This is an overdue post.. but I finally gathered myself to edit the pictures :p I guess I'm slacking a bit on my blogging lately since my personal life seems to be getting busier than before.
But, here it is. The missing half of the Viva Glams 2010 - the Cyndi lipstick.
Gaga is sold out in many stores, but Cyndi seems to be in stock in most of the individual stores, so if this review interests you - you should go check it out and swatch it at the store.
So here's how the lipstick looks like. The mac website describes it as a high-lustre finish and a light coral-red color.
I do admit it does have a hint of coral, but a hint is all. The color is heavily loaded with redness. It looks bloody red in dark lighting but the coral tint shows when you have a lot of light going on.
Since it's a lustre finish the pigmentation isn't harsh when applied on smooth surfaces. It also has that semi-transparent sheen that most lustre finishes have.
I pulled out a couple of similar shades from MAC (L-R: Creamsheen "crosswires", Viva Glam "Cyndi", Lustre "Lady Bug" and Frost "Crazee")
all lipticks were swatched directly on my skin, three strokes each.
As you can see Cyndi doesn't seem to show that much of a difference from other reds, so it's hard to justify yourself to buy this lippie if you already have a similar color.
Also, it's more of a wearable red, rather than a light coral-red.
You can see what I mean on the lip swatches below.
(from top to bottom: bare lips, half applied, fully applied)
I do think it's a cute, flirty red color which won't make you look old. But on the other hand, it's hard to say that it's a special color. It doesn't have that "wow" factor, it's just a cute red lipstick with Cyndi Lauper's name to it. Also, the lasting power isn't great (well, most lustres seem to have horrible lasting power) and you have to wipe out the residue with a tissue and reapply it every now and then. And although the lipstick applies with a nice sheen, when it starts to wear off - it makes you lips look and feel dry (lustres in general are like this).
Don't get me wrong, I don't hate this lipstick. I am going to keep this to use for some occasions and I do think it's a cute color. But I just wouldn't consider buying it again.
I forgot to take a full shot of how the lipstick looks. I borrowed a picture from Cynthia - you guys should check her blog and YT channel out - or just simply click on the picture :)
* Cynthia is a shade or two darker than my skin tone, and I think it blends in with her wayyyy better than me :p
* I didn't compare it with the Gaga lipstick since both are totally different colors.