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
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).
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.
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 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).
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 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.
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.
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, 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).
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.