Sunday, October 27th, 2013

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette ($44.00 for 0.14 oz.) contains five eyeshadows. If you’re not familiar with the newer Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palettes, they feature a newer eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry. The range tends to lean towards the more frosted, metallic, and glittery, though it technically can range from matte to glitter. This particular palette is the cooler-toned of the two, though I wouldn’t say it’s all that cool-toned overall. It is also very, very frosted–if you are not a fan of shimmer or frost, you’ll want to stay clear of this one. If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula.  2x Dare was one of the better palettes I’ve tried in this formula, though it wasn’t without its share of flaws–some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

2x Dare #1 is a bright, creamy white with a high frost, metallic finish. It had so-so color payoff applied dry, but it came together better when applied damp; it was more opaque and smoother. Dior Lune (001) (P, $30.00) is slightly warmer. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #1 (LE) is similar. Disney by Sephora Ball Gown (LE) is similar. theBalm Sassy (P, $16.00) is less metallic. theBalm Metal-ica (P, $16.00) is less metallic. MAC Flawless Figure (LE, $15.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Pearl (LE, $32.50) is also cooler-toned. Inglot #453 (P, $6.00) is more metallic. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #2 is a glittery, muted golden bronze with a metallic, glittery finish. The texture was a bit loose, slightly chunky because of the glitter, and the color payoff was decent but didn’t seem affected by a wet or dry application. MAC Until Dawn #2 (LE, $21.00) is yellower. Sleek MakeUP Meet in Madrid (LE, $9.99) is yellower, less glittery. MAC Retrospeck (P, $15.00) is slightly more golden. Dior Fairy Golds #2 (LE) is similar. Chanel Apparence (LE, $36.00) is a cream product. bareMinerals Kudos (LE) is less glittery. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #3 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with subtle, cool brown undertones and an array of plum, bronze, and silver shimmer/sparkle. It was sheer applied dry, but it was mostly opaque when applied damp, and it also smoothed out more when applied damp. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is less gray. Urban Decay Mushroom (P, $18.00) is lighter. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is less frosted. MAC Dangerous Cuvee (P, $18.50) is a cream product. MAC Electroplate (LE, $18.50) is less frosted. Inglot #434 (P, $6.00) is less sparkly but very similar. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #4 is a dirty, muted brown with a gray, yellow, and brown mix of sparkle and tone. It’s a very murky shade. I would almost call it pewter, because it’s not quite brown, but it’s not a bronze or gold either. It seemed to be more similar to other pewter-hued shades, though, so I’d classify it closest to that, but it’s a little warmer/browner. It was semi-opaque applied dry, fully opaque applied damp, and it had a more metallic finish when applied damp. Dior Millenium (381) (P, $30.00) is a cream product. Chanel Moon River (LE, $34.00) is lighter, cream product. MAC Silver Birch (LE, $21.00) is cooler-toned. MAC Modern Pewter (LE, $21.00) is lighter. See comparison swatches.

2x Dare #5 is a cool-toned, gray-leaning taupe with a plummy-brown undertone and a light pearly shimmer. This was the least frosted/metallic shade in the palette. It had a slightly drier texture, which gave it less intense color payoff both applied dry and damp. MAC Graphic Style (LE, $15.00) is lighter. Dior Aventure (081) (P, $30.00) is warmer, cream product. Disney by Sephora Midnight Hour #4 (LE) is similar. Urban Decay Armor (LE, $18.00) is more frosted. MAC Dynamic Duo 3 #1 (LE, $15.00) is grayer. MAC Twilight Falls (LE, $21.00) is similar, slightly warmer. MAC Moth Brown (LE, $15.00) is a touch purpler. MAC Stolen Moment (LE, $21.00) is purpler. See comparison swatches.

The MAC x RiRi Hearts MAC Holiday Collection launches in December. I don’t have a specific date yet, and as soon as I do, you’ll see me update the collection’s official information post. Your best bet is to catch me on Twitter or Facebook, as I usually make a mention on social media first :)

The Glossover

LE
palette

2x Dare

B-

If you love high-shine, shimmery, metallic finishes, then you may quite enjoy the formula. 2x Dare was one of the better palettes I've tried in this formula, though it wasn't without its share of flaws--some light fading before the eight-hour mark, some fall out with the second shade, but there were no total misses in this palette.

Product

8/10

Pigmentation

8/10

Texture

8/10

Longevity

8/10

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4.5/5

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2x Dare #1

B

Product

8.5/10

Pigmentation

8.5/10

Texture

8.5/10

Longevity

8/10

Application

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2x Dare #2

C-

Product

7/10

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MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #1 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #2 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #3 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #4 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #5 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #6 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare #6 Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare: #2 on inner lid, #4 on middle of lid, #3 on outer lid, #5 in crease,
#1 on brow bone, Pisces Persuasion on lower lash line

MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette
MAC 2x Dare: #2 on inner lid, #4 on middle of lid, #3 on outer lid, #5 in crease,
#1 on brow bone, Pisces Persuasion on lower lash line

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17 thoughts on “MAC 2x Dare Veluxe Pearlfusion Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

  1. JRMillington

    So these weren’t selling and MAC decided to put them in the Rihanna collection….haha……the pigmentation and quality look much better than the originals though, so they might actually be a good buy.

  2. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Sarah Sarah

    These palettes are so sad. Major letdown, but I expected that since they were the pearlfusion formula.

  3. shelley

    This is way too cool to work with my skintone. Both eye palettes look like they have just been thrown together with no thought or serious creativity to make it unique. Taking a pass on this one as well. :(

  4. Im the odd man out as i personally love it lol

  5. I wish they’d re-release Autumn Pewter. It sold out at my local counter and I had to console myself with Havana instead… I wish MAC would find some new celeb besides “RiRi” to keep hurling in my face.

  6. I would love to see the first two shades in this palette and the last two shades in Phresh Out in a palette together!

  7. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of SandraJT SandraJT

    Yet another big wet fart from MAC. They seriously need to get it together.

  8. Pretty, but nothing too unique.

  9. J

    I actually think this is quite pretty. I have hooded, almond shaped eyes so lots of shimmer really makes them stand out. Christine, do you think shades this cool-toned would work on an NC42 skin tone? Thanks in advance!!

  10. Annie

    Meh. The lack of quality coming from these eye shadow palettes is disappointing. As much as I love MAC, why don’t they realize that people aren’t simply going to buy an expensive palette, just because Rhianna’s logo is branded on it? And besides, the color choices are poor. There should be a couple of mattes in the palette to neutralize the shimmery/glittery colors.

  11. This type of finish is not at all a preferred one for me and I have no attraction to these palettes. That being said, I was surprised by your eye look and I think it is really quite pretty.

  12. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Lacey Lacey J.

    Good thing this is terrible, good for my bank account :)

  13. I’ve no idea what’s going on with MAC recently. It seems that throwing out too many LE collections doesn’t do any good :(

  14. I think these colors are very pretty. I’ve got a couple of colors similar to the ones I like the most , so maybe I can save some money and skip buying this. The dupe list makes life so much easier. :)

  15. Profile wp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-60 alignnone photo of Jessica jessica billman

    im liking the look of the other palette (phresh out) much better… still not sure if i will buy it though. ill probably only end up getting the riri woo lipstick from this collection just because i have been unable to purchase it in her first collection