MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson

MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. HensonMAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson

I have to admit that when I received the MAC Cosmetics VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson collection in the mail, I was suffering from a dose of winter blues. It was a particularly freezing Wednesday when the package arrived on my doorstep. My best friend had jetted off to Jamaica for a week, my two other friends had just come home from Hawaii, and here I was – staring out the living room window at snow drifts so huge – it kinda looked like I was peering out at a polar ice cap.

Now, I’m a HUGE fan of Cookie Lyon, the fiercely amazing matriarch of the Lyon family on the runaway hit show Empire. She *legit* made me rediscover Gucci. This woman “Cookie”…oh my God. Fearless, confident and smart yet mouthy, loud and a bit of a bully – she pretty much embodies the “Woman in Charge”. Several months ago, I sat glued to my tv devouring episode after episode – wishing I had the balls to wear a gold lamé suit to work or furs in all shades of the rainbow for no special reason at all. Us fashion bloggers are so colour-averse with our blush pink this and all white that, that Cookie Lyon’s style is an complete breath of fresh air. Gucci air. Siggghhhh….

MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson

Taraji P. Henson is an actress in a league of her own. A gifted performer, she’s also a noted author and singer (amazing voice – check her out in Hustle & Flow). It was her vocals on Three 6 Mafia’s 2006 hit It’s Hard Out There For A Pimp that in my opinion, elevated that song to a level that allowed it to win the Oscar for Best Original Song. So yeah….I’m a huge fan.

Back to those winter doldrums, MAC’s VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson Lipglass and Lipstick are so vividly pink and so bright and cheery, that they pulled my right out of my deep-freeze funk.

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipstick

MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. HensonMAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson

The brightest matte raspberry, VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson Lipstick is pretty much happiness in a stick. In fact, I’ve worn it several times since receiving it to rave reviews! As noted, this colour is an electric, cool-toned fuchsia that I feel is really flattering on most skin tones. It has a subtle pearlescent quality to it which I found highly flattering against its very pigmented, highly long-wearing matte finish. Frankly, this is the most perfect fuchsia lipstick for my own chocolate-coloured skin tone. You would have to pry this one out of my cold, dead hands…it’s so good.

MAC Cosmetics Viva Glam Taraji P. Henson Lipglass

MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson

Lipglass (top), Lipstick (bottom)

MAC Viva Glam x Taraji P. Henson

One coat of the highly pigmented Lipglass

Equally gorgeous is the Lipglass – a stunning raspberry/fuschia shade with a bright shimmering gloss effect. It’s on the cool side which in my opinion makes it that much easier to wear. The colour pay-off is incredible for a lipglass as I noticed that a little went a long way to achieve a great pop of pink colour. Never sticky or goopy, the lip glass formulation feels great on and lasted a while. In addition, the shimmer seems silvery yet is subtle enough to not make you look like a disco ball and it looks particularly amazing layered over the VIVA GLAM Taraji P. Henson Lipstick.

Both the lipstick and lipglass come in fun, neon pink packaging, both adorned with Ms. Henson’s signature. I honestly think I’ll swing by MAC Cosmetics to pick up a couple more, I’m obsessed with these shades.

Rest assured knowing that all sales from wildly popular VIVA GLAM collection benefits women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Have you been lucky enough to try this lipstick and lipglass from this collaboration? What did you think?

Happy Valentine’s Day to all of you! Wishing you much love on this romantic day!

*A very big thank you to MAC Cosmetics for providing press samples in exchange for my honest opinion.

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24 Comments

  1. February 14, 2017 / 2:06 pm

    This MAC lip color is absolutely gorgeous! It is perfect for adding a touch of color to your makeup and perfect for Valentine’s Day 🙂
    ~Jessica

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 14, 2017 / 4:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Jessica! I’m truly in love with it!

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Ahaha, Kathryn! If it makes you feel any better, I wasn’t aware either and I’m usually all over the MAC website. I believe this is her second collab too! xo

  2. February 14, 2017 / 7:01 pm

    The colour is amazing! Im a fan of taraji but i wasnt aware of this collab maybe ill go get myself one of those more likely the matte ♥

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:27 am

      I think it would be really flattering on you, Nique! Let me know if you get it, girl! xo

  3. February 14, 2017 / 8:20 pm

    The colour looks beautiful on you. It is my kind of go to colour ??

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:25 am

      Ahh Kenny! Thank you! You read my mind. I’ve been wearing it daily! LOL!

  4. February 14, 2017 / 10:55 pm

    This color looks amazing on you. I love the color, I need to buy this. Thank you for sharing.

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:25 am

      MAC has some really great limited editions right now. You should check out their Colour Rocker collection too. So fun!

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thank you, Brittany!!

  5. February 15, 2017 / 9:53 am

    Both look great but I think the lipstick is my fave! Thanks for sharing!

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thanks, Girlie! This shade would be so pretty on you.

  6. February 15, 2017 / 10:15 am

    I absolutely love MAC, and this shade looks fabulous on you! Viva Glam is always a good choice!

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 10:24 am

      Thank you so much, my dear!

  7. February 15, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    I do love Taraji, especially in Hustle & Flow. And I’m digging this viva glam shade on you for sure.

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 15, 2017 / 1:09 pm

      Thank you, Cheryl! Not sure if you are big lipstick girl, but this would look bomb on you too!

  8. February 15, 2017 / 6:58 pm

    It’s soooo funny to think that the tarji now was the same one who played in Hustle and Flow. I loved her then and I love her now, and I love that she has her own makeup line. The lipstick looks so pretty and compliments you so well! Glad you got it for yourself!

    Danielle | FollwoMyGut.com <3

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 16, 2017 / 9:06 am

      Right! I agree about Taraji! Happy for her too! Thanks for your kind words, bella!

    • Dominique
      Author
      February 16, 2017 / 9:05 am

      Thank you so much!!

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