Lipstick Warfare | MAC Candy Yum Yum vs. Topshop Bombshell

I had been after a bright pink lipstick for a while and I was lucky enough to score the last tube of Candy Yum Yum at the MAC counter in Canal Walk when I was in Cape Town. A few weeks later I saw Bombshell at the Topshop sale and thought why not? Both are quite similar in colour (Barbie pink is what I call them, really not for the faint hearted) so I’ve decided to do a little comparing. I will be likening the two lipsticks in a few categories and you can decide which one is more suited to you.


Candy Yum Yum – The classic MAC packaging. Sleek, sturdy and classy. I’ve dropped my MAC lipsticks possibly hundreds of times and from many heights and none have broken or come loose.

Bombshell – I’m really not pleased with the packaging here. The lid is very fragile and has already cracked a little. It also doesn’t close all that well and I’m terrified it might open and tint everything in my handbag Barbie pink.


Both lipsticks have a pleasant, subtle vanilla scent and no taste once they are on my lips.


Bombshell is a lot creamier than Candy Yum Yum. Although Candy Yum Yum wasn’t drying (which is lovely for a matte lipstick), Bombshell felt a little more moisturizing. They’re both comfortable to wear.

Colour Intensity and Longevity

Judging purely on the colour, I’d say both are pretty similar. Both are a blue-based, powerful neon pink.

Candy Yum Yum – One swipe gives you the intense pink you see in the tube. Also after eating a yoghurt and a cup of tea, it was still quite intense. It’s difficult to remove and I’m pretty sure it lasts at least 6 hours. (Tip: I use Lush Bubblegum lip scrub to remove MAC matte lipsticks.)

Bombshell – I needed 2 swipes to get the desired pink. I needed to reapply at least twice in the same time-frame as Candy Yum Yum and although it was easier to remove than its rival lipstick, it was still quite difficult to remove.

I’ve included a photo where I just wiped the swatches on my arm with a tissue. Candy Yum Yum left a dark stain while Bombshell is mostly gone.

Price and Availability

Candy Yum Yum – Retails for ZAR185 at MAC counters nationwide. The availability is quite inconsistent though as it is a cult colour and sells out quite quickly. Hopefully with it being included in the new retro-matte collection from MAC it might be more obtainable. (P.S go check out the new MAC standalone store in Sandton City, it is fab!)

Bombshell –Originally retails for ZAR139 (I got it on sale for ZAR69) at Topshop. I don’t know if they currently have it as I tried calling a few times this morning to no answer. (Frustrating!)

So there you have it… I’m not going to conclude with which I think is superior, I’ve given you the facts I’ve gathered and left the deciding to you.

Until next time

Love and sparkles (and Barbie pink kisses)

Zaakira xox

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