The Top Rated MAC Products: 143K Reviews
Based on 143,000 Influenster Reviews
If you can, get the palette. When you get the palette you can just get the single pan forms which is a lot cheaper than buying them individually with the bulky packaging.
Also, mac has a "back to mac" program. Save up all your empty packaging and you once you get six (I believe) you can trade them in for a lipstick or a lip glass or a eyeshadow pan. Rules on the back to mac program do vary by location so make sure you check with your counter to see what the rules are!
Some of my favorite shades are crystal avalanche, brule, Phloof, Nylon, Dazzlelight, All That Glitters, Jest, Naked Lunch, Woodwinked, Piggy Pink, Nocturnelle, Brown Down, and Sable.
I know that is a lot of shades, but they are definitely the most amazing in the permanent collection!!