MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson II

I loved the MAC Lipglass from Taraji P. Henson's first Viva Glam collection for MAC so I was delighted when I heard about the second collection, MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson II. It contains two Lipsticks; one in bright fuchsia in a matte texture and the other in a creamy texture with a metallic, rich, deep bronze tone. There is also a Lipglass in a warm, honey-golden hue.

Viva Glam was created in 1994 as a bold red lipstick, to raise money and awareness for AIDS/HIV. RuPaul was the first face of Viva Glam and since then, there have been many collaborations and different shades to choose from. More importantly, 100% of the purchase price of Viva Glam products goes to the MAC AIDS Fund.

I tried the creamy metallic Lipstick which I found to be rather dreamy. I love metallic lipsticks and this is the best one I have tried so far. One swipe gives a bold, warm bronze colour (although I always apply more) and the metal effect means it doesn’t make the rest of my face look dull, which is a risk with brown lipsticks.

Unlike other metallic lipsticks, it doesn’t have glitter particles which stick in the lines on my lips. It is very smooth-looking and very comfortable to wear. When wearing it I feel like I am channelling the mid-1990s music video vibes - Mary J. Blige, TLC, Salt-n-Pepa etc. which can only be a good thing. As for wear time, it's fine for a couple of hours as long as you aren't eating. I find that the more comfortable lipsticks don’t usually survive food and drink. The good thing though is when it fades, it doesn’t look hideous, giving enough time to touch up before any embarrassment. 

The Lipglass is also nice but I'm not convinced it is all that unique. I've seen similar shades by other brands, including those from the same 1990's era. Worn alone, it is like any other MAC Lipglass I have tried. It has a reasonable wear time and as it is a gloss, it is sticky but not uncomfortably so. My lips are cool-toned so it gave them a much-needed warm lift. There are fine-glitter particles to add to the high shine.

Layering the two products produces a new shade with added dimension, unlike others where the gloss and the lipstick are the same shade so you just get a shiny version of it. The golden gloss warms up and takes the edge off the lipstick which some will welcome. I prefer the drama of the deep bronze. The more I look at this combination, the more I think about eating the chocolate and caramel Kellogg's Rice Krispies Squares. I also tried this Lipglass as an eye gloss. In short, I love it like that.

I like both products and can see myself purchasing a spare Taraji P. Henson Viva Glam II Lipstick.

The MAC Viva Glam Taraji P Henson II Lipstick is priced at £16.50 and the Lipglass is £15.50.

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