May 28, 2018

MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose


MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose review swatches

I am usually not keen on MAC cosmetics but couldn't pass up an extremely good deal that I spotted during the holiday sales last year. The Ulta exclusive set (Instant Artistry Simple Smoky Eye Kit) contains MAC Eyeshadow X 9 Dusky Rose, 219 brush, and Modern Twist Kajal liner in Cat's Meow and is priced at $49.50, which is already a steal. I think I bought the set under $35.



MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose review swatches

I was more interested in the 219 brush (this is a very solid basic, btw) and felt lukewarm about the eyeshadow palette that I didn't even try it immediately. A few months ago, I picked it up on a whim and guess what, I haven't been able to stop using this little palette ever since! 

MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose swatch
(All colors perform evenly and nicely. Swatched over my lightly lotioned arm)

I still can't say this is the best eyeshadow palette that I ever owned. I've tried better quality eyeshadows and seen prettier color combinations. Yet, there is something about this one that makes me keep reaching for it. Maybe it is not meant to be all that magical but to be a dependable workhorse. MAC Eyeshadow X 9 Dusky Rose virtually goes with everything.

MAC Eyeshadow X 9 - Dusky Rose review swatch look

In this look, I am wearing the 3 shades from the bottom row, which yields a light smoky look with grey mauve undertones. I usually mix the middle 3 for a rosier look and the top 3 for cool brown smoky eyes. But seriously, this is so foolproof that you will end up with well-blended neutral smoky eyes no matter what you do. 

I (quite unexpectedly) fell in love with this versatile eyeshadow palette. For me, the small size is a plus not only for portability but simply because I dislike big palettes in general. I'd still hesitate to pay $32 for a palette alone but highly recommend the set whether it's on sale or not.


[Other makeup products used for this look]



Have you tried MAC Eyeshadow X 9 palettes? How do you like them?




8 comments:

  1. You got such a great deal Lena! I can see why this is palette is one you reach for often. The shades all look pretty, wearable and versatile. I don't own many palettes so versatility is something I always look for. The soft smokey eye you created is very nice for an everyday look and that soft pink lip is lovely too ^o^ Happy Tuesday!

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    1. It really was an awesome deal - I love the brush & the liner as well! I've been using this palette so often it's ridiculous. I might have to put it away to be fair to other palettes I have. LOL. Hope you're having a nice week, Rowena! :)

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  2. Oh what an awesome deal! I love these colors but I think I'm having too much of them now. I'm trying to branch out to more colors such as subtle peach and pink but I agree, you can never go wrong with these safe neutrals. I'd totally grab the palette too if I ever saw one! :)

    And beautiful look as usual! <3

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    1. Hi, Jaa! I'm so glad you're back and blogging regularly again.

      I really scored, didn't I? There are a few other sets like this avail on Ulta.com and all include brushes with natural brushes. Now all MAC brushes are synthetic which is not necessarily a bad thing, but these sets would be good options for those who still want to stock up on the old favorites. ;)

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  3. I am a huge fan of neutral colors reason because I am in love with this palette. The colors are absolutely stunning. Thanks for share this beautiful product.

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    1. I agree that the color composition is really great even compared to other neutral palettes. I also love that this one is on the rosy side, too. :)

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  4. The colours in the palette are certainly beautiful--I love the softness that neutrals give, they can be dramatic or subtle. You look great in these. Marvellous size as well because I like smaller palettes. x/Madison

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    1. Thanks, Madison! ;D The Aaliyah collection will be available soon and has a beautiful X9 palette. I might get one for myself - it has a good mix of neutral, warm, and a pop of color!

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