Mac Quite Cute Review + Swatches

By | April 4 2011 | 35 Comments

mac quite cute

A warning: if you like heavy, Homer Simpson Makeup Gun style lashings and lashings of pigment then look away now; Mac Quite Cute is not for you.

This is a candy collection filled with soft shades and whisper-light finishes in pastel tones of pink, peach, mint and lavender. It’s well named – quite cute. It’s a bit like Mac shrugged their collective shoulders and knew that it was, y’know, sorta nice, but not REALLY really adorable. The brand has slightly damned this launch with faint praise from the off with the name and it’s nice alright, but I think it is one you won’t be too sorry you missed, put it that way.

I got samples of five pieces from the 22-strong collection to try: two blushers, the shadow quad, a lipstick and a Plushglass. Above you’re looking at the stuff I had to play with, and at the end of the post I’ll summarise everything and give prices, so lets get stuck into some pix and swatches of the quad of goodies I had to test.

mac quite cute mineralize blushers

Now, these are quite clearly, quite cute. Aww, they’ve even got a little heart embossed into the centre of ‘em and all. The Mineralize Blushes are my pick of the bunch and come in three shades – above you’re looking at Miss Behave (the peach) and Giggly (the pink). There’s also Sakura, a lavender with a magenta heart and each costs €24.50; all are limited. Sweet to look at they may be, but belying their baked status – which normally means payoff – these are very sheer.

busher swatches

In Miss Behave’s case, that avocadoy-mint heart does a really weird thing to the finish when you swirl the two colours together and you end up with what can only be described as a highlighter. A weird, grey-looking highlighter at that – and I’m not sure who it’d flatter. You can’t really see it here because once again the light was bad, but there are some chunks of glitter in the mix too and all in all, this isn’t nice. I wouldn’t use this.

Giggly is clearly the winner of the pair. It’s a soft pink that takes a slight iridescent shimmer from its purple heart to add a bit of an extra dimension. The heart is softer than the surrounding powder by the way, so prone to crumbling. While these are the nicest things I tried in all honesty I can’t really see what those hearts are bringing to the party at all except a little visual interest.

mac cutie eye shadow quad

Here’s the Shadow Quad in Cutie. It’s €47.50 and contains four limited edition shades: Goody Goody Gum Drop (the pink), Boycrazy (lavender), Moshi Moshi! (the pale greeny-white) and Azuki Bean (lavender). All are frosts or satins or lustres; there’s not a matte in this quad.

mac shadow colours

Here’s a closer look at the colours in the quad.

mac swatches

Again, payoff is very sheer. The swatches above represent three swipes each to get enough powder on my hand to take a shot. Now, there are two ways to look at this – yes, you’re paying €47.50 so you’d want some bang for your buck, but consider this: intense pigment is not everything. In fact it’s only one side of the coin – there’s a lot of scope for sheer in makeup too. Not everyone wants to look fully made-up in intense shades all the time and there is value in subtlety.

These shades would be very in yer face if they were highly pigmented; as is, they’ll probably make for a very pretty eye and they’ll suit most eye colours too. Pinks and lilacs are brightening and eye opening; if you like them and they suit you, take a look.

mac swatches

Here’s another look at the swatches – textures are (L-R) lustre, satin, frost and frost.

mac lip products from quite cute

I also got a couple of lip products to check out. Lipstick in Playtime, €17.50 and Plushglass in I ? U, €19.

mac lip swatches

Aaaand the matching swatches. The Plushglass shade is nice; Playtime is too violet-toned for me – while I love brights, I prefer them to be on the pinker side of things. It’s also quite sheer on first swipe though you can build it up.

quite cute range shot

Here’s the full Quite Cute range shot. We’ve got:

Mineralize Blush, €24.50*

  • Giggly,Light pink with pearly plum heart (Frost)
  • Sakura, Lavender with pearly deep magenta heart (Frost)
  • Miss Behave, Light beige with pearly mint green heart (Frost)

Nail Lacquer, €12.50*

  • Ice Cream Cake, Creamy blue pink (Cream)
  • Little Girl Type, Creamy pale lavender (Cream)
  • Mischievous, Creamy pale blue mint (Cream)

Lashes, €12

  • #7 Lash, Spiky, slightly separated, high glam lash

Lipstick, €17.50

  • Playing Koi, Creamy white peach pink (Satin)*
  • Saint Germain, Pastel pink (Amplified)
  • Candy Yum-Yum, Neon pink (Matte)*
  • Quite Cute, Bright white lavender (Cremesheen)*
  • Play Time, Intense violet (Cremesheen)*

Plushglass, €19*

  • Fashion Fanatic, Creamy pale pink
  • Bubble Tea, Creamy pale nude
  • Girl loves Boy, Bright light blue pink
  • I love U, Creamy mid-tone purple

Lip Pencil, €14.50*

  • In Synch, Bright yellow pink
  • Naked, Light neutral
  • Boldly Bare, Mid-tone red brown

Cutie Eyeshadow Quad, €47.50*

  • Moshi! Moshi!, Pale white green gold (Frost)
  • Goody Goody Gum Drop, Light white pink (Satin)
  • Boycrazy, Pale lavender with silver pearl pigments (Lustre)
  • Azuki Bean, Mid-tone violet (Frost)

Penultimate Eyeliner, €19

  • Rapidblack, True black

Zoom Lash, €16.50

  • Zoomblack, Rich black

*denotes a limited edition item

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35 Replies to "Mac Quite Cute Review + Swatches"

  • Simone G says:

    It doesn’t float my boat I’m afraid. I’m not usually a pastel lover, but this is all a bit meh for me.

  • lainey316 says:

    Think I’ll skip this one after all. The Illamasqua collection has very similar imagery – the hardcode harujuku look, I forget the name for the sub-genre – so might look at that instead.

  • I agree with the meh. Love the name but I don’t think it’s worth the price for such a sheer finish. I mean, I don’t like pigment central but I want to see the effect of what I’m using and not have to apply it too generously to see any result… Giggly is nice, but I prefer my smashbox blusher, lovely so tis.

  • BerG says:

    I had a look at these recently, and nothing really grabbed me. They are pretty, but nothing you would’nt find in the main collection on a regular basis.

  • alchemystee says:

    While it all looks very nice, and I’m sure I’ll enjoy swatching these in BT, I can’t imagine actually buying anything from this collection…

  • Kezia says:

    The neon pink lipstick “Candy Yum Yum” was swatched on Temptalia and holy mother of Jebus it was Gorgeous, so bright – definitely getting that but thats it!

  • SJP's Missing Mole says:

    Yeah, I saw Candy Yum Yum tried out by xsparkage on YouTube and it was gorgeous on her – a real bright fuschia. But even she was totally “meh” on everything else.

    Strikes me you could skip this and just try GOSH’s latest pastel release instead for half the price!

  • Fee says:

    Not my thing at all. Next!

  • Snowdrop says:

    Candy yum yum is exactly the colour pink I’m after. But 17.50 is kinda outta my price range for a lippie. Could anyone advise me of a dupe for it? It’s simply gorgeous :)

  • ceci says:

    Not bothered with this range at all, I know I won’t even bother swatching.

  • Christina says:


    Exactly! I’m sure all the budget companies will be coming out with a pastels line this season. There is a case when luxury (or luxury-ish!) brands are worth it, but I don’t think this is one such case!

  • the mirror says:

    I’m with Lainey361 (it’s the Ganguro look, except watered down a LOT…). Just got my Illamasqua cream pigment in the post. Oh. Wow. They’ve beaten MAC this time around, most def:) Although…. am kind of tempted by the nude toned lipliner. It’d go well with my Viva Glam Gaga 2, which I’ve really warmed to lately despite its concealer-ish tendencies..

  • Edelmc says:

    I like the look of a couple of lipsticks, a blush and the eyeshadow quad but it sickens me that the quad is the guts of 50 euro but in the states it’s close to 40 dollars is 30 something euro- that sucks! Do you know the launch date for this?

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  • colours says:

    I can’t wait to try this out! I love pastels and shimmery eyeshadows :)

    Usually when Mac have a new range out I get excited and go in to swatch everything, but it’s too bright or dark for me.

    The eyeshadows and blush definately look like something I’d buy.

  • Kezia says:

    Snowdrop although I have to get that Candy Yum Yum Barry M have several neon pink lipsticks that are matte too for about 6 euro I think, I have a couple and they’re really pigmented a la Mac you should check them out in boots-hope that helps!:)

  • Emma says:

    It sort of reminds me of the makeup I used to wear at the tender age of 14 when I thought that looking like a china doll was sophisticated. There doesn’t seem to be any depth in the it’s a pass for me!

  • Snowdrop says:

    sweet, thank you kezia, i will! :D

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