After following MAC’s collections for a few years, certain patterns begin to emerge. Quite Cute is one of MAC’s latest offerings, nominally inspired by Japanese Harajuku culture. But the pastel palette reminds me of 2009′s spring launch: Sugarsweet.What’s your take? Does the collection feel fresh?
By far the cutest pieces are the three mineralized blushes. $23 each, they each have a contrasting-color heart baked into them.
The blushes are basically satin-finish powders, but the hearts are sparkly. The net result is a shimmery blush whose color comes from the main part of the powder. The heart adds shimmer, but doesn’t really affect the color (I was suspicious of that ice green in Miss Behave).
I thought you might want to use the two shades as eyeshadow, so I swatched the heart (top left), the main shade (bottom left), and the blush, blended together (right). Here are the light blush swatches:
And here are the heavy blush swatches:
Miss Behave (shimmery ice green + satin peach) is a shimmery, pale pink highlight. Giggly (light violet shimmer + bubblegum pink satin) is a shimmery medium pink. Sakura (fuchsia shimmer + lavender satin) is a shimmery, slightly pinked lavender.
The lipsticks are $14.50 each. Playing Koi (Satin) is opaque, warm light (peached) pink. Saint Germain (Amplified Creme) is pale, cool pink (previously swatched here, here, and here). Candy Yum-Yum (Matte) is blindingly bright, cool fuchsia — this season’s Petals & Peacocks? Quite Cute (Cremesheen) is periwinkle blue-lavender. Play Time (Cremesheen) is a pinky purple, like freesia — this season’s Blooming Lovely?
The lipglosses are actually MAC’s plumping formula, Plushglass (which means they’re $18.50 each). I’ve owned a regular/permanent Plushglass (Ample Pink) for some time now, and I’ve never particularly noticed any plumping properties — but it also doesn’t sting. I tried on Bubble Tea in-store and it was MUCH more potent than my Ample Pink. It was definitely tingly, and minorly stinging. Has MAC changed their Plushglass formula, or is my Ample Pink uncommonly tame?
Fashion Fanatic is warm, sheer, milky pink. Bubble Tea is sheer peach pink. Girl ♥ Boy is a more opaque, cool milky pink. I ♥ U is sheer pale lavender.
There’s a Quite Cute eyeshadow palette ($36, and I believed it’s named CUTiE). It includes Moshi Moshi! (frost), a very whitened, icy apple green. It’s a satiny finish and produced just a bit of fallout. Goody Goody Gum Drops (satin) is pastel pink satin. Boycrazy (lustre) is satin pastel purple with silver sparkles. Azuki Bean (frost) is a shimmery darker iced-violet/blue-purple, a beautiful color and fabulous texture.
The nail polishes are $14 each. Ice Cream Cake is cool pink. Little Girl Type is pastel lilac. Mischievous Mint is a blued mint green.
The three lipliners are actually repromotes (and new additions to the permanent line). They debuted in last spring’s Too Fabulous collection, and I remember my favorite sales associates hoping then that they’d be made permanent. I can only assume that these three were the best sellers. Naked Liner is a nude peach. In Synch is pale pink. Boldly Bare is a browned rose. The lip liners are $13 each.
Also in this collection (but not swatched): Penultimate eyeliner ($17.50), Zoom Lash mascara ($14), and 7 Lashes ($14).