MAC Burgundy Times Nine Palette

The Burgundy Times Nine palette from Mac is a palette that I was lusting over for a while. The colours are right up my street and it’s a palette that had very wearable shadows for day time as well as night.

The Times Nine range has a wide variety of palettes which vary in colour and would suit everyone’s tastes including. There’s a purple, an amber and a navy palette.
Each palette features shadows with a range of finishes which include matte, satin, velvet, Veluxe pearl, lustre and frost. The shadows are not full size however for the price you pay for the palette I wouldn’t be expecting 9 full size shadows. There’s still a decent amount of product and I don’t see myself running out of these shades any time soon.
The Burgundy Times Nine has 9 shadows from the permanent collection.
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Honeylust – lustre finish
Poppyseed- satin finish
Quarry-matte finish
Antiqued- Veluxe pearl finish
Embark- matte finish
Noir- matte finish
Haux- satin finish
Star Violet- Veluxe pearl finish
Sketch – velvet finish
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Honeylust is a nice golden shade which works well over another shadow. It doesn’t really hold the punch on its own and can blend away into a shimmery nothing. I found that this shade had quite a bit of fall out. I still think this is a nice shadow and I like the colour. I just wouldn’t be rushing out to buy the full size.
Poppyseed and Quarry would be the two that I’d use for my transition shade all over the lid. Quarry is a slightly darker shade to Poppyseed and I found it much more easy to work with in terms of texture and the colour is more pigmented. I would buy the full size Quarry shadow. While I like the shade Poppyseed I find the shadow to be hard and you really have to work it onto the skin.
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Antiqued is a gorgeous copper shade. It looks gorgeous all over the lid and it looks like it varies in tone when it’s blended Ito the crease. This is definitely a favourite of mine from the palette.
Embark is a really nice brown colour which works really well with all the purples in the palette. While I really like the colour I find this shadow to be a bit powdery. It’s still very pigmented though so I think it’s a good addition to the palette for more neutral looks.
Noir is a dark grey brown shadow with gold flec. It’s good for smoking out the eye or darkening the outer v. It’s one of the shadows in the palette I find to be more on the buttery side.
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Haux is my least favourite shadow from the palette. It’s just to hard and powdery in my opinion. It looks like a nice mauve colour in the pan but the colour pay off just wasn’t there for me.
Star Violet was another favourite for me. It really warms up brown eyes. It’s a gorgeous shimmering pinky purple (not showing up well in the picture) and looks great for a spotlight shadow look.
Sketch is a staple shadow in a lot of people’s collections and I can see why. It’s a dark pigmented purple that’s really easy to work with. It has a lot of uses including smoking up the eye, darkening up the crease and darkening up the outer v.
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I’ve never owned any MAC eyeshadows before so this palette of mini versions was a good way for me to try out nine shadows. Out of the 9 I would buy 4 of the shadows in full size: Quarry, Antiqued, Star Violet and Sketch. I liked Honey Lust and Noir but they wouldn’t be a must have in my collection. Poppyseed, Embark and Haux were too hard to work with. Poppyseed and Haux had little or no pigment and Embark was just a bit too powdery for me.
All in all I think this is a great little palette. It’s going to be rare to find a palette that you love every single eyeshadow. It’s a palette that can really take you from day to night and I love that there’s a wide range of finishes so you can create a wide range of looks.
I really like the look of the Amber Times Nine so If I decide to get another it will be this one for sure.

Have you tried any of the Times Nine palettes? What Mac eyeshadows are a staple in your collection?

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27 Comments

  1. I’ve heard that these shadows are not the same quality as the full size ones. So, the ones that you had trouble with I am not surprised. I wouldn’t judge them by this palette, though. Swatch them in the MAC store from the full size pans rather, to see if you get the same results. I bet that you won’t. Tati, Glam life Guru has a video on one of these palettes and speaks about the quality of these shadows. She says that they are hit or miss. It seems that you had that problem with a few of the shades. Overall a cute little palette. Nice review!

    1. oh really?! what a shame! Thanks for letting me know because I was actually a bit disappointed with the quality of some of these. I’ll definitely check out the youtube video. It sounds really interesting so thanks for letting me know about it x

      1. No problem. I think it’s called something like her MAC favorites or MAC haul or MAC something…. It was the only thing that I remember that she was disappointed in the quality of out of all her purchases. Do not feel bad. It is a good deal because you get so many shadows for such a low price, but I think that it would be better to invest in a few bigger pans next time around. You did get a bunch of great ones in your little palette, so you got lucky. I’d just test the ones you didn’t get so lucky on in the store because those are some of their best shades! XOXO

  2. Yeah well I think I’m in love – beautiful colours, especially the Honeylust. Terrific swatches too Louise – hope to see these in an eye look from you soon xxx

  3. Love this! I have a few of these shades but would love the full palette. I own sketch but it is extremely difficult to work with! I’m wondering if I just got a bad batch or if the quality is really just different.

    1. Sketch was one of my faves so maybe you got a bad batch? I’ve been told that the ones I wasn’t keen on are much better in full size so I’m gonna go try them in the shop x