This weekend I had a little time to do some browsing in between running errands around town at the same time. I popped into the W7 Store to have a little look and 1. I spotted a whole discounted Stila counter (I walked away empty handed – pat on the back for me) and 2. I spotted this and I just had to take it home.
Straight up I knew this W7 The Naughty Nine palette was pretty close to my MAC Amber Times Nine palette which I reviewed back in March, a palette which was nice, but far from perfect with iffy pigmentation on half the shades. This W7 Palette was only £3.49 and I couldn’t help but see how they compared at almost a tenth of the price of the MAC version at £30.
This is a blatent rip off of the MAC times 9 collection they’ve not even really bothered to change the packaging from one one another, they looked virtually the same side by side, the size of the palette, the pans – the only noteable difference was the hinge at the back. Onto what you want to see, shade comparison.
Left: MAC Georgia Peach – The W7 Shade has better pigmentation but the MAC one is better for a transition shade
Winner – Depends on use, I’d still say W7
Middle: MAC Kitties – The W7 Shade is slightly warmer more golden toned than MAC’s Kitties, but they are still definitely similar.
Winner: Tough choice, I think I prefer MACs
Right: Mac Cosy Grey This is probably the most noticeable shade difference in the palette, W7 is lighter and more grey toned, MAC is more browny pink toned and slightly darker. The pigment is easily more buildable in the W7 Versionm the MAC here took 2/3 swipes to get it that opaque, W7’s was just one.
Winner: Formula of W7’s is better
Left: MAC Cork – Much better pigmentation on W7’s version of Cork and looks much more like the full size original rather than the weak pigmented version they put in the Times 9 Palette.
Middle: MAC Creative Copper – The shimmer in MAC’s version seems to catch the light a little nicer than W7’s if I’m being hyper critical, but you can barely distinguish one from the other
Winner: MAC If i’m being picky
Right: MAC Ricepaper – MAC’s Ricepaper is a lot more a subtle wash of colour where as W7’s packs a bigger punch of pigment but is a little chalkier. Depends what you prefer as to which wins but I think W7 Wins this for me as it’s more easily built up to pack a punch or blended out to a more subtle look
Left: MAC Pepper Please – In my MAC version post Pepper Please and Aromatic swatched much better than they are here something just seems to have not agreed with them and they wouldn’t come off better no matter how much I tried. The glitter in MAC’s Pepper please (whilst you can’t see it here) but you can in the original post is much more noticeable, but the base pigment of W7 is better. I have little call for a glittery matte shade that I would use in my crease… so W7 hands down is the better of the two
Middle: Aromatic – This was always the most disappointing from the MAC palette for it, it’s hard to work with and when you’re working with it . I’d say W7’s comes off warmer toned, but it’s quite hard to tell with W7 having decent pigment and MAC’s not – if it had the same intensity they might be more similar as they look closer in tone in the pan.
Right: Don’t Tell – This is my favourite shade from the original palette, they are quite similar and it’s only really on close inspection you can see the difference. The metallic sheen on W7’s pure gold, MAC is much denser with Gold, Silver, Bronze and the odd speck of blue as well.
Winner: I prefer the denser colour in MAC and the different flecks of glitter
Results: MAC 3 Wins, W7 6 Wins
The pigmentation of the W7 Polishes as a whole are a lot better than the MAC ones, the formulation is a little chalkier and has a more fallout, but I’d take better pigmentation for the cost of fall out as you’re applying, it’s important to note they don’t fall out on me with primer during the day.
I’m now actually considering selling my MAC palette, but I’m torn whether to or not as it was bought with a gift voucher from my old work so holds some sentimental value… but equally I can see me reaching for the other over this. The only shade here that I think I will truly miss is Don’t Tell which annoyingly is one of the colours which are exclusive to this palette, not available in the full line up from MAC.
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