W7 are such an hit and miss brand in my opinion with products either being really good or really disappointing, with very little middle ground. As a whole, I’ve not been very impressed by the W7 eyeshadows especially after trying the awful W7 Making Waves Eyeshadow Palette, so when I saw they’d released some nine pan palettes ‘inspired’ by MAC I knew I wanted to try one but I didn’t hold out much hope. There are four different W7 The Naughty Nine Eyeshadow Palettes to choose from, each retailing for £5.95 on the W7 website but I always buy my W7 products on eBay as it’s much cheaper and I paid only £3.25 for mine here. The four palettes on offer are copies of the MAC X9 Eyeshadow Palettes which are £25 each but I don’t own any of the MAC equivalent to comment on whether they are genuine dupes, but it’s unlikely they are looking at the ingredients lists but I bought the W7 The Naughty Nine Mid Summer Nights palette for the shades and not for the MAC rip off element.
The W7 The Naughty Nine Mid Summer Nights contains a mixture of matte and shimmers and a couple of shades contain glitters. The palette is quite small, and is the size of a MAC four pan quad palette and the shadows are just slightly bigger than a five pence piece so they are pretty small shadows. I opted for this palette over the others as I liked the burgundy, reddy tones especially as we’re heading towards the cooler months and I thought the shades looked really pretty but again I wasn’t expecting very much in terms of quality so I was pretty blown away once I’d actually tried the shadows..
I really didn’t expect the shadows to be so pigmented and smooth, especially for £3.25 but they’re definitely the best W7 eyeshadows I’ve tried. Granted there are a couple of slightly paler shades but only one shade in the whole palette is disappointing (shade 9 which is quite chunky). I really love the overall rosy tones of this palette and the mixture of finishes as you can create a multitude of looks with differing intensities and my whole complaint is that I wish there was a darker non-glittery matte shade but apart from that, I think it’s a really good palette and I am hoping the other three palettes are equally impressive as I definitely want to try them if this palette is anything to go by.