MAC Quite Cute Collection — Hello, Adorable!
Kawaii! One glance at the MAC Quite Cute collection and visions of Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku Girls crew, Hello Kitty lunchboxes, scratch-and-sniff stickers, oversize lollipops, ballerina slippers, candy necklaces, frosted cupcakes, dainty hair bows, and fuzzy plush dolls will swim in your mind. The collection, then, places a premium on adorability — in the sweetest, girliest, most innocent sense of the term,
And, if the real-life Harajuku Girls traipsing through Tokyo in their doll-like dresses, faux pearl necklaces, knee-high socks, barrette-adorned pig tails, polka dot headbands, and cardigan sweaters are any indication, candy-like pastel hues are the key to cuteness. The MAC Quite Cute collection, then, relies on soft pinks, lavenders, mint greens, understated violets, light magentas, golden peaches, and pale nudes to lure in fun-loving, giggle-prone customers seduced by all things precious.
Now, these aren’t the type of pastel colors you’d expect to find in an Easter basket — in true MAC fashion (and as an additional nod to Japanese street style), these hues are given an edgy vibe thanks to unexpected textures and finishes, not to mention gorgeous packaging details like heart shapes baked into the center of blushes.
Read on for a look at all the products in the collection and swatches of all the cuteness!
Aside from the eye shadow quad in this collection, the lipsticks are my favorite portion of the Quite Cute collection. Colors range from Playing Koi, a creamy white peach pink with a satin finish, to Quite Cute, a creamy whitened lavender; Saint Germain, a pastel pink; Candy Yum-Yum, a matte neon pink with a matte finish; and Play Time, a vivid violet shade.
I had the chance to try out the Playing Koi and Quite Cute lipstick shades, and it was love at first swatch. The Playing Koi shade makes me think of Precious Moments dolls since most of them had flushed cheeks in a similar hue, while the whitened lavender Quite Cute lipstick is worthy of a Sweet Tarts packet. I love that neither of these lipsticks is overly packed with glitter since I think that would make the hues look less sophisticated. The Playing Koi lipstick boasts a demure, all-over sheen, while the Quite Cute option is sprinkled with a touch of white sparkle, but both are creamy and feel like confectionery icing, ready to sweeten your lips.
Below, you’ll find swatches of the Quite Cute lipstick (at left) and the Playing Koi lipstick (at right):
MAC Quite Cute Lipstick, $14.50 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
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Three new lip pencils are offered in this collection: Naked Liner, a peachy cream shae; In Synch, a yellow-toned pink that harmonizes rather well with the Playing Koi lipstick; and Bodly Bare, a reddish brown tone. If you want to create a stain-like look on lips, I’d suggest lining lips with one of these shades, filling in your pout with the color and then adding MAC Lip Conditioner with a lip brush, blotting delicately when done.
My one warning though: these colors won’t look good on everyone and, if you’re rather pale, you may want to visit a MAC store and try applying the shade on lips before purchasing. I, for one, loved how the In Synch shade looked on my skin but, when I applied it to my lips, I looked completely washed out. That being said, the colors are definitely unique, and I’m sure they’ll look fab on many a girl!
Below, check out swatches of the Naked Lip Pencil (at left) and the In Synch color (at right):
MAC Quite Cute Lip Pencil, $13 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
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Next up: the Plushglass shades in the collection! Four colors are included here: Bubble Tea, a pale nude; Fashion Fanatic, a fleshy pale pink; Girl <3 Boy, a subtle blue-toned pink; and I <3 U, a whitened, pink-tinged lavender purple. These shades are all rather sheer, so they look like a glaze on lips, depositing just a hint of color.
I tried the Bubble Tea and I <3 U Plushglass colors and, sadly, I have to say I was disappointed by both. The Bubble Tea shade was entirely too generic, a sheer nude shade that could’ve well been a sister to the Viva Glam 2 Lipglass. The I <3 U color, meanwhile, looked exciting in its tube but, when I applied it to my lips, it was barely noticeable. Given how sheer these shades are and how lightly pigmented, I’d suggest using them only if you’re layering them above lipstick and want to add a bit of shine to your pout.
Below, you’ll find swatches of the Bubble Tea Plushglass (at left) and the I <3 U shade (at right):
MAC Quite Cute Plushglass, $18.50 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
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EYE SHADOW X4
This, ladies, is the centerpiece of the collection: the Cutie Eye Shadow x4 palette. If there’s one must-have item in this collection, it’s definitely this quad, which features four precious shades: Goody Goody Gum Drop, a chalky light pink with a smooth satin finish; Boycrazy, a pale lavender with frosty silver pearl particles lending it a dew-like freshness; Moshi Moshi!, a whitened, almost chalk-like pale green with pastel yellow undertones; and Azuki Bean, a cross between a violet shae and an eggplant purple with a frosty finish and a dirty-looking feel.
These are the types of shades that could be worked into a riotous Cyndi Lauper-eque look or, on the opposite end of the spectrum, a demure ballerina-ready look.
Check out the four shades in the quad below:
MAC Quite Cute Eye Shadow X4, $36. Available at MACcosmetics.com
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These Mineralize Blushes will make any girl smile thanks to the contrasting colors selected for each offering and, of course, the pearlescent heart shape details at their centers. The three available shades are: Miss Behave, a peachy beige with a mint green heart; Giggly, a light pink with a glimmering plum heart; and Sakura, a lavender shade with a pearly magenta heart. You can theoretically use only the dominant shade or the one in the center, but these are designed to be blended together so that the pearly finish punchier tones inside the heart shapes will dramatize the dustier, lighter colors along their exterior.
I road tested two of the blushes: Sakura and Giggly. The shades in the Sakura Mineralize Blush vaguely reminded me of the Amazon Princess Power Blush Duo in the MAC Wonder Woman collection, though these shades are substantially lighter and have frostier, bluer undertones. The predominant color is a light Energizer Bunny-esque pink (also reminiscent of a chunky piece of colored sidewalk chalk), while the color inside the heart is a frosty, darker magenta-ish pink. The Giggly Mineralize Blush, meanwhile, also features pink tones but they’re much warmer, with a light, cherry blossom-worthy shade complemented by a glitter-packed plum purple heart.
Here, check out the two shades in the MAC Mineralize Blush in Sakura:
Next, check out swatches of the two tones in the MAC Mineralize Blush in Giggly:
MAC Quite Cute Mineralize Blush, $23 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com
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These perky, undeniably cute nail lacquer hues are reminiscent of a box of Peeps marshmallow candies, but their creamy texture gives them a fashionable twist. The three shades available are: Little Girl Type, a lavender shade reminiscent of Illamasqua’s Wink nail lacquer; Ice Cream Cake, a blue-tinged, mid-tone pink worthy of a Jem cartoon; and Mischievous Mint, a creamy mint green that’s as delicious as two scoops of mint chocolate chip ice cream. My favorite is definitely the Mischievous Mint since it’s the most unique of the three tones, and it really does make me feel like running to Baskin-Robbins!
MAC Quite Cute Nail Lacquer, $14 each. Available at MACcosmetics.com