I wish I could hop into a time-traveling Delorean with the upcoming MAC Quite Cute collection and zoom back to 1984 (to when I was in 4th grade). Even though I wasn’t allowed to wear makeup back then, I would have done flips for these pastel treats for cheeks, nails, lips and eyes.
When I was a kid, I was crazy for anything and everything pastel. My favorite colors were mint green, lavender, peach and/or baby pink (not necessarily in that order). The colors of the MAC Quite Cute collection would have driven my 9-year-old self into fits! I probably would have locked myself in my room with it, loaded Duran Duran’s Notorious tape into my mint green Casio portable radio and danced around my purple painted room like an ’80s fairy princess.
Now in my thirties, I still have a deep and abiding love for pastels, and I felt the same familiar flutter in my tummy today when I saw Quite Cute up close for the very first time.
Talk about cute overload, right? Pastels AND hearts in the Mineralize Blushes? TO DIE!
The collection will join two other new releases (MAC Primed For Perfection and MAC Bronze Everyday) on North American MAC counters this April 7 (internationally, some time in April). Yes, it’s safe to say that’s going to be a pretty big day.
The 23-piece release looks sweet like candy with a young and fun sense of style. I picture Japanese and European tourist gals in bright pink Hello Kitty bikinis walking in Louis V. heels at Waikiki Beach.
If it feels familiar, you may be recalling MAC Sugarsweet, another pastel-powered collection, that one from 2009. Sugarsweet was similar but had more pink and green, whereas Quite Cute has a thing for more purple and peach.
I also get a strong anime vibe from it and can’t help but think of lines like Tokidoki, Eyeko and the new Hello Kitty at Sephora. That carefree quality may not appeal to all, but the colors are what I think of when I think of makeup for spring.
So take a look around, and let me know if you see something you like. More to follow, of course, over the coming days…
Mineralize Blushes in Giggly (left) and Sakura (right)
Cutie Eye Shadow X4
Lipsticks from left: Playing Koi, Playtime and Quite Cute
Plushglass in I Love You
Lip Pencils in In Synch (left) and Boldly Bare (right)
Cutie Eye Shadow X4 swatches from the left: Goody Goody Gum Drop, Boy Crazy, Moshi Moshi! and Azuki Bean
Swatches of Mineralize Blushes in Sakura (left) and Giggly (right)
Swatches from the left: Lipstick in Playing Koi, Lipstick in Playtime, Lipstick in Quite Cute
Swatches from the left: Plushglass in I Love You, Lip Pencil in In Synch and Lip Pencil Boldly Bare
Cutie Eye Shadow X4
Lipstick in Play Time on lips and Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Sakura on cheeks
Plushglass in I Love You on lips and Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Sakura on cheeks
Lipstick in Quite Cute on lips and Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Giggly on cheeks
Lipstick in Playing Koi on lips and Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Giggly on Cheeks
Lip Pencil in Boldly Bare atop Lipstick in Playing Koi on lips and Mineralize Skinfinish Blush in Giggly on cheeks
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,
MAC Quite Cute: The entire collection includes…
Mineralize Blush ($23 U.S., $27.50 C.D.N.)
- Miss Behave — light beige with pearly mint green heart
- Giggly — light pink with pearly plum heart
- Sakura — Lavender with pearly magenta heart
Nail Lacquer ($14 U.S., $17 C.D.N.)
- Little Girl Type — creamy pale lavender
- Ice Cream Cake — creamy blue pink
Mischievous Mint — creamy pale blue mint
Lash ($14 U.S., $17 C.D.N.)
- #7 Lash
Lipstick ($14.50 U.S., $17.50 C.D.N.)
- Playing Koi — creamy white peach pink (satin)
- Quite Cute — creamy bright whitened lavender (cremesheen)
- Saint Germain — clean pastel pink (amplified)
- Candy Yum-Yum — matte neon pink (matte)
- Play Time — creamy intense violet (cremesheen)
Plushglass ($18.50 U.S., $22 C.D.N.)
- Bubble Tea — creamy pale nude
- Fashion Fanatic — bright light blue pink
- Girl Loves Boy — bright light blue pink
- I Love You — creamy mid-tone purple
Lip Pencil ($13 U.S., $15.50 C.D.N.)
- Naked Liner — light neutral
- In Synch — bright yellow pink
- Boldly Bare — dirty red brown
Penultimate Eye Liner ($17.50 U.S., $21 C.D.N.)
- Rapidblack — true black
Loud Lash Mascara ($14 U.S., $17 C.D.N.)
- Noisy Black — black
Zoom Lash Mascara ($14 U.S., $17 C.D.N.)
- Zoom Black — rich black
Cutie Eye Shadow X4 ($36 U.S., $43 C.D.N.)
- Goody Goody Gum Drop — light white pink (satin)
- Boycrazy — pale lavender with silver pearl (lustre)
- Moshi Moishi! — pale white green gold (frost)
- Azuki Bean — mid-tone dirty violet (frost)