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Review: Lady Gaga Viva Glam MAC lipstick

I try to exercise restraint when it comes to impulse register purchases, because if I didn't, I'd have buckets of ChapSticks and Tide To Go pens and AA batteries and iTunes gift cards I don't need.

But it was a little harder at the MAC counter.

I recently dashed into the International Plaza store to pick up my fave brow pencil ("Lingering" is the shade for you blondies), and as I was checking out, I saw it.

The new Lady Gaga Viva Glam lipstick.

MAC has sold Viva Glam celebrity products for ages to benefit AIDS causes, which is great. And I'm an unabashed Lady Gaga fan. I've seen her in concert and even dressed like her for Halloween a couple years back (I can't tell you how many tracks of blond weave it took to make that hair button). I like to crank Born This Way when my stomach laps over my pants to remind myself I was BORN with a cupcake in my mouth. Or something.

That wouldn't be enough to make me cave, typically. But I was also intrigued by the color -- or, rather, lack of color. It looked totally nude in the tube, but kind of brownish and pretty on her in the hyper-airbrushed Vaseline lens photo. Would it be the perfect shade to match my beloved smokey eyes? Or was I just kidding myself? Rather than humiliate myself and ask the MAC clerks to slather a pop singer's shade all over my face at the register, I just threw it down and paid the $14.50 (ouch, it hurts).

It put it on as soon as I got in the car (duh). It is SERIOUSLY nude folks. It's like concealer-level nude. It was a little jarring at first, almost theatrical, which makes sense given Lady Gaga once repelled from a stage bleeding from the chest claiming it was some ode to Princess Diana. I topped it with some Sephora sheer lip gloss from my purse, and it instantly softened the look. I've actually worn it quite a few times that way.

Which leads me to the biggest annoyance of all. There was a Lady Gaga Viva Glam lip gloss in the same shade. If I had taken the time to let the sweet little man wearing eyeliner help me, I could have saved myself a step and just bought that.

Le sigh.

Deal Diva Stephanie

Photos: MAC

Posted by Stephanie Hayes at 4:56:46 pm on May 19, 2011