MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette

Burgundy eyeshadows are my thing, the amount of mornings I have to stop myself from creating a warm toned burgundy eye and actually use different colours is unreal, my Instagram would literally be full of the same look over and over! Being such a burgundy lover means my warm toned eyeshadow collection is becoming obsessive, but now that Autumn’s here it gives me even more reason to wear them and there’s one palette I find myself reaching for the most, the MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette.


The MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette has been around for a little while now and has earned itself a strong place in my most used makeup drawer. On days I’m not sure what look to go for I’ll simply slap a combination of colours on my eye and call it a day, I always seem to opt for a messy blown out grungy eye when I’m using this palette and I absolutely love it. The MAC x9 palettes are so handy coming in a range of different tones each containing 9 different shades making them a great way to try shades you might not necessarily buy full size. They’re also super handy when travelling and this little gem has come with me every time since buying it.

Now I must admit when I first saw that MAC were releasing these smaller palettes I felt a bit “hmmm” about it, whilst they look adorably tiny (me and my damn miniature obsession) I was worried they’d just be too small. I decided to hold off buying it until I saw it in store and then I instantly fell in love, yes whilst they’re smaller than usual shadows look at the price you’re paying, £25 for 9 shadows, that would only get you 2 full sized shadows and I don’t know about you but I very rarely use up a full sized shadow anyway. Size wise you get 0.8g of shadow compared to 1.5g in a standard MAC shadow and the palette is the same size as a MAC quad, it’s something to consider but you’re still getting plenty of product. 

Left to right: Honey Lust, Poppyseed, Quarry, Antiqued, Embark, #Noir, Haux, Star Violet, Sketch.

As for the colours, this is where this palette really wins over my heart. I won’t ramble on about my burgundy love even more but just know that it’s strong. The shades work beautifully together and come in a mix of matte, satin, lustre, velvet and veluxe pearl finishes so they’ve basically covered everything there. The pigmentation is good, whilst some swatch a bit weak (#Noir I’m looking at you) they work perfectly when applied on the eye with a brush. I have two of the shades in full size (Haux and Sketch) and the formula and pigmentation is exactly the same in both sizes.

The colours you get are Honey Lust (a lustre golden copper), Poppyseed (a satin midtone mauvey nude), Quarry (a matte muted plum), Antiqued (a veluxe pearl bronze), Embark (a matte red brown), #Noir (a velvet deep brown/black with gold pearls), Haux (a soft satin muted rosy brown), Star Violet (a veluxe pearl pinky brown plum) and Sketch (a velvet true burgundy).

I’ve found there’s a great mixture of colours in this palette which give you a good few different looks to wear. One of my favourites is the one pictured above, I used Haux as a transition, Sketch in the crease with #Noir to deepen and then Star Violet on the lid and Honey Lust on the inner corner. It’s such a simple and easy to achieve look that I opt for a lot. Another even easier combination I wear especially if I’m short on time is simply taking Antiqued all over the lid smudged out with Embark, it’s so quick and easy to do.

As you can tell, I absolutely love this palette and couldn’t imagine my makeup collection without it. I think the MAC x9 palettes are a great idea and I think they’re so convenient and space saving whilst still giving you a decent amount of product. I’ve got my eyes on the Purple Times Nine palette next… because my purple eyeshadow collection isn’t already out of control. I’m weak.

Have you tried any of the MAC x9 palettes?


Samm xo

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