Brace yourself! This will be a longer post than usual, but very picture-heavy. I have a lot to share with you from my month-long re-organization project and I am VERY happy to say it’s DONE! Recently I started to notice I couldn’t find certain eyeshadows, or I would end up purchasing duplicates simply because I thought I didn’t have them. Agh! Talk about frustrating! I came to realize it was because they were not organized properly. I had grays and neutrals together and pinks, purples and blues scattered throughout different palettes; they had gotten out of control and strayed from their color categories!
Ultimately, one of my first issues was palettes and space within the palettes! As MAC is no longer selling the old style palettes I love so much, I finally came to terms with the fact that I would need to take the dividers out if I wanted to gain more space. And have spare palettes for future expansion. So, that’s what I did!
When you take the dividers out (oh, this is tricky business, let me tell you what!), this is what you end up with. What you’re seeing here is the dried spot of glue the manufacturer used during production to hold the aluminum sheet (seen to the left of the palette) in the palette. The dividers I removed were what held the aluminum sheet in place because the instant I removed the dividers most of the aluminum sheets popped out. These are vital as they are the magnet necessary for holding the pans of eyeshadow in the palette.
Oh, and if you’re wondering, I used a sharp knife to pry the dividers out of the palettes on the edges; requires patience and precision, so if you do it, please be careful!
To get the aluminum sheets to adhere to the palettes, I traipsed down to my local Ace Hardware and picked up some Silicone Adhesive. I chose it as it provides a permanent, but flexible, waterproof bond. If you’re anything like me and you like to wash your palettes from time to time, this is great stuff!
Ta da! After inserting the aluminum sheets into all the palettes, I let them dry for a full 48 hours before I put the eyeshadows back in them. This allowed the bond to form and air out the smell created from the adhesive.
Similar to how out of control my individual eyeshadows had begun, the eyeshadow palettes had taken on a whole other organization of their own and were really just stacked inside my cabinet. My OCD was having a fit and truly dreaded opening that cabinet to find a palette, much less have to look at the mess. Agh!
So I took a trip to my favorite organization place – the Container Store! If you have not been on their website or in one of their stores, you are in for a treat! Especially if you tingle at the very mention of organization stuff, like me! 😉
Surprisingly, it didn’t cost much and required very few items to get it looking more put together. One of the great ideas I had for organizing the makeup palettes was to get a divider of sorts. I originally wanted a mail sorter (and would have been sold on that), until I came across a lid organizer (I picked the small size) in the kitchen section. Bingo! That was it! Luckily I measured the cabinet before going to the store, which was super smart because I had two to choose from. The one I originally wanted would not have fit (boo!) but I’m happy with the one I decided on.
I also went back to the store to purchase two small translucent boxes for the palettes to sit on, as I found I had more room than what was originally expected. These boxes turned out to be perfect for my false eyelashes to be stored in, and are wide enough side by side that if I wanted to get another divider for more palettes in the future I can (YAY!).
Oh, and by the way, the MAC palettes are housed in an acrylic DVD rack that can hold 14 palettes.
During my excursion, I also noticed some under shelf baskets that I originally fancied for the cabinet, but had doubts if one of them would fit. I bought it anyway, promising myself if it didn’t fit in the makeup cabinet, I’d use it to *finally* organize my tupperware cabinet in the kitchen (yikes!). Well, fat chance for that now as it fit perfectly in the cabinet and offers more storage for palettes that didn’t fit in the divider. Oh well, I’ll just have to take another trip to the Container Store *sigh* 😉
I also had one spot left in the middle shelf for another acrylic box of drawers. I originally had a decorative box that was holding my false eyelashes in the empty space you saw in the before pictures, but that wasn’t working too well for me anymore. So, what better to put in that space than one more box of drawers for goodies?!
Well! Now that you’ve seen all that, let’s get back to the MAC eyeshadow palettes. Each is organized by color and for those who may be looking for some inspiration of how to organize eyeshadow colors, I hope this is helpful for you.
The order in which the palettes are pictured below is the same order I have them stored in the DVD rack (pictured above) from top to bottom. They are stored according to the colors of the rainbow, so the top three slots are neutrals, the fourth is pinks, fifth is oranges/yellows, sixth is greens, and so on and so forth … try not to drool on your keyboard! 😉
NEUTRALS #1: MATTES
First Row: Gesso, Vanilla, Blanc Type, Orb, Brule, Bisque, Malt. Second Row: Kid, Wedge, Omega, Cork, Quarry, Haux, Blackberry. Third Row: Swiss Chocolate, Corduroy, Ground Brown, Espresso, Brown Down, Handwritten. Fourth Row: Coquette, Concrete, Mystery, Embark, 100 Strokes, Sketch (left on my makeup table – argh!).
First Row: Nylon, Shroom, Dazzlelight, Retrospeck, Femme Fi, All That Glitters, Grand Entrance. Second Row: Naked Lunch, Patina, Woodwinked, Era, Warming Trend, Time & Space, Sable. Third Row: Bronze, Antiqued, Glamour Check!, Folie, Twinks, Carbonized, Rich Life pigment (pressed).
First Row: Mylar, Grain, Honesty, Bamboo, Soft Brown, Saddle, Texture. Second Row: Motif, Soba, Outre, Amber Lights, MegaRich pigment (pressed), Romp, Tempting. Third Row: Brown Script, Cut to Fit, Go, Mulch.
PINKS / REDS
First Row: Creamy Bisque, Phloof!, Yogurt, Tissueweight, Jest, Jete, Gleam. Second Row: Pink Freeze, Girlie, Rose, Pink Venus, Da Bling, Swish, Fuchsia pigment (pressed). Third Row: Mythology, Expensive Pink, Bold & Brazen, Mythical, Coppering, Sweet Chestnut. Fourth Row: Free to Be, Sushi Flower, Passionate, Cranberry, Heritage Rouge pigment (pressed), Beauty Marked.
First Row: Ricepaper, Goldmine, Gorgeous Gold, Sun Blonde, Three Ring Yellow, Bright Future, Goldenrod. Second Row: Gold Mode pigment (pressed), Melon pigment (pressed), Pink Bronze pigment (pressed), Peppier, Paradisco, Ablaze, Firespot. Third Row: Samoa Silk, Off the Page, Arena, Tete A Tint, Rule, Saffron. Fourth Row: Red Brick, Orange, Follow Your Fancy pigment (pressed), Brash
First Row: Sunny Spot, Bitter, Juxt, Golden Olive pigment (pressed), Swimming, Guacamole, Lucky Green. Second Row: Waternymph, Surf USA, Kelly, One Off, Humid, Bottle Green, Bows & Curtsies. Third Row: Sumptuous Olive, Greensmoke, Club, Flourishing.
First Row: Vellum, Moon’s Reflection, Tilt, Birds & Berries, Aquadisiac, Steamy, Shimmermoss. Second Row: Winkle, Electric Eel, Blue Calm, Freshwater, Deep Truth, Flashtrack, Prussian. Third Row: Cornflower pigment (pressed), Contrast, Plumage, Deep Blue Green pigment (pressed).
First Row: Crystal, Digit, Beautiful Iris, Purple Haze, Fashion Groupie, Satellite Dreams, Parfait Amour. Second Row: Illegal Cargo, Shale, Trax, Indian Ink, Shadowy Lady, Graphology.
RED-TONED PURPLES (WARM)
First Row: Seedy Pearl, Kitschmas pigment (pressed), Mancatcher, Creme de Violet, Stars ‘N Rockets, Hepcat, Deep Damson. Second Row: Plum Dressing, Vibrant Grape, Nocturnelle, Fig, 1, Grape pigment (pressed), Fertile. Third Row: Star Violet.
First Row: Filament, All Races, Copperplate, Swell Baby, Idol Eyes, Scene, Moth Brown. Second Row: Electra, Smoke & Diamonds, Botanical, Satin Taupe, Prepped for Glamour, Smut, Hocus Pocus. Third Row: Silver Ring, Knight Divine, Print, Soot, Nehru, Typographic. Fourth Row: Black Tied, Carbon.