Sunday, March 31, 2013

MAC Viva Glam Nicki 2 Amplified Lipstick: Swatches and Mini-Review

This is a chalky, dusty lavender-toned creme lipstick that's little more cool and grey than Saint Germain.
As you can see in the comparative swatches above, it's not as much of a true-purple as the 2 Lime Crime purples, but it's also not a true pink either.
On the lip, it has a tendency to look much chalkier and more lavender than it does in the tube, so this is not a color for the faint-hearted. There is nothing natural looking about it. It's much lighter than my lips, even on my light NC25 skin.

This is a creamy amplified lipstick, so it's quite opaque, but not as thick and pigmented as a matte or satin lipstick in MAC's range. The creaminess means that when you press your lips together or roll your lips, the lipstick can shift and start to look patchy in areas, so that's one of the problems you might experience if you have pigmented lips.
If you have a pale liner or lip primer that is skin-colored, that will help to minimize or mask the unevenness.

Very hard to say, because it depends on each person's habit (whether you have a tendency to bite or lick your lips, etc. I'd say this wears like any regular creamy lipstick. Not particularly long-wearing but not too bad.
Layering it over a liner does definitely help a lot, but it might also change the appearance of the lips slightly.


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