Review: MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette

When I saw MAC was releasing a selection of permanent, smaller-sized palettes to their selection I was incredibly excited, and after much deliberation regarding the different colourways, I settled on the Burgundy Times Nine palette. Isn't she a beauty?




MAC Times Nine Palettes come in four colourways - Navy, Purple, Burgundy and Amber - all of which are utterly beautiful, but I felt the more neutral shades in the Burgundy palette would get more use in my collection. The palette itself is a sturdy square with a magnetic closure and a little window so you can see your shades. Unfortunately there's no brush included and the pans are significantly smaller than the normal MAC pans, but this makes it a great little palette for packing light. And at £30 for 9 eyeshadows, it is quite a nifty little thing!

Every shadow in this palette offers great pigmentation, and there is a good mixture of matte, lustre, satin and velvet finishes. They've obviously put a lot of thought into the palette since the shades I would use as a base colour are all matte, which although is a personal preference, does appear to be a popular one. Let's look at the shades individually;

Honeylust - lustre finish, bronze dipped beach
Poppyseed - satin finish, midtone mauvey nude
Quarry - matte finish, soft muted plum brown
Antiqued - veluxe pearl finish, matte brown with bronze
Embark - matte finish, intense reddish brown
#Noir - velvet finish, deep black brown with gold pearls
Haux - satin finish, soft muted rosy brown
Star Violet - veluxe pearl finish, pinky brown plum
Sketch - velvet finish, burgundy with red shimmer

I've found most of the shades to be amazing in quality and blendability, but some are unfortunately a little chalky and produce a lot of fallout. All the shades, however, do look gorgeous once applied and though red and pink-based shades can be difficult to pull off, these are all wonderfully flattering. Every shadow is long-wearing and doesn't crease, so once you get past the fallout they are great to wear. I do wish there was a slightly darker brown shade for crease, as I find I prefer a more neutral brown for this purpose, but I do like that it strays from the other cookie-cutter neutral palettes out there.

I've tried this palette out to create no-makeup-makeup looks as well as dramatic evening makeup since I bought it and I've found it to be incredibly versatile. I wouldn't call this a "starter" eyeshadow palette, since I would always recommend starting off with more neutral brown and bronze shades, but for someone with a lot of palettes like me, it is a beautiful palette that can create lots of gorgeous looks and isn't too similar to any other palette I own.

Are you a fan of the MAC Times Nine Palettes?

19 comments:

  1. I'm going to have a look at these tomorrow, I've heard mixed reviews about the pigmentation! So going to see for myself. Love the colours you've chosen though, some nice plums in there xx

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    1. Yes I'd heard about the pigmentation but mine are highly pigmented, the only problem is chalkiness and fallout. My brushes do help with the pigmentation though as they pick a lot of product up! X

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