The last year or two, there has been a trend of people depotting their makeup from the palettes or packaging it came in, and putting them into Z palettes.
These are empty magnetic palettes that you can customize them, so for example if you love some colors in a large palette and hate others, you can get rid of the ones you never use and make your own palette with just your favorites. It's also a good way to save storage space. I decided to give it a try, but the 20$ Z-pallette is a big Nope for me! That is just for the EMPTY box with no makeup in it! I figured I could DIY something for free.
I used an old metal tin from an AOL cd. Remember those? AOL used to send out their stupid installation Cds all the time in the early 2000's, , sometimes just in a cardboard sleeve, but sometimes they came in a metal tin.
It must be around 15 years old, but that is how I am, I kind of hoard random things for craft supplies thinking I will eventually use it for something. And I did use it! I spray painted it to cover up the AOL logo. And it is nice and thin, just perfect for a makeup palette. The metal is steel, so magnets stick to it.
So far my cost is 0$.
Next I had to depot the eyeshadows from their original packaging. I watched some youtube videos that involved using heat to soften the glue, but I skipped that and just pried them out with brute force and a ceramics tool that is similar to a dental tool.
Now there are two ways to make the eyeshadows stick in the palette. You can either have a magnetic layer in the bottom of the palette, and the eyeshadow pans will stick IF they are a ferrous metal. Some of mine were not ferrous. The other option is to glue little magnets to the bottom of the shadow pans, and they will all stick to the steel tin. I decided to use this method since some of my pans were non-ferrous metal.
You can buy the magnets to stick to the back, but you know I wanted to do this for free, so I just found some old magnetic business cards that were stuck to the side of my fridge, and I cut them up into little squares and glued them on the back of the eyeshadow pans. One of the magnets was for Webvan, which was an old online grocery deliver company that went out of business in 2001. LOL Did I mention that I save craft supplies FOREVER? But I do eventually find a use for them so don't tell me to purge my treasure trove. I just saved $20!
My end result is here:
In this one tin, I have 6 Colour Pop singles, a Physicians Formula Quad (the rectangles), 2 L'oreal duos (the half circles), and a Stila "Dare to Bare" palette which contained 6 eyeshadows plus a highlight and bronzer.. (I don't use bronzer so I just use it as eyeshadow). I was able to condense 5 separate packages into this one tin.
I can also take out just a few of the colors at a time and put them in an empty Altoids tin if I want to take them in my purse or for travel.