If you're going to splurge on a high end product then live off beans for the rest of the week you've got to make sure it's worth it. Like, if bread and dry cheerios are going to form every meal I eat up until Easter, I want my face to look like goddesses have caressed it.
I recently got the MAC 'Amber Times Nine' palette (£30), and thought yep, this will be the one. It's a beautiful set of nine eye shadows in an array of neutral shades, and I definitely thought I'd fall in love with this and be raving about to everyone.
My relationship with MAC products tends to be like 'OMG you're so perfect why were you not in my life earlier?' but I am sad to report this palette just didn't do it for me.
I was really surprised by the lack of pigmentation that these shadows had when transferred onto the lid. Whilst they looked very intense in the pan, it took over 8x swipes just to get a wash of colour (see photo) and ain't nobody got time for that in the morning. They are so sheer they can only be compared to those Primark leggings you think are a great deal but then they unknowingly show all your bum cheeks to the world.
Honestly my final thoughts on this? Put that hard earned cash towards the L'Oreal Rose Palette which is an absolute dream, and at £14.99 for 10g exceptional value for money (read full review here). I will enjoy using this palette for daily looks, but as your 'OMG I spent my last money on makeup but it was so worth it' I would say splash the cash elsewhere.
As usual, I will provide a breakdown of all the shadows individually, which actually swatched really well but somehow blend away to nothing when applied to the lid, regardless of whether I used a brush or finger. One of life's many mysteries...
Cozy Grey (cool grey matte)
Kitties (pale bronze frost)
Ricepaper (peachy gold with shimmer frost)
Creative Copper (light beige lustre)
Cork (muted golden brown satin)
Don't Tell (sparkly brown lustre)
Aromatic (matte brown)
Pepper, Please (sparkly bronze copper brown, velvet finish)