MAC Unsung Heroes: Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eye Shadow

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mac fresh flare pro longwear eye shadow

I wish I could go back in time to the exact moment I purchased my first green eyeshadow from MAC, the now discontinued MAC Sprout, and hand myself a pan (from the future!) of MAC Fresh Flare Pro Longwear Eye Shadow ($20) instead.


Ah, MAC Sprout… I think I liked the color more than the execution. Gritty and difficult to blend, it was one of the hardest eyeshadows I’ve ever used.

Fresh Flare, on the other hand, an intensely pigmented kelly green with golden undertones, might as well be called a dairy product because it blends like butter on toast. Smooth, super pigmented, easy to blend, and I barely detect any fallout from it at all.

If you’ve been feeling green (in a good way) but don’t know where to start, take a quick look at Fresh Flare.

mac fresh flare pro longwear eye shadow

mac fresh flare pro longwear eye shadow swatch

mac fresh flare pro longwear eye shadow


I love wearing Fresh Flare on my lids (one or two layers will do) with a neutral color in the crease (like Soft Brown, Soba, Brown Script or Cork) to tone things down, so that when I blink, “Surprise!” 🙂 — a flash of bright green.

But for an even more dramatic effect, I’ll extend Fresh Flare into the crease, and blend it with an even brighter blue, teal or gold.

As for wear time, like the other Pro Longwear Eye Shadows, Fresh Flare has legs. It’ll last all day long on my lids with the help of a good primer.

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


The MAC Unsung Heroes series features some of my favorite products from MAC’s permanent collection


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  1. EmmyJean says:

    I want to wear that to an A’s game!! Go green and gold! 🙂
    EmmyJean recently posted … How to Cover the Darkest of Dark Circles

  2. Suzi says:

    I love my pro longwear eyeshadow in sweet satisfaction… Thanks to your post about it:) I think the pro long wear formula is amazing and wish MAC would expand the colors in this formula!

  3. Nina says:

    I have this!!! I love the formulation of the Pro Longwear eyeshadows — so soft and buttery!

  4. I think I need this in my life! A good green is ALWAYS welcome 🙂
    Sunny @ Mostly Sunny recently posted … Brussels PR Day: New from Bumble and Bumble, Deborah Lippmann, Bobbi Brown, Tom Ford, & More!

  5. Advah says:

    I love how you blended the bright shadow to have it stronger by the lashes! Need to work on my blending skills.

    Talking about Soft Brown, can I ask for advice about crease colour? Lately I’m into a clean and defined eye look to make the eye ‘pop’, with a neutral pale shade all over the lid and a crease colour. I’m fair and read about the Mylar/Malt combo as Soft Brown is annoyingly not available in the UK (and Espresso seems much darker). Would Malt be a good alternative to Soft Brown? MAC shadows scare me a bit..

  6. Chris25 says:

    My willpower has been eradicated. I’m putting this on my shopping list.

  7. Sonia Bourke says:

    I always look for ways to be a bit greener, I think I’ve just found one 🙂 Great article and demonstration. Sx

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