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?


  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

    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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