MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x9 Palette Review, Photos, Swatches

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette ($40.00 for 0.18 oz.) is an interesting mix of lighter pastel greens and purples with a few neutral shades thrown in. It’s decent–not bad for a pre-made MAC palette–but not amazing. There are two Lustres in the palette, which have the fall out that they’re prone to, while a couple of the shades had firmer/stiffer textures that made them hard to blend.

Gleam is described as a “barely pinked gold [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, peachy-pink with a gold, frosted finish. It had good color payoff (but it’s actually too pigmented for this type of finish, which is usually sheerer) with a slightly looser, more sparkly consistency where some of the sparkle fell out during application and didn’t bind with the underlying color. This shade lasted for eight hours before fading, but I had some fall out over time. This shade is part of the permanent range. NARS Goddess (P, $28.00) is less shimmery (95% similar). Natasha Denona Kai (244M) (PiP, $29.00) is less shimmery, warmer (95% similar). MAC Midas (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery (90% similar). Make Up For Ever I520 Pinky Sand (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Wet 'n' Wild Fit for a Queen #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Future (PiP, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Primo Donna (LE, $17.00) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Colour Pop Sweet Dreams (PiP, $4.50) is more shimmery (90% similar). Tom Ford Beauty Winter 2018 #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Pink Haze (LE, $23.00) is lighter (90% similar). Urban Decay X (P, $19.00) is warmer (90% similar). Kat Von D Killing Jar (DC, ) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). NARS Singapore #1 (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). Makeup Geek Mai Tai (P, $6.00) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Flotsam (LE, $4.50) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Fleur (LE, $16.00) is cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Comeback Kid (P, $4.50) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop Bow Wow (LE, $5.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Serving Up (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Dominique Cosmetics Peach (PiP, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Midnight Sun is described as a “shimmering mocha [with a Frost finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark brown with warm undertones and a frosted sheen. It had nice pigmentation with a soft, smooth, and blendable texture. The color lasted for eight hours on me. Natasha Denona Satin Skin (75P) (P, $29.00) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Terra #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Tarte Gingerbread Mansion (LE, ) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Colour Pop HZRD (LE, $4.50) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Tarte Spiked Cider (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Bamboo (PiP, $23.00) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). Laura Mercier Crystal Beige (LE, $23.00) is warmer (90% similar). BH Cosmetics Club Tropicana #8 (LE, ) is darker, cooler (90% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 12 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Tails & Top Hats #3 (LE, $19.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). LORAC Mocha (PiP, $19.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Colour Pop DTR (PiP, $4.50) is brighter (85% similar). Urban Decay YDK (P, $19.00) is more shimmery, lighter (85% similar). LORAC Pewter (PiP, $19.00) is less shimmery, darker (85% similar). Urban Decay Burn (Naked Reloaded) (PiP, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Stila Topaz (PiP, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Snowdusk (LE, $20.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Sleek MakeUP Python (PiP, $9.99) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Inglot J307 Lilac Grey (LE, $10.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Colour Pop Dragonfly (P, $4.50) is cooler (85% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Revelry is described as a “mauvey purple grey [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, dark plummy taupe with cool undertones and a matte finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a lightly powdery texture that was a little hard to blend out without it turning patchy. It lasted for eight hours. LORAC Cool Gray (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (95% similar). bareMinerals Exhale (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Fashion Fix (DC, $21.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). Guerlain Les Cendres #1 (LE, )(95% similar). Sydney Grace Grounds (P, $5.00) is darker (95% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is lighter, warmer (95% similar). IT Cosmetics Fate (P, ) is darker (90% similar). NABLA Cosmetics Dogma (PiP, $8.00) is warmer (90% similar). Urban Decay DTF (LE, $19.00) is lighter (90% similar). Sugarpill Castle on the Hill (PiP, $13.00) is cooler (90% similar). Anastasia Horizon (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). MAC Sugar Plum (PiP, $17.00) is warmer (90% similar). IT Cosmetics Embrace (P, ) is warmer, better quality (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty Bearish (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). LORAC Graphite (Mountain Sunset) (LE, $19.00) is cooler (85% similar). bareMinerals Fuze (LE, ) is darker (85% similar). bareMinerals Head Over Heels (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Charming #5 (LE, ) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Vulnerable is described as a “soft pearly purple [with a Lustre finish].” It’s a light-medium, pinky-lavender with silver sparkle. It had semi-sheer coverage–as anticipated for a Lustre–and a sparkly texture where a lot of the sparkle didn’t make it to the lid. There was some fall out during wear, though the pinkish base color lasted for seven hours. Make Up For Ever D914 Crystalline Mauve (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Sephora Magnolia Garden (341) (P, $8.00) is cooler (90% similar). MAC Kitschmas (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). MAC Shine De-light (P, $18.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Rosee (141) (LE, $31.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Viseart Wisteria (PiP, ) is cooler (85% similar). Bobbi Brown Cool Lilac (P, $24.00) is darker (85% similar). Too Faced Honey Lavender (LE, $16.00) is darker (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Quarry is described as a “soft muted plum-brown [with a Matte finish].” It’s a muted, medium taupe with neutral-to-warm undertones and a matte finish. It was nicely pigmented with a smooth, silky texture that was easy to work with. The color started to fade after eight hours of wear. Bad Habit Lunar (PiP, ) is warmer (95% similar). Urban Decay Tease (P, $19.00) is lighter (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Assimilate (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Buxom Spoiled Sexy (P, $12.00) is darker, warmer (90% similar). Hourglass Monochrome #4 (PiP, ) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever M546 Dark Purple Taupe (DC, $21.00) is cooler (90% similar). Viseart Blushing (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Tarte Rum Pum Plum (LE, ) is lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Mint Chocolate (LE, $16.00) is darker (90% similar). LORAC Mauve (PiP, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Natasha Denona Diadem (110CM) (PiP, ) is darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Instinct (PiP, $19.00) is darker (80% similar). LORAC Unconditional (PiP, $19.00) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty About Last Night No. 15 (LE, ) is cooler (90% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Guerlain Bois des Indes #3 (DC, ) is lighter, warmer (85% similar). MAC Fogged In (LE, $17.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Misty Mauve (LE, ) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Too Faced Almond Truffle (PiP, $16.00) is darker (85% similar). Makeup Geek Faux Fur (P, $6.00) is darker, warmer (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Amethyst is described as a “deep purple with pink pearl [with a Satin finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark bluish-purple with a satin finish. It had semi-opaque coverage with a dry, firm texture that was hard to apply and blend out. The color lasted for eight hours on me. LORAC Ash (LE, $19.00) is darker, more muted (90% similar). MAC Light Violet (LE, $32.50) is darker (90% similar). Anastasia Soul (LE, $12.00) is more shimmery, lighter, brighter (95% similar). MAC Stay Sultry (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Cle de Peau Cosmic Aura #4 (PiP, ) is darker (85% similar). MAC Exotic Purple (LE, $17.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Benefit Always a Bridesmaid (P, $20.00) is warmer, darker (85% similar). MAC Cheers My Dear (LE, $21.00) is less shimmery, warmer (85% similar). MAC Ron Ron Run (LE, $17.00) is darker, brighter (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Flame is described as a “mint silver shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a bright, very light yellowed green with a frosted sheen. It had good color payoff with a fairly soft, smooth texture that applied well and blended out nicely. This shade wore well for eight hours. NABLA Cosmetics Zoe (P, $8.00) is cooler (95% similar). Sephora Julie T (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). Dior Dulcinee #2 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (95% similar). Anastasia Lucky Clover (LE, ) is more shimmery (95% similar). Buxom Room Service (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (90% similar). NYX Glass Slipper (P, $6.00) is darker (90% similar). Colour Pop The Big 3 (P, $4.50) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). Dior Mellow Shade #1 (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker (90% similar). Urban Decay Shifty (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Becca Golden Mint (LE, $38.00) is cooler (90% similar). Dior Emerald #2 (LE, ) is darker (90% similar). Cle de Peau Harmony (Right) (PiP, ) is darker, more muted (85% similar). Urban Decay Switchback (LE, $19.00) is less shimmery, lighter, brighter (85% similar). MAC Zestful (LE, $20.00) is more shimmery, darker (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Cleopatra (LE, ) is less shimmery, darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (80% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

All Hands on Deck is described as a “light green shimmer [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, light-medium green with warm, golden undertones and a frosted sheen. It had fairly good color payoff with a soft, smooth consistency that was easy to work with. On me, it started to fade after eight hours. Cle de Peau Harmony (Right) (PiP, ) is less shimmery (95% similar). Dior Emerald #2 (LE, ) is lighter (95% similar). NARS Ecstasy (P, $22.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (90% similar). Viseart Coy #2 (LE, ) is warmer (90% similar). NARS Zambezi (P, $19.00) is cooler (90% similar). Colour Pop The Fish (LE, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker (90% similar). Dior Mellow Shade #1 (LE, ) is lighter, warmer (90% similar). bareMinerals Wicked (P, ) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Makeup Geek Abracadabra (P, $12.00) is darker, cooler (85% similar). Tarte Splatter (LE, )(85% similar). Too Faced Pixie Dust (LE, $16.00) is darker, warmer (85% similar). Sydney Grace Green Mist (P, $6.00) is lighter, cooler (85% similar). Fenty Beauty Cleopatra (LE, ) is warmer (85% similar). Chanel Titane (38) (P, $30.00) is darker (85% similar). Melt Cosmetics Blue Dream (LE, ) is more shimmery, cooler (85% similar). Buxom Made of Jade (P, $12.00) is darker (85% similar). City Color Tide Pool (P, $6.99) is darker, more muted, cooler (80% similar). Makeup Geek Fantasy (P, $9.99) is more shimmery, darker (80% similar). Makeup Geek Shimmermint (P, $6.00) is more shimmery, darker, warmer (80% similar). BH Cosmetics Foil Eyes #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (80% similar). Top 20 dupes listed, see the rest. See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

Black Water is described as a “black with gold pearl [with a Veluxe Pearl finish].” It’s a muted, medium-dark black with fine gold shimmer over a mostly matte finish. It had good pigmentation, though the texture was a bit dense and firm in the pan, so it was harder to blend out on the skin as it would become uneven if I wasn’t very, very careful and very, very patient. It started to fade after eight hours of wear. Too Faced Cookies and Cream (LE, $16.00) is more shimmery (95% similar). LORAC Onyx (LE, $19.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). Marc Jacobs Beauty The Free Spirit No. 19 (LE, ) is cooler (95% similar). MAC Black Tied (P, $17.00) is cooler (95% similar). Colour Pop Raven (LE, $5.00) is more shimmery, cooler (95% similar). MAC Dark Soul (PiP, $21.00) is more shimmery, cooler (90% similar). Make Up For Ever D104 Black Diamond (DC, $21.00) is more shimmery, darker, cooler (90% similar). Guerlain Cygne Noir #1 (LE, ) is more shimmery, lighter (90% similar). Too Faced Tres Chic (LE, $16.00) is cooler (90% similar). Urban Decay Scorpio (P, $20.00) is more shimmery, warmer (90% similar). Chanel Tisse Ombre de Lune #4 (PiP, ) is lighter, cooler (90% similar). See comparison swatches / view dupes side-by-side.

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MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC Gleam Eyeshadow
MAC Gleam Eyeshadow

MAC Gleam Eyeshadow
MAC Gleam Eyeshadow

MAC Midnight Sun Eyeshadow
MAC Midnight Sun Eyeshadow

MAC Midnight Sun Eyeshadow
MAC Midnight Sun Eyeshadow

MAC Revelry Eyeshadow
MAC Revelry Eyeshadow

MAC Revelry Eyeshadow
MAC Revelry Eyeshadow

MAC Vulnerable Eyeshadow
MAC Vulnerable Eyeshadow

MAC Vulnerable Eyeshadow
MAC Vulnerable Eyeshadow

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

MAC Quarry Eyeshadow
MAC Quarry Eyeshadow

MAC Amethyst Eyeshadow
MAC Amethyst Eyeshadow

MAC Amethyst Eyeshadow
MAC Amethyst Eyeshadow

MAC Flame Eyeshadow
MAC Flame Eyeshadow

MAC Flame Eyeshadow
MAC Flame Eyeshadow

MAC All Hands on Deck Eyeshadow
MAC All Hands on Deck Eyeshadow

MAC All Hands on Deck Eyeshadow
MAC All Hands on Deck Eyeshadow

MAC Black Water Eyeshadow
MAC Black Water Eyeshadow

MAC Black Water Eyeshadow
MAC Black Water Eyeshadow

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette
MAC x Tinashe Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

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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 kind of wish that this were broken up into a couple of separate palettes. I really like the look of the last three shades, those almost glowing greens, but there are a lot of selections that look much more dupe-able.

I’m actually digging this. Love the colour palette! Hasn’t Mac reduced the price of pre made palettes to 32$? Is the packaging special for the 40 dollar price tag?

Not perfect, but not horrible either. Idk? I do like wearing those purpley taupey shades with that type of green on the center of my lid. *Might* possibly be good for an on-the-run palette? Although I also realize that yes, I do have solid dupes across my stash, but not in one palette though! Decisions, decisions!!!

Well it’s nice to finally see a cool-toned shadow palette, even if it’s not the greatest. I think a cream shadow base will really help boost these shadows

I really like the colour combination but the quality is a bit mediocre… Which is what usually happens with this kind of shades. Nice looks you made Christine though!

Wow, that combination of colors seems very unique to me, and surprisingly very wearable at the same time! Hmm, I’ll have to think about it…. at least they put some other black eyeshadow instead of Carbon this time!

Sorry if this is the wrong place to ask, but do you think you’ll be reviewing the Big Brow pencils MAC just released? Wondering if I should wait on your thoughts before giving them a try! Thanks!!

I remember being really into this palette when I first heard about. I think I’m slightly more on the fence now, but I may still well pick it up! I can see myself having use for even those shades that didn’t perform well. 🙂

I wasn’t sure if I liked the combination of those colors together until I saw your eye look-stunning!

Amethyst is a beautiful color. Too bad the quality isn’t as good.

I like the overall look of the palette, but the final result is a bit too subtle for my taste. By the way, this one is not affected by the price drop to $32 for 9-pan palettes?

As much as I am excited about MAC, the speed with which they keep launching new products, makes me feel that there’s no rest.
The palette looks pretty versatile. Thank you for the swatches

I both like and dislike this little palette. I think it would be fun to have and use, I relly like the light greens, Gleam and Midnight Sun. The other ones are OK, I’m not to keen on Amethyst, but purples are hard, we all know that by now, don’t we 🙂
I do lack patience though to work with eyeshadows like Amethyst and Black Water.
I own Quarry and like it, thoug it’s not one of my most used ones.

It’s a nice enough palette but most of it is dupeable. Except for the lime green/pale yellow, which makes it a bit different, but not enough to make me want it.

I like this combination of shades very much. I just wish the purples performed better! Do you think the fact that I always use a primer would make a difference? In my experience it helps with adherence more than it helps with blendability. When an eyeshadow is patchy and won’t blend it really drives me nuts… do you think these stand a chance? I guess if I purchased it from Nordstrom I could at least return it if I find it unworkable/not worth the effort it takes to make it work.

Primer would certainly help! I do find primer helps making it a little easier to apply eyeshadow so they don’t get as patchy.

I really wanted this when it was first announced, but I seem to have cooled a bit on it since then, even with the lower price. It doesn’t help that money is a little tighter and I got the Flamingo Park x9 last month. The only colors that really strike me are Midnight Sun and Quarry, and I can get Quarry anytime.

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