MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, miniature-sized eyeshadows in a black compact with a clear lid. It’s an interesting mix of colors, because it contains seven neutrals, which run cooler compared to most neutral-hued shades. There are two pops of color–a brighter yellow and a blackened blue-teal–with the yellow being the harder shade to incorporate, at least for me. The quality is so-so with some shades under-performing and others being decent to good.

Fresh Blade is a pale, yellowed gold with warm undertones and a soft, frosted finish. It had good pigmentation with a soft, smooth consistency that was blendable and easy to work with. It wore well for eight hours on me. Laura Mercier Seashell (P, $28.00) is darker (95% similar). Coloured Raine Glisten (DC, $6.99) is more shimmery (95% similar). Estee Lauder Blonde Gold (LE, $45.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). MAC In the Meadow #2 (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Iced Gold (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia Soft Gold (P, $12.00) is lighter (95% similar). Colour Pop Rager (LE, $4.50) is cooler (95% similar). Make Up For Ever D416 Crystalline Yellow (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Viseart Champs-Elysees (P, ) is darker, more muted (95% similar). MAC Nylon (P, $17.00) is lighter (95% similar). MAC Moon Rock (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Unlocked (PiP, $19.00) is brighter (95% similar). Milani Bella Chiffon (28) (P, $4.49) is more shimmery (95% similar). Dior Electrify #2 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, more muted, less pigmented (95% similar). Sephora + Pantone Universe Shifting Sand (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (95% similar). Sephora White Gold (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Early Bird (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). NARS L'Amour, Toujours L'Amour #5 (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). Chanel Rêve d'Orient #2 (LE, ) is lighter, brighter (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Next Season (PiP, ) is darker, cooler (95% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Gilded Lids is a slightly bright, medium yellow with warm undertones and a satiny sheen. It had nice color payoff with a lightly dusty, thinner consistency that applied decently on the skin but tended to look uneven and somewhat sheered out. This shade would work better over a primer for sure. On its own, the color wore for eight hours. Viseart Bright Editorial #7 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #26 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Colour Pop So Meta (P, $4.50) is darker (90% similar). NARS Reborn (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). Chanel Admiration (114) (P, $29.50) is darker, brighter (90% similar). MAC Ever So Yellow (LE, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Lemon Drop (DC, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). Colour Pop Juicer (LE, $6.00) is lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Waking Dawn (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery, lighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Sample Sized is a muted, medium-dark gold with warmer, olive undertones and a pearly sheen. The color payoff was mostly opaque, while the texture was soft and blendable but ran on the dusty side. This shade started to fade after eight hours of wear. LORAC Navy #4 (LE, $19.00) is darker, warmer (95% similar). YSL Avant Garde #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Anastasia Metallic (P, $12.00) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). MAC Vicuna (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Stay Golden (LE, $14.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Blurry Green #4 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, brighter (90% similar). Makeup Geek Bleached Blonde (DC, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Oiseaux de Nuit #5 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Sephora Jump Into the Mud (340) (P, $8.00) is darker (90% similar). MAC Barefoot (LE, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Dior Golden Reflections #2 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dare to Be Gold (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). YSL Golden Glow #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). MAC Her Cocoa #1 (LE, $17.00) is warmer (80% similar). Chanel Harmonie du Soir #1 (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Fab Accent is a medium-dark beige with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. The powder had a really smooth, finely-milled consistency, but it tended to sheer out and was hard to get true-to-pan coverage out of the color. This shade wore well for seven and a half hours. Disney by Sephora Ali Ababwa (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Too Faced Jingle All the Way Eyeshadow #11 (LE, $16.00) is lighter (95% similar). Guerlain Gold Palette #2 (LE, ) is brighter (95% similar). Kat Von D Suede (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Make Up For Ever M518 Nude (P, $17.00) is lighter (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Walking on Eggshells #1 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bone (PiP, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Colour Pop Cholita (PiP, $4.50) is lighter, brighter, warmer (90% similar). LORAC Black #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker (90% similar). Smashbox Wheat (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Bobbi Brown Vanilla (P, $28.00) is warmer (90% similar). Becca Ombre Rouge #1 (PiP, ) is warmer (85% similar). Make Up For Ever M536 Milk Tea (P, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). bareMinerals Solace (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Atole (PiP, ) is darker, brighter, warmer (80% similar). bareMinerals Daydream (LE, ) is lighter (80% similar). Tarte Cove (LE, ) is darker, warmer (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Cool Complement is a medium-dark taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was lightly dusty with semi-opaque color payoff, which applied fairly well and blended out without much work. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Tom Ford Beauty Cocoa Mirage #4 (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Black #5 (LE, $19.00) is warmer (95% similar). LORAC Chocolate (PiP, $19.00) is darker (95% similar). Anastasia B5 (Norvina Vol. 4) (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Get Ahead (LE, ) is warmer (95% similar). Laura Mercier Stone Taupe (LE, $23.00) is cooler (95% similar). Bobbi Brown Slate (P, $22.00) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Lofty (LE, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Huda Beauty Suede (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Viseart Tabac (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Sephora Rocky (DC, $10.00) is darker (95% similar). Too Faced Risque (PiP, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Americano (LE, $4.50) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Powerful (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Too Faced Sexspresso (PiP, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Unabashed Eyeshadow #2 (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Huda Beauty Suede (Remastered) (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Dig It (LE, $16.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Sephora Pick Me Up at 8 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Stone Unturned (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Dance in the Dark is a dark, taupe-brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good pigmentation with a firmer consistency that required a denser brush/heavier hand to work with. This shade took extra effort and patience to blend out, as it tended to go on unevenly. It wore well for eight hours on me. Tarte Smokeshow (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Zoeva Beans are White (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Bali (DC, $25.00) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Wind Down Brown (LE, )(95% similar). Burberry Graphite (No. 28) (DC, $29.00) is darker (95% similar). Tarte Dim the Lights (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). Charlotte Tilbury The Rock Chick #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (95% similar). Hourglass Infinity #5 (PiP, ) is lighter (95% similar). Tarte Ice Cream Cone (LE, )(100% similar). theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is lighter (90% similar). theBalm Matt Ramirez (LE, $16.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Dream in Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (LE, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). MAC Pepper (LE, $17.00) is more shimmery (90% similar). NARS Coconut Grove (DC, $25.00) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Najm el Lail (LE, $17.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Terra Sienna #4 (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). bareMinerals Boardroom (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $17.00)(90% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Big Attitude is a medium taupe-brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had semi-opaque color coverage with a smooth, but thin, consistency. This shade was harder to apply to bare skin and needs a primer to go on evenly. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Urban Decay Angel (LE, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). Divergent Abnegation Stone (LE, ) is darker (95% similar). Gucci Beauty Tuscan Storm #2 (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Chanel Talpa (14) (P, $30.00) is darker (95% similar). bareMinerals Magnetism (P, ) is darker (95% similar). Chanel Prelude #3 (P, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). theBalm #19 (P, $6.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Soleil d'Ambre #3 (Eye Color) (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Becca Spirit Quartz (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Giorgio Armani Avant-Premiere #3 (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Tarte Rocker (PiP, ) is lighter (90% similar). Burberry Pale Barley (102) (P, $29.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Flecks (LE, $4.50) is warmer (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Rose Cashmere #4 (LE, ) is brighter (90% similar). Chanel Elemental #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (90% similar). NARS Thistle (DC, $25.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Tarte Party Favored (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Morphe Hustle (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Chanel Mystere #3 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Centerfold (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker, brighter (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Not Basic Black is a medium-dark, taupe-brown with neutral-to-warm undertones and a barely-there satin shimmer. It had semi-sheer to semi-opaque pigmentation with a firmer press, which made it harder to work with overall. I wish this one would have blended out more easily. On me, it showed signs of fading after eight hours of wear. theBalm #15 (P, $6.50) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Ashbury (LE, $17.00) is warmer (95% similar). Makeup Geek Grunge (DC, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Hourglass Atmosphere #5 (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Big White Lie (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). MAC Mystery (DC, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). Natasha Denona Tor (225CP) (PiP, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). MAC Licorice Lane (LE, $17.00) is darker (90% similar). Kat Von D Fawn (Define) (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Chanel Blurry Blue #1 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 20 (LE, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Urban Decay Old Smoke (LE, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Enjoy the Ride (P, $5.00) is darker, brighter (85% similar). MAC Wild Horses (LE, $17.00) is darker (85% similar). Kevyn Aucoin Dark Chocolate (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Become (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Double Feature #3 #2 (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). MAC Dance in the Dark (PiP, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Backdoor (LE, $19.00) is darker (85% similar). MAC Concrete (P, $17.00) is warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

She’s a Model is a blackened, bluish-teal with fine blue shimmer over a mostly matte finish. The consistency was on the dusty side, which made it prone to sheering out but also made it appear a bit drier and more uneven on the skin. It can be built-up to some degree, but it’s a shade best patted into place in small areas and then using a separate, fluffier brush to blend out the edges. It lasted for eight hours on me. Marc Jacobs Beauty Pea-cocky (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter (95% similar). Chanel Road Movie #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). YSL Fetiche #5 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Chanel Fascination #4 (PiP, ) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Indigogo (LE, $17.00) is lighter, brighter (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I300 Pine Green (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Blue Satin Sashes (LE, $16.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Colour Pop Burnout (LE, $4.50) is less shimmery (90% similar). Melt Cosmetics Fixated (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Urban Decay Radio (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Menace (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Chanel Blurry Blue #3 (PiP, ) is less shimmery, lighter, cooler (85% similar). Viseart Foret (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Fresh Blade Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Blade Eyeshadow

MAC Fresh Blade Eyeshadow
MAC Fresh Blade Eyeshadow

MAC Gilded Lids Eyeshadow
MAC Gilded Lids Eyeshadow

MAC Gilded Lids Eyeshadow
MAC Gilded Lids Eyeshadow

MAC Sample Sized Eyeshadow
MAC Sample Sized Eyeshadow

MAC Sample Sized Eyeshadow
MAC Sample Sized Eyeshadow

MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow

MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow
MAC Fab Accent Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow

MAC Cool Complement Eyeshadow
MAC Cool Complement 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 Big Attitude Eyeshadow
MAC Big Attitude Eyeshadow

MAC Big Attitude Eyeshadow
MAC Big Attitude Eyeshadow

MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow

MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow
MAC Not Basic Black Eyeshadow

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC She's a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC She’s a Model Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

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Christine Mielke is the editor-in-chief and has been reviewing products for over 14 years.

She has normal-to-dry skin with occasional dryness on cheeks and nose. She has a light plus skintone with subtle, warmer yellow undertones (view her foundation matches here).

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I do like that the neutrals run cooler, but all of the swatches here look so ho-hum. Nothing really stands out, think will need a cream base to make these colors pop

strangely enough I kind of like the colors…could just be because i have been craving eyeshadows lately…you know…kind of like when you go to the grocery store when you’re hungry…you pick up things you know you shouldn’t :-p

I really got this feeling too! Like a ‘ravioli’ palette for a quick nosh! Not sure if I’m terrible or just suceptible to cravings right now… The teal and yellow look lush though and the palette overall looks well put-together….

This is very pretty but I have been so disappointed in the x9 palettes that I must pass. I had given them more than a fair chance, having bought several of the x9 palettes. But IMP they just do not compare to the 15 pan palettes, or the individual shadows. Yet I do love cooler leaning colors….

She’s a Model is so strange – it looks like such a bright blue/teal in the pan but it swatches like a smokey blue-grey shade not at all like how it looks in the pan. There are some nice colours in this but also some that I’d never wear and a few that are really disappointing in terms of their performance.

Such a pretty eye look you got going on here, but that blue looks sad, though! Why oh why couldn’t they get that teal spot on?!?
As I already have Cool Complement, Fresh Blade and 2 Dance In The Dark’s, this one is a skip.

Wow. I am the only one who thinks a.) these look like a lot of colors in the permanent range with different names, and b.) the overall mix is just “meh”?

It reminds me of when the Maybelline Color Tattoo eyeshadows first came out, and there was a weird selection of colors–orange, grey, teal, etc. and somebody said it looked like a little boy had picked out the colors. ^__^

Yes it is strange having the yellow colour in there – very random. And it is a shame that the blue shade (the hero of the palette) is so average. Looking on the dupe list for these colours has shown that MAC has stacks of dupes for all of them – and better ratings too. I can’t understand that why you could create a great shade for one palette and an under whelming one for another.
Anyway – lovely eye look Christine, as usual.

I so agree with you! I have bought this palette recently and some shades are so damn pigmented and last longer than the others. I haven’t tried the blue shade in the palette yet! 🙂

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