Thursday, March 31st, 2011

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks in Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute

MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks ($14.50 for 0.10 oz.) feature four shades new and limited edition shades, plus one repromote (Saint Germain). The shades included are: Candy Yum-Yum (matte neon pink), Quite Cute (creamy bright whitened lavender), Saint Germain (clean pastel pink), Playing Koi (creamy white peach pink), and Playtime (creamy intense violet).

  • Candy Yum-Yum is a neon, magenta pink with a matte finish. It’s nearly glowing in its brightness. On me, the blue undertones seem to be pulled out. I feel like I’ve seen this color, but whenever I compare it to a possible dupe, it isn’t pink enough (purpler instead). It’s pinker than Madly Magenta cream colour base (from Stylishly Yours, ’10). It is surprisingly creamy and not at all clingy for a matte. The closest I found was Petals & Peacocks, which is several degrees brighter (Give Me Liberty of London, ’10).
  • Quite Cute is a semi-opaque pale lavender with a semi-glossy finish. It has a cremesheen finish, and it has the same texture, but the finish seems glossier to me. It’s a paler, sheerer version of Blooming Lovely (Give Me Liberty of London, ’10). Pinker than Lavender Whip. ย On cooler skin tones, this is easier to work with, while warmer skin tones may want to pair with a more pigmented lipstick/gloss.
  • Saint Germain is a really pale, cool-toned pink that is blue-based. It’s been released several times, and you can see an older swatch here. It is best suited for those with cooler skin tones. The closest permanent dupe is Snob, but I believe this was mad epermanent last year.
  • Playing Koi is an opaque pinky peach with a satin finish. Honestly, this lipstick looked like garbage on my lips–it highlighted every single imperfection and amplified them ten-fold. I exfoliate my lips every few days, and for reference, I exfoliated right before doing this swatch! The color itself is like Angel and Hue had a baby.
  • Playtime is a semi-sheer magenta purple with soft sheen and shimmer. It has a cremesheen finish. It’s similar to Style Curve (from Stylishly Yours), but this is purpler, less fuchsia.

my thoughts on the formula: MAC Lipsticks are vanilla-scented but taste-free. I typically get four hours of wear, but some of the lighter lustre and glaze finishes tend to disappear by hour three. Amplified cremes and amplified finishes, however, tend to go beyond four. I find the formula comfortable to wear and not drying (but not moisturizingโ€“a couple of the matte shades can be drying).

The Glossover


MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

They act and feel like your average MAC lipstick (according to its finish). Actually, the matte finish of Candy Yum-Yum was surprisingly comfortable (and not at all matte-like). Playing Koiโ€™s texture brings out the imperfections of the lips and makes them look dry, even though it does not feel like a particularly dry lipstick.











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MAC Quite Cute Lipsticks
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Product & Review FAQ

What makeup are you wearing?

MAC Cutie Eyeshadow Quad on eyes, Urban Decay Asphyxia 24/7 Liner on lower lash line, Buxom Lash Mascara, Make Up For Ever HD Foundation, MAC Miss Behave Mineralize Blush on cheeks (with MAC Candy Yum-Yum) / Sakura Mineralize Blush on cheeks (with MAC Quite Cute).

Where can I purchase the lipstick? How much is it?

MAC Cosmetics on April 7th in-stores, approximately April 4th online -- $14.50.

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See individual shade for suggestions.

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197 thoughts on “MAC Quite Cute Lipstick Swatches, Photos, Reviews

  1. Why am I strangely drawn to the ‘Quite Cute’ lipstick?! I don’t think it would look flattering on me in the least though! Lovely overview thus far, thank you so much for all the work you do ! xx

    • Nora

      Lilacs and purples are surprisingly flattering on most skintones. I have brown hair, green eyes and NC15-20 skin and they’re one of my favorite colors to wear (I think they look even better on darker skin, too). I say try it out, you never know. ^^

  2. Lena

    Candy Yum-Yum will be mine! I love P&P as well so it is right up my alley.

  3. Cindy

    I already fell in love with Candy Yum Yum on photo’s, but no i see your swatch: wow !!!!

  4. I’ve gotta get Candy Yum Yum. So gorgeous.

  5. Judy

    I’m getting both! I can’t resist purple lipsticks of any shade. They relax me for some reason. Candy yum yum is just too cute of a name not to buy. ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Judy

    I forgot to mention that I think Quite Cute would have been more awesome as an amplified cream.

  7. candy yum-yum is my kind of pink :)

  8. Sydney

    I really like Candy Yum-Yum. I feel like it may be a bit too dramatic for a fourteen-year-old, though.

    • Sylphie

      I’m 14 too and trust me I’m not passing it up, I’m gonna wear to a concert ๐Ÿ˜€ it’s the perfect bright pink~

      • Mertle

        I’m 14, too, and I agree…no way I am passing up Candy Yum-Yum! Mac’s permanent line doesn’t have very good matte shades, so I am definitely going to snatch this one up:)

  9. vanessa sales

    Same old blue based pinks as usual…. So tired of seeing these colors although i like them.

  10. This collection, so far, is not quite what I was expecting. Candy Yum Yum looks to be the only thing I’m at all interested in (ees so purrrty).

  11. Trish

    Oh, I am SO wanting the Candy Yum Yum lipstick. This should look fab on my NW43 skin.

  12. DarkGlamour17


  13. j e n

    I’m definitely getting candy yum yum! I have been looking for a color like that for a while and I love that it’s matte too!!

    • Carla N.

      I already own just about every bright pink/fuchsia lipstick that MAC has ever made; Girl About Town Full Fuchsia, Hollywood Nights, Show Orchid, Lickable, etc.
      Does that mean I’m skipping Candy Yum-Yum, like a rational person would?
      I’m getting it and Play Time, and backups are not out of the question for either of these!
      I think *my* spring has come; I LOOOOVEE bright lips!
      I think I need to breathe into a paper bag … ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. Jess

    I think it is so cool to see that eye look with both of those lipsticks (and the plush glass). It is crazy how with the pink colors, the purple on the waterline gives a tired/red eye look and with the purple lip it looks etherial and gorgeous! It is cool to see how a lip color can pull different undertones from the eye look!

  15. sophie

    these are terrible!!!

  16. Nadia

    I’m pleased to say that I’m not tempted by anything in this collection! I spend way too much makeup as it is lol! I’m struggling to stop myself from buying that Armani l/s (#507) that you swatched recently. I tried it out on myself and it’s stunning! I haven’t given in yet. I seriously have so many lipsticks, there’s no way I can say I NEED this. ~Sigh~

    On another note, how do some people get a little personalized avatar beside their name??

  17. oohh i like how you included a picture of the ingredients list!! thanks! are you going to do that for your reviews from now on?

  18. Sari

    I can ‘t wait to pick up Quite Cute , it ‘s the perfect addition to my purple lipstick collection .

  19. baby in a corner

    Loving candy yum yum!!!! I’ve so many pink lipsticks though!!!

  20. Bethy

    I NEED Yum-Yum. Yes.

  21. Tanya

    WOAH…your eye makeup makes you either looks super sick!!!

  22. Stephanie

    I am sorry (and no offense to you Christine) but those lipsticks are HIDEOUS!

  23. greylen

    So, how would you compare Candy Yum-Yum to Show Orchid? Just when I thought you couldn’t get anymore redonkuously bright than SO….. WOW…. so pretty!!!!

  24. Herlinda

    I love the Candy Yum-Yum!

  25. Melina

    have candy yum yum!! LOVE IT!!! :)
    but its tooooo dry on lips!

  26. Deb

    I am LOVING Candy Yum Yum, but I don’t think it will be practical enough for me to buy. I have a hard enough time finding places to wear Girl About Town!

    • Morena123

      I wear mine everywhere – To the Mall, Out to Eat, When I go out dancing, when I go to festivals, waterpark even though yes it might cone off, I am also a promotional model and work events so I wear it there too. For a more professional environment though, i wear a more toned down pink. You can wear it anywhere!

  27. Diane

    I am totally obsessed with purple so this collection is right up my alley. The lavendar lipstick looks gorgeous on you.

  28. Solangel

    Candy Yum Yum is sooo pretty <3

  29. Lilinah

    That neon pink is definitely not for me! But i may pick up Quite Cute to wear over other colors — i doubt i can pull it off alone. I’m still eager to see Play Time. I am a such sucker for blue violet lipsticks. I discovered Go For It last year after it was sold out most places, but managed to find a department store that still had some.

    I really love your eye makeup, Christine! So fresh and spring like! I have the UD Asphyxia eyeshadow pencil – how close is its color to the UD Asphyxia eyeliner pencil you are wearing?

  30. Candy Yum-Yum is beautiful but it would look quite horrendous on me!

  31. Devon

    From memory, Candy Yum Yum is looking comparable to OCC’s Anime.

  32. T.Davis

    when you look at quite cute it looks like go for it lipstick but when applied it looks too pale!!!!!!!

  33. coco72

    I have a B2M deserved to Candy yum-yum. Love it!

  34. Jen

    candy yum-yum will be mine! SO different!

  35. cloudburst

    Quite Cute isn’t so much what it describes – it looks like a very hard to wear color.

  36. kfm

    Hooray! I almost picked up NARS SChiao today, but decided to hold off until I saw Candy Yum-Yum instead. Glad I did, because I think I like it more. Quite Cute is… well, it lives up to its name. I have both Booming Lovely and Lavender Whip, so I’ll have to see whether or not I love this one.

  37. Nora

    “What lipstick are you wearing?” “Candy Yum-Yum!” “…..”

    I think I’ll pass. xD Gorgeous colors, though!

  38. Samantha

    Saint Germain is permanent now. =]

  39. Devangi

    Hey Christine. I’m a NW 40 and I’m looking for a bright bold pink lipstick for the spring/summer. Between Show Orchid, Girl About Town and Candy Yum-Yum, which pink would you recommend?

  40. GREAT swatches as usual! Cancy yum-yum is omg neon isn’t it? Is this anything close to NARS’ Schiap? it appears bolder and brighter and I just don’t know how that is possible ??!!

  41. Betsy

    I want Yum Yum!!!

  42. Sam

    Ugh Quite Cute looked SO exciting in the tube, but I was totally disappointed with it when swatched :(

  43. Leesh

    I have Schiap, and I must agree that Candy Yum Yum seems MUCH brighter and Bolder, which for me is EVEN BETTER as I love a bold lip. I will absolutely be at Nordstrom on the 7th to purchase both lippies. I do have a question Christine, would you consider Quite Cute pigmented enough to for color payoff on a naturally pigmented lip? I don’t have super light pink lips, so EXTREMELY sheer colors do NOTHING for me. But in my quest to fulfill my purple lip fascination, I buy EVERY purple lip shade I find. What’s your opinion for me?

    • It would still turn a bit pink, since it’s not 100% opaque, but it would probably mute your natural lip color quite a bit. It’s definitely not the sheerest lilac shade I’ve seen MAC put out.

  44. Sophia

    I love….both!!

  45. Leesh

    sidenote: I have Goes and Goes, Violetta (searched HIGH and LOW to find it), MUFE Rouge Artist Intense #15, and Illamasqua Fierc….any other suggestions for great purple/lavender lippies for me with a pigmented payoff? I am ADDICTED to purple lips right now and my hubby LOVES when I wear them! :)

  46. samantha

    hi christine :)

    this isnt really important but im just curious- do you know why the candy yum-yum printing is bigger than the quite cute lipstick??? just wondering :)

  47. Kayla

    I love how you’ve been including pictures of the ingredient lists, especially since MAC doesn’t provide these online. Thanks, Christine!

  48. Gina

    I’m not into the colors for this collection, but it’s good to know at least the lipsticks are good! Even if the colors don’t sing to me, it makes me sad to see lots of mediocre grades for a new MAC collection, because I know someone somewhere is disappointed!

  49. leesie

    One day I’m going to buy a ridiculously bright lipstick like Candy Yum-Yum just to wear places like Rocky Horror or something. It’s probably a really awesome feeling, but I am nowhere near that brave.
    Arrrgh, if only I had a fairy godmother to tell me what lipsticks I can get away with wearing with my looks. That’s always just mystified me, unfortunately. One day I will actually do some research and then hit up a store with a friend for some hardcore testing. I really should expand from nudes.
    Actually, while I’m here, does anyone have suggestions for what non-nude lipsticks a pretty pale, cool-toned (at least, I /think/ I’m cool-toned…), bold shadow-wearing girl should start her search with? I most often wear blue and teal looks, with the occasional green and purple look thrown in. I just don’t want it to look like too much.

    • I vote hot pinks, though they don’t go with the looks you wear. Peach/corals/oranges would coordinate but I think since those tend to be warmer it’ll be more difficult to find the right shades initially.

      • leesie

        Thanks, Christine! I might pick up a drugstore hot pink today. I have a feeling I can pull it off but have just been unsure, but I’m going to try it with a softer eye look. With summer coming around (and my shadow collection sufficient, if I’m honest with myself), I think it’s time I got with the lipstick and -gloss program.

    • Carla N.

      I, too, favor the idea of pinks.
      I ‘m NW15; black-brown hair; bright green eyes, and I find MAC’s Pink Burst to be a bright, but very wearable rose pink.
      It came out as a limited edition last spring, I think, but there are probably still some floating around.

  50. Jai

    I love bright pink lipsticks so I will definitely be picking up Candy Yum Yum.. Thanks Christine for all these swatches and reviews… <3

  51. Lilac

    The Eye-Makeup looks great :)
    I really wanted to buy Candy Yum Yum but I guess I’ll have to admit that it would not suit me :(

    Something I`m surprised about is that MAC uses Paraffin in a formula (in the Matte) but perhaps that has been so for a longer time and I just haven’t noticed because I do not own mattes. I have always appreciated MAC for using pretty good ingredients in their lipsticks.
    The other thing is the Cholesterol in the Amplified (same thing, do not own Amplifieds, mainly Lustres and Satin), which also popped up in the new Sheen Supreme-formula). I wonder from which source the Cholesterol comes and why is it in lipsticks that are ingested partly during the day:

    I might consider to write to MAC and ask about this, I don’t really like it :(

  52. MUST. HAVE. CANDY. YUM-YUM. i know that ish is gonna sell out, I’ll hve to buy it online!

  53. It would be the two that catch my eye I already own lol. I have Petals and Peacocks…which might I add LOOKS EXACTLY the same as Girl About Town on my complexion NW45. And then I bought Blooming Lovely. I’m the glad that I didn’t actually buy Girl About Town and that it was a Back to Mac….I would’ve been pissed lol.

  54. Cassie

    CHRISTINE-what about MUFE’s Rouge Artist Intense lipstick in shade 36 (satin fuchsia) for a dupe of Candy Yum Yum? I’m loving CYY but don’t want to buy it if it is similar to the one I already have from MUFE.

  55. Beto Kylie

    Hi Christine!
    I love both lipsticks, but I’m not sure if I have something like Quite Cute. How does it compare to Hello Kitty’s Fashion Mews??? I’d appreciate your response! ๐Ÿ˜€

  56. romeyd

    these colors are awful! seriously


    how does candy yum yum compare to something new?

  58. Natalie

    How does Candy Yum Yum compare to Gladiola from the Dame Edna collex? It seems like it might have similar tones.

  59. joyce

    hi christine! is quite cute a dupe for nars schiap?

  60. Kezia

    Is Candy Yum Yum only Limited Edition? I’ll have to stock up on about six of them if so! Also St. Germain is permanent isn’t it?:/ (It’s my all time favourite makeup shade if it’s not permanent I’ll need to stock up on another six!)

  61. Morena123

    I LOVE that pink, its definitely going to be MINE! I am the queen of bright pink lipsticks. And I put the release date in my calendar already. I never buy the mac quads but I am definitely feeling this one.

    Christine, can you swatch this one against Nars Schiap and Girl About Town as a comparison when u get them thanx.

  62. sarah

    candy yum yum is so cute!!

  63. Lena

    wow candy yum yum is gorgeous on you!
    i might need this…

  64. Jan

    This is my type of a Pink lipstick. I’ve been waiting for this collection to arrive at your site! I will definitely buy a lot of candy yum yum I promise!!! ๐Ÿ˜€

  65. Sylvia Ayisi

    Christine, can you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE respond to this. ( as i post a comment before here and on facebook and got no response :( ]
    I am brown skin NW47 with cool under tones. Would you recommend candy yum yum? ( love the name CANDY YUM YUM) lol

  66. Courtney

    Wow…Candy Yum Yum is one hell of a color. I love bright fuschias, but I’d have to try this one on to see if I can handle it.

  67. Hi Christine!

    I came across your fotd for the Hello Kitty event with Lavender Whip on. I absolutely love the combo you used there, and you look just plain incredible. Do you think Quite Cute would look good layered like that with a pink or fuchsia lipgloss? I’m not sure if it’s too white based to look good like that…?

    I’m really tempted to get it to have fun layering over and under things, especially if it looks crazy on me when I try it on. For example, I thought it might look nice layered over a magenta or hot pink lipstick or under a pale pink to make it a touch more light and lilacy. It’s just such an interesting color.

    Well, I think I just convinced myself to get it, lol!

  68. Faerie

    Gorgeous shades! Do you think Candy Yum Yum is similar to YSL’s Rouge Pur in Tropical Pink (#49)?

  69. Avy

    Hi Christine! Do you have the correct price for the lipsticks? Its 14.50 not 17.00? Is 14.50 is the PRO price or the regular store price?

    Thanks in advance

  70. Sticky

    Beautiful collection. Candy Yum Yum will be mine :)

    I saw your lips on Ebay :)

  71. ok so I’m a bit late on the comment train here – but man I love those, I’m teetering on whether or not to buy them right now online! You know, Yum Yum is reminding me of a hot pinker Violetta and Quite Cute is reminding me of a whiter, pinker Lavender Whip – kinda sorta? You know what would look cool over that Quite Cute I bet is Illamasqua Fierce, which I ordered along with Succubus, & Surge – my 1st order from them so we’ll see how that goes!

  72. Katy

    If I hung out at artsy bars and nightclubs, I would totally wear these. They’re pretty much nighttime-only, unless you’re in certain scenes.

  73. Chiara

    LOVE Candy yum yum, I will get that one for sure!

  74. Candy Yum-Yum looks pretty, but I want to wait for the IMATS show so I can buy OCC Lip Tars instead.

  75. Polly

    Playing Koi – cute color but OH MY! DRYNESS! GOODBYE!

    I have petals&peacocks so no go for Candy Yum-Yum (it looks luscious on you)

    I like both Play Time & Quite Cute! Might get them! (if I can track them down)

  76. Caitlin

    These look SO fun! Well, all except Playing Koi. My lips are too imperfect for that texture.

    Thanks for doing what you do!

  77. Sexy Sadie

    Candy Yum Yum must be mine.

  78. Nunuiviet

    I love candy yum yum and playtime! Gonna buy 4 of candy and 1 playtime! 2 giggly and 1 Sakura!

  79. Hilaryโ™ฅ

    Playing Koi and Playtime are very pretty โ™ฅ I already own Saint Germain and I love it, such an amazing pink color.

  80. Courtney

    Oh man…I think I may need Candy Yum Yum. I love bright fuchsia lippies and that one has a nice hint of purple undertone.

  81. Sam

    I have this thing for purple lipsticks. Especially lavender. I really want to get Quite Cute, but it is sooooo sheer, that I am not sure if I really will love it. If it was more pigmented, I would definitely get it, but I am still not sure. I really love Candy Yum Yum. I was going to get Makeup Forever #36, but I will get this instead because it is cheaper, and more pigmented!!!!! But, Playtime bores me, even though it is purple. And I wish the I love u plushglass was more pigmented too. :(

  82. Hi there.
    A nice collors lilacs and purples.I love them.And i love MAC Cosmetics.
    Thanks for the post.

  83. Wow, i guess i wanna have the Candy Yum-Yum. I like this post.Thanks a lot.

  84. AnGeLwInGz

    Playtime looks really pretty! I may try that one out. Thanks for the swatches!

  85. I love Candy Yum-Yum and Quite Cute!! Playtime looks really cool, too. I want all of them. ๐Ÿ˜€
    Playing Koi does look disgusting though… Too bad, ’cause I love koi fishes D: Atleast if you want that color, you could use Angel and Hue together then ๐Ÿ˜›

  86. Jennifer

    I want Candy Yum Yum and Playtime.

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  88. I am def getting candy yum yum,quite cute and playing koi.I just wish they made playing koi a lustre instead of satin.

  89. callie

    Playtime looks really cute on you. I love that one and Candy Yum Yum. ๐Ÿ˜€ The other two look awful.

  90. tt2207

    hey Christine! How does Play Time compare to Go For It??

  91. Leslie

    Well damn. I want 3 out of these 5 lipsticks…this is troubling.

  92. Carrie Ann

    Playtime is lovely and it looks so creamy. I thought I’d be getting Playing Koi, but if the texture is really that bad–yikes!

  93. Morgan

    Need candy yum yum, quite cute & playing koi. Not sure about Playtime since I already have style curve & like it. I am drawn in with candy yum yum & quite cute. I had a color like that years ago and loved it, but it was creamier not so shiney. I still want quite cute even though i think as an amplified cream it would have been better.

  94. Katy

    Playtime is really cute.

  95. Gail

    Horrible! What is MAC doing??

  96. Oh what a let down. I was totally looking forward to Playing Koi before this!

  97. Lucie

    I need Playtime! What a pretty purple!

  98. De

    Maybe Candy Yum-Yum will be mine. Playing Koi is a nice colour, but the finish is awful!

  99. Panda

    I was so excited for Playing Koi, now…not so much. Bummer.