Why, makeup gods, WHY?!
I don’t understand… The Eye Shadow x 9: MAC Amber Times Nine eyeshadow palette, one of four $40 MAC Times Nine palettes available now in the permanent collection and released with the Eyes on MAC collection, is soooooo my style. On paper, it has everything I usually want in a neutral eyeshadow palette. It has some matte brown transition shades; it has a sprinkling of sparkle and shimmer, thanks to the inclusion of a few shadows with Frost and Lustre finishes; and it has not one, but two of my favorite MAC eyeshadows of all time in Cork and Ricepaper.
Plus…IT HAS A SHADE CALLED KITTIES!
All this for $40, which I considered a steal based on all of the looks I saw myself doing with it.
Then I delved in…
When the four $40 MAC Eye Shadow x 9: Times Nine palettes launched a while back, it was with the more expensive $85 MAC Cool Neutral and Warm Neutral 15-pan palettes.
In addition to Amber Times Nine, there’s also a Purple Times Nine palette, Navy Times Nine and a Burgundy Times Nine, but yesterday I played with Amber.
The pans in these Times Nine palettes are smaller than regular full-size MAC eyeshadow pans (they’re about the size of my thumb, LOL!) and hold 0.02 ounces of powder, compared to 0.05 ounces in a standard $10 Pro Palette refill pan.
Eye Shadow x 9: MAC Amber Times Nine gave me trouble…
This was my first time using one of MAC’s Times Nines, and while I was hoping to achieve neutral shadow nirvana with Amber, I didn’t. Seriously, what a letdown… I had so much trouble working with this palette.
The hard-packed shadows feel like concrete in their pans, and I have a tough time picking them up with either a brush or my fingers. Even the darker shades, which I expected to be more pigmented, apply disappointingly sheer. I have to layer and layer and layer some more to see them on my lids.
And the colors I know so well and love, like Cork and Ricepaper, are unlike the Cork and Ricepaper I’ve grown to love. I swear they’re sheerer here, and harder, and require more passes with my 217 to blend.
After enough effort, I am able to build the colors up enough to see them on my lids, but it takes a lot of layers. You can definitely get there, but do you want to? — that’s the question. With so many other wonderful MAC shadows out there, is it worth the price and effort?
For me, I would say no. I haven’t used the other MAC Times Nine palettes yet, and I’ve still got high hopes for those, but I can’t recommend this one over one of the 15-pan palettes, like Cool Neutral or Warm Neutral, or the Nordstrom Naturals palette, despite all of them being considerably more expensive.
PRICE: $40 (one of four $40 MAC Times Nine palettes)
AVAILABILITY: Available now in the permanent collection at MAC counters, stores and online
MAKEUP AND BEAUTY BLOG RATING: C-
The Eye Shadow x 9: MAC Amber Times Nine palette includes…
- Cozy Grey — a cool gray with a Matte finish
- Kitties — a pale bronze with a Frost finish
- Georgia Peach — a dirty, rosy pink with a Matte finish
- Ricepaper — a shimmery, peachy gold with a Frost finish
- Creative Copper — a light beige with a Lustre finish
- Cork — a muted golden brown with a Satin finish
- Don’t Tell — a sparkly brown with a Lustre finish
- Aromatic — a dark brown with a Matte finish
- Pepper, Please — a sparkly bronzed copper-brown with a Velvet finish
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,