Showing posts with label palettes. Show all posts
Showing posts with label palettes. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

NEW MAC Pro Palette: Large Duo (Double Sided) Review

 
Without Dividers (48 eyeshadows)
(L-R) Gesso, Blanc Type, Vanilla, Mylar, Brule, Shroom
Dazzlelight, Nylon, Ricepaper, Naked Lunch, Jest, Vex
Malt, Kid, Wedge, Omega, Era, Soft Brown
Cork, Espresso, Brun, Brown Down, Handwritten, Embark

All That Glitters, Woodwinked, Tempting, Bronze, Mulch, Amber Lights
Sable, Satin Taupe, Twinks, Sketch, Cranberry, Nocturnelle
Jaunty (LE), Patina, Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Club, Humid
Copperplate, Knight Divine, Print, Smut, Contrast, Carbon
 

 
With one divider (39 Eyeshadows)


The long awaited MAC LARGE DUO (Double Sided) PRO PALETTE has finally arrived at my home and I can hardly control my excitement long enough to write this review! I know this may look like a short novel, but what can I say? I'm thorough!

Oh dear Lord, where do I begin? Let me just say that I am in love! I think that it looks sleek, sophisticated and a definite upgrade from the old palettes. And while I do think the palette is a success overall, I also have a couple complaints...

The Palette is about 3.5 times thicker than the old MAC palettes and about a half inch smaller in height and width. It is made of high quality plastic and does not have a see through lid like the new Pro Palette Single. The plastic seems to be a lot sturdier than the old ones, in addition to a more professional appearance.

The palette does not have a snap closure, rather it is held together magnetically. This is one of my favorite features because the closures of old the palettes would wear out. The magnet holds it together snugly, but I do not find it overly difficult to open. The magnetic pull isn't so strong that you pinch your fingers... Inglot palettes I'm looking at you! There is a clear plastic shield that can be moved to either side. I understand that it is a necessary component to protect the eyeshadows, but it isn't easy to move back and forth -- which is super annoying when you are trying to do a look!

You can choose to purchase dividers which will hold either 15 eyeshadows, 6 blushes, 12 lipsticks, or 24 cream products... Or you can leave the dividers out! Without the divider each side holds 24 eyeshadows for a total of 48 in the entire palette -- or you can put one divider in like I did in the last two pictures for a total of 39 eyeshadows.  Also note that when you use the dividers it is difficult to get the eyeshadows out. They do not have the grooves that the old palettes have.

When I purchased the palette online I thought that at least one side would need a divider (the side being stored upside down), but to my surprise the metal plate inside the palette is quite strong -- much stronger than the old palettes! I feel comfortable leaving the divider out of both sides because I don't travel with my palettes. If you travel or you are a bit clumsy, you may want to invest in some dividers.


On with the pics! Please click to enlarge.










WITH NO DIVIDERS (48 Eyeshadows)







WITH ONE DIVIDER (39 Eyeshadows)








The price of the palette is $25 and each divider is $9... so to buy the palette and two dividers you're looking at $43!! That's a lot of money for a palette! That is why I am advocating divider free palettes. They are available online (click HERE) and at PRO stores. I'm not sure if they are going to be sold at regular free standing stores, but as soon as I know I will update the post.

Originally I was pretty pissed off that MAC switched the palettes because I am somewhat of an organization freak and like everything to match. I was also upset that they were more expensive! But after receiving the product and realizing you don't need the dividers, I couldn't be more thrilled! If you are like me and have A LOT of eyeshadows, this ends up being cheaper. Rather than having 15/26 eyeshadows in the old MAC palettes, I can have 48! I think it looks more professional, and I LOVE having all my neutrals in one palette!


****UPDATE****
After having the palette for three days, I have had two eyeshadows fall down onto the clear shield -- nothing broke, but I am lowering my rating! The ones that fell were on the side with no dividers. Pretty big disappointment, but I am still going to leave the dividers out and just be more careful.


If you are new to MAC please note:
Neither the palette nor the dividers are magnetized, so the eyeshadows need to be... Inside the palette is a peice of metal and if you choose to depot your eyeshadows, you will need to glue a small magnet to the back of them. I like to purchase the eyeshadows in pro pan form from their website, because they come with the magnet already attached -- much easier, and cheaper!

I give this palette an   B+!!


Thanks for reading and don't forget to subscribe!

-Sarah




 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

NEUTRAL LOOK WITH NAKED2 PALETTE!


 
HELLO LADIES!! It's been a couple days since I did a post, so I decided to do an Eye of the Day!

I did a VERY neutral look using mostly the Naked2 Palette by Urban Decay with a couple MAC shadows thrown in the mix. I love the Naked2 but it is definitely missing some key elements... like a transition shade!!! Anywho, this look is meant to be a little more effortless, so don't worry about doing exact placement.

Unfortunately I could not get a picture that did this look justice... Partly because my camera isn't up to par, and secondly because shadows with this much shimmer can be difficult to capture. Soon I will be getting a new camera and will be filming videos on YouTube, so keep an eye out for that!!! I hope you like the look and here's the items that I used:

MAC Kid -- transition
UD Verve -- inner third of lid
UD Suspect -- outer 2/3 of lid
UD Snakebit -- outer v and crease, lower lashline
MAC Wedge- blend lower lashline
MAC Vanilla -- highlight

MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
MAC Espresso -- Eyebrows
MAC Omega -- Eyebrows
MAC Fling Eyebrow Pencil
Maybelline Brow Pencil in Blonde
Lorac Brow Pencil in Brunette
Clinique Cream Liner in True Black
MAC Smolder Eye Kohl
Salon Perfect Lashes #110
Revlon Lash Adhesive
Voluminous Mascara

BRUSHES:
MAC 217 (2)
MAC 224
MAC 210
MAC 266
Brow Grooming Brush
Tweezerman Tweezers


By the way my dears, it is not necessary to use 5 brow products like I did, but I am growing them out so they are requiring A LOT more attention these days :)

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