There’s not much more impressive in the beauty world than a product that can transcend your features and look stunning on a huge range of faces. We don’t come across these often – the blush that gives everyone a peachy glow, the moisturiser that works just as well on oily skin as it does on dry. They’re a rare commodity.
We’ve been on the hunt for a lipstick that fits this brief for quite some time and we FINALLY found it in MAC’s Viva Glam Ariana Grande. It costs R220 and it’s awesome.
Perhaps it’s just us but we didn’t expect something quite so sexy and vampy from Ariana Grande. When you think of Ariana, you think of killer high notes and super-sweet ponytails, not a dark, matte shade that wouldn’t look out of place in a Twilight movie. But we went with it – we’re suckers for dramatic beauty looks. The gothy shade is seriously on-trend right now, too, which always helps.
It’s deep and vaguely purple – ideal for adding edge to your evening look. But could we pull it off? We tried the new lipstick out on six of our COSMO staffers, and guess what? They all looked hot AF.
Shantel Peskin, advertising controller
‘I never thought this deep, dark colour would suit me but in the end I loved the bad-girl look.’
Cleo Marcopoulos, fashion assistant
‘Vampy – in a good way. Never thought I’d opt for such a dark shade until now. Takes a while to get used to but it definitely makes you stand out!’
Joelle Kalumba, beauty intern
‘Loved it. It wasn’t dry and it gave my lips a nice finish.’
Juana Parathyras, beauty editor
‘We’ve seen dramatic lips on the runways of New York, London, Paris and Milan, so this colour is trending hard right now. It’ll make your jeans-and-tee look edgy and cool.’
Lesley Marchant, content producer
‘I’m pretty basic when it comes to makeup, so I don’t own anything like this. That’s why I was so surprised by how much I loved it. The colour is so amazing, I literally refused to take it off after my photo was taken. I didn’t even care that everyone kept asking me, “Ooooohhh, where are you going?”’
Victoria Meder, senior advertising creative
‘It was a strong shade of purple, which could probably suit just about anyone. It can be super-edgy yet chic at the same time.’
How cool is that? Six women, six different skin tones – but they all look absolutely badass in MAC Viva Glam Ariana Grande. We’re impressed.
ICYMI, the exclusive celeb editions of MAC Viva Glam lipsticks are more than just a gorgeous beauty product. They’re also life-saving. Every penny of the selling price of each MAC Viva Glam lipstick goes towards the MAC Aids Fund, a charity devoted to taking action against HIV and Aids, raising awareness and supporting sufferers. Amazing.