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MAC Viva Glam Cyndi and Gaga Swatches

Viva Glam Lipstick Puts a Smile on Our Lips

It's impressive enough that sales of MAC's Viva Glam lipstick have raised more than $150 million to help people affected by HIV/AIDS. But it's absolutely stunning to see what the purchase of just one Viva Glam lipstick can do. Every penny of the $14 price is donated to the MAC AIDS Fund, and here's a sampling of what a single lipstick can do in North America:

  • Buy 50 pounds of onions or 20 pounds of potatoes
  • Purchase a week's supply of groceries for two clients
  • Pay for eight home-cooked meals
  • Cover the cost of fuel for Manna trucks to make 37 deliveries of healthy meals
  • Pay for a medication organizer to help patients manage their complex needs

Internationally, that money goes even farther. One lipstick can:

  • Buy a pair of school shoes or stationery for a child orphaned by AIDS
  • Provide education to five HIV-positive pregnant women, helping them prevent transmission to their unborn children
  • Feed two children with two meals per day . . . for a month

All this from a little lipstick. To see what the new Viva Glam shades look like on people who aren't pop superstars, keep reading.

Two Bellas, two lipsticks, one consensus: these colors are much more wearable than we'd expected.

On the left, it's Viva Glam Cyndi, a light red with a tinge of coral. On the right, it's Viva Glam Gaga, a cool blue-toned pink. We, and more than a few people at Sugar HQ, were surprised by how versatile the colors are. You'd think that Gaga's color would look as bold as it does on her by default, but in real life, it can also look more innocent. What do you think?

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RubySnow RubySnow 5 years
I bought the Viva Glam Cyndi lipstick today and I completely love it! Amazing shade.
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 5 years
YAY! I wanted to buy these, but given my flyweight budget, I didn't have the cashola to spend on lippies I wouldn't wear...seeing them on you ladies, though, I can wear those! And wear them I SHALL!
pharm_chick pharm_chick 5 years
lets say my complexion is frieda pinto or a tad lighter... (olive/indian complexion lol). whould either color work for me? because i love the idea that i can get a lippie AND donate to charity all at once lol.
Camarogirl67 Camarogirl67 5 years
Wow. I had no idea each lipstick had such an impact. Literally buying one today.
Beauty Beauty 5 years
Yes, we were surprised by how easy-to-wear the red wound up being. A good "starter red" for anyone who's intimidated by what can be a really bold color.
KadBunny KadBunny 5 years
Based on the promo I thought Cyndi was going to be a deeper red but I'm kind of relieved it isn't. This is a much friendlier shade. So yess I adore my Viva Glam Cyndi--and MAC in general for this. :) Buy a lipstick, feed a child. What's not to love?
Slinxie Slinxie 5 years
I am interested in Gaga's shade because I've been looking for a nice pink thats not too baby-colored...
lostinsomniac lostinsomniac 5 years
I want one.. but I can't decide which! Maybe this means I should buy both.
zzleigh zzleigh 5 years
I bought both shades last week. I didn't think I'd be able to pull off Gaga's shade for a second but it actually is very cute and wearable! I love both of them!
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