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March 12, 2014

New Product Review: MAC Large Single Pro Palette (& Comparison to Z Palette)

Filed under: Uncategorized — luxebeaute @ 10:31 pm

I was pretty excited when I heard that MAC was re-vamping their Pro-Palettes and adding a see through lid. I could not stand the old ones; they were rather flimsy and looked cheap to me. Since they weren’t see through like my other ones, I also would end up forgetting what all I owned and stored in them because I am incredibly OCD when it comes to makeup organization and if it’s out its outta mind (thus wasting tons of $cosmetics$). The minute these puppies came out I picked one up. OK, I lie – I purchased 4 of them. At $8 each I figured I couldn’t go wrong, as they were considerably cheaper than my beloved Z palettes ($20), the one’s from TBK are now discontinued ($8), and are way easier to get than those made by Wild Peach ($10) who’s website has been under construction so long I am starting to think they don’t even actually exist. Now that I have tried and tested the new MAC palettes, here’s the scoop on the large single pro palette (NOTE: I am not reviewing the double pro palette because it is not transparent thus does not suit my needs).

The new MAC Pro palette (Large/single): The new MAC Pro Palettes are very attractive. They are super sleek with a transparent top/lid, sturdy, incredibly lightweight, and open easily. It measures at 7″L x 41/2″W x 1/2″D. Unlike the old version this updated model offers a wider variety of interchangeable inserts: 6 shadow insert, 15 shadow insert, 6 blush insert, customizable 12 well insert (suitable for contour creams and cream foundations), and 24 well inserts (lipsticks). These inserts are also sturdy and made of plastic; they are purchased separately at $2 each. If you are like me and prefer to skip the shadow inserts, the palette will fit 24 MAC pan single shadows or 24 singles by any brand in same size (26mm). Of course you can also fit various sizes de-potted from other companies as well and amount will vary by size; ditto for blushes without the standard insert. For lipstick storage, this palette fits the same amount whether using the well insert or standard 26mm tin/aluminum pans when de-tubing lipsticks, therefore it’s really about personal preference. The 24 well insert will definitely make the palette look much more professional than if using metal pans; however, using pans is much more travel friendly if you only want to carry a couple colors in your purse (via the MAC 2 or 4 pro palette) as opposed to carrying the entire palette around with you. If de-tubing into the 24 well insert one must use the “candle & spoon” melting method (which can change the texture and is time consuming) whilst metal pans can be done/filled in multiples and melted on a very low heat in the oven. Again, it all comes down to personal preference. NOTE: Keep in mind you would have to use a magnet for non MAC items – see more below on that issue.

MAC Pro Pallete vs. Z palette: The MAC palettes are much prettier than Z palettes IMO, more sophisticated looking if that makes sense. They are probably a lot more sturdy as well being as how they are plastic as opposed to Z’s cardboard casing; however, I have yet to have issue with my Z palettes in this way so I am speaking purely in theoretical terms Cardboard Vs. plastic)on this one. ZP’s come in a variety of cool colors and patterns while MAC’s are all uniformed black – I cannot say which is the winner in this arena considering I see benefits to both a sleek uniform look and also variety to change up the monotony. ZP’s are the better choice for makeup artists as the top is made to bend all the way over lightning up with the back so that there is no interference when applying makeup on a client, whereas MAC lids just stick straight out to the side when opened. ZP’s are quite a bit larger at 8.06″L x 4.94″W x 0.56″D and will fit 28 MAC shadows to MAC’s 24, leaving a better amount of room for larger brand shadows and/or a nice mixture of shadows and blushes, etc. The MAC palette is also deeper and fits domed products and smaller travel lip and eye brushes and liners which is really great. ZP’s are waaaay more heavy than MAC which was extremely disappointing (especially if you lug around a ton of these babies at the same time as I do). Which brings me to the next and main point, they are heavier because they are magnetized. MAC palettes are not magnetized. Therefore if using a MAC palette without the inserts, a separate magnet needs to be stuck onto the bottom of products. Now ordinarily this wouldn’t be such an issue for me except that in this case, the palette barely holds to its own MAC products which already contain magnets on them! This was a total head scratcher for me. With my ZP’s it’s a rare day I add a cosmetic pot of any brand that won’t cling strongly as ZP’s are made with a really powerful magnet. Example: If I fill the new MAC palette with its own products (that have their own magnet on them at time of purchase) and turn the palette over, all my shadows fall down and some have already broken on me. Tisk tisk. So the whole breaking of 24 shadows at $8 bucks each thing (= loss of $192) is a deal breaker for me. Not to mention it’s a rare day I am only carting around 1 palette. While I don’t mind adding magnets to shadows that don’t come with any or cutting/fitting a magnetic sheet to the bottom, adding one over the already existing one for MAC pots would just be ridiculous and seems an unnecessary amount of extra work. Of course if you use the available inserts I suppose this is no issue but for me, it cancels out the MAC palette as “transportable” or travel friendly for shadows or other powder products. Even so, I want to utilize the MAC palette because it’s just so darned chic and professional looking and in that way, I definitely prefer it over ZP’s. But the only way to do so would be as a lippie palette WITH the sleek looking insert, meaning I would either have to A) shove the products into the wells which negates its “prettiness” or B) melt the products individually with a spoon and candle which I just don’t want to do. Not only is that time consuming, but I don’t want to risk changing the color and formulas of my lipsticks, most of which range $25-$40. Considering that every gal knows smooth lip palettes don’t stay pretty for long, I think I will utilize my MAC palettes by way of the no melt method for personal use colors because it’s such a nice lightweight storage solution, and keep using ZP’s for personal use shadows, and work related powdered products and lippies in tin rounds (because I can easily lift them to see product names whereas in the standard 24 well insert this cannot be done).

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