MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/07

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet | Look Breakdown
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet | Look Breakdown
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

Semi-Sweet Times Nine

MAC Semi-Sweet Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, dime-sized eyeshadows. It’s a darker, more muted take on neutrals. This particular palette has more repeats than others–Bamboo and Carbon are permanent, Drawing a Blanc, Outre, Persuade, and Dance in the Dark are all repromotes–so you might want to check your stash for repeats! In general, I wish some of the shades were more blendable or more pigmented, but if you normally use primer, it significantly improved blendability and opacity, as MAC’s matte formula is very buildable.

01/02

MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow
MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow
MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow
MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow
MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow
MAC Drawing a Blanc Eyeshadow

Drawing a Blanc

Drawing a Blanc is a light beige with warm undertones and a matte finish. I did find the version in this palette to be yellower than the previous version I have. The consistency was soft, smooth, and blendable, while it had good pigmentation that lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow
MAC Bamboo Eyeshadow

Bamboo

Bamboo is a muted, medium orange-brown with warm undertones and a matte finish. It was a bit brighter and lighter (seemingly less brown) compared to my standalone version of this. The texture was thinner, a little drier, and did not yield as great coverage either. This shade started fading after seven hours of wear.

01/02

MAC Outre Eyeshadow
MAC Outre Eyeshadow
MAC Outre Eyeshadow
MAC Outre Eyeshadow
MAC Outre Eyeshadow
MAC Outre Eyeshadow

Outre

Outre is a muted, medium-dark brown with strong, yellow undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color wore for just over eight hours on me.

01/02

MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow
MAC Pink Sienna Eyeshadow

Pink Sienna

Pink Sienna is a muted, medium mauve with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The consistency was more powdery and on the thinner side, so it was harder to apply this shade to bare skin. It worked a lot better over primer, though. It had semi-opaque, buildable coverage that lasted for seven hours.

01/02

MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow
MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow
MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow
MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow
MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow
MAC Mocha Minded Eyeshadow

Mocha Minded

Mocha Minded is a medium-dark brown with warm, yellowish undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, though it took two layers for opaque coverage. The eyeshadow was firm in the pan, but it was still easily blended on the lid, so I did not really notice the firmness in practice. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours.

01/02

MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow
MAC Everyone's Darling Eyeshadow

Everyone's Darling

Everyone’s Darling is a muted, reddish plum with warm undertones and a matte finish. The pigmentation was fantastic, while the consistency was a little dry to the touch, but it blended out without too much trouble. The color started to fade noticeably after eight hours of wear.

01/02

MAC Persuade Eyeshadow
MAC Persuade Eyeshadow
MAC Persuade Eyeshadow
MAC Persuade Eyeshadow
MAC Persuade Eyeshadow
MAC Persuade Eyeshadow

Persuade

Persuade is a medium-dark, gray-leaning taupe with a matte finish. It had good color payoff with a firmer, drier texture that took some manipulating to blend out decently. This shade wore for just over seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow
MAC Dance in the Dark Eyeshadow

Dance in the Dark

Dance in the Dark is a blackened brown with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had slightly more than semi-opaque coverage in a single layer, which was buildable to opaque coverage with another layer. This shade had a drier, firmer consistency that made for more difficult blending, but it was one of the better versions I’ve come across for this shade. It started to fade after eight hours of wear.

01/01

MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow
MAC Carbon Eyeshadow

Carbon

Carbon is a dark black with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The color payoff was good, while the texture was soft enough that it wasn’t firm in the pan, but there was still a dryness present that made it easier to blend by applying sheerer, softer layers than using it at higher coverage levels as the edges looked dry and uneven. This shade wore well for eight hours on me.

Editor’s Note: Excuse the double photos of Carbon! It’s in another palette released in this launch, so it’s automatically picking up both sets of photos for the shade’s slideshow!

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About the Reviewer

Reviewer

Christine has normal-to-dry skin with areas of dryness (cheeks, nose, and under the eyes). She has a light-medium skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones. Her best foundation matches include: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea in Light-Medium Neutral (best match), Estee Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup in Desert Beige 2N1, Giorgio Armani Maestro Glow in 4.0, Hourglass Warm Ivory Vanish Seamless Finish, Laura Mercier Candleglow Soft Luminous in Dusk, MAC NC20/NC25, Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Liquid in Y305 (140). For more matches, please read our full Foundation FAQ. For more information on our review process, please read our Review FAQ.

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I was eyeing this, but I already have MAC C’est Chic and I think there’s too much overlap -2 of the shades are repeats ( Carbon & Dancing in the Dark), 5 of them are similar/same color family, so there’s 2 that are unique to me (yellow tan and the beautiful red), so will be checking the dupe list for the red, Everyone’s Darling

And both of those types of shades are so dark that unless you’re doing deep smoky eyes all the time, they might take a lifetime to finish, lol!

When will this palette be available???….I need pink sienna!!!..may be the reason I but the whole palette just for that shade!…? I can’t find this anywhere….

This reminds me of thebalm Meet Matte Trimony palette, which is an excellent matte palette (and currently 50% off until 10am PST). Same color scheme. But I generally like MAC’s matte shadows, too, so I’m sure this is workable.

And the Carbon in each palette looks different….. I like this, though the colors aren’t my current faves. Would not get much use. Think what I am responding to is the different take on a neutral palette, as well as the fact that this is not very duped in my stash. I don’t have extensive MAC. But, I know it’d have muddy factor on me. But I do appreciate it.

Tempting! But only for Outre, Everyone’s Darling, Persuade, and the BEST version of Carbon I’ve ever seen! Other than those exceptions, it looks like all my other neutral matte shades across palettes. I do own Bamboo and 2 Dancing In The Dark’s, though.

Your Carbon looks better than some of the others I’ve seen bloggers get. I like the neutral to cool toned browns/pinks in this one.

I liked the look of this in the Sneak Peak. But i’m so lukewarm about it now. I don’t know what happened, but all my like for this is gone!!

I can’t use eyeshadow due to my hooded watery eyes, but I really want it. I am a sucker for matte eyeshadows, which can be used during the day/job. I really wish I could use it.

This is not my kind of palette – too warm, too matte, but for MAC it’s pretty good. Although there are many re promotes, as you have stated Christine, having these shades in one palette could be handy.

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