Friday, February 18, 2011

De-Potting Series Part 1: Z-Palette vs. MAC Pro Palette





Hey Everyone, 


Since I first found out that MAC sold empty makeup palettes, I have turned into a de-potting maniac. For those of you who don't know what de-potting is, it involves removing a product (usually eyeshadow or blush) from its original packaging so that it can fit into a magnetized palette. The bonus of de-potting is that you get to store your makeup together in any way you want (ie. by colours, by brand, by type of product) and don't have to rummage through drawers looking for that one specific eyeshadow or blush. 


I am the first one to admit that I have a lot of makeup and having a bunch of single eyeshadows or blushes lying around often means that certain products get neglected (its hard to remember what you have exactly). By organizing my makeup into palettes, I am able to have all of everything together, so that when I want to do a certain look (ie. a purple eyeshadow look), every product has a fair chance of getting used (I am an equal opportunity makeup junkie, thank you very much).


Over the next couple of weeks I will be doing a de-potting series of posts showing you how to de-pot various types of makeup including MAC, NYX, Wet n' Wild and L'Oreal Hip. I have taken a ton of pictures so that I can show everything in a step by step process, making it super easy for you to begin de-potting your makeup. 


Before getting into the process of de-potting, I feel that is it is important to do a review of the two different kinds of magnetic palettes I use to store my makeup:


The MAC Pro Palette

What:
M.A.C's Magnetized Pro Palettes are 7.5" x 4.25" and come with inserts that fit either 15 M.A.C eyeshadows or 6 blushes. I personally take these inserts out making room for 26 eyeshadows or 8 blushes. The Pro Palettes come in one colour (black with silver writing).


Price:
$14 USD

Pros:
1)Products Look Organized: While I personally choose to take the inserts out of my MAC palettes, those who decide to keep their inserts in will have a much neater and more organized looking palette. Eyeshadows are evenly spaced apart and look more uniformed as all shadows must be the same size to fit in the pre-shaped holes (you can also fit different brands of eyeshadows that are the same size as MAC ie. Annabelle eyeshadows).

2)It Has a Hard Shell: MAC palettes have a hard, fairly durable, outer shell that protects makeup from being dented or smashed. I have dropped these palettes many times and for the most part they have remained shut. The inserts that come with the palettes keep your eyeshadows or blushes in place so that they don't move around and are less likely to get chipped. If you choose to take the inserts out, there is a greater risk of your products getting chipped or smashed. 



Cons:
1) Not See-Thru: One of the major cons of the M.A.C palettes is that the lids are not clear and don't allow you to see what is in your palette without having to open it up. While this may not be an issue for someone who has only one palette, for those who have more than one, this can be fairly annoying. Makeup artists need to work quickly and having to open up each palette to find what you are looking for, can waste a lot of time. 

2) Magnets Are Not Strong Enough: While the MAC shadows seem to adhere to the magnetic sheet at the bottom of these palettes, other magnetic eyeshadows don't seem to stick to the palettes properly (I have tried several types of magnets).

3) Only One Shape of Product: If you choose to keep the inserts in your M.A.C palettes, you can only fit one shape and size of eyeshadow in your palette (no squares, rectangles, bigger circles, etc.) While this is okay if you only want to store M.A.C shadows, people who want to store all of their shadows together can't do so. 


Overall: 
Overall I think the M.A.C Pro Palettes are just okay. If you are looking to keep your eyeshadows neat and uniformed, this palette would work well for you. For those of you looking to store different shapes, sizes and types of products together, this is definitely not your palette. I believe there are better options for palettes on the market and will not be purchasing any more M.A.C pro palettes (although I still have 6 to work with). 

Rating:
5/10 Funny Faces

Where to Purchase:
MAC Pro Pan Palettes can be ordered online at the MAC Website or in MAC free-standing stores (they are not available at MAC counters. At least not where I live). 



The Z-Palette 

What:
The Z-Palette is 8" x 4.75" magnetized palette that holds various shapes and sizes of products. For comparison, the Z-Palette can hold 27 M.A.C eyeshadows or 8 M.A.C blushes. The Z-palette comes in four unique colours/patterns including black, pink, zebra print and leopard print.



Price:
$20 USD

Pros:
1) See Thru Lid: One of the biggest positives of the Z-Palette is that it has a see-thru plastic lid allowing you to see exactly what is in your palette. Although I do label all of my M.A.C palettes (ie. green eyeshadows), it is so much easier when you can see exactly which products are in your palette. 




2) It Can Fit Any Shaped Product: Because this palette has one large, magnetic surface and no inserts, it can hold any shape of product (circle, rectangle, octagon, etc.) allowing you to store several different types and brands of product together. 




3) Durable and Strong: While this palette is made out of eco-friendly recyclable materials (cardboard), it is extremely tough and durable. It also has an extremely powerful magnetic seal which helps keep the palette closed tightly. In order to test just how strong this palette really is, I threw it around my room from several different heights (I know, crazy, right?). The palette remained closed the entire time and no shadows were damaged. 

Cons:
1) It Can Look Unorganized: To be honest, I am so in love with this palette that it was hard for me to find a con. However, if you are someone who likes all of your makeup to look organized and professional, this might not be the palette for you. While you could put only a specific brand of products in the palette (ie. all mac eyeshadows), without set holes to put them in, the palette can look somewhat messy (compared to the M.A.C palette with the inserts). For me personally, this is not a problem, but it may be something to consider for others. 

Overall:
Overall, I think this is a great palette to own. I love that it fits all different kinds and sizes of products and has a clear lid allowing me to see see each individual items I have in it. I will definitely be purchasing some z-palettes in the very near future (like tomorrow). 

Rating: 
9.5/10 Funny Faces

Where To Purchase:
The Z-palette shown was sent to me for consideration from LeCosmetique, an online store that carries a range of pro-cosmetic products for professional makeup artists or makeup enthusiasts. If you have a chance, definitely check out this website, LeCosmetique sells a range of products from 88 eyeshadow palettes and disposable beauty tools to professional airbrush systems and my dream makeup case, the zuca bag (seriously, check this thing out). Z-palettes are $20 ($17 for professional makeup artists) and shipping in the US is free if you spend over $50. 




MAC Pro Palette or The Z-Pallete?
The Z-Palette For Sure!!


I am so in love with the Z-palette and will be placing an order for 3 more of them within the next couple of days. If you are looking for a well made palette to store your de-potted makeup products, I very highly recommend you check out the Z-palette.


xx
Alicia



36 comments:

  1. I'm just about to purchase some single eyeshadows and I thought, where am I gonna keep these, Z palette was the first thing I thought of then I seen this review.

    Its gotta be a sign.

    Im off to purchase a Z palette!

    Linsay x
    smooshkissxx.blogspot.com

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  2. Hey, you can actually buy mac blush palettes. :) also for the see-through issue, i know that people/makeup artists color code their pallets and then place stickers on them tell them which is which.

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  3. im guessing you obviously know that now haha :P but yeah

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  4. I have a MAC palette (inserts still in). I think I bought it right BEFORE I discovered Z-Palettes. Not sure if I would have changed my mind... I guess I'd have to actually HOLD a Z-Palette. The cardboard scares me! lol

    www.beautyblogxo.blogspot.com

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  5. @Aubrey, I have some of the mac blush palettes but still take out the inserts to fit more blush. I do colour code mine but its still nicer to see which shadows you have exactly. If I look at the blue palette I know there are blue shadows but I have to open to see which ones I have exactly :)

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  6. @Barbie...I was worried about the cardboard too but it honestly doesn't feel like cardboard. I find it much more sturdy than the mac palette (especially if you take the inserts out of the mac palette)

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  7. @Smoosh...awesome. I just ordered 4 more. Let me know how you like it!

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  8. I was thinking about ordering the z palette myself. I have a MAC one that I did take the inserts out of, but like you mentioned...I'm not a fan of the magnet.

    I am in love with de-potting though and will be looking forward to seeing how you do yours.

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  9. That's what I need to do. You're right. With so many eyeshadows kicking around so many get neglected and I forget about them. Poor little guys! I'm going to get one of these...probably the Z one after this review :)
    Tamera xo

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  10. I am gonna order 2 at the end of the month...i sorted out my makeup drawers and have a shoe box and a half full of eye shadows i wanna depot now.

    will prob go for the 2 print Z-palette lol xox

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  11. @Tamera...If you want to depot before than just M.A.C eyeshadows, I would definitely go for the Z-palette. The MAC one just doesn't have enough magnetic power.
    @Steph...Awesome! I just ordered 4 more...I am in love! xx

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  12. great post!
    super interesting :)
    xoxo

    http://white-lotusflower.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thank you for your very clear post :-) Such careful overviews are very helpful!

    I am actually contemplating an extreme low budget solution to gathering some of my mono's (I don't even own any Mac goodies, LOL, but who says budget aint pretty ;-) which is basically slapping a magnetic tape to the back of a tin of e.g. colouring pencils and thus making your own magnetic palette.

    Of course this will not be as nice as the official stuff, but maybe a nice DIY idea for the low low budget beauty addicts :-) And I have a thing for coloring pencils anyway :p

    So I am looking forward to study your depotting methods!

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  14. I have got to buy a couple of Z-pallets. I'm so turned off by the fact that they are not plastic (I'm so rough on my makeup) but I love that you can fit more and diff shapes. Thanks for the reivew. xx

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  15. @Ansa...you honesty can't tell they are not plastic. They are very durable

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  16. At the moment I don't have a lot of eyeshadows, but I'm sure that if I need a palette, I will buy the z palette. It looks amazing :)

    xx

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  17. I guess this is quite a good idea, I think I need to look into de-potting all of my eyeshadows.

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  18. I used to depot my shadows too. Nowadays I tend to keep them on the original package

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  19. But won't you forget which shadow is which???

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  20. I have depotted exactly 0 shadows, haha...so I'll be watching this series with interest. So far, the OCD side of me isn't crazy about them not neatly lining up in a row, but I'm keeping an open mind :)

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  21. Loved this post. Very comprehensive indeed!
    I depotted all my single e/s recently and I'm enjoying my Z-palette.
    The only bad thing about it is that it's heavy!
    Other than that...I love it.
    X

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  22. So I'm not the only one who loves to de-pot! LOL!

    Thanks for the review on the MAC Pro Palette vs. the Z Palette - it looks cheaper, but it looks like it does a better job of being more versatile. I might just have to pick one up!

    :)

    -Candice

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  23. As always, a great review from you!!! I am in total agreement! I love my Z-palette!!!

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  24. Love this POst! Cant wait to see the rest of the De Potting series :) x

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  25. This is making me really consider a z-palette in the future for my non-mac shadows. I love the organized look of a mac palette so I'm sticking with those for my mac shadows but lately I've really been wanting to de-pot my other shadows.

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  26. Thx for this post, it's very useful as I've been thinking about getting the z palette but couldn't actually make up my mind as to whether or not I wanted the z one or one more like the Mac - will probably go with the z palette.

    P.S. your palettes look great!

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  27. I've been seeing the z-palette everywhere, but somehow the subconscious part of me always feels like they would be really flimsy, even though people say that they're really durable. I love their patterns, though. Looking forward to your future posts on depotting shadows, especially the Wet n' Wild ones.

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  28. I like the look of the Z palettes, I think a small square one would be ideal for a blush and 2-3 eyeshadows!!!
    Definitely sth to look into in the future! ;)

    x

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  29. Excellent review. I am definitely buying a palete soon but i'm really nnervous about ruining my shadows in the proces! Need to get over this, methinks!

    jo xoxo

    My little blog...

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  30. Thanks for doing a comparison! I was always interested in depotting, but I haven't for some reason. I think I'm afraid I will ruin the shadows lol.
    The Z pallets certainly do look more interesting!

    www.makeupharlot.com

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  31. Everyone seems to be doing this at the moment, it's a great idea and it's nice to have all your makeup together in one place like you say .. no hunting for product haha. I love the second one and I don't think it looks messy ..I mean it's never going to be perfect. Love this post xxx

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  32. I wish I had the patience to depot! I don't! lol The few times I've tried I made such a mess & horror of horrors...I wasted my makeup! lol So I what I've done is buy the single pans & put them in palettes that way! Great post Alicia ;) xoxo

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  33. i just bought the z-palette to depot my nyx eyeshadows cause they're in such a cluttered state & as you said i tend to neglect them when eyeshadows are still in their original packaging.. thnx for the depotting posts xoxo

    http://www.blushmebeauty.blogspot.com

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  34. Well, thats a really good idea. I have never heard of it before. I think i am going to look into it!

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  35. Hey!

    The Z Palettes look really nice, but if you live in Canada, I'd suggest buying them off of devucosmetics.com. $7 shipping.

    Lecosmetique was going to charge me $27.. Not that I don't think they're great for US addresses!

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  36. I heard the mac ones aren't that sturdy. Eventually they wont close properly or something. Especially if you tend to drop stuff alot. I like the sleek look of them though, especially how nice they look with the inserts. I was thinking of getting mac palettes for my mac shadows, which will add up to 2 palettes so having the see through lid won't be a problem. I do wish they had a mirror though.

    I really love the pink z palette, and since I have so many maybelline quads and nyx eyeshadows I think I'll get one for all thise since the pans are square. It is a bit more expensive though, plus the shipping to canada. ):

    Oh and you can repress your eyeshadows if you break them while depotting or dropping them. Just google it, it's easy! All you need is rubbing alcohol.

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