On Wednesday night at the Nordstrom Ottawa Gala, I spotted something in their *incredible* makeup department… these itty bitty, beautiful little palettes from MAC! But wait - what are these? I've only ever seen the full sized, 15x palettes! These were out for a sneak peak at the Gala, and officially launched in all stores the next day. So naturally, I popped into MAC on Thursday morning to pick them up ;) At first look, I didn't know which to grab - they come in Amber, Burgundy, Purple & Navy. And at $48CAD each, I should have gotten them all! But, for practicality sake, whether they end up in my kit or for personal use, I ended up with both the Burgundy and Amber palettes, and I must say --- I LOVE THEM! This is the first time in a long time where I've looked at a palette and thought all the colours were very well thought out. Finally, a company comes out with a nice and balanced grouping of colours, regarding both shades and textures.
Here's Burgundy Times Nine palette, listed below are the colours, textures and whether or not they are re-promotes (RP - in the existing line) or limited edition (LE):
- Top row : Honey Lust, lustre - RP; Poppyseed, satin -LE; Quarry, matte - RP
- Middle row : Antiqued, veluxe pearl - RP; Embark, matte - RP; #Noir, velvet - LE
- Bottom row : Haux, satin - RP; Star Violet, veluxe pearl - RP; Sketch, velvet - RP
So all in all, there are 7 re-promotes and 2 new colours. The re-promoted colours they've selected, I actually use most often, so I would plough through them in my kit. In that case, this one is a keeper for me, myself and I.
And now here's a look at Amber Times Nine:
- Top row : Cozy Grey, matte - LE; Kitties, frost - LE; Georgia Peach, matte - LE
- Middle row : Ricepaper, frost - RP; Creative Copper, lustre - LE; Cork, satin - RP
- Bottom row : Don't Tell, lustre - RP; Aromatic, matte - LE; Pepper, Please, velvet - LE
In this palette, there are only 2 re-promotes, and the other 7 are brand new! I must say, I adore the top three shades and my only concern, with regards to putting them in my kit, is that I will go through them so quickly. I think the top row of shades are keepers for sure - umm, can we keep those in the permanent line, please?!
Pricing : At $48 CAD, the price point of these sets are quite reasonable, and can rival their competitor, Urban Decay, in the palette world. And if you're an industry professional, and have your PRO card, these are discountable - WIN!
MAC Eyeshadow x 9 = 0.8g each = maccosmetics.com states the value is $63.00CAD
Urban Decay Naked 2 palette - 12 colours = 1.3g each = retails for $64.00CAD
For the value/colour selection/pigment payoff/finish, I do prefer the MAC palettes, as I find the Urban Decay Naked palettes (not Naked Basics) have too many frosted and glitzy textures in them. If you're looking for great bang for your buck, and be able to sample a bunch of colours, the MAC palettes are fantastic. Picking up these two palettes has allowed me to spring clean my own makeup bag, and start the upcoming season with a fresh new outlook with my own makeup!