Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Mac Viva Glam Gaga ii Lipstick Swatch Dupe Comparisons

MAC Cosmetics released the second edition of Viva Glam Gaga on February 17th, 2011. The original Viva Glam Gaga lipstick sold more than any other Viva Glam product and raised millions of dollars for the MAC Aids Fund, so it makes sense that they once again teamed with Lady Gaga for Viva Glam Gaga ii.

This lipstick is a nude color with a very slight coral lean. Depending on your skin tone, it may look pink undertoned or coral undertoned. Below is swatches of Viva Glam Gaga ii compared to many other similar colors. Note that you can click the pictures for a larger view.

From Left to Right: Wet N Wild 902C, NYX Honey, Viva Glam Gaga II, NYX Circe, Jordana Matte Nude, NYC Pumpkin Pi
The closet shade to gaga appears to be NYX Circe. It has a very, very slight difference and on the lips, you won't be able to tell at all. Gaga also tends to have just a bit more shine than Circe. Honey would be the next shade closest to Gaga with honey being just a tiny bit darker. If you found that Gaga is too light for you, but you really liked it, Honey may be an alternative for you. Jordana Matte Nude and Wet N Wild were a couple shades darker, with Wet N Wild being more orange toned than Gaga. Pumpkin Pie was also darker and had more of an orange tone.

 Wet N Wild, NYX Honey, Gaga 2, NYX Circe
Texture wise, Gaga is much more smooth feeling than the other brands, but NYX has the closest texture to Gaga but has just a bit more slippery feel to it. Jordana and Wet N Wild are both mattes so they have a much drier texture than Gaga.

Scent wise, the Jordana Matte Nude has a vanilla scent very similar to Gaga, but the Jordana is more subtly scented than Gaga.

Who will love this lipstick?
-Fans of light nudes such as myth, creme d' nude, etc
-People who love mac amplified creme finishes
-Gaga's little monsters
-Pale skin tones because this is actually light enough to be nude for you

Who won't like this lipstick?
-Medium skin tones who dislike the concealer lip look (unless you wear a gloss over it)
-People who don't like vanilla scents

Overall, I like the Viva Glam Gaga ii lipstick better than the other lipsticks because it wears longer and feels the creamiest, although NYX is a great lipstick for a fraction of the price. But keep in mind that all of the money for the Viva Glam lipstick is going to charity. Hopefully these swatches and comparisons helped you out with your decision on whether or not to purchase the lipstick.

What do you think of the new Viva Glam Gaga 2 lipstick? Have you tried it or are you planning to try it?  Comment below and let me know.

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xo - Glamatronic


organic cosmetic brushes said...

I simply love the neutral and nude shapes.The shades depend on the skin tone of the user...therefore must be carefully chosen.

Glamatronic said...

@organic Yes, shades can look very different depending on skin tone.

Jam said...

I'm around an nc25-nc30 and I loveee this lipstick!! I picked up the gloss the otter day and I don't really like it as much as the lipstick :S. It's more brown. I was thinking of returning it or exchanging it for the lipstick so I have a back up lol. But atleast if I do decide to keep it I know there are dupes for it:)

Glamatronic said...

@Jam Yes, the gloss is a bit more dark and brown for some reason. I think they may have done that so that the people who found the lipstick to be too light could put the gloss over it and darken it up a bit. But that is a bit disappointing to those who wanted it to be a matching gloss.

Yes, you'll be sure to find some dupes to the lipstick. I've found a few more since posting this and it seems similar shades keep popping-up everywhere now.

Andrea M. said...

Thank you so much for your post! It helped me so much and saved me a lot of time going out to find the closest shade to Gaga 2. I purchased Viva Glam Gaga 2 and absolutely loved it. I never really wore nudes on my lips until this one came out. It fits me perfectly! and seems to be the only nude shade that does due to my fair skin. I'm running out of it and don't even want to use it anymore because I don't want it to waste! thanks to you I can go check these shades out :) Also, I know that this shade was limited edition, but does anyone know where I can MAYBE find another one? THANKS!! :)

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