Diva is truly a magnificent colour, a deep, matte burgundy. It is somewhat reminiscent of the long last lip colours I used to wear in the 90’s – but Diva is modern and wearable (unlike the deep colours from the 90’s that were so very dry and cakey).
The colour is strong, yet adjustable. You can apply Diva lightly if you chose – but to see Diva in all its beauty a full application is needed.
Diva wears well – lasting a solid few hours before needing to be touched up, under ‘normal’ circumstances. I also found Diva to stay put – as I am getting older, some lipsticks bleed a little on me in certain spots on my lip line. Diva didn’t budge.
I don’t personally find the matte formula drying - maybe because I can still remember those old matte 90’s lipsticks, anything more modern feels fine. Some people might not like the feeling or the texture – I would suggest making sure your lips are well moisturised beforehand, making sure you give your moisturiser or balm time to absorb.
I team Diva with either a clear liner, or MAC Burgundy or Oak lip pencils.
It is a lipstick that you need to take your time applying - I always apply Diva very carefully with a lip brush. Diva isn't very forgiving of a rushed application.
My only gripe with this lipstick, is that it throws off a slight cool mauve undertone on my lips – the colour of Diva leans a little purple-burgundy on me. Regardless, it is still stunning.
Diva would suit a range of skin tones – I love it against my fair skin, blonde hair and green eyes. It makes my eye colour seem a little ‘icy’ and the contrast between my eyes and lips makes them both stand out even more.
I will continue to repurchase.
EDIT: My skintone - equivalent to MAC N/NC-10/15 (neutral warm, pale, with surface redness).
I am totally shy to lipstick. I'm mainly an intense-eye-makeup girl, but everyone needs a good red lipstick. I am NOT a fan or coral reds or bright reds. I have very fair skin with red undertones that, for the most part, are 99% uneven-looking. I wanted a good, dark, burgundy red. MAC does the trick, as always.
Diva is great because if you apply one coat, it looks less vampirish. It looks more brick red, but it's build-able and you can layer the color. I love the dark vamp burgundy lips with a cateye and this a great matte color. Better than Manic Panic or drugstore brands, imo. I don't even need lipliner. This stuff stays in place.
Everyone knows MAC lipstick is far superior to others, so I gave it a two on price. It's $10 but works and performs like it's 10x more expensive. Plus, I got mine for free with MAC's awesome "recycling program".
Sophisticated. Classy. Sexy. Modern. Versatile. You can wear it with dramatic eyes OR bare/neutral eyes.. because either way will look super bombshell. This makes your lips bigger. My only complaint is that it can dry out your lips.. but I think that applies to all matte lipsticks. I think this lipstick is underrated.. I wouldn't have bought this if I had shopped alone.. My bff told me that her good friend always raves about this particular shade. She's a blonde.. I'm a dark-haired asian.. and we can both pull it off. I think this is a universal shade. Will look perfect at work or at a cocktail party... like previously stated.. soo versatile.. just lovely
I was looking for clinique's black honey dupe, and I friend told me that I should try this shade. It isn't really a dupe, but she was sure I was loving the shade, and she was right!!!!!
It's a red burgundy matte lipstick, perfect for work days!!!! I use it with very natural e/s, and it looks wonderful in a pinup look -sort of Dita Von Teese style, which I love.
The first day I wore it, my husband told me I looked really good and so did the people at my job.
It's becoming one of my favorites!!!!
I've been searching for a red that I can wear to work on a daily basis and i finally found it! (Ruby woo can be too vibrant to wear everyday, although i do love it tremendously.) This is a great wine color and goes perfectly with my skintone (NW43 for reference.) I recommend this to any brown ladies out there who want a color but nothing too jarring. Good job MAC!
I used to wear this color all the time years ago and receive compliments.
Decided to re-purchase recently and it seems too red on me now.
It's definitely a matte so if your looking for a matte red this is it. Can change shade by whatever liner you fill in your lips with first.
Gorgeous deep red. Similar to dried blood actually...I may even call it a blackened red.
I am fair, so this is a striking color contrast on me which is great for nighttime, and I have actually worn this during the day as well to dress up an outfit. It is not for the meek, and I have to be in the right mood to put it on.
Beware however, this can smear and look a mess, If you have lines on your lips, consider a reverse liner.
I was inspired actually by Michelle Pfieffer's(sp?) in "I Am Sam" to buy this lipstick because the color looked so good on her and we have similar coloring. I went to MAC and described the color, and this was what I was given, Love it
I think fair or light skinned girls shouldn't be afraid of Diva. It's not as intense as it looks online or on darker skintones. The heavier you apply it, the more intense the color will be because it's matte. It can go on lightly as a berry stain. This is like a dark cranberry merlot. A lot of people dislike the matte's, but they will last all day. You can use it over a balm and it will fix any problem you could possibly have with it. All makeup and especially all lipstick shades can be worked with and adjusted to your likes.
Loooooooves it. I just B2M'd for this today, and I'm surprised it took me this long to get it! Diva seems to continually fly under the radar, remaining one of MAC's least talked about reds. However, this gorgeous matte burgundy red is definitely one of the best shades they have. I think it is unique amongst MAC's reds; it's probably most similar to Dubonnet (other than the obvious difference in finish), but it has more burgundy-wine undertones in it. It is very neutral in my opinion, and therefore would be good for cool or warm tones, as well as beautiful on the pale ladies like myself as well as those with darker skintones. I love MAC's mattes: they apply smoothly, last for hours, and do not dry out my lips. I'll definitely repurchase if I ever run out!
Mac couldn't have picked a more accurate name for this product. This is THE absolute diva color, a staple in every woman's collection. It's a matte, deep wine red/reddened burgundy. It's elegant, classy, stands out just enough to make a "look at my pin-up side" statement. A gorgeous vintage color, the exact shade you would expect all those black & white movie icons of the 50's to be wearing in real life. My sister and best friend both fell for this, and their coloring and features are very different to mine. Will repurchase.