MAC sells a Pro line of products in selected stores, referred to as “MAC Pro Stores,” in major cities throughout the world. I find myself in a Pro store only once or twice per year, and with only a few exceptions have received excellent service in every one of them. I’m not sure whether the company has better hiring or training in those locations but their associates are usually a few steps ahead.
Ceasar’s Palace in Las Vegas has an enormous selection of shops (called the “Forum”) that has been upgraded and expanded over the years. It includes a MAC Pro store. If you enter from the Strip, you must go up some escalators and travel through the reproduction Roman streets to locate it. Ceasar’s is always very busy, and I can imagine that the MAC Pro store gets an enormous amount of traffic.
I was greeted by a sales associate who, typical of MAC makeup artists, was an expert wearing their products. I asked to explore MAC’s Pro blushes, especially Taupe which I had heard was an excellent color to contour the cheeks.
The MAC artist quickly informed me that MAC had discontinued Taupe.
MAC has a reputation for issuing limited releases and short product cycles. It makes economic sense from their perspective (it must, they do it so frequently!) For makeup buyers, this scarcity means committing to buy now or risk paying outrageous prices on eBay later. Fortunately, my brilliant makeup artist found a pro pan version of the product. See, I told you they know their stuff. These pro pans can be easily placed into one of MAC’s blush palettes, which look like this (first one closed, second one open):
For $12, this palette is a nice way to accommodate six blushes in a very small space. The palette’s spaces and the back of MAC’s pro pan blushes are both magnetized, so it’s very easy to create and change the palette.
My patient MAC makeup artist helped swatch nearly all of the MAC Pro blushes. Another artist pitched in too. At the end, the backs of our hands were swatched in vibrant colors, sometimes with the same color in varying degrees of heavy to light. By the time I left, I owned six MAC Pro blushes ($15.50 each) to fill my new palette. Each is pressed powder held in a little metal pan, sold in a cardboard sleeve. I’ll be reviewing and swatching these in the days that follow.