When I first heard that MAC were bringing out pre-filled 15 pan palettes, I barely cared. When I heard that these palettes were going to be neutral palettes, my interest was piqued. When I found out that these were going to be £65/€75/$100, I grew curious. When I saw these in store and swatched them, I knew they had to be mine (and unfortunately, they were both out of stock that day!). Today I am showing and telling the new 15 pan MAC palette in 'Cool Neutral'.
This palette contains 15 full size MAC cool neutral eyeshadows in a range of different finishes- matte, frost, veluxe pearl, lustre and velvet. The colour spectrum is impressive- from the matte pinkish white Flounce to the velvet Black Tied, the colour spectrum is impressive, and contrary to my original opinion when I first saw pictures of this palette- it's not too grey. The pigmentation of the shadows is largely dependent on the formula used in each shadow- as is always the case with MAC eyeshadows, the matte, veluxe pearl and velvet all have decent to excellent pigmentation, whereas the lustre offerings are generally poor and powdery, and some of the frost shadows lie somewhere in the middle (Sun Tweaked and Deception I am looking at you). Out of the 15 colours, I highly rate the pigmentation of 12- which is pretty decent. As you can see from the swatches below, the pigmentation of two of them was only average and the pigmentation of the only (official...cough) lustre shadow was woeful. The wear time on these is what you would expect of MAC eyeshadows- I've worn these for upwards of 10 hours on top of a MAC Paint Pot base and they held up nicely.
Unlike the regular MAC palettes, you cannot select your own colours- the palettes come pre-prepared so swapping and changing is a no-go. That said, only a handful of colours are in the permanent line up, so chances are you probably won't have these colours already. The real beauty, however, is in the maths. In Ireland, a single MAC eyeshadow pan is €12.50. Multiply that by 15 and you get €187.50. If I recall correctly, the palette itself is €16, and the eyeshadow insert is €8.50, so you're looking somewhere in the region of €212 for a complete palette. This makes the €75 price tag here in Ireland that bit sweeter. In simple terms, you're paying a fiver for each eyeshadow and getting a free palette thrown in.
Do I think that it's worth it? Hells to the yes. The only problem is trying to get your hands on them because these bad boys are selling quicker than chocolate at Easter. I'm still waiting for the Warm Neutrals one to come back in stock and when it does, it will be mine. The good news is that I have it on authority from official MAC sources that these palettes are part of the permanent collection and will be around for a while yet.
What do you think of this palette? Will you be rushing out to get your hands on one?