Review | MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow Pro Colour x 4 Compact

July 29, 2010

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.

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14 Responses to Review | MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow Pro Colour x 4 Compact

  1. July 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    Oh Mag, I had no idea that is a Pro Store & I just bought a whole lotta stuff last Sun there!!! That shows how long I have really stayed away. @_@

    • makeupmag
      August 2, 2010 at 11:46 pm

      Hi Farah,

      You’re hauling again; YAY!!! :D

  2. July 29, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    BTW the new palettes are so sleek, I saw it on some site I was browsing earlier today.

    • makeupmag
      August 2, 2010 at 11:47 pm

      Hey Farah,

      They stack really well. ;)

  3. August 3, 2010 at 11:45 am

    More hauls when I hit duty free, if they hv stuff to buy that is! :P

    • makeupmag
      August 3, 2010 at 10:38 pm

      Have a wonderful trip, Farah. Don’t forget to check out the MAC BB cream. ;)

  4. August 3, 2010 at 10:40 pm

    Thanks Mag! I did check the BB cream @ DFS Scotts but it is way too light for me.

    • makeupmag
      August 3, 2010 at 10:55 pm

      Aww, dear! :( I like it a lot because it seems to control the oilies very well. The finish is somewhat matte too.

  5. alice
    April 13, 2011 at 1:03 am

    Hi, I just recently bought this and I was just wondering, after I put the refill pans in, how do I get them out? I know it’s probably a stupid question, but I got this wanting to take it with me when I travel, and I want to change the shadows I take from time to time, is it not possible with this new design?

    thank you so much for your help!!

    • makeupmag
      April 14, 2011 at 12:50 am

      Hi Alice,

      Try something sharp (the edge of a penknife, for instance) to lift the edges out; that’s what I usually do. :)

  6. alice
    April 21, 2011 at 10:43 pm

    Thanks so much for replying!!! It works now!!

    • makeupmag
      April 23, 2011 at 11:18 pm

      Hello Alice,

      You’re very welcome. I’m glad it works for you! :)

  7. Athena
    May 2, 2011 at 10:05 am

    hi Meg! I suppose ripping out the plastic insert of the quad to fit more shadows is no longer possible with the new design right?

    • makeupmag
      May 3, 2011 at 11:53 pm

      Hi Athena,

      Unfortunately, this method doesn’t work for these palettes. You’re better off getting the 15-pan ones.

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