There’s a brand new, really launch from MAC I haven’t heard much about and I’m going to share with you today! Eyes On MAC is a new collection that includes four mini 9 pan palettes as well as two previously released full sized 15 pan palettes. The Eyeshadow x 9 palettes are available in the shades Amber, Burgundy, Purple and Navy. I’ve been testing out the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette* and I’ve got all the good stuff–swatches, thoughts, two makeup looks–in this post!
The shadows in the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette are nickle-sized and contain 0.08 grams each, compared to a full-sized MAC shadow which has 1.5 grams, making them about half the size. (The math varies, my packaging says 5.6 grams total, which would actualy be 0.62 grams…) The palette retails for $48 Canadian with a listed value of $63, but the real value is the fact that you can’t actually buy half-sized shadows, and it would cost you way more to make a full-sized 9 pan palette. Personally, I don’t finish eyeshadows, so I love the concept of these palettes.
The MAC Navy Times Nine Palette is about the size of a MAC quad, with similar packaging including a clear front and a magnetic closure. The palette is a mix of shades some of which are permanent, some which have been previously available (for example, in a holiday palette), and some of which seem to be new.
MAC Silver Fog is a silver gray with a lustre finish. I did not have any experience with lustre eyeshadows before trying the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette (although they are my favourite lipstick finish!) and I will not be seeking them out afterwards. Silver Fog is sheer with a lot of shimmer that causes some fall out.
MAC Blonde Mink is also a lustre, described as a pale khaki with sparkles. Although more pigmented than Silver Fog, on my eyes these shades were both sheer enough to appear quite similar.
MAC Copperplate is a muted mid-tone gray matte. This is a gorgeous pigmented permanent shade that I absolutely adore. I don’t own any matte MAC eyeshadows, but I am definitely interested after trying Copperplate. A fantastic crease shade!
MAC JG Gray is a frosty gray blue with a gorgeous creamy formula. This was the shade most outside my comfort zone in the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette, but I wore it anyway (in the second look below) and it was really pretty.
MAC Mulled Over is a matte cool blue gray with a formula that is slightly creamy. It as close to navy as the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette gets!
MAC Cast Iron is a matte charcoal. It does have to be built up a little for opaque coverage but I find it is a really nice softer alternative to black.
MAC Cloudscape is a khaki satin eyeshadow. I had some weird issues with this shade, as it seemed to harden and I had to scrap a little off, but once I did it had a fairly nice formula.
MAC Club is a red-brown with green pearl and a satin finish. This is the shade that everyone has mimicked but MAC did first. I loved a similar colour in my Too Faced Pretty Rebel palette and this one is also gorgeous, with a buttery formula and really pretty duochrome.
MAC Black Tied is a black with silver sparkle and a velvet finish. I used to have a bit of an addiction to exactly this type of eyeshadow, but I recently had a toss an old one so it was kinda fun to have it come back in my life. Although I no longer wear heavy duty black eyeshadow, this is a buildable black with a lot of silver sparkle and some fall out as a result.
I photographed two different looks I wore using the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette. In the first look (above) I was a little scared by the blue tones and stuck to a bit of a smoky eye, with Silver Fog in the inner conner, Copperplate and Club over the lid and some Cast Iron in the crease. I also added a little Blonde Mink to the browbone. The lipstick is Marc Jacobs New Nudes Sheer Lip Gel in Moody Margot.
In my second look using the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette I went straight for the blues. I have Silver Fog on the inner corner, JG Gray all over the lid, Mulled Over in the crease and Black Tied on the lower lash line. The lip colour, which I’m in love with, is MAC Capricious (review coming soon!).
The MAC Navy Times Nine Palette, it is probably about as Navy as the Clinique All About Shadow 8-Pan Palette in Wear Everywhere Pinks was pink, but two of the very standout shades were the blues. There are also some great mattes and satins, although either Silver Fog or Blonde Mink had been left off for a matte browbone highlight instead.
Overall, I have had a lot of fun wearing the MAC Navy Times Nine Palette and I really love the concept of the Eyes on MAC collection (which I believe is permanent!) and I kinda have my eyes on all three other 9 pan palettes as well now, but especially Amber Times Nine. These palettes are an excellent way to get your hands on a variety of permanent and exclusive shades, in a compact format for way less than it would cost otherwise.
Will you be picking up any of the new Eyes on Mac palettes?