This week, I’ll be posting about some little hauls I’ve made recently, rather than swatches and reviews. Here’s the haulage post schedule for this week:
- Monday: Essie, Illamasqua, Smashbox, W7
- Tuesday: Zoya
- Wednesday: Perfume (Ellen Tracy, Jennifer Lopez)
- Throwback Thursday: MAC
- Friday: Essence, L’Oréal, OPI
Last week, MAC decided to drop their prices on Pro Palette Eye Shadow refill pans (they used to be CA$12, and now they’re CA$8), so I picked up four that had been on my wishlist for some time.
Pardon some of the slightly out-of-focus photos; I should be getting my new camera lens soon!
I got Soft Brown, Nocturnelle, Concrete, and Bamboo, another Large Duo Pro Palette, and an Eyeshadow x15 Insert, as well as a free sample of Pro Eye Makeup Remover (6 mL):
I’ve already given the Pro Eye Makeup Remover a try with my usual waterproof mascara, and let’s just say it won’t be unseating Lancôme Bi-Facil anytime soon. I’ll use it up, though.
My Large Duo Pro Palette came with a slight crack, which kind of ticked me off, but I’m not going to bother with MAC Canada’s online returns (you can’t exchange or return in physical stores). I, quite stupidly, already threw out the box and return label. It’s a $10 palette; I’ll live. Maybe I’ll try to reinforce it with some superglue. The crack is all along one short side of the palette, but it doesn’t appear to affect the palette’s structural integrity.
The plastic used in the new Pro Palettes seems more prone to cracking than that used in the old palettes, but that might just be me.
Overall, I like the new palettes a lot, even the Duos, though I do wish the pan holes would have little notches so you can easily move the pans around without having to twist the palette to pop out the insert—all the while hoping that nothing cracks! I get around this problem by attaching a little clear tape to each pan, and I let it stick out like a tab. I guess a magnet would work, too, but I kind of like my tabs. (My favorite palettes ever were the adorable metal Stila cases that had pinholes on the back so you could poke out each pan with a paper clip.) I also wish the new palettes were thinner and would have rounded corners like the old ones. No likey sharpy-pointy!
Here are my new eyeshadow pans popped in with tabs (plus a couple I bought last year that I hadn’t opened until now). The shades are: Blanc Type, Bamboo, Soft Brown, Patina, Concrete, and Nocturnelle. I doubt I’ll leave them in this order; I’ll likely mix and match with the other shadows I have in Pro Palettes!
And, since today is Throwback Thursday, I’m adding a bonus pic of a MAC holiday (I think) palette from 2001 that I purchased from The Bay. It’s actually a really good selection of shades, but I clearly rotate my eyeshadows too much and I haven’t come close to hitting pan on any of these colors.
- 3 x Blush: Honour, Cubic, Harmony
- 1 x Bronzing Powder: Bronze
- 4 x Eyeshadow: Brule, Mulch, Sketch, Nehru
Do you have any favorite MAC eyeshadows? I’d love some recs, since I’ll eventually need to fill up my new palette insert, and that new lower price makes it so tempting!