MAC Eyes on MAC (2017): Tropic Cool Times Nine Eyeshadow x 9 Palette

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Last Thursday, MAC released their anniversary collection for Eyes on MAC, which is their annual eyeshadow palette extension launch. This year's Eyes on MAC collection features a total of ten eye products: two 15-pan eyeshadow palettes, six nine-pan eyeshadow palettes, and two eye brushes. Of the ten products, there are two new and limited edition nine-pan eyeshadow palettes. The Tropic Cool Times Nine Palette is described as "a well-edited palette of lush, tropical-inspired hues offering countless colour combinations. Textures range from matte to satin to veluxe pearl. The saturated soft and smooth shades are packaged in one pocket-sized compact for easy portability." It is housed in a regular black rectangular clear-lidded compact with the MAC logo on the lid. Each Eyeshadow x 9 Palette contains a total of 7.2 grams of product, and retails for $42.

Fresh Blade, Bright-Sided, and Lemon Rush

Fresh Blade is a light warm icy champagne gold in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2015's Toledo collection. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is similar to Nylon, lighter and cooler than Ricepaper, and brighter and more gold than Dazzlelight.
Bright-Sided is a light-medium warm true yellow in a Satin finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter than Chrome Yellow, more matte than Bright Sunshine, and less matte than Canary Yellow.
Lemon Rush is a light-medium warm chartreuse yellow in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more yellow than Shock Factor, brighter and more yellow than Bitter, more muted and more yellow than Sour Lemon.

Lady Grey, Neoprene Green, and She's A Model

Lady Grey is a medium cool muted sage-tinted grey in a Satin finish. This is a re-promoted shade from 2011's MAC Me Over collection. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is lighter and more grey than Sumptuous Olive, cooler and more grey than Patina, and lighter and cooler than Greensmoke.
Neoprene Green is a medium-dark cool emerald green in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a slightly drier texture, but goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is slightly cooler than New Crop, darker and more frosted than Kelly, and more teal than Emerald Green Pigment.
She's A Model is a dark cool navy blue with blue sparkle in a Frost finish. This is a re-promoted shade from last year's Fashion Pack collection. It has a dry, powdery texture, and can go on patchy and evenly. It has medium-high pigmentation and semi-opaque colour pay-off. Due to the texture, it can be difficult to layer and blend out. It is more teal than Contrast, more blue and more shimmery than Plumage, and darker and more teal than Deep Truth.

Liquid Sky, Blue Envy, and Grey Horizon

Liquid Sky is a medium cool brightened sky blue in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is more muted and more matte than How Royal, lighter and more muted than Electric Eel, and lighter than Blue Calm.
Blue Envy is a medium-dark cool cobalt blue in a Veluxe Pearl finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is slightly brighter than In the Shadows, brighter and more shimmery than Zinc Blue, and lighter and brighter than Deep Truth.
Grey Horizon is a deep-dark cool charcoal grey in a Matte finish. This is a new and limited edition shade. It has a soft, finely-milled texture, and goes on smoothly and evenly. It has high pigmentation and opaque colour pay-off. It can be layered and blended out easily. It is similar to Typographic, darker than Print, and more muted than Carbon.

Tropic Cool's not going to be for everybody, and it's not supposed to be; this is for someone who's looking for bright, bold, Caribbean-inspired colours. Most of the shades in this palette perform really well, too, going on smoothly and evenly with full colour pay-off. Again, like the other palettes that were released with this year's Eyes on MAC collection, there is one singular dud here in the form of She's A Model, which is dry and powdery and goes on patchy. What's disappointing is that this shade is a re-promote from last year's Fashion Pack collection and MAC didn't do anything to change the texture of it, even though it had performance issues last time, too. My only other complaint is the inclusion of two bright yellow shades that look almost identical on the eyelid. You can detect the green undertone of Lemon Rush in the pan, but once it's on skin, there really isn't much of a difference between that and Bright-Sided — a shame because MAC does some really gorgeous true chartreuse shades, like Sour Lemon and Bitter. I wish Lemon Rush was either darker or more of a true lime, which would complement the palette nicely. That having been said, it's refreshing to see a colourful palette like this one being released in a vast ocean of neutral palettes.
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