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MAC Pro Palette Large / Duo

A high-quality, glossy black, double-sided Pro Palette that accommodates two inserts.
Average Customer Rating:
4.018 out of 5
4
 out of 
5
(54 Reviews) 53
1 out of 2(50%)reviewers would recommend this product to a friend.
Customer Reviews for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Review 1 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:01 03 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great!
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations, putting all your makeup in one palette
I've been using this for over a year now, and realized I have never written a review on it. It is magnetized, very light, not bulky at all, even though it is a little thicker than the old ones. If you depot products you'll need to get your own magnets on the back (you can find them in any craft store or section), and if you buy MAC's pro refill shadows/blush/etc, magnets are already on the back.
If you have the inserts in you can fit 30 eyeshadows in, and without them you can fit 48. I don't have inserts in mine, because I keep eyeshadow, and MAC's Sculpt and Emphasize powder in them. To get the inserts out, you just hold the sides and twist in opposite directions, and they will pop out.
This is a great way to keep things organized, in the same place, and also it's cheaper to buy certain products by buying the pro refill pans.
+18points
19of 20found this review helpful.
 / Utah
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 2 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:10 11 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
I love it, and I will buy this over any palette
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations, any use
I saw a couple reviews that said that is was heavier and thicker without any extra space from before.. However that is actually not the case. Palette's before this could only hold 15 eyeshadows with the insert in and they were only one sided but the new designed palette is double sided it has room for two inserts which means 30 shadows in 1 case. Of course it is heavier and bulkier.. its double the palettes the mac had before. I think it is sleek and it has a very sturdy magnet that holds the case shut as well as a magnet in the case that holds the eyeshadows in even without the inserts. I love this and I am ordering a couple more right now for eye shadows that I bought that arent even mac shadows. I travel with this case and have never had one broken eye shadow. This case is sturdy sleek and functional I highly recommend it over any other palette such as Z palettes or Unii palettes.
+102points
107of 112found this review helpful.
 / California
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 3 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:05 25 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Simple fix...
Tags +Convenient, Multiple combinations, Portable
This palette is a pretty awesome concept and addition to my collection. For those of you concerned about the strength of the magnet, here are a few considerations:
The "magnetic strength" is not a function of the palette itself, but rather of the magent used to adhere the product to the palette. Should you be concerned about the shifting of products without the divider, attach a stronger magnet to your product. Easy Fix. More product in the palette without the dividers... and safe for travel.
Having issues with getting the plastic divider to the other side of palette, attach a vibrant ribbon of some sort (or whatever you prefer) to aid in the process.
Hope this helps for those interested in the product and assessing the potential pros/cons.
With a little additional research for any science junkies out there, research how to change the strength of a magnet. You would be surprised. ;-)
+48points
51of 54found this review helpful.
 / Wilmington, NC
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 4 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:03 04 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
No added convenience nor versatility...
Tags +pretty to look at, sturdy seems well made, fine for home use not for travel
I'm not terribly happy about the redesign of the custom palettes in general. The large duo palette is no exception.
The new design is considerably thicker and heavier without offering any additional storage space. Though nice to look at and possibly sturdier, the new palettes have removable pop out trays that add unnecessary bulk. They aren't exactly easy to pop out either. On the smaller 4 eyeshadow palette you would simply push down on two corners and the tray pops out. For the large palette you would need to push much harder (I push down on the top corners) and even then you need to pry part of the tray out. You would need to go through this trouble every time you want to customize your palette and remove a shadow.
Also the cover on the large duo palettes are not clear so you would have to open to figure out what's in it or label the outside. Many people just use without the trays and I think I'll eventually do the same once I purchase adhesive magnetic strips from the hobby store. Overall I wouldn't recommend this product as there aren't many added benefits nor versatility to using this palette over two large single blush/shadow palettes. the duo palette functions no differently from two large palettes glued together. It feels like a brick and the sharp corners and weight are not joys to handle.
I wish they would've just improved on the old design rather than revamping it. It would have been nice to see different sized trays for this palette that maybe fit together like puzzle pieces locking together..(like the ability to fit 2 blushes and maybe 8 eyeshadows on one side and brushes on the other)..then it truly would be a customizable palette different from the ones they already have.
+22points
26of 30found this review helpful.
 / San Francisco
Review 5 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:02 17 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love this pro Palette!!!
Tags +Convenient
I purchased this palette with the idea of storing my eye shadows on one side and blushes on the other. So I purchased the duo palette with one eye shadow and on blush insert. But as I began to transfer my makeup I realized the half which I allotted for my eye shadow was full and unless I stopped purchasing eye shadows (which isn’t going to happen) I would need more space. So I will be purchasing a single pro palette (for my blushes) and an eye shadow insert to convert my duo palette to eye shadow storage.
So about the duo palette… I was little dummed out that the lid was not clear, but once I took a look at the design of the palette I was fine. It holds 30 eye shadows and the clear divider in the middle is ingenious. Although this palette is bulkier that the previous version, I do like the design and store capability much better.
All-N-all, I really like this palette, Thank you MAC!!!
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
 / St.Petersburg, Fl
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 6 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:04 16 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Great
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations, blushes, eyeshadows
I think this is perfect if you use refill pans with the inserts. Non of my shadows or blushes fall out and it is a much nicer looking palette than the previous. I purchased after the price reduction and I look forward to filling it up so I can purchase another one. Nice job MAC!
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
 / Delaware
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 7 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:12 11 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Great for Storage
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations, shadows, blushs
This product can be used with or with out the inserts. The inserts work well to keep the makeup organized and secure. I really love this for storage and traveling. It can be a little bulky and and heavy but it is worth for the price and the amount of product you can fit into it. If not buying the inserts make sure to buy magnetic stickers easily found at Michaels.
+3points
3of 3found this review helpful.
 / USA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 8 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:08 26 2015
Overall Rating: 
1 / 5
1 / 5
Not what I expected from MAC, very dissapointed
I bought a few duo palettes and large palettes as well to merge all my products into one area, I love Mac products however this is a huge disappointment- the main problem is the strength of the magnet or I should say lack of strength, yes my eyeshadows and such stick but with the duo as soon as it's flipped over and jiggled at all they shift and some even fall, i adhered stronger magnets but this too is a pain removing the Mac magnets buying new ones and then having to adhere them, it's not something I feel I should have to do. I ended up returning the pallets and going with a different brand that not only had stronger magnets but was much sturdier and only $3 more.... Even with the eye shadow inserts it still wasn't very dependable. An easy fix would be to increase the magnet strength... Huge disappointment
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / GA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 9 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:01 14 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Nice change for the $$
Tags +Portable, Convenient
I like it way better than the old packaging. Add the inserts to make it look a little more sleek. Glad I didn't purchase when they were $25. I got this, one blush insert and one shadow insert all for the price of $12....almost a quarter of the old price. It is a little challenging to remove the pans but I figured out a way to do this without dumping the whole tray. Just need to push down on 2 corners of the inserts and the other end comes up allowing you to remove. I just wish there was space to put the names underneath each pan. Yeah...it's always something isn't it. :-)
+8points
10of 12found this review helpful.
 / Delaware
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 10 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:05 28 2014
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Love MAC, this is not my Fave
Tags +Multiple combinations
It is well built and I appreciate that it holds more product, but I am not a huge fan for a couple reasons.
1.The center clear piece is sometimes difficult to move because it sits flush with whatever side it's on, and getting a grip to move it to the other side, even with nails, is hard.
2.Now that the Pro Palette Large/Single has a clear top, I don't like that you cannot easily see what is in the palette. I find it easier when I can see which palette I am picking up, instead of opening each one or labeling each one.
3.Also, because it is double sided, there is always a side that faces down when opening it, so many times one or two pans fall out and it gets annoying quick!
+5points
6of 7found this review helpful.
 / Charlotte, NC
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 11 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:04 21 2013
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
What Issues?
I don't understand the issues people are having with this. I just bought it without inserts and fit 25 eyeshadows in it on one side. The magnet seems really strong.
+8points
9of 10found this review helpful.
Product Purchase: MAC Store
Review 12 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:08 18 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
This is a very good product for the price. I like how it has the clear plastic in the center that holds each side. I went to Michaels (craft store) and bough some strong magnets and now I can put anything I want In it. I love it and I will recommend.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Texas
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 13 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:03 12 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not Impressed
Tags +storage space
I have been holding out on writing this because i didn't want to make any rush decisions on it . I am going to start with the negative , The magnet on the bottom of this palette i would think would have been a bit stronger then its predecessor that is not the case . With out the insert the palette dose not hold the pro pan's well and then end up flipped on to the clear lid and braking . Makes it near impossible to travel like that . Now for the clear lid if you don't have long nails its unbelievable difficult to open/flip to the other side. when your working the last thing you want is to be slowed down by something like this . Its annoying .
Now the palette its self is made very well , very sturdy and the storage space is wonderful i love having that many shadows in spot and clearly visible . The hinges are good and and smooth when opening .
I really want to love this palette but i am sorry to so its a bit of a miss for me since i will have to dish out more money to try to fix the poor magnate problem .
+6points
8of 10found this review helpful.
 / Delray Beach , Florida
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 14 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:10 01 2014
Overall Rating: 
4 / 5
4 / 5
Upgraded and happy
Tags +Convenient, Multiple combinations, Portable, organizing eyeshadows and blushes
Oh dear Lord, where do I begin? Let me just say that I am in love! I think that it looks sleek, sophisticated and a definite upgrade from the old palettes. The price is right and the inserts are sturdy. I have blushes on one side and eyeshadows on the other side. Only complaint is that sometimes the blushes do pop out, but I can remedy that easily with this price range.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / Bay Area, California
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 15 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:02 01 2014
Overall Rating: 
3 / 5
3 / 5
......uuummm
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations
This was my first palette from MAC so when i seen the prices drop ! I dropped my card and bought this! At first i was happy that i bought the DUO i mean why not...GO BIG OR GO HOME! well i think i over thinked this and i kinda don't like it...i should of bought the single one. Other then that im pleased because i have one side with eye shadows and i carry some of my brushes and primer on the other side so i wont have to carry too much. I dont know i guess versatile. I rather get the single one so i can know which colors to use. But over all pretty GOOD.
+3points
4of 5found this review helpful.
 / Los Angeles, CA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 16 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:05 02 2014
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Best Palette
Tags +great
I always had mac products but recently been really into mac so I'm trying to built my collection so this is great way to keep everything neat and I can see what I have or don't have.
+2points
2of 2found this review helpful.
 / New York
Review 17 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:05 20 2015
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
Not Good
The Z palettes are much better. This is two-sided, however when you're using one side and have other shadows on the other side, they tend to fall since they're essentially hanging upside down. Will not repurchase again.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / New Orleans, LA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 18 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:04 20 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love!!!
Tags +Portable, Convenient, Multiple combinations
You will NOT find another palette for this low price! I can put so much in it...will never purchase from anywhere else.
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / New Orleans, LA
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 19 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:04 17 2015
Overall Rating: 
5 / 5
5 / 5
Love it!
Tags +Portable, Convenient, eyeshadow pans
Ive been looking around for a good and decent priced magnetic palette and this one by far is the best!! Not only was the price GREAT but the quality is good! I am definitely buying another!
0points
0of 0found this review helpful.
 / Texas
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com
Review 20 for Pro Palette Large / Duo
Date:04 22 2013
Overall Rating: 
2 / 5
2 / 5
The old one was way better...
I wanted to love this palette...but it fell short of my expectations. I find it very large and bulky, not to mention heavy. It is so darn sharp, I feel I could either use it as a weapon or severely hurt myself should I ever drop it, dear God, I hope I don't, for I think the whole thing would also shatter. I love how sleek the older palettes were and wish they would come back :(
+2points
3of 4found this review helpful.
 / Georgia
Product Purchase: maccosmetics.com