Viva Glam is one small (yet amazing) facet of MAC’s enormously successful AIDS charity, the MAC AIDS Fund. MAC donates 100% of the purchase price of the Viva Glam products to help people living with AIDS — it’s like you make a contribution to a worthy cause, and they give you a free lipstick to say thanks.
Various celebrities have collaborated with the Viva Glam program since its 1994 creation. Six months ago, MAC introduced two new Viva Glam lipstick shades in honor of their newest spokeswomen: the limited editionÂ Cyndi and Gaga (for Cyndi Lauper and Lady Gaga).
Building on the success of these two lipsticks, MAC created two limited edition Viva Glam Lipglasses (with corresponding names, in corresponding shades). The glosses are also limited edition, and will be available for the next six months. They officially go on sale September 2, so you have until next February to stock up on both the lipsticks and the glosses.
Lipglass is MAC’s most opaque lipgloss formula, and I am surprised by how incredibly much I love Cyndi. I am much more a lipstick person than a lipgloss person, but I can’t believe I’ve stumbled across such an amazingly perfect shade, and that it costs so little.
The price of all MAC lipsticks and glosses is going up to $14.50 (bringing them to parity with the eyeshadows). It’s just that time again; all brands periodically raise their prices. Take comfort in the fact that your extra 50 cents will still go to charity.