuPaul, Sir Elton John, Mary J. Blige, Boy George, Christina Aguilera, Missy Elliott, Pamela Anderson, Dita Von Teese, Fergie, Cyndi Lauper, Lady Gaga, Ricky Martin and Nicki Minaj.
Both items feature limited edition red packaging with Rihanna's signature. The red packaging is actually really lovely and makes a nice change to the standard black. However, be warned, it picked up fingerprints, dust and dirty horribly and is a nightmare to keep clean.
Viva Glam Rihanna lipstick is a bold frosted red. It has a metallic sheen to it which isn't very visible on application but as the lipstick dries down becomes more apparent. I would definitely wear this in the evening rather than daytime but it's very striking and wearable. On me it doesn't lean particularly blue or orange toned and I like the creamy/glossy finish.
The Viva Glam Rihanna lipglass is a somewhat sheerer strawberry red with micro red glitter. I like the lip glass formula-it's not sticky and I was pleased that this gloss didn't just leave behind glitter particles stuck to the lips once the colour had gone. Wear time was quite short, not much more than an hour.
Both are limited edition but should be easier to get hold of that the previous Rihanna collections. It's still showing as 'coming soon' on the MAC UK website but I got mine directly from the US site.
Will you be purchasing the latest Viva Glam collection?