Some time ago, I got into a de-potting phase. I'd sit in my living room, holding MAC shadows with tongs, over a candle flame. Well, once you de-pot, you obviously need somewhere to store the shadows. All of the ones pictured above are MAC. Here are two options.
-Magnetic- contains adhesive magnetic sheets
-Holds one pan less than the other one
-Has a mirror
-Nice snap-shut closure
-Ability to store brushes and differently shaped pans
-Comes in different colors: pink, blue, yellow, purple and silver
-Contains a small, movable thumb grip- a little square magnet with a little plasticy flower
-Brands that sell refills:
MAC (At MAC stores only)
Make-Up Designory (MUD)
face candy grade: A-
*A sample was provided by a PR Company for review. It did not change my opinion in any way.
COASTAL SCENTS EMPTY MAGNETIC PALETTE:
-Not magnetic with MAC products, only Coastal Scents. (I actually tried to put magnetic strips on the back of these but it made the pan taller and the lid would not close.)
-A tiny bit bigger in size
-Holds one shadow more than the UNII
-Flimsy easy to open closure. (I keep them together with rubber bands to ensure they don't all fall out in transit. Because that happened. And it was not cool.)
-Only comes in matte black
face candy grade: B-
Overall, both of these palettes have their high points. The Coastal Scents one is good if you need a quick fix. And at $7.95, you can't really beat that price, IMO. The UNII is your high end option. While it's more expensive, the plastic is harder and more durable and I feel safer knowing the delicate pans won't fall out. I also like its versatility- you can store blushes or face powders alongside your eye shadows. And of course the fact that it has a large mirror.
Comment here, telling me what you'd put in yours and why you want one. Open to US residents only. Multiple entries will be ignored. You must leave your email address. Contest ends February 25th, 2010.