Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

The Scarlet Season: MAC Dare You Lipstick

MAC Dare You Lipstick ($14.00) is a gorgeous shade of shimmering ruby red. It’s a deep ruby red with brighter ruby red shimmer laced throughout. It’s incredibly pigmented, and it looks opaque with just one layer. Dare You feels creamy, moisturizing, and it lasts a good four to six hours on my lips. It’s really a stunning red from MAC’s permanent line-up, and if I may–also an overlooked shade!

What about you? Would you wear this red?

The Scarlet Season is a series of posts showcasing and featuring my favorite shades of red lips–from glosses to lipsticks that runs through December 2009. You can sure expect to see a lot of red this holiday season!

See photos and swatches…

MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

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28 thoughts on “The Scarlet Season: MAC Dare You Lipstick

  1. pia

    Wow! Amazing red, and you’re rigth, Christine, it’s definitely an overlooked permament.

  2. I loooove Dare You. On me, it’s basically the same shade as Dubonnet, except the Creamsheen formula feels better. So it’s now my favorite dark red.

    It’s so silly that the swatch on MAC’s website is brown, which is probably part of why Dare You isn’t so popular!

  3. Cristina

    I have a tube of Dare You, but on me it looks so much darker. To me, it seems similar to Dubonnet :) I still like it nonetheless.

  4. So pretty! I agree that it’s overlooked – it isn’t mentioned as often as it deserves!

  5. Alison

    At the end of the Scarlet Season, will you post a comparison entry (as you do with nail polish collections) so we can see how they all stack up to each side by side?

    • I’ll be doing some comparisons! Not quite like the nail polish swatches… as there are well over 70 shades!

      • Alison

        Wow, I guess you’re right. 70!? Impressive.

        I have definitely tracked down some of those discontinued mac shades and can’t wait to try them out! Maybe you could compare all of the mac shades or something fun like that.

  6. DJ

    funny– on me it reads more burgandy/brick-ish but I do like it! it suits you very much, too.

  7. Leila

    beautiful and the price is very appropiate! That’s exactly the shade of red I have been looking for. This is the only color right?

    • Hey Leila,

      I’m not sure what you mean by this being the only color…

      • Leila

        Oh I thought this was the only shade it came in. I checked the website, it comes in a variety of colors. Do you know the number/name of this particular color you did the swatch on? I was looking for the most similar color to this one but I couldn’t find it myself..

  8. Patty

    So weird. About a week ago I bought this, and I was trying to look up the Scarlet Season page on it, but evidently you didn’t post it until today, even though I’d sworn I’d seen it already. Dejavu! Anyway, love this.

  9. Liz

    that is interesting – my Dare You in the tube does not look anything like the picture. mine looks very dark brownish red in the tube and it applies kind of brownish red and there is no shimmer. do you know if there is more than one version of Dare You?

    • Petra

      I’m very fair and i chose this one because it seemed more of a burgundy red to me as well. On me it doesn’t look this bright either. But a few people have already mentioned this- maybe it’s because of the different skintones people have? That, or maybe there was a mistake? This shade reminds more of Brave Red cremesheen – well, that one looks similar on me to Christine’s photo.

  10. AndreaMarie

    Beautiful color! Love!!!

  11. OMG I want this so bad now! I love this color! My boyfriend just jumped because I came bouncing in to tell him how badly I want it!

    Side note-I love your lip shape. I have a solid heart shaped cupids bow, and I wish it was slightly more angled like yours.

  12. Dare You was one of the first reds I tried, actually, back when I thought MAC Cremesheens were a godsend to the dry-lipped (Laura Mercier stickglosses and Dior Addict High Shines and Lipcolors blow them out of the water), but it made me look incredibly sallow. Just not my red.

  13. Rachel

    Yeah, I prefer it to Dubonnet as well, since it is a Cremesheen.

  14. Wow! This is an incredible red! I wonder if it will work for me… I guess a trip to the MAC store is in order.

  15. Anna Phalactyc

    OMG. I thought I had every MAC perm red, how did I miss this gorgeousness?! Now I know exactly what I’m spending the last bit of the MAC giftcard I got for my birthday on- tonight!

  16. Avatar of Meghann Meghann

    This is my favorite red lipstick from MAC. I just so happen to get this again while recycling. So Dare You for free for me =)

  17. Helena

    I can’t believe MAC would let such a gorgeous lippie be perm. LMAO.

  18. Monica

    i have dare you and i am in LOVE with it. it’s a red that’s easier to wear since it’s not too bright. i’ve only worn it once out but i throw it on in the house just to give myself a little red-lip pick me up..lol.