MAC PRO Lip Palette – 6 Select Plums: Photos, Swatches and Reviews

In Fall of 2012, MAC PRO released five brand new Lip Palettes containing six lipsticks each, all of which are part of the permanent line of lipsticks. In this post, I will be reviewing the 6 Select Plums Lip Palette. This palette is great for a soft, neutral lip as well as something bold and dramatic.

PRO Lip Palette - 6 Select Plums

These palettes were certainly designed with the professional makeup artist in mind… They save space in a kit or makeup bag and are convenient to use on set. You don’t have to dig around in your lipstick bag or search through tons of lipsticks in your palette to find the color you’re looking for… Each palette is arranged by color family, so you can just grab one if you need a red lip or another for a neutral brown look. These lipsticks can be used alone or mixed on a palette to create something new and unique.

As an every day consumer, you may or may not be head over heels in love with these… It’s nice to be able to grab one little palette of lipsticks and have all your pinks or reds or oranges right in front of you. The only real inconvenience I can see is that you have to apply these with a brush, but that’s usually a better, more controllable way to apply lipstick anyway! MAC makes great lip brushes that are easy to travel with, so you can toss one into you bag along with your PRO Lip Palette… You can choose between the 316 Lip Brush with a normal, removable cap, or the 318 Retractable Lip Brush that has an open end, but retracts and expands when you push or pull on it (so you can’t lose the cap, but it stays covered in your bag).

6 Select Plums - Label

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

Photo taken outdoors in natural sunlight.
Lipsticks swatched on NC15 skin.

MAC Lipsticks typically wear for 4-6 hours… Longer with Prep + Prime Lip and a liner of some sort. They apply smoothly and have good color payoff. MAC Lipsticks have a faint vanilla scent and no taste.

MAC PRO Lip Palettes are available now and are part of MAC PRO’s permanent product line. You can buy them at any MAC PRO store or online at www.maccosmetics.com. They sell for $40 and contain a total of 6g / 0.21oz of product.

Twig

Twig

Twig

Twig

Twig (Satin):   Twig is a “soft muted brownish-plum” with a Satin finish. It’s a medium, slightly cool toned, pinky plum with a very subtle hint of brown. The satin finish gives it a soft, natural sheen without being glossy. Twig is like a “your lips but better” type of lipstick and I love it for that! It has great color payoff and coverage. You can use nearly any neutral liner with this lipstick.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Captive

Captive

Captive

Captive

Captive (Satin):   Captive is a “pinkish plum” with a Satin finish. It’s a medium-dark plum with cool pink undertones and a subtle sheen. It’s really flattering on everyone and gives you a pop of color without being too intense. Captive has a smooth texture with great color payoff and coverage.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Verve

Verve

Verve

Verve

Verve (Satin):   Verve is a “muted brown-ish plum” with a Satin finish. It’s a midtone plum with warm, brown undertones and a soft sheen. To me, this looks best on warm, medium to deep skintones. Verve has a smooth texture with good color payoff and coverage.

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  4

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Amorous

Amorous

Amorous

Amorous

Amorous (Satin):   Amorous is a “lovestruck cranberry” (huh?) with a Satin finish. It’s a medium-dark, cool toned berry-ish plum with a satiny sheen. To me, Amorous is not as shiny as some other Satins are, but it still has the same texture when applied. It has great pigmentation and gives full coverage.

Overall Rating:   4.8 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   5

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Hang Up

Hang Up

Hang Up

Hang Up

Hang Up (Cremesheen):   Hang Up is a “deep berry” with a Cremesheen finish. It’s a dark, rich berry color with warm undertones and a soft, glossy sheen. The texture is incredibly smooth and feels moisturizing. The color payoff does not translate as dark as it is in the palette or tube, but it’s still nicely pigmented. Hang Up gives full coverage, but still has a somewhat sheer feel to it, if that makes any sense!

Overall Rating:   4.7 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   5

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

Cyber

Cyber

Cyber

Cyber

Cyber (Satin):   Cyber is an “intense blackish-purple” with a Satin finish. It’s a deep, bold, cool toned purple that’s almost black but not quite. It has a Satin finish, but feels and looks a bit drier than some other Satin lipsticks do. The color payoff is great, but still not as dark as it looks in the palette, and while the coverage is good, it’s only 80-90% opaque. Make sure you use a primer like MAC Prep + Prime Lip underneath Cyber… This lipstick tends to be unforgiving if you have any dry or chapped spots!

Overall Rating:   4.5 / 5

Application:   5

Coverage:  5

Color Payoff:   4

Texture:   4

Wear Time:   4

Packaging:   5

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