MAC Dare to Wear: Eyeshadows Review, Photos, Swatches (Part 1)

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear: Eyeshadows, Part 1

There are twelve brightly colored eyeshadows releasing with MAC’s Dare to Wear Collection, which is Lady Gaga “inspired.” This is a collection that will appeal to some and hold absolutely zero appeal to others. Not only are the shades on the brighter side, the majority of them have a matte finish.

The collection also has a lot of permanent shades, so check your stash before you run over to the store–and if you’re near a store, keep in mind you can purchase the permanent shades in palette form. The permanent shades are Free to Be, Lime, and Aqua, with Free to Be available at all freestanding stores and the latter two only at PRO stores.

  • Louder, Please is a pinked red with a matte finish. This shade was quite pigmented and required very little fussing to get a nice layer of smooth, rich color. This is the closest to red I’ve seen from MAC (but it is not a true red, to be clear).
  • Free to Be is a pinky coral with a matte finish. It has some pigmentation, but it can be a rather difficult shade to really punch up. This is a permanent shade.
  • Going Bananas is a soft, medium yellow with a frosty finish. It has a nice level of pigmentation, and it’s a particularly flattering yellow because it doesn’t run too bright or full-on yellow. This is a repromote.
  • Sassy Grass is a medium-dark grass green with a matte finish. I thought it might resemble Wondergrass (limited edition, released with C-Shock), but it’s much darker and a wee bit greener.
  • Lime is a muted, medium-dark chartreuse green with slight yellow undertones and a matte finish. This was probably one of the harder shades to work with out of the twelve; it’s a bit stiff and takes some layering. This is a permanent PRO shade.
  • Aqua is a bright pastel aqua-blue with a matte finish. This is one of the more powdery matte shades by MAC, and it can be layered to get a nice level of color intensity, but it may look chalky on some complexions. This is a permanent PRO shade.

Temptalia’s Recommendations

  • Must-Haves: Going Bananas, Sassy Grass
  • Nice-to-Haves: Louder, Please, Free to Be, Aqua
  • Skip: Lime

Recommendations by Skin Tone

  • Light: Free to Be, Going Bananas, Lime, Aqua
  • Medium: Louder, Please, Going Bananas, Sassy Grass, Lime
  • Dark: Louder, Please, Going Bananas, Sassy Grass, Lime, Aqua

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MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Louder, Please Eyeshadow

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Louder, Please Eyeshadow

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MAC Louder, Please Eyeshadow

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MAC Free to Be Eyeshadow

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Free to Be Eyeshadow

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MAC Free to Be Eyeshadow

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MAC Going Bananas Eyeshadow

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MAC Going Bananas Eyeshadow

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MAC Going Bananas Eyeshadow

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MAC Sassy Grass Eyeshadow

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MAC Sassy Grass Eyeshadow

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MAC Sassy Grass Eyeshadow

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MAC Lime Eyeshadow

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MAC Lime Eyeshadow

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MAC Lime Eyeshadow

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Aqua Eyeshadow

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MAC Aqua Eyeshadow

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MAC Aqua Eyeshadow

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Eyeshadow: Louder, Please, Free to Be, Going Bananas, Sassy Grass, Lime, Aqua

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Eyeshadow: Louder, Please, Free to Be, Going Bananas

MAC Dare to Wear Eyeshadows
MAC Eyeshadow: Sassy Grass, Lime, Aqua