Mar 30, 2017

MAC Eyeshadow Palettes: Red Hot, Tropical Cool, Semi-Sweet Times Nine

MAC Semisweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches Photos
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32)

MAC recently released 4 new Eyeshadow x 9 palettes - pocket-size prefilled eyeshadow palettes with 9 mini eyeshadows.  At $32 each, these do seem like a good deal, though I do think the quality of the eyeshadows included in many of these MAC prefilled palettes don't always seem the same as their regular eyeshadows.  The palettes do have a good mix of colors, and I guess for the price I won't mind a little extra effort with the blending :D  Anywho, scroll on for more photos and swatches.

MAC Semi-sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches Photos
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (top)
Bottom row - MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette
MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches Photos
MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32)
MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches Photos
MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches (bottom row)
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette (top row)

MAC Semi Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette includes some of my favorite colors - rich, chocolatey warm browns and that gorgeous mustard shade - and in matte!  The formula/texture of the shadows isn't too dry or chalky either, and I do think they should perform well over a decent primer.  MAC Tropical Cool Times Nine Palette, on the other hand, I don't even know what to say.  My opinion is based on swatching the tester at my local Nordstrom - disclaimer in case some MAC-obsessed person gets offended over this - but the eyeshadow were just so powdery, chalky, and just impossible to apply.   The colors included in this palette aren't what I would reach for, but they are such fun, bright mattes, and I do wish the quality was better.  Again, I have only swatched a tester, so if you love the colors, do give this a try in store. 

MAC Red Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette Photos Swatches
MAC Red Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32)
MAC Red Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette Photos Swatches
MAC Red Hot Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette - Swatches

The MAC Red Hot Times Nine eyeshadow palette falls somewhere between the earlier two palettes in terms of quality.  I love the colors in this palette - bright pops of pink and orange - mixed with gorgeous plums, purples, and browns - and there is a nice mix of metallics and mattes.  The eyeshadows don't seem the easiest to apply, but I do think they might be workable with a bit of patience and of course a good eyeshadow base.

Overall, I find the new arrivals to the MAC eyeshadow x9 range a mixed bag - good colors and a nice mix of textures, but I would want a little (or a lot in at least one palette) more in terms of eyeshadow quality. 

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