Jul 31, 2010

MAC Dare to Wear Collection Eyeshadows - Thoughts and Swatches...

MAC Dare to Wear Collection Eyeshadows - Thoughts and Swatches...

From MAC:

Join the brigade of loud-and-proud who daily dare to declare their own individuality. High-powered pigment and holographic pearl create a crazy-intense, shine-saturated gloss, combined with eye shadow shades as over-the-top as Lady G live! Not afraid to DARE TO WEAR? Bravo!

Eye shadows in over-the-top shades. Available in Aqua, subdued, pale greyed aqua; Crazy Cool, pale frosty lavender; Free to Be, bright true coral; Sky Blue, Robin's egg blue; Winkle, midtone cornflower blue; Lime, lime green; Going Bananas, soft lemon yellow; Zingy, bright sky blue; Atlantic Blue, bright violet blue; Louder, Please, bright fuchsia; Shock-A-Holic, deep purple and Sassy Grass, bright grass green.

  • Aqua Subdued, pale greyed aqua (Matte) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Atlantic Blue Bright violet blue (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Crazy Cool Pale frosty lavender (Veluxe Pearl) (Limited Edition)
  • Free to Be Bright true coral (Matte) (Permanent)
  • Going Bananas Soft lemon yellow (Frost) (Limited Edition) (Repromote)
  • Lime Lime green (Matte) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Louder Please Bright fuchsia (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Sassy Grass Bright grass green (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Shock-a-holic Deep purple (Matte) (Limited Edition)
  • Sky Blue Robin’s egg blue (Frost) (Permanent, PRO)
  • Winkle Mid-tone cornflower blue (Satin) (Permanent)
  • Zingy Bright sky blue (Matte) (Limited Edition)

 Where is Free to Be and Aqua?? Oops!

There they go...

This collection is right up my alley with all the bright colors and matte finishes. I do not think MAC is the best brand for matte eyeshadows but I can applaud their efforts especially with these bright colors.

Six of these eyeshadows are permanent and available at MAC or MAC Pro. Of the remaining shades five are brand new and one is a popular re-promoted color. A dozen brilliant shades to drool over.

MAC matte colors are notoriously difficult to work with and have spotty color payoff. I'm sorry to say these are not much of an improvement.

Crazy Cool and Going Bananas are very light frosty colors with nice color payoff and I am very happy with these. Lime also has great color payoff even though it's a matte. Sassy Grass and Zingy are beautiful new colors that are worth trying out even if they take a bit of effort to get full on color. Winkle and Atlantic Blue are also pretty but take work.

Since a lot of these colors are permanent I wouldn't rush out to grab them. In fact I think only Sassy Grass, Going Bananas, Crazy Cool and Zingy are worth the time since they are pretty and Limited Edition. The others are spotty and hurt my feelings! : (

Louder, Please is very close to Passionate (which is permanent) so if this color interests you can hold off and just get Passionate.

Shock-a-holic didn't even tickle a feather for me. It had poor color payoff and overall sucked! Go for MUFE #92 for a great red-based purple.

Sky Blue is permanent at MAC Pro so don't trip over yourself to get it. I don't like it because mine applies as sheer chunky glitter.

Aqua and Free to Be are also permanent but worth a glance. Aqua is a light aqua blue color that is much better in payoff and texture than Sky Blue. Free to Be is more of a coral pink color rather than true coral but it's quite pretty as well.

 Sky Blue, Winkle, Atlantic Blue, Zingy

Going Bananas, Lime, Sassy Grass

Crazy Cool; Shock-a-holic; Louder, Please

Free to Be, Aqua

I decided to add some comparison swatches as well to help show the similarity of these eyeshadows to existing shades.

Left: Zingy e/s     Right (top to bottom): Blue Cyan Pigment, Electric Eel e/s, Clarity e/s

Left to Right: Going Bananas e/s, Bright Sunshine e/s, Bright Future e/s

Top to Bottom: Louder, Please e/s, Passionate e/s

 Left: Crazy Cool e/s Right (top to bottom): Beautiful Iris e/s, Parfait Amour e/s, Creme de Violet e/s


  1. Wow, Thanks for the review. I will sure pass, I think I can dupe these from my 120 palette or better yet just get Sugarpill.

  2. Had more of these been different finishes, I'd have been all over them.

    I did cave and get Sassy Grass, as I don't have a green like it. I have to say that I'm quite pleased with it. From swatches, none of the others appeal to me. Also, so many perms and repromotes.. blah.

    I did get 4 of the lipglasses though!

  3. Thanks so much for all of these swatches and review. I think I may go back and get Zingy and Crazy Cool.

  4. thank you for your honesty Tina! I am particularly thankful for the comparison swatches!

  5. thanks for this..i did order shock a holic..but now I kinda regret it..idk..I guess I will see when I get it..people are really not liking these color payoffs and I am not a super experanced with blending so this kinda trows me off..even though the colors of gorgeous!


  6. Thanks for the swatches. The colours look amazing.. My favourites are those pink ones! x

  7. Great post! I thought the purple would be comparable to MUFE #92 and was totally going to buy it if it was (MUFE is so expensive and inaccessible in Australia) but I guess I'll save my money for something else instead :)


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