Wednesday, April 4, 2012

MAC Viva Glam Nicki & MAC Force of Love Lipstick from Chen Man Collection: Dupes?

Since it is summer where I am right now (though it still rains occasionally), I think it is the perfect time to put out my bright lipsticks that I rarely use to match the fun, wanna-go-to-the-beach mood. I'm not really fond of using bold colors on my face (and I've said this over and over again in my previous entries), but I still want to try them from time to time especially if it is the right season. And what better season to wear colors than when the sun is out and about, shining so bright on humans and trees. LOL. (And it's not like I have many choices anyway.Yey for being in a tropical country!)

Two of my recent bright-colored lipstick purchases are MAC Viva Glam Nicki and MAC Force of Love from Chen Man Collection. I've always been a fan of the Viva Glam line not only because the products are great, but also because it is for a good cause. So whenever a new addition comes up, I'll be sure to grab it. As for Force of Love, I've read from Temptalia that it is somewhat similar to Watch me Simmer, and since I missed it the first time (Thank God that MAC repromotes!),  I knew I need to check this new one out.
After swatching the colors and wearing the lipsticks for a few days, I couldn't help but notice the similarity between the two, which I think was really sneaky of MAC since the Chen Man collection came not too long after Nicki Minaj's Viva Glam was made available. They're both of really bold pink shade that would definitely draw attention to your lips. 
Force of Love is of a bright coral-pink shade with traces of orange here and there. It has a matte finish. I do not have my Watch me Simmer, so I still cannot tell if the two are really similar. Maybe I should have picked up Budding Love (the purplish, other lipstick from Chen Man collection) instead.
Awkward product shots? :)
Viva Glam Nicki is of a vibrant medium pink color with hints of yellow. When layered to build up the color, it gives a touch of coral. It has a satin finish, which means it is semi-matte. 
Viva Glam Nicki and Force of Love
Left: Force of Love; Right: Viva Glam Nicki

So are they really dupes of each other? Judging from the bullets' color and my not-so-vivid swatches, they're not exactly the same, but the difference is barely noticeable. Viva Glam Nicki is "more pink," or Force of Love is "more red," whichever is more appropriate. Haha. In terms of longevity, Force of Love stays on the lips longer. However, I think I like Viva Glam Nicki more - the color is more wearable and fitting for summer.

On a side note, what I love the most about matte or semi-matte lipsticks like these ones is that I can wear them for hours. Queen/Dowager Princess Clarice said princesses should never be caught applying lipstick in public (Princess Diaries!), and I couldn't be bothered with going back and forth the comfort room just to reapply color on my lips after every meal (And I eat more than three times daily). But what I hate about them is that they stain on my spoon a lot whenever I eat. Haha. I cannot help but be self-conscious all the time. Having them on my teeth is even worse. Srsly. 

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