The concept is great. The Pro Colour Palette does its job in keeping all MAC eye shadows in one place, but it's not accident-proof IMO. Yes, it's magnetized and the pans stick to the palette relatively well, but if you shook/dropped the palette your eyeshadows could pop out. Also, it's kinda pricey in my opinion. With the recent price increase I'm not all that happy!
Love this product! Great for organizing shadows as well as every other type of potted makeup. Learned from YouTube videos how to depot shadows as well as other items I need to live on a daily basis (bronzer, blush, highlighter, powder foundation), and to remove the inner 15 shadow divider to make it into a universal palette. My makeup square footage has been drastically reduced into 3 very sleek, professional looking compacts. No more fumbling around with a bunch of compacts for everything.
I travel extensively and this product has cut down my clutter to absolutely none. The product is sturdy and well made. It retails for $14 at MAC stand-alone stores only. If you're looking to organize and get serious about makeup, get these. Other palettes that I chose this one from are Japonesque, Unii (which is really cute btw, but I don't need to carry my makeup around during the day/night, just traveling), and Z Palette. MAC is more cost efficient than any of the rest, but you may like the look of the others.
I love this, it's so much easier to have all your eyeshadows in one place
Oh YouTube, this might be the best thing I learned from all your MAC loving video makers. I had my awkward collection of pots of MAC shadows, and I discovered not only can you easily remove your shadows from the little pots, MAC sells these little palettes that hold all your shadow pans. And then I learned that if you take out the divider, you can hold 26 if you arrange the shadows a certain way:
And THEN the MAC website started selling palette refills, so no more shadow depotting was necessary and the refills are cheaper! I thought I was going to miss the Back2MAC benefits for the lipstick for returning 6 shadow pots, but 14.50 * 6= $87.00 and 11 * 6= $66.00 so 87-66= $21, so with the money you save buying shadow refills you can buy a lipstick and have 7 bucks left over, plus the women at my local MAC counter like to not hook me up with the limited edition lipsticks and are generally unpleasant to deal with, so I don't miss going to do back to MACs. I love my MAC palettes, sometimes I want to sleep with them. continued >>
I have both the 15 pan palette and the 4 pan palette.
The x4 palette has a clear lid and x15 palette has a black lid. Both are quite sturdy and sleek. The x4 palettes make it very easy to organize a single look and I store the eyeshadows that I use everyday in these. These are also fantastic if you travel a lot and I usually just take one or two of these when going away for a few days.
I also have the 15 pan palette which is excellent and I store the eyeshadows that I don't use on a daily basis in this.
It works out a little cheaper as well to get the pan eyeshadows although it is quite difficult to get them in Ireland - they are only available in MAC in Brown Thomas on Grafton Street in Dublin as far as I am aware.
My extensive eyeshadow collection was getting out of control. It was hard to find the colors I wanted and keep everything straight. So I purchased the eyeshadow palette from MAC and depotted my shadows. It's so much more organized and more fun in the palette! It makes me feel like I'm a mini makeup artist every morning and it's easy to brainstorm color combinations since you can see all your shadows at once. So much easier to store also, once I bought this it freed up a lot of space on my vanity.
Also, purchasing the pro pan refills for the eyeshadow palettes are a few dollars cheaper from MAC. They come without the plastic outside, no depotting necessary and the magnet and sticker are on there too. These are now available from the MAC website too.
One small con is that there is some fall out when picking up shadows so that does need to be dusted off occasionally.
I finally got myself a couple of the 15-pan palettes and boy did they help. I have mostly palettes and loose mineral shadows so for right now I have one 15-pan palette of mattes (mostly neutral colors) and one of frosts and shimmers (mostly bright colors). I have mostly Urban Decay and Smashbox eyeshadows in my palettes but I also have a couple Lancome Color Trend (they're actually very easy to depot), some Milani, and a few MAC shadows. I stick a magnet (adhesive side against the pan) onto the bottom of the pan and pop it into the palette since a lot of eyeshadow pans (including MAC) are made of aluminum, which does not stick to magnets. It's the palette that holds the magnet. MAC refill pans have a magnet on the botton so they will hold to the palette I'm sorry I no longer have the link to a depotting tutorial that I found years ago but do a board search or look on youtube. Depotting MAC, UD, and Smashbox shadows is super easy. I've never lost an eyeshadow to depotting once. The trick is to heat melt the plastic and pop out the metal pan from the bottom. You do NOT want to pry out the pan from the top. Anyway, the 15-pan palette is a must have product if you have a lot of shadows. Although I would love to have a clear cover on the palettes to better identify my palettes, I'm afraid a clear cover will look cheat and get scratched up the way the 4-pan palettes do.
Last night I depotted all the old MAC shadows I had and added them to the 15 pan palette I just bought. At first I was skeptical because I loved looking at all the little containers but I'm very happy that I took the plunge.
The process was tough, somewhat painful and scary (I would have cried if I broke one of them, or dropped one in the candle or something)...but definitely worth it. First of all it freed up TONS of space in my makeup box (room for more products yay!), I got 12 empties to turn in for 2 more eyeshadows, and its really nice to see all of my colors next to each other. Also since I live really close to a MAC store I can go and buy the pans instead of the pots, which is significantly cheaper. Like someone else said, even though you can turn in the empties after depotting it is actually cheaper to buy 7 pans than 6 pots. But if you don't live next to a MAC store then you will still get the other benefits even if you don't get to save some money.
For awhile I thought that I had a few colors that we're too similar, but now that I have them next to each other in the pan I can see how different they really are. I'm now much more likely to use the different colors that I have and want to try more and different combinations. Since I filled up my first palette, I'll have to get another one...meaning I'll be tempted to fill it up...increasing my MAC eyeshadow obsession.
This if for the 15x colour one.
LOVE THIS. It saves me so much room!! I love how it's magnetic though :) So you could switch them around to re-organize if you want.
The palette cost me $14.50CAD.
And the e/s refills are $13CAD each.
I don't know about other places but to me this is a better deal then buying each one seperately and depotting them to get that 'free' one.
I LOVE my darling little quad palette. It is the best thing in the world that I don't have to go digging through my makeup every time I want to find a single shadow! I was getting sick of that routine. But now, I have four of the shadows that I use every day packed into one cute little container! This was the best makeup epiphany I have discovered for myself in a while, I wish I had known sooner about the whole depotting/palette/palette refills business. Ignorance is not bliss. I'm excited to buy more quads to organize single looks, and I also want to get the 15 palette too!