Super quick review on the MAC Pro Palettes, MAC has changed up their pallets so they are all like the smaller 2 and 4 eyeshadow palettes. On the one hand this is great because we will now be able see what colors are inside each pallet (I currently have nail polished strips of color on the outside of each palette so I can tell the difference) but on the other hand I find that the clear plastic used for the palette cover tends to scratch up fairly easily.
I also find that the 2 and 4 eyeshadow pallets do not hold the eyeshadows as well because the bottom of the palette is not completely magnetized. The palettes only have thin circular strips of magnet so it is not nearly as strong.
Will just have to wait and see how they hold up but I don’t think I will be changing my old palettes out for the new ones.
I have several MAC 4-pan palettes but the sleek design of this new version (S$9) caught my eye when I visited the standalone MAC Pro store at Ngee Ann City yesterday.
A seemingly-improved version of the original, this palette has an insert that can be easily removed. The alternating cut-outs below the pan wells are rimmed with metal to attract the magnets beneath MAC eyeshadow pan refills, securing them in the round spaces. Although it has a clear lid like the original, this new palette is more aesthetically-pleasing with its clean lines and shiny black plastic material. I love its chic minimalist feel and the firm snap of the magnetic cover.
I do wish MAC had made the square base magnetic or metal-backed/magnet-friendly – the original quad has a metal base – so that I could use it for non-circular, smaller or larger pans. In addition, while MAC eyeshadow pans fit snugly in the wells, the compact cannot accommodate slightly wider pans from other brands. In contrast, my many I Nuovi pans fit nicely into the older custom palette because the circumference of its wells is a touch bigger than those in the new one – there is a sliver of space surrounding the MAC pans when they are fitted. In the photo above, the Liza PM quad on the left exemplifies this. Granted it is a pre-made MAC palette but the original custom compact also shares this characteristic.