Pammy Blogs Beauty: MAC "Quite Cute" Spring 2011 overview and review

Thursday, April 14, 2011

MAC "Quite Cute" Spring 2011 overview and review

Hey everyone! Is anyone else going bananas about MAC's new Spring 2011 Quite Cute Collection? I love it! Let's face it, as the name implies, this collection is so darn stinkin' cute!!! 

The colors, design, and general flair of this collection are very current, very spring, and totally perfect for you trendy ladies out there! The collection is young and fresh...and just FUN! 

Here is an image of the entire collection:

I picked up a few items from this collection a few days ago. I am loving everything that I got and I actually might pick up a couple more things! The Quite Cute collection just totally suits my slightly trendy style. I find that the shades wear very well on super-fair cool toned skin! 

For my review, photos, and swatches, please keep reading after the jump! 

Okay, so I picked up one blush (it was so hard to choose which one! I wanted them ALL!) and two lipsticks. I also picked up the new Vibrancy Eye Primer (which I will review in a future post). I might go back for a gloss and the eyeshadow quad. The primer was $30, the blush $23, and the lipsticks were $14.50 each. Whew! I know, a splurge for me. But, it was a total treat (and I don't treat myself to MAC that often!). I love all of the items that I purchased and feel they were worth it! What unique shades!

Lets start with the lippies! 

I *heart* PINK!
As a perpetual lover of all-things-pink, I adore the two shades that I selected! I picked up Saint Germain and Candy Yum Yum. As much as I love all my great drugstore bargains, nothing beats a MAC lipstick! Especially in these standout shades! Plus, the yummy vanilla-like scent of a MAC lippie is totally TDF! LOL, can you tell I love them! ;) 

Saint Germain (MAC Amplified Lipstick): 
  • I absolutely adore this color! I think it is really lovely with my uber-fair cool skintone. 
  • This is a creamy light, but bright, pastel pink. The shade seems to fall somewhere in between a Barbie and a Baby Pink color with very strong lilac tones. I know that many people can't get away with purple and lilac tones in their makeup. But, for me, lilac tones rule! :) 
  • Now, my only complaint is that when my lips are even the least bit dry, this shows every single flake! So, be sure that your lips are nicely exfoliated and moisturized before applying. 
  • Tips for application and wear: Try "dabbing" this lipstick on and then smudge it out with your finger. I like to top it off with a bit of gloss right in the center. I love how Saint Germain tones down and "nudes out" my very pigmented lips. This looks great paired with a smoky eye or a strong/bold winged liner! If you want to amp-up the lilac tones and go for a totally Mod look, try topping it off with Revlon's Super Lustrous lipgloss in Lilac

Candy Yum Yum (MAC Matte Lipstick):

  • WOW! This lipstick is so *fun*!!! I mean, it is seriously B.R.I.G.H.T, but I love that about it! Now, I am not usually someone who goes for bright lips. I am all about the pastel pinks and sheer lipglosses, so this is a total departure for me. I literally said "Wow" when I tried it on at the MAC counter. Wearing this makes me want to go out for a night on the town!!! Totally hawt! ;) I really love this shade and it really is opening up a whole new world of "bright" lipsticks for me! For those of you who love MAC Candy Yum Yum and have other fav bright lippies, please leave suggestions in the comments below! 
  • So, as I mentioned this shade is bright! I would describe it as a fluorescent or neon pink. I honestly don't have anything else like this in my lipstick collection. What a fun color! 
  • Yes, it is matte, so make sure those lips are exfoliated and moisturized before applying! I actually like to wear this all on its own for a totally matte look (no gloss on top). But, play around with it and see what you like! It looks pretty with a sheer or clear gloss on top too. 
  • All you fair ladies like me, this color will look great on you! What a great shade to take us into the warmer months! For me, this is one of those shades that I swipe on and think, "okay, now I am ready to go out"! 

The cutest blush ever! MAC Sakura Mineralize Blush:

  • First of all, I must state that it was so hard to choose between all the cute blushes in this collection. But, Sakura just seemed to be the most unique of the shades. And, lets face it, I couldn't resist its purple-pink cuteness! Yes, indeed, "quite cute"!!! 
  • As I mentioned above, with my fair cool-toned skin, purple/lilac-y shades just work on me. This blush is no exception! 
  • While it looks totally lilac/purple in the pan, it wears MUCH more pink than it looks when you swirl the colors together. I would describe it as a purple-toned pink. The outer shade is a very light lilac, the middle pink heart is a highly pigmented raspberry-like shade, and swirled together a beautiful cool toned Barbie-ish pink. 
  • You could wear this blush 3 ways: Just the outer lilac shade, the middle heart raspberry shade, or swirl them all together. I prefer the swirl method. When swirling, I apply with a light hand as this blush can show up very bright on my super fair skin. I also like wearing the lilac outer shade all on its own. 
  • The color breakdown: Swirled=Bright lilac toned Barbie pink. Middle=Fuchsia/Hot Pink, 
  • I am so happy with this blush! It pairs beautifully with both of the lipsticks that I got from this collection! Love, love, love it! (lol, can you tell that I like it!). 
These swated were swiped about 3-4 times each
with a Q-tip on unprimed skin
As you can see, they show up quite bright 
and pink on my skin. 

What have ya'll picked up or what are you wanting from the "Quite Cute" collection? I am still considering going back for a gloss. As with many MAC collections, these shades are selling out quickly, so if you are considering some of these, you may want to head out and get them before they are gone! I know that Candy Yum Yum sold out online pretty quickly. 

Thanks so much for reading! 



Aphrosie said...

I got the giggly blush and candy yum yum. Love your choices! :)

Anonymous said...

Wow you sound really excited about this collection! :) I'm warm olive, so basically this isn't a collection for me (not that I could have access to it in Bangladesh anyway) but friends say I look great with pale pink lips, so if this collection has a pale pink gloss I'd get it! :)

I honestly haven't bothered reading any reviews of this collection until I saw yours! When I first saw the collection on the MAC website, I was like "OMG this is SO a collection for Pammy, Pris (Priscilla from My Best Beauty Buys), Steph and Joy (from All Made Up)!" Lovely collection for fair ladies with a cool skin tone! I'm so glad you like it! :)

Unknown said...

@Aphrosie-The Giggly blush is pretty too! :)

@GlamaDazzle-Hey Rizzie-Yes, lol, I am pretty excited about this collection. Definately a collection for cool toned ladies! :)

Val said...

I really want to try some limited edition MAC, but I'm quite warm toned so this is probably not the collection for me! I heard there's a surf-themed collection coming up in summer, I'm waiting on that :)

Unknown said...

@Val-Hi there! Ohhh, a surf themed collection sounds very fun indeed! :)

Aphrosie said...

I waiting on the precious jewels one for my next big purchases. It looks amazing!

Sharon said...

great buys hun&nice overwiew,I need those lippies they r right up my alley!

Unknown said...

Hey Sher! True-these lip shades, esp Candy Yum Yum are totally you! :)

Phyrra said...

I love your color choices :)
Candy Yum Yum is so amazing! I'm loving it!

Unknown said...

Hey Phyrra! I know, right!!! Candy Yum Yum rocks my socks! I am really loving it and it pairs so beautifully with the Sakura blush! Looks like I am going to be on a "brghts" kick this spring/summer!

Lauren said...

This collections makes me so happy! It reminds me of being a little girl trying on make up from my moms drawers. Only now I know what I'm doing.

Lauren from ChickAdvisor

Unknown said...

@Lauren-Hey there! Yes, totally! There is something very whimsical and girly about this collection!

FunnyFaceBeauty said...

I bought Candy Yum Yum and love the colour. I have been excited about the whole matte pink lips thing since I found out it was going to be a big summer trend. I love the look of the shadow quad but when I swatched it I found it was not very pigmented and decided i could get similar shadows from less expensive companies.
Curious to hear what you think about the shadow primer.

Unknown said...

@FunnyFaceBeauty-Yay! Alicia, so glad you got Candy Yum Yum too! Loving the whole hot pink matte trend! :) The eye primer is actually an under eye primer (to prep for concealer) and not an eyeshadow primer.

Misato-san said...

I brought Sakura, Giggly and Playing Koi from this collection. But I loved a lot of stuff from it... my total taste <3

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