The Matte That Started It All: MAC Candy Yum Yum

MAC Candy Yum Yum

Hi everyone! I’ve been sitting on this post for quite a while now so I decided to finally finish it tonight. It might not be super obvious here on my blog that I have embarked on a major lipstick phase because I haven’t posted anything about it (except for the Avon ones) but in reality, I have acquired quite a few in my hopes of finding the perfect three lipsticks for me – the nude, the red, the pink. Hmm.. on second thought, no it’s definitely not the perfect three as there’s still the violet, the coral, and the list goes on and on… Anyway, this particular lipstick I’m reviewing today is my first foray into the world of Matte. I’ve never really gone there you know? Ae always shared her love for matte but I never really understood. I felt that they were too drying and too bold for me that I wouldn’t be able to pull one off. Even though I haven’t really tried a matte lipstick yet, I would always pass up on the chance as I have perpetually dry lips and I was 100% sure that the look would never work on me.



Anyone who really knows me knows about my long-term relationship with Rachel Bilson. I know we’ve been doing the long-distance thing but I fell in love with her ever since she first uttered, “Ew.” on The OC. Summer Roberts was (is) my one great love.

We’re now on our 8th year and she has become the utterly adorable Dr. Zoe Hart. I have been following makeup artist Joni Powell on Instagram (Rachel’s MUA from The OC and now also on Hart of Dixie) and she posted that photo of Rachel one fine day….

mac candy yum yum

BAM! I was out the door, headed straight to the MAC Cosmetics Counter in Shang to get the lipstick that I called for availability, literally just seconds after I saw Joni’s post.


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Rachel was wearing MAC Candy Yum Yum. And since I have convinced myself that we have the same coloring (which we really do not. I think. coz you know maybe we really do? haha), I knew, I really, really, really knew that I have finally found the matte lipstick that would work on me.

Fast forward to me and my first Matte.

mac candy yum yum

Can I just say LOVE???? I have since gotten two other Mattes and it would have been three really if only I’d gotten the Enchanted One from the Alluring Aquatic collection. (I missed out by mere minutes because I swatched too late.) Now I truly understand Ae’s adoration for these lipsticks.


I’m serious. With proper preparation and application, I have come to the conclusion that these matte lipsticks last through eating, drinking, talking, walking around, and whatever else activity I can think of. Although maybe not through a shower or a dip in the pool. But seriously, I’m amazed at the longevity. Sure it is admittedly kinda unforgiving on dry lips, but dang that color and finish! I’ve caught the matte fever – hook, line, and sinker! It’s the first lipstick finish I start looking for now whenever there’s a new collection.

mac candy yum yum swatches

Goodbye ease of Chanel RCS, hello to always making sure my lips are matte-worthy! I don’t really know what else I can say in this review so I leave you with this FOTD. I took it months ago right after getting MAC Candy Yum Yum but I’m only posting now. This particular lipstick retails for P1,000 at Rustan’s.

mac candy yum yum fotd

Do let me know your personal favorites as I’m now on the lookout for that next great matte-have! ๐Ÿ™‚ Cheers!


The Matte That Started It All: MAC Candy Yum Yum
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  • Kinda scared that it will look too bright on me, but that’s a very pretty shade! I don’t really always have dry lips that’s why I enjoy wearing mattes. I think the only matte I remember that I own from MAC is the RiRi Hearts MAC Bad Girl RiRi. Not sure if all else are Retro Mattes, and a lot more drying.

    • Thanks Juvy! I want to get more matte shades now but I temporarily branched out to cremesheen because of the limited edition case LOL. Btw I signed up at Luxola via your link. Hope you got the points! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Rae

    Hahaha, sneaky pun right there! I haven’t owned this yet but I’ve tried a handful of mattes from MAC. My favorite is the retro matte line, this the formula with the list moisture. Thankfully my lips don’t get dry. Fave retro matte would be Flat Out Fabulous.

    You should also check out Inglot’s matte lipsticks (lipsticks that start with “4”)

    • Hi Rae! I’ve seen Flat Out Fabulous and it looks so good waaa and Dangerous? I think it’s a matte as well (a bit lazy to google haha)

  • Ohhh I want this one too but the thing is my lips get dry too even if I’m not wearing matte, and even more if my lipstick is matte. This shade looks so gorge on you! I’m afraid it will look too bright on me and bf will tease me again “Nikki Minaj is that you!” lol. pero I’ll swatch this when I go to Rustan’s ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Thanks Genzel! It’s not super pink naman i think? Haha. Or gusto ko lang talaga magfeeling malapit kay Rachel Bilson LOL

  • I love Rachel Bilson too since her OC days! ๐Ÿ™‚ Anyway, I agree, mattes really do last long… but i find it drying on my lips. I do put lipbalm prior to application but then it doesn’t look matte anymore after.

    Candy Yum Yum looks good on you btw! Great choice! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hi Hazel! Do you watch her new show Hart of Dixie? ๐Ÿ˜€ Yup mattes are def drying but I super love them for longevity. I want to try even more shades in matte finishes! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Thank you for your post and your blog on Rachel’s look on Mac’s Candy Yum Yum! It’s a gorgeous Hot pink shade that she wore very well!
    I have a lot of fun creatively with Rachel’s makeup on Hart of Dixie. I was the Head of the makeup dept on the O.C . but did not do her makeup . I mainly did Mischa Barton, Olivia Wilde, Samaire Armstrong, Nikki Reed, Peter Gallagher Kelly Rowan & Ben McKenzie!
    Rachel’s makeup is vastly different than her character ” Summer” on the O.C. Where she played a young beach girl with a super natural look ( often wearing tinted lip balms and pencil eyeliner! ) Where as now, she is a super sophisticated Dr. from N.Y High on style! I love sharing my instagram posts of her various looks @jonip11 and being challenged on what I will do next ! xoxo

    • Thank you so much Joni for taking the time to visit my blog!! Your work is so inspiring and I love what you’re doing in Hart of Dixie! I’ve been watching since Season 1 and always take note of the girls’ looks. I was really happy when I found you on Instagram and Pinterest. ๐Ÿ™‚ The OC was also a really great show and one of my all-time favorites, we’re actually watching the series again for the nth time. ๐Ÿ™‚ Each of the actresses’ and actors’ looks really suited their characters then. Aside from Rachel, my favorites from the OC were Kelly, Adam, Mischa, Olivia, and Samaire. And of course Peter because who can really forget those eyebrows?? ๐Ÿ˜€

      I actually got a few more makeup items from your IG posts on Rachel and Jaime King. I love her also and she always looks divine on the HOD! I can’t wait for Season 4! ๐Ÿ˜€