Saturday, 19 February 2011

Make your own Customizable Magnetic Palette

Every time I've seen somebody buy a Z Palette or UNII Palette, the first thought in my head is, 'I could make that for less than a tenner.' I think they are absolutely ludicrously priced for what they are! The UNII palette is $29, which is roughly £18. Buying the large Z Palette in the UK will set you back around £16. No way am I paying that much for a plastic (or cardboard) box with a magnetic sheet in the bottom. No thanks. I'll make my own...

[[ Double sided customizable palette! How awesome?! ]]


Double sided fishing box - £3.99
A4 self adhesive magnetic sheet - £1.79
Postage for both items - £1.99
Total - £7.77

I bought everything from eBay, but you can find magnetic sheets at most craft stores and obviously the fishing box at fishing stores. The exact places I bought mine from are here for the fishing box and here for the sheet. Both arrived with no problems.


All you have to do is measure the INSIDE of the box, draw out the measurements on to the magnetic sheet, cut it out and stick it down. Done! There's your palette! Of course, then you can pop all your make-up pans into it...Might be worth noting that the Urban Decay Deluxe pans will not stick to the magnetic sheet, so I stuck some metal discs to the bottom of them.

[[ Neutral side ]]

[[ Bright side ]]

I then decided my Yaby and Ben Nye palettes looked a little glum. The Yaby palette is practically a magnet for grime, especially the insert - it doesn't wipe clean very well, same goes for the Ben Nye palette. I also managed to break the lid off my Ben Nye palette a while back, very annoying!


I pulled the inside of the Yaby palette out, popped the metal discs out (for future use) and stuck a magnetic sheet in the bottom. Then I removed all the Ben Nye colours and placed them in their new, cleaner home...


Considering the fly fishing box is double sided and I re-lined my Yaby palette, I basically got three custom palettes for £7.77. I think you'll agree that's pretty damn good and MUCH cheaper than buying pre-made ones!

What do you think? Do you own a Z palette? Will you be making your own?

43 comments:

Galen said...

Ooh, I like a lot!

Do you have a link for where to get the fishing box?

Thanks!

Ruth said...

I have to say, I'm way too much of a stickler for packaging than to simplify it by using a magnetic palette like that. I need the tidy alignment! I'm completely OCDish about things like that.

That said, I recently depotted eyeshadows from a very cheap palette which is now torn and fallen apart... and now I have no idea where to put them.

Lola Rose said...

I will definitely be making my own! It's shocking how much these palettes are and I can very rarely justify that much money! This is a fabulous idea, the link is going straight onto my blog now!


Lola...x

inaperfectbeautyworld.blogspot.com

Emily said...

Awesomeness! Where did you get the fishing tackle box/magnet sheet from?

Rachel said...

That's fab! Saving this post for future reference! x

femputer said...

Awesome idea, but...where do you get the little boxes like that?

Joy said...

Wow, what a great idea! I was researching Z palettes a while back, but decided that they were way overpriced. You've inspired me to make a DIY palette now :D Where did you buy your magnetic sheet from? Thanks for posting! xx

Leanne said...

Oh my word, best post ever! I have a Z palette, but I definitely think I'm going to get a fly fishing box and do this! I love that it's double sided so you can organise it into neutrals and brights, plus that doesn't look too big - the large Z palette is too big for travelling. When I go away for the weekend I normally tend to pick a few colours out of my Z palette and stick them in a MAC 4 pan palette with the insert taken out just to travel with, so it kinda defeats the object.

Ahhh this is just such a good idea. Thank you!

Mercedes- Ms Purple Make-up said...

Brilliant post!
I do own a Z-palette that I bought in a blog sale a bit cheaper than the normal price. But, as soon as I got it I thought the same. I can do this.

I got a pencil tin case which I thought of using as a palette...pretty much like the MUFE tin cases. The only thing is that I can't find a magnetic sheet.
Where did you get yours from? And the double sided palette? It's genius.
I guess you got it from ebay? Could you recommend any seller?
X

Sarah said...

Great idea, love it!
Do you have a link for where you got the fishing box and magnetic sheet from? I don't know where I'd be able to find anything like that where I live.
Thanks!
x

xSafarE said...

i do own a Z Palette and as nice as it is and as much as i could do with depotting a fair few eyeshadows i really wont be buying another so i will deff look into making my own!! i love it when you do these kinda posts!!

CopyCat said...

I don't own a Z palette I have a problem with buying a palette that is cardboard...

What you made above is really good :D

CarmenSays said...

this is genius! I thought the same about Z palettes, ridonkulous price for something so...cheap lol thanks for sharing! xx

PinkSweetSz said...

WOW this is soo good.. LOL
Really creative! You should sell them Lol :P

sepia_raven said...

Ooh good idea! I'd been considering getting a Z palette but now I won't, if I can find some magnetic sheet.

Kaushal - BeautyFulfilled said...

This is freakin' amazing Lily!!

Kaushal xx

Kim said...

Wow what a good idea! xxx

BeautybyPaula said...

I love this post.You are so right about the Z palette.I bought one for £16 then the postage was £2.95. I do really like having all my everyday eyeshadows in one place but don't think they are worth the money.I will def be taking a leaf out of your book and will try making my own.
Thanks Lily.

smoosh_kissxx said...

ooh brilliant! i was commenting on a post the other day saying i was going to buy a z palette but this is a much better idea!

fabby post

Linsay x
smooshkissxx.blogspot.com

Kimberly Marquez said...

Great idea! I think I need to rummage around and find a box to use so I can make my own!

Charlie said...

Brilliant! I have no idea how I wasn't following you befor now.

Robyn said...

GENIUS.

Ash-Lilly said...

Clever lady! Thanks for this post :-)

SilhouetteScreams said...

Holy shit, I totally need to do this. RIGHT NOW.

Julia M said...

This is such a good idea! It would probably save a lot of space as well as money, and looks really neat too. Win!

Heather said...

This is such an amazing post, thank you so much! This is something I think even someone as craft-challenged as me could do!

danielle said...

Gahh, I love this! I've been (unsuccessfully) trying to come up with a cheapie Z Palette alternative, and here you go gifting me with a brilliant, cost-effective solution. :)

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

@ EVERYONE! Thanks for all the kind comments, I'm so glad you guys found this helpful! Metal tins would work just as well if you stuck magnetic strips to the underside of the pans. You could also use vintage boxes and jewellery boxes for a prettier finish. I added where I bought the sheet and box from to the main post - how silly of me not to have included that! Hope it works out for anyone who tries it!

xXMaNdAXx said...

oh my god that's such a good idea!! too bad I just bought z-palette yesterday :( I will try this next time though for sure!!

xoxo

http://www.blushmebeauty.blogspot.com

Fum said...

Great Idea. Will have a rummage around the house to see what I can turn into a palette :-)

StealMyHeartLovee said...

Cool!

Stacie said...

Fantastic idea XD

Jean said...

O.M.G!! I am SOOO doing this ASAP! Thank you for making it so ridiculously easy; I've wanted one for some time, but wasn't sure how to do it and refused to pay the UNII and Z-Palette prices. Now I can mark this off my want/to-do lists!

Rainy Days and Lattes said...

Thanks for this fantastic idea!!!!!! :D I've never bought one of those cardboardy magnetic boxes before, because they are WAY too overpriced!!

perfumeorpoison said...

thank you SO MUCH. i've thought about buying the z palette but couldn't bring myself to cough 16 pound for it. your idea is amazing.

Angela said...

Just found your blog and my first reading demonstrates your ingenuity. Brave, well done! Off to find the box

appletwo said...

Or you can buy one on etsy for around $12 USD!

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

@ appletwo, haha, that's what I'm doing next! At the time I wrote this the Etsy palettes weren't around, but now I really want a couple!

Christine said...

I like this a lot, need to try this out myself :) I own two zpalettes and I really like them but they are a bit pricey :)

Livia said...

Oh wow, I never thought of magnetic sheets! Thanks for the tutorial. This is so useful! :)

Elizabeth said...

Love the idea, but how do you label your shadows so you know what color they are?

Catarina Teixeira said...

Hello
Where did you buy things to build?
It is magnificent :)

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

@ Elizabeth, I stuck the names on the bottom of the pans. You can also write them on a sheet and stick them inside the lid.

@ Catarina Teixeira, it's all off ebay. Just search 'tackle box' or 'fishing box' and 'magnetic sheets' and you'll find plenty :)

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