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.