MAC Dare To Wear Collection Reviews and Swatches

With an array of uber bright colors that reminds you of pop queen Lady Gaga, MAC’s latest Dare To Wear Collection is definitely not for the faint-hearted.

The new, limited edition Dare to Wear Lipglass ($18) is a new gel formula that provides intense, full coverage color with a holographic pearl finish. They go on really thick with great pigmentation and leave behind a high-shine, metallic finish with LOTS of shimmer. Loves!

* Ban This! is a dark purple.
* Bold & Brash is a gorgeous bright red. If you like a glamorous red lip, you must get this.
* Dare to Dare is a blue-based pink.
* Gimme That! is a very bright fuchsia pink that is totally hot! I knew immediately I had to get this after I saw Temptalia’s swatches.
* So Bad is a salmon orange color. I did not think much it at first but when the ma tried it on me, it reminds me of a more intense, blinged up version of my Hourglass Surreal Hydrating Lip Gloss. Pretty!
* Wind Me Up is a medium bronze.

Me wearing Gimme That! with and without flash

As for the Eyeshadows ($14.50), I have really mixed feelings about them. While the colors are all super gorgeous, the color payoff varies greatly. Some of them go on easily without much layering while others feel chalky and barely show up on me. Using a primer or cream eyeshadow underneath and layering the color is a must. Most of the colors, except Going Bananas, Crazy Cool, Louder Please, Sassy Grass and Shock-a-holic, are also permanent. I would suggest you grab the limited edition colors you like first.

* Louder Please is a bright red in the Matte formula. It has one of the best pigmentation out of the bunch.
* Free to Be is a bright Matte coral from the permanent line that is impossible for me to swatch.
* Going Bananas is a repromote from C Shock. It is a frosty soft lemon yellow color with great pigmentation.
* Sassy Grass is a Matte bright grass green with decent pigmentation.
* Lime is a lime green color from the permanent Pro line.
* Atlantic Blue is a gorgeous violet blue Matte eyeshadow from the permanent line. I really liked the color but no matter how hard I try, I could not get the color to show up on me.
* Winkle is a Satin cornflower blue from the permanent line. It has really good pigmentation and a very nice smooth texture.
* Zingy is a Matte sky blue color that is similar to MAC Electric Eel with great color payoff.
* Aqua is a light turquoise in the Matte formula from the permanent Pro line. Great pigmentation.
* Sky Blue is a frosty light Robin’s egg blue from the permanent Pro line. It is a pretty color but lacks color payoff and it took a few layers to show up on me.
* Shock-a-holic is a dark royal purple in the Matte formula with decent pigmentation.
* Crazy Cool is a frosty light silvery lavender color that is lighter than MAC Beautiful Iris. While the color is not the most unique out there, it is a pretty lavender that will work on light skin tones and different eye colors. The Veluxe Pearl formula also gives it very good pigmentation and a smooth texture.

Louder Please, Shock-a-holic, Sassy Green, Zingy, Going Bananas and Free To

Crazy Cool, Sky Blue, Aqua, Atlantic Blue and Winkle


Louder Please

Going Bananas

Sassy Green



Crazy Cool

So what do you guys think? You picked up anything?

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Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


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