Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick ($15.00 for 0.10 oz.) is described as “bright pink” with a matte finish. It’s a neon, blue-based pink with a matte finish. MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar–it’s a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

It’s definitely a show-stopping shade that is bound to get attention. I have reviewed it here previously, but here are some swatches I did of it today. It has a matte finish, so it applies more opaquely. It is creamy enough not to tug on lips or feel like a really dry matte (think Ruby Woo). This shade always stains my lips, and it usually wears for six to eight hours. While not hydrating, it wasn’t at all drying, and it was a very comfortable matte to wear. It is vanilla-scented but has no discernible taste.

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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (2012)

Now that it's permanent, you'll be able to check it out in-store at your leisure if you're not sure you want something quite as bright. And, if you always wanted to blind people with pink lips, now you can--without having to stalk all night.











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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
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MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick
MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick

Product & Review FAQ

Where can I purchase it? How much is it?

Nordstrom, $15.

Is it limited edition?


Any dupes?

MAC Pink Pigeon is pinker, not as bright. MAC Show Orchid has iridescent shimmer and is a bit darker. MAC Quick Sizzle is pinker. OCC Nylon is similar--it's a bit brighter, though. MAC Dear Diary touch less bright.

What makeup are you wearing?

On eyes: theBalm Meet Matt(e) Nude Palette, Laura Mercier Black Violet Eyeliner, Lancome Hypnose Star Mascara. On cheeks: bareMinerals The French Kiss Blush. On lips: MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick.

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62 thoughts on “MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick Review, Photos, Swatches (2012)

  1. Miss J

    Even though I bought Nylon, had to get this one, too. This will be great for when I’m way too lazy to pull out a lip brush for the Lip Tar, but still want blinding, neon pink. 😀

    • lydia

      How do you think this compares to Nylon? I have Nylon and find that it’s a bit light for me.

      • Miss J

        I find Nylon to be a bit lighter/brighter/neoner, and I think it looks slightly more blue/purple than CYY. CYY is still neon/bright, but on me, Nylon almost GLOWS. LOL. They are sill *very* similar, though.

        • lydia

          Thanks for the advice! I think I may have to get Candy Yum Yum as well… merry Christmas to myself, I guess. 😛

  2. Virginia

    I’ve always thought this color was too bright, but it does look nice on you!

  3. Lisa

    It looks nice on you but I couldn’t pull off something so neon.

  4. EB

    nope. still not my style.

  5. Kathy

    Milani’s “Rose Hip” is an inexpensive dupe, but the finish is creamy rather than matte. It may have been DQ’d. CVS has it for 75% off right now.

    Interestingly enough, I can’t make a bright lipstick go “pow!” on my lips — mostly they just read dark. I don’t know if it’s because I’m pale, or have pigmented lips (probably both), but very bright pinks look red on me.

    • Barbie

      nah i don’t think it’s discontinued because cvs had some lip butters one sale too but they are not being discontinued either

    • Smidgeroo

      I got Rose Hip at KMart a month or so ago. To my knowledge it’s still carried there. :>

  6. t_zwiggy

    Pretty, fun, cool and all that stuff, but still too bright for most people.

  7. Carina

    I have it and love it. Bothers my mothers and brothers eyes though. My husband loves it, he says bright colors look nice on me. It’s nice to know it is permanent now.

  8. bruna

    Reminds me of NARS’ Schiap!!! Love it!!!

  9. courtney

    ohmylanta, you look absolutely stunning in this picture ! Definitely picking up this shade :)

  10. Smidgeroo

    This shade actually looks WAY cute on you. <3 A lot of folks believe the original release of the shade was brighter pink and a stiffer matte compared to the 'By Request' launch. Do you recall noticing a difference (if you got both)?

    • Mine felt the same – but I did get samples of By Request prior to MAC having done the actual vote, so mine were likely first run (a smaller run) of the shades.

  11. Mariella

    Not for me. I know a lot of people must be thrilled that this is now permanent (and good on MAC for doing this to a shade that is so sought after….they need to do more of this!) but it’s not a colour I’d wear and not one I find especially appealing. Impassioned is about as bright as I ever get and I even feel a bit weird wearing that!

  12. [email protected]

    Is this a close colour to Girl About Town?

  13. Sasha

    Is this by any chance similar to Night Blooming from the taste temptation line? I tried to buy it this week and it’s sold out:(

  14. MissLovely210

    Maybelline’s Fuchsia Fever is supposedly a great dupe for it. The best part about CYY becoming permanent, besides being able to buy it whenever, is that all those hoarders from E-bay are going to have to give up selling them for $50, $60+!

  15. Ana

    Ah, I love this. Bright pink lipsticks are my favorite. =]

  16. Malina

    Way too bright for me. I’ll pass.

  17. I wanted to buy this during the summer. But I justed couldnt without trying it out. I dont have that skin tone that works with this color, but still want to test it out. Actually, I just like the name so much. Mac should do this more often bring something back permanent and kill those prices on ebay.

  18. Rachel

    Christine, may i dare to say that Milani Rose Hip is a possible and affordable dupe for Candy Yum Yum? or not? :)

  19. WOW it’s so bright :) I don’t know that I could pull it off, but I’m still glad it’s now permanent.

  20. It’s nice they made this permanent, I know it was a color many people really wanted. Not my thing personally, though

  21. Hannah

    Love it! I hope Heroine’s next.

  22. Sarah

    shit i bought mine when it came out but i lost it and i bought it on Ebay for $60 :S and after 3 weeks i find mine again. so i lost $60 plus now its permanent!! good news for those who couldn’t buy it.

  23. Sarah

    S**t i bought mine when it came out 2 years ago but i lost it and i bought it on Ebay for $60 :S and after 3 weeks i find mine again. so i waste $60, and now its permanent!! good news for those who couldn’t buy it.

  24. Wow, I love this shade! It’s soo killer bright and great for winter, I guess it would fit me)))

  25. It’s odd that I find this lipstick so unappealing. I often go a bit gaga over bright pinks, like Viva Glam Nicki, St Germain, etc. And given my growing stash of bright pinks, I DON’T need it either!

  26. Michaela

    Christine what do you recommend under lipstick to give a nice finish, no matter how many lips balms I use my lipsticks appear cracked and dry underneath. Thanks love your blog :) x

    • Are your lips actually cracked/dry still? If so, then I think the lip balm/treatment you’re using isn’t effective enough! You could also try exfoliating lips (use a toothbrush or wash cloth).

  27. I have a dilemma now! OCC Nylon or Candy Yum Yum?! Now that it’s permanent, it’s made my choice so much more difficult. But Nylon is supposed to be brighter.. Ugh!

  28. Stacey

    bought this last night at Nordstroms in N. California. They had it for a week she said. I bought their last one. I tested it…and although red is my color, I wanted this and for the name itself. I was surprise to see that this tone would work with my skin tone.

  29. Cathy Blanton

    WOW that is bright! But I love it and will put it on my MAC wishlist now that it is a permanent color…

  30. CYY looks terrific on you, Christine. I have placed my order today! I can’t wait to own my very own tube of Candy Yum Yum. {*_*}

  31. VickyM

    Looks like a Nicky Minaj lipstick. Very fluorescent…not for me at all, but it suits you Christine. I think it can work if all the rest of the makeup is minimal. :)

    Still not buying this lol

  32. Kizzy

    Is NYX shocking pink a dupe for cyy……It sure looks like it

  33. Ana

    Gorgeous color but not for the faint of heart or some of the timid nude kind of gals, I love it though..definitely not an everyday color but a show stopper indeed :)

  34. Mathilde Dubé Senécal

    Hey! Does anyone know a good lipliner to go with this lipstick??

  35. Doll

    Does anyone know a good lip liner for this lipstick?

  36. kariecakes

    Would this be a good dupe for mac’s heatherette collection l/s hollywood nights? Im running out and $70 is a lot to pay on ebay for a replacement. If not any other suggestions?

  37. Dana

    hi Christine! I LOVE your site and check it religiously. your reviews are fabulous!

    I’d love some advice: just splurged on Candy Yum-Yum. what lip liner to go with?

  38. Lisa Gualtieri

    You look so sophisticated but chic in the face pic. I love the color of CYY with your skin!

  39. Cheska

    Nice earrings christine :) where do you get your earrings?

  40. This is my new favorite shade by MAC. It’s vivid and not very drying on the lips to say it’s a matte finish.

  41. Ute

    Was kostet der MAC Candy Yum Yum Lipstick?
    Bitte in Deutsch mir senden..sonst kann ich es absolut nicht lesen..

    Bitte um Rückantwort…Danke..