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Well.... where to begin??
I am officially a MAC addict - yes, I admit it!!
I have only recently (well a few yrs now, but I am 29!!!) begun to wear make-u[p. While at uni I would watch my friends get all dolled up. I would refuse on the grounds that I did not know what I was doing and preferred the natural look.
So, when they all began to get married, they asked me to try some make-up - not because I needed it (apparently) but as an enhancement, and to stop being ID'd during the hen nights too...!
One of these friends is a qualified make-up artist, and has sworn by MAC for years - so I decided to make the trip to Covent Garden where one of their own branded stores were. This is one of the stores from where a palette of eyeshadows can be purchased. Concession stores (i.e. Selfridges) allow you to purchase eyeshadows in their individual cases - but I was looking to buy an entire palette with each colour so needed to get to one of these stores.
I had accompanied one of the brides when they were purchasing their make-up palette so had some idea of what to expect, but when it came to my special trip I was still very excited and could not wait to choose MY colours and every product which accompanied it!
The MAC store has make-up artists who are there to trial products on you, and answer any questions you may have. They walk around with a make-up pouch. This is like an old-style bum bag, but with slots for make-up brushes to be placed individually. They do clean these after they have been used so are hygienic, but the personal attention everytime I go into any store (not just their own branded stores) is great. I always spend a lot as a result, but never regret it!
When choosing colours for the palette there are a wide array to choose from. The palette itself costs around £15 (from what I remember) and each eyeshadow costs around £11. There are 15 slots within the palette and these can be filled as quickly or slowly as you wish. I chose about 25 colours initially, and then had to pick out the ones I could live without (very hard!!) but the make-up artists help by showing how a palette needs a base colour, highlighters, and darker shades to create the desired looks. They also group colours together and trial products on your skin/eyes so that you can make an informed choice and the palette is even more personal to you.
Of all my close friends, I think we all have a palette, but each is individual to ourselves which is a great reflection of each of our personalities!!
It also means that whenever one of us goes into a store and finds a colour we believe one or another would like, we let one another know. The palette eyeshadows can only be purchased from restricted locations, but they can be purchased from MAC stores internationally and online.
I have dropped my palette a few times, and as a result one or two of the eyeshadows have broken. I have tried to put them together, and been successful a few times!! But when there is no hope, or the eyeshadow has finished (which takes me YEARS to achieve!), the individual eyeshadow can taken out of the slot (as it is linked magnetically) and the name of the product can be seen, meaning it can easily be replaced with the same one or another, depending on what the owner would like.
I really enjoy the flexibility this product allows me as over the years I have changed my mind over products and colours, and become more experimental too. The palette is sleek and sexy, and always makes me feel proud whenever I pull it out. It is durable and had withstood everytime I have dropped it (even if one or two of the eyeshadows have not!) - in short, I love it!!
I do think it is worth taking your time in choosing the eyeshadow colours as it is easy not to use many of them. I am actually considering beginning another palette where I separate the colours I use most often frm the ones I barely use. I am holding back though because I know I will end up buying all 15 again - the palette does not look right unless it is full and I love the choices available!!
Smaller palettes are also available which hold four colours, and are probably more ideal to take when on the go. I am not sure of prices of these though.
Thanks for reading, and if you buy a palette - I hope you love yours as much as I do mine!
MAC Pro Palette Eye Shadow X2 / Ultra-slim / stackable / easy-to-use palette that fits 2 shadows / Great for your Makeup Kit.