MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

01/05

MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

Solar Glow Times Nine

MAC Solar Glow Times Nine Eyeshadow Palette ($32.00 for 0.18 oz.) includes nine, dime-sized eyeshadows. I’d characterize this palette by its finish–glittery–and as a result, it is difficult to use on its own (I’d recommend a glitter adhesive as a base), sheerer (which is by design when it comes to the Lustre finish but not so much for the other finishes), and short-wearing.

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01/02

MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow
MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow
MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow
MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow
MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow
MAC Moon Rock Eyeshadow

Moon Rock

Moon Rock is a pale gold with gold sparkle. The consistency was drier, chunky, and looser, so the sparkles separated from the base color. It had semi-sheer color coverage with a fair amount of fallout over time. It lasted for six hours on me. This shade was supposed to have a “Veluxe Pearl” finish, but it felt and applied like a Lustre finish.

01/02

MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow
MAC Copper Aura Eyeshadow

Copper Aura

Copper Aura is a medium, orange-copper with flecks of peach sparkle. This shade was actually listed as a “Lustre” finish, so the sheerness was in line with expectations. The texture was drier, chunky with sparkle, and hard to apply evenly as there was a ton of fallout even when patted onto the lid–it absolutely needed an adhesive base to work decently at all. What little color was visible seemed to last about six hours on me, but I had a lot of fallout over time.

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01/02

MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow
MAC Blackberry Eyeshadow

Blackberry

Blackberry is a muted, purply mauve with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had good color coverage, which was buildable to opaque pigmentation with two layers. The consistency was blendable but firmer in the pan, so there wasn’t any powdery excess in the pan. This shade lasted for seven and a half hours on me.

01/02

MAC Sugared Eyeshadow
MAC Sugared Eyeshadow
MAC Sugared Eyeshadow
MAC Sugared Eyeshadow
MAC Sugared Eyeshadow
MAC Sugared Eyeshadow

Sugared

Sugared is a very light pink with warm undertones and white and pink flecks of sparkle. This shade was actually listed as a “Lustre” finish, so I expected it to be sheerer, though this seemed to be barely-there. It was more sparkle than visible color that seemed to translate on the skin. The consistency felt smooth to the touch, but the sparkles separated and moved around a lot as I tried applying it to the lid. I felt like I had little that stayed on my lid and most of it had fallen below my lid.

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01/02

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

Quarry

Quarry is a muted, medium mauve with gray tones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque, buildable color poayoff with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too firm or too soft in the pan. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear.

01/02

MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow
MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow
MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow
MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow
MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow
MAC Metalmauve Eyeshadow

Metalmauve

Metalmauve is a muted, medium mauve with warm undertones and a sparkling, metallic sheen. It had semi-opaque pigmentation with a drier consistency that seemed to result in some of the shimmer and sparkle pulling away from the base color. It applied decently to bare skin, but I would recommend a primer or adhesive base with this one. This shade stayed on well for eight hours with some fallout.

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01/02

MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow
MAC Cosmic Eyeshadow

Cosmic

Cosmic is a light, golden pewter with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. It had good pigmentation with a chunky, soft texture where a lot of product dislodged from the surface with even a feathery touch of my brush. It was hard to apply to bare skin, as there was a lot of fallout and the sparkles went everywhere. It worked better over an adhesive base, at least. On its own, though, it lasted for six hours and had fallout.

01/02

MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow
MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow
MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow
MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow
MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow
MAC Soot #2 Eyeshadow

Soot #2

Soot is a dark taupe brown with neutral-to-cool undertones and a mostly matte finish. There were flecks of shimmer in the pan, but they were not visible to my eye except in a magnifying mirror. It had semi-opaque pigmentation paired with a firm, slightly stiff texture, so it wasn’t the easiest shade to blend out and could have went on more evenly. This shade started to fade after seven and a half hours of wear.

01/02

MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow
MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow
MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow
MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow
MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow
MAC Lunar Cycle Eyeshadow

Lunar Cycle

Lunar Cycle is a light, greenish gray with gold and mint green pearl. It had semi-sheer color coverage, which wasn’t buildable. The texture was soft, smooth, and a little firm in the pan but not hard to blend out or use as a sheer wash. It lasted for six and a half hours on me.

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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 am so confused by this palette. I think it’s the name – Solar Glow…really? Huh? I don’t get anything solar glow about it! And the shade names…where in the world does “Blackberry” fit in with the theme. Seems like the MAC folks were on some kind of a weird binge when they came up with this one. Oh, and…pass. 😉

The palette has a sameness to it that was surprising compared to the other palettes (which seemed fairly well-composed!). Blackberry is a permanent shade, so it wasn’t created specifically for this palette!

I know many have said it before but it bears repeating…WHAT is MAC thinking releasing something so sub-standard? It’s like they honestly don’t care and figure people are going to buy this stuff because they see it at the counter and it looks so nice. I pity people who don’t come to this site to get a reliable review (and then they can proceed from there to see if it works for them…maybe). But most of us almost expect MAC LE releases like these to suck and that is really sad.

I wish this one had done better. It could have been a nice companion palette for any of the previous three, I think. But this ones failings show why I’ll take an UD Moondust over a MAC Lustre any day, with few exceptions. Those being Aquadisiac, which is sadly dc’d, and Greensmoke.

Such a shame, I love the colour scheme of this palette but I’m definitely not down with all the lustre/sparkly- ness! Oh well, saved myself some money lol!

Had hopes for this (misnamed) niner. It’s dupable in stash….with nine different palettes. Hate when that happens. Pretty abysmal, with little excuse to be so.

Such a shame this palette totally underperformed! I’m a huge fan of the regular eyeshadows and it’s such a shame that the palettes are so bad because it’s a recurring pattern 🙁 Maybe they should consider releasing fewer collections that actually have A+ products in them!

I’m staring in horror at the close-up photos of the pans being surrounded by large shards of chunky glitter all over the place. No way I would put that on my lids, I don’t care if it says they’re eye-safe, my eyes are way too sensitive to endure that kind of treatment… especially for nothing but a sheer result. Too bad because I like the color combination in this palette a lot.

A lot of it is finer than most glitter – somewhere between sparkle and glitter – but definitely not problematic for me, and I’m usually irritated by glitter fallout at the end of the day due to my contacts!

This could have been so pretty if those sparkly shades were actually pigmented! I especially like the look of Metalmauve and Lunar Cycle, if it wasn’t so sheer. What a shame.
I keep thinking about purchasing a MAC palette but just haven’t found anything to wow me, aside from one neutral palette I’ve seen. It just seems as if they’re so hit or miss with certain shades. The only two MAC purchases I ever made were back in 2005 when I was still in high school, and it was some sort of really pretty illuminating face powder in a compact that I couldn’t tell you the name of and a random gloss.

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