MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato QuikTrik Stick Review, Photos, Swatches
MAC Miss Cupcake/Tomato Studio QuikTrik Stick ($32.00 for 0.42 oz.) is double-ended, cream-based stick that’s supposed to work for highlighting, contouring, bronzing, or blushing. It is supposed to have buildable, blendable color and can be worn over bare skin or foundation. One side is more shimmery, while the other is darker and more natural (but still has a sheen from the creamier consistency) in finish.
The formula applies well to bare skin or over liquid foundation, as it is very emollient, blendable, and easy to spread across the skin, but I notice that it seemed to break up my foundation a bit after six hours of wear. The pigmentation was semi-sheer, buildable up to semi-opaque coverage. The downside to the formula is that both shades remained lightly tacky with a moderately dewy finish, and, unsurprisingly, the wear time was shorter at six hours. I get better wear (an extra hour or two) if I lightly pat translucent powder on top or pair with a similarly-hued powder blush. The finish is lovely if you like a dewier finish–they reminded me of the type of products I’d reach for in the summer to pat over bare skin.
LELimited Edition. $32.00.
Get a shade-by-shade breakdown of this duo, along with individual photos and swatches…
Miss Cupcake is a soft, light-medium coral with warm, peachy undertones and fine gold pearl. It had semi-sheer, buildable (up to semi-opaque) coverage with a thin, lightly tacky texture that was noticeably glossy on the skin and dried down a bit from there, but it always remained dewy on the skin. The color lasted just over six hours on my skin before it started to look patchier.
- Too Faced Papa Don't Peach (P, $30.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- NARS Vu (LE, ) is more shimmery (90% similar).
- Hourglass Infinite Flush (LE, $40.00) is darker, cooler, less glossy (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Solar Exposure (Blush) (LE, $60.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
- Hourglass Luminous Glow (LE, $40.00) is more shimmery, less glossy (90% similar).
- Cover FX Soft Peach (Right) (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Love Lust (P, $60.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (90% similar).
- Tom Ford Beauty Scintillate (Shade) (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- Natasha Denona Peach (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
- MAC Sippin' on Stars (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar).
Tomato is a slightly muted, medium orange with warm, reddish undertones and a mostly satin sheen. This one didn’t read as glossy on the skin, but it still had a light-to-moderate dewy finish. The texture was lightly creamy and tacky on the skin and never fully dried down. This shade lasted a little longer at six and a half hours before it started to break down/turn patchy on me.
- ColourPop Under Pressure (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, less glossy (95% similar).
- Too Faced Ginger Peach (P, $30.00) is lighter, brighter (95% similar).
- Moira Orange Blossom (P, $9.50) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Phytosurgence Ember (P, $17.07) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar).
- MAC Early Morning (LE, $29.00) is less glossy (90% similar).
- LYS Beauty Inspire (P, $16.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar).
- Tower 28 Rush Hour (P, $20.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- ColourPop Chamomile (P, $8.00) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar).
- Chanel Reflex (82) (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery, lighter, less glossy (90% similar).
- Rare Beauty Joy (P, $23.00) is less shimmery, cooler (90% similar).
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Hmmm, I think I need to check out this formula. My cheeks get dry during winter, and something that doesn’t dry down and looks dewy just might be the thing!
I wonder how well it hold up in the summer.
Really liking the new layout. I especially like that you have the blurb about your skin type and foundation shades.
Thank you, Emily! 🙂
This is the duo I’ve set my sights on 🙂
Awesome! Have you tried this formula yet?
I tend to buy a lot of cream formulas because I love the way they look. But, when I get them home and actually try to use them , that sticky feeling on my face just doesn’t work. I know putting powder or a blush over it helps. But, then it doesn’t look dewy and glowy. Also, It’s really hard to not disturb my foundation. I feel like I have to pat and stipple to get them on. So, the only way I can pull them off is to wear my hair back. Sorry for the rant. If you have a solution… please stop me. 🙂
I know exactly what you mean, Nicole!
Depending on your needs, you might try applying the cream blush first, then lightly applying foundation on top, and then stippling on a little more of the blush (like a sandwich). The other thing is to apply the cream blush with a tinted moisturizer or liquid foundation while it is still drying down. But it’s tough to completely get rid of the sticky/tacky/dewy finish feel without actually mattifying 🙁
I’ve been seeing this on the website and as much as I am intrigued by it, I think it is slighly overpriced for what it is 🙁
They are surprisingly large in terms of the overall size, but it’s a cream product, which is likely to go bad faster than a powder, so bigger isn’t always better.
Pretty shades! But these would turn very greasy looking on me, I fear. My cheeks are much less oily than my T-zone, but still, these might have a hard time not becoming yucky on me.
I am very curious to see more reviews on these… there are almost none, lol!
I like the color but I love the name Miss Cupcake,lol
I really like it. I agree that a cream blush is more difficult to use over a foundations but it also tends to last longer on me. How does the formula compare to the traditional Mac pans?
MAC’s Cremeblend wears a bit better on me overall!
Pretty, but not good colors for me — maybe one of the other combos will work. Concerned about it breaking up base product after a few hours, though… I like my makeup to be durable. Dewy is good for me, though…