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MAC x Nicopanda Stay Cute Full Face Kit Review, Photos, Swatches

Stay Cute

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit ($40.00 for 0.40 oz.) rounds out the collection’s Face Kits as the final disappointment in the trilogy. The eyeshadows were dismal, and the blush was workable but was barely decent.


Cheeky Chic

Cheeky Chic is a pop of medium pink with subtle, warm undertones and flecks of gold glitter. The glittery bits did not translate onto the cheeks from what I could see after applying the color. The texture was slightly drier and firmer in the pan, but it was still quite pigmented and wasn’t too much of a challenge to blend out. It lasted for eight hours on me.

Formula Overview

$24.00/0.21 oz. - $114.29 Per Ounce

Per the brand, the formula is supposed to "provide fantastic colour with ease and consistency" that "applies evenly, adheres lightly to skin." There are five distinct finishes within the range: Frost ("iridescent, lightly shimmering color"), Matte ("flat, matte finish... builds well"), Satin ("adds subtle highlights to the skin"), Sheertone ("sheer-on micro-refined powder ... that goes on faint"), and Sheertone Shimmer ("just enough shimmer to make light dance on your cheeks"). Their permanent blushes are available in compact form as well as pan-only (the latter will be cheaper).

The following overview has been updated to reflect the most current iteration of the brand's permanent range (whether or not there's been any official change) as I repurchased the majority of the permanent shades as of June 2018. I make a point to say that because I felt that the textures of several shades, particularly the frost finish shades, was noticeably different; they were much smoother and had more slip but were less shimmery/frosted (on average) and seemed to be a bit weaker in pigmentation (but still buildable). Some of the mattes felt like I've encountered in the past (a little drier, pigmented, and fairly blendable), while some felt more velvety and finely-milled.

MAC has a solid blush range but some shades are harder than others to blend out or diffuse, and as it does for most formulas (from any brand), it really comes down to some shades falling shy of expectations. The matte finish had a tendency to darken on my skin within five minutes of application; for most shades, I would recommend applying over a powdered face and/or avoiding applying on still-drying complexion products to make blending the easiest. The matte shades seemed to be semi-opaque to opaque, buildable, and long-wearing (about eight hours).

Only a few of the shades in the permanent range seemed to be particularly frosted/metallic on the skin; most shades that had shimmer appeared more softly luminous or pearlescent on the skin to the point where there was little sheen/reflection captured by my camera (I did a double take for a few and re-did swatches only to find the same finish captured yet again!). The Sheertone Shimmer performed most consistently with this: very subtle sheen, more "my skin but better" with having a slightly more noticeable sheen than matte. There were a few shades that had a strong sheen on the skin (like Peachykeen), though. The Frost finish just seemed to have stronger, larger shimmer in it, but the effect on the skin ranged being subtle to moderate. The same was true with Satin--some were more satin-like and some seemed more like a Frost (like Modern Mandarin).

Most shades were blendable, while pigmentation varied from sheer to opaque depending on the shade, but most had decent, builable coverage. The textures were firmer than the average powder blush of current times, but they don't have excess product kicked up in the pan at all. The wear ranged between seven and nine hours with deeper, intense mattes (like Fever or Film Noir) lasted longer.

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Ingredients

TALC, OCTYLDODECYL STEAROYL STEARATE, ZINC STEARATE, ISOSTEARYL NEOPENTANOATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, PHENOXYETHANOL. MAY CONTAIN: SILICA, MICA, TITANIUM DIOXIDE (CI 77891), IRON OXIDES (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499), BISMUTH OXYCHLORIDE (CI 77163), BLUE 1 LAKE (CI 42090), CARMINE (CI 75470), CHROMIUM HYDROXIDE GREEN (CI 77289), CHROMIUM OXIDE GREENS (CI 77288), FERRIC FERROCYANIDE (CI 77510), MANGANESE VIOLET (CI 77742), RED 6 (CI 15850), RED 6 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 7 LAKE (CI 15850), RED 28 LAKE (CI 45410), RED 30 LAKE (CI 73360), ULTRAMARINES (CI 77007), YELLOW 5 LAKE (CI 19140), YELLOW 6 LAKE (CI 15985).

Snow Panda

Snow Panda is soft white with warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had sheer coverage, which was buildable to medium coverage. The texture was powdery, but it was more substantial, and I felt that it actually gave a pretty sheen where it was applied… but the powderiness seemed to come back and haunt me 15 minutes after application where there was almost nothing left from where I had applied it. Primer seemed to just eat it for breakfast rather than help it.

Misfit

Misfit is a medium gray with a silver sheen. It had medium coverage, which did not build up, paired with a drier texture that was prone to sheering out on the lid. It was somewhat blendable, and it was somewhat better over a primer. The eyeshadow stayed on well for six hours.

Cyber Goth

Cyber Goth is a soft black with a silver sparkle. It had a very dry and stiff texture, which resulted in uneven, semi-sheer coverage that looked ragged. I could not blend it, and I could barely get the color to apply to the lid without pressing quite harshly against the lid. It lasted for five and a half hours on me before fading.

Supah-Pink

Supah-Pink is a light-medium pink with subtle, cool undertones and a pearly sheen along with flecks of chunky sparkle. It had sheer coverage, which did not build up, even over primer, and the best I could do was pat it on with a dampened brush for medium coverage. The texture was drier and thin, and it was hard to blend it out without losing intensity. It lasted for four and a half hours at best.

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Stay Cute Nicopanda Full Face Kit

MAC Cheeky Chic Powder Blush

MAC Cheeky Chic Powder Blush

MAC Cheeky Chic Powder Blush

MAC Snow Panda Eyeshadow

MAC Snow Panda Eyeshadow

MAC Misfit Eyeshadow

MAC Misfit Eyeshadow

MAC Cyber Goth Eyeshadow

MAC Cyber Goth Eyeshadow

MAC Supah-Pink Eyeshadow

MAC Supah-Pink Eyeshadow

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Makeup Look

On face:
  • Huda Beauty #FauxFilter Foundation
  • Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder
On eyes:
  • MAC Preppy Panda Face Kit
  • MAC Primapanda Face Kit
  • MAC Stay Cute Face Kit
  • ColourPop Bassline Pressed Powder Shadow
  • ColourPop Formation Pressed Powder Shadow
  • Urban Decay Mars 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
On lips:
  • MAC Sugar Coat Lipglass

Product Availability

MAC Nicopanda Full Face Kit $40.00/0.40 OZ.
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About the Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). (For more information, please check the FAQ.)

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I honestly don’t understand how MAC keeps putting out collaborations with such horrible grades. If I were a beauty guru, influencer or a brand, I would be embarrassed to have my name on such poorly performing products. Yes, a few people buy MAC collabs regardless of performance (they want the packaging or just love a certain collaborator) – but does MAC really think abysmal products will sell just because they slapped someone else’s name on them? Even lower-end and drugstore brands like BH Cosmetics, Colourpop, and ELF have worked with some pretty big names in the last year or two, AND they usually put out decent products! If I were a beauty guru, I would choose to work with Colourpop over MAC for sure.

So funny!!
I am with you. Not much else to say about MAC and this release, is there? Both palettes score an F which has to be the worst overall release in MAC history. Sad.

I find their name choice “Stay Cute” to be an insult to our collective intelligence. It took a lot of gall to call this “Super Cute”, unless their idea of “cute” is looking like a hot mess.

Wow, I can’t believe MAC would release such crap. Honesty, it is
painful seeing such a respected name go down the tubes. What are
they thinking?

😁 Oops. Money! Looking like a Money would be fabulous though. I tell ppl that if a word doesn’t make sense, look at the letter next to the old one on the keyboard. I often miss the letter I want.

What a complete contrast from the previous NARS palette! Seriously, why would anyone bother to buy MAC’s eyeshadows when you can have that dream one from NARS? Every single shade is rubbish.
Thankyou for the review Christine, you have once again saved people from buying a dud product.

It’s obvious that these palettes are not mean to be used in the conventional makeup sense – crease, lid, inner corner, etc. Plenty of people shared their looks on the MAC site. None I see is the conventional blend and blend. Even the promo pics, and Nicola’s use of the products in a fashion show, don’t show any ‘pretty looks’.

I think it’s insulting to say MAC don’t test their products, that Nicola just slaps his name on the prodct. They both gave enuf hints on how to use the products. Nicola himself would probably point to Erdem’s Nars collection if one is looking for a madame look.

I’m not sure what “pretty” means (I didn’t say anything about it being pretty or ugly or anything to that effect…) – that’s personal preference – but products performing as they are marketed is what I write my review on. Straight from MAC’s website under “Full Description,” emphasis mine:

A palette of one Powder Blush and four Eye Shadows. Available in three shade waves: the pink-toned Stay Cute, pastel-hued Preppy Panda and smoky-shaded Primapanda. Highly pigmented powder. Applies evenly, blends well. The exclusively designed minimalistic white and black palette features a 3D signature NICOPANDA.

MAC often includes the descriptor “sheer” in their color descriptions when they intend for a product to be sheer, particularly if it is a one-off, but they did not provide “sheer” in any of the descriptions for the shades in the palette. I can’t agree that the eyeshadows aren’t meant to be used as eye makeup – MAC literally says it contains a Powder Blush and four Eye Shadows with the latter’s “usage” being “apply over eye area.” I don’t think that it is unreasonable to expect to use eyeshadow… on the eyes, whether that’s crease or lid.

As always, I can only review based on my personal experience – if others have better luck with their products, they are always welcome to share their own experiences in the comments. They can even share their looks right on the site! Or they can leave an official review for any product! I experienced products that were poorly pigmented, hard to work with, did not go on evenly, and did not last well at all, and I did, also, try them over MAC’s 24HR primer and still did not find good results.

I did not say that they did not test their products – I said that the quality was so disappointing that it made me wonder if brands bother to test products, but I certainly didn’t state that as a fact, and I did not say anything about the collaborator at all. I’m happy to discuss but would appreciate the courtesy and respect of keeping to my actual words.

oh man! from the good reviews of the PatrickStarrr collection, to this horrible collection. some roller coaster quality control they have! what’s up with MAC and their inconsistency? Other brands like Colourpop and Nyx are offering much better products at a much lower cost, MAC really has to step up on the quality… Fast!

I love pink and gray eye shadow combos so I was looking closely at this one. Too bad it had such beat up scores. MAC is slipping on the eye shadow game lately. I saw a sneak peak of the highly anticipated Aaliyah collection and was so disappointed at the color selection. Been saving my MAC xmas gift cards to spend on the Aaliyah makeup but maybe I’ll get something else instead. 🙁

I pay attention to MAC when the quality is there, so this is a pass for me.. I’d rather see fewer releases and products that are consistently – almost predictably – high quality.

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