MAC Dare You, Lady Bug, Brave Red Lipsticks Reviews, Photos, Swatches

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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
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
MAC Dare You Lipstick
MAC Dare You Lipstick

Dare You

MAC Dare You Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark red with subtle, warm undertones and ruby red pearl. It had semi-opaque color payoff that applied beautifully to the lips–smooth, even coverage that made lips appear softer and more supple. The texture was lightweight with light slip but still adhered well while being comfortable to wear over the five and a half hours it lasted for.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick
MAC Lady Bug Lipstick

Lady Bug

MAC Lady Bug Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium red with warm, yellow undertones and a natural sheen. It had a Lustre finish, which is the brand’s sheerer coverage finish, so the semi-sheer to medium pigmentation was no surprise. The texture was thin with moderate slip (though it took a second to warm up and start to melt on the lips) that applied without tugging. It wore well for four hours and was neither drying nor hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick
MAC Brave Red Lipstick

Brave Red

MAC Brave Red Lipstick ($17.00 for 0.10 oz.) is a medium-dark red with warm, yellow undertones and cream finish with very faint pearl. The consistency was lightly creamy with enough slip to give it a natural shine but it did not slide around while I wore it. It had semi-opaque color coverage that applied evenly and did not gather in my lip lines. This shade stayed on well for almost six hours, left a faint stain behind, and was lightly hydrating.

FURTHER READING: Formula Overview for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$20.00/0.1 oz. - $200.00 Per Ounce

MAC Lipstick comes in a variety of finishes, and the pigmentation and wear tend to be dependent on the finish. The sheer finishes, like Lustres, tend to wear for only a couple of hours and have sheer coverage (as designed) and are non-drying.

Some of the original Matte shades have a stiffer, drier formula, while newer ones have a more velvety, silicone-feel to them, and the latter are creamier, more comfortable to wear, and easier to apply, but most Matte shades are quite pigmented and long-wearing, though some are drying.

The Amplified and Satin finishes tend to have good pigmentation, lightly creamy to moderately creamy consistencies with a bit of shine, and moderate to long wear with deeper, richer shades wearing longer. The Frost and Metallic finishes have the most variance between shades with coverage ranging from semi-sheer to opaque with average wear and non-drying to slightly drying formulas. All MAC lipsticks are vanilla-scented but have no discernible taste.

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$20.00/0.1 oz.

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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Ladybug is oh so pretty, it just moved up on my to buy list. It looks perfect for me for summer.

Brave Red is one of my absolute faves, it should be a cult product but it’s like one of MAC’s little known secrets. It’s a Satin finish but creamier than the typical MAC Satin. Just love the formula and it doesn’t bleed. Very easy to wear red, it just always looks good.

*3, YET. Never would’ve imagined that it would be Lady Bug that would catch my eye, either, but it did! I love how it reminds me of a glossy lip stain instead of a full-on lipstick. But I won’t be getting it until I wear down a *decent* amount of some favorite reds I already own.

I wore Ladybug to prom! One of my first MAC lipsticks, wore it with a cobalt blue cocktail dress and winged liner. Ahhhh memories!

Love these classic MAC posts. Managed to talk myself out of the LE gorgeously packaged Brave Red ( was it Guo Pei?) so I had better not fall for the regular. Esp when I have both Besame dupes and have always coveted Dubonnet. When you love a general color, you want it in every possible iteration. Would not be surprised to see Brave in another LE package, though. Absolutely top notch reds.

I remember seeing Lady Bug a while back and loving it! It’s just a pretty shade! I wish I wore red more often!

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