I was recently looking at photos on Instagram when I came across someones MAC palette that looked different. I soon found out that MAC recently came out with all new pro palettes. The concept is basically more like a Z palette in that you can see your eyeshadows and can just stick them in alone since the palette is magnetic. You also have the option of putting in a holder that makes it more like the older palettes where the shadows are more spread out. I'm going to show you some of the pictures that I have of my old palettes, the new one, and some comparison of a Z palette and my 10 shadow Inglot palette. The new palettes cost $18 for the outer part and then if you want the inner part it is $9 so in total the whole palette could either cost you $18 or $27. That's quite a bit more than the palettes used to cost I believe. They also have this for blush as well. So here are my thoughts on the new palettes:
The palette is pretty sturdy. I actually by accident dropped it. Yes I dropped it the first day I got it. Pretty bad but luckily none of the shadows broke. Now I did have the insert in and personally I think that this helps a lot to protect the shadow. Right off the bat I love that it is clear. I think I'm going to use my shadows more since now I can see them. But on the negative I would have the put the labels on the back and I don't love that. The product is very sleek and modern looking which I like. It is quite a bit heavier though than the old palettes so I don't love that.
|New MAC Pro Palette without insert|
This is how the palette is fully open. It's opens all the way. I found that it wouldn't stay put at certain angles which I don't really like but I can work with it.
|New MAC Pro Palette open|
This is what the insert looks like. It makes it pretty easy to pop out the shadows when you have the insert out of the palette but when the insert is in its not as easy as the older palettes to get the shadows out.
|Top of Insert|
|Back of Insert|
Here you can see how thick the new palette is. It is thicker than the old ones, than the Z Palette, and thicker than Inglot which are pretty thick. I wish it was a little thinner since this makes it bulky.
|Side of New Pro Palette|
|Pro Palette with Insert|
This is my old palette. You can see how I can't see the colors which I didn't like and it has an older look.
|Old Mac Pro Palette|
I would label the inside of the palette which worked out really well to figure out which color was what. Also you can see the little grooves in between the shadows which makes it easy to take out the shadows.
|Old Mac Pro Palette Open|
Hopefully you can see here how much thinner the older palettes were.
|Side of Old Mac Pro Palette|
Here you can see the size difference between the old and the new. The newer one isn't as wide. I kind of care more about the thickness than the width but that's just me.
|Comparison in Size of Old vs. New Palette|
|Comparison of Old vs. New Palette|
Here you can see how much nicer it is to see the colors in your palette. The other way you could only see it once you opened it.
|View from Top of Old vs. New Palette|
|Comparison in Size of New Mac Palette vs. Z Palette vs. Inglot Palette|
Even though I am not a fan of using the palette without the insert I did want to show everyone what it looks like without it. I was able to fit 24 mac shadows. The nice thing about this is if you want to travel with blushes and eyeshadows you can put it all into one MAC palette. I like the idea of that although I don't feel 100% safe traveling without inserts.
|MAC Palette without Insert|
|MAC Palette without Insert Open|
So that's it for the new palettes. They are not going to be selling the old ones anymore. So for the OCD people out there you are probably going to either want to replace all of your old ones or you will have mixed palettes. In general I really like the new palettes so far. I will have to use them more to really see if the heaviness bothers me or not. I love that I can see the colors and am really excited to use my Fall colors. Have any of you tried the new palettes? What are your thoughts on them?