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Premade ones usually cost less, but I prefer to customize my own, that way I have more control over the colors, finishes, etc, and it’s fun 😀

I lived a sheltered life and until I was like, 25, I didnt even know there WAS such a thing as build-your-own makeup palettes. haha Now, I have a nice mixture of both in my collection. I have a lot of fun making my own, but I’d still never give up my Urban Decay Naked palettes.

It’s really nice to start with pre-made palettes to get experimenting with colour – the Urban Decay Naked palette was my very first one, but now I like the flexibility of making my own so I can put a few special little ones in there. Not to say a nice pre-made one (like Urban Decay Naked Basics) isn’t great!

I am too chicken to try to make my own pallet outside of the UD make your own eye shadow pallets. I enjoy pallets for similar reasons you like them.

I prefer pre-made palettes; there is usually a better value, the shades are coordinated (so less time is spent figuring things out), and packaging is typically more travel-friendly. Also, often times it’s the only way to get certain shades.

I prefer customizable palettes because I know that I will use them. There is always one shade in pre-made palettes that I never touch and it drives me insane. I just choose not to buy them. The UD Naked, bareMinerals the Playlist, and Burberry’s Complete Palette in Dark Spice are rare exceptions.

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Since I have a boatload of pre-made palettes, I would say I gravitate toward those when I’m home. When I’m traveling, however, I pull together several warm, cool and highlight shades so I have choices based on my outfit for the day (I’m an over-packer).

I have a crazy collection of MAC shadows broken down by color, so something like 8-9 full palettes with 27 MAC shades in each.

I would say I’m on the same page as you, Christine. I adore my Zpalettes and use them all the time because I’ve picked out each color individually, aside from the ones I’ve depotted. But I do love the convieniancy of a premade palette, as an MUA, they’re a lot easier to throw in my kit without thinking too much. Also I fumble around less with the pre-mades than with changing out shadows or blushes in my Zpalettes. I especially love the LORAC Pro palette and UD Naked palettes.

I prefer making them myself. I really dislike it when make up companies bring out limited edition palettes — I would much prefer L.E. (if they must be!) refills instead!

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I like the value offered by premade palettes (UD’s Naked palettes would cost a whole lot more if you purchased those shadows individually). It irks me that UD and Sephora have palettes available but unlike MAC or Inglot, don’t offer their products in a lower priced “depackaged” version to use in those palettes. So you don’t save anything and you’re still left with unnecessary packaging to dispose of (wasteful landfill stuff) AND the hassle of depotting (even though they’ve simplified it) the product. But I do like the option of not having to pay for a shadow or blush, etc. that I wouldn’t have chosen and will never use which I get when you’re putting together a palette of my own choosing.

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Definitely ones I can make myself. It does tend to be pricier, but that way I wouldn’t worry about using up a single color and barely touching another!

It all depends on how easy it to make the palette. I have a drawer full of things I need to depot but probably never will. Also, no matter what method I use or how careful I am I always end up mangling at least one thing I am depotting. Of course, it’s usually an le one too lol. Now easy to depot or MAC pro palette? Love em and have fun with it!

I like both, I find ‘pick your own’ can wind up being a bit overwhelming- I remember being at Inglot filling up a quad and taking more time than the task probably warranted agonising between near identical shades of greenish bronze or iridescent pink. And, annoyingly, my intended ‘no brainer palette’ isn’t my most used palette.

I agree with Christine that having palettes that push me out of my comfort zone has made me a bit more creative. Also a couple of my favourite colours are ones I wouldn’t have even bothered swatching if I’d seen a display of singles. I think part of my problem is a disconnect between colours I like in the pan versus ones I feel comfortable wearing.

I rarely reach for my premade palettes other than to grab a single colour I think will work with a combination I’ve got going. I do not like how premade palettes box in my thinking. That being said, they typically represent good value so there is always room for that in my stash. I find smaller palettes–4 pot–appeal to me far more than larger and represent less waste. The larger end up ‘largely’ unused: UD Vice palette, UD naked palette, I’m thinking of you.

Pre-made. The glue doesnt allow the shadows to fall out.
But I am particular with the pre-made ones I buy.
I think those UD empty cases are so bulky and cheap looking.

I prefer to make my own, which is why I go for MAC all the time. But there are some pre-made palettes that I really do like (UD Naked, theBalm Nude Tude).

I like pre-made for very similar reasons – I find it pushes me outside of my comfort zone/rut to use colours and combinations I may otherwise not consider. BUT I only buy pre-made if the majority of the colours are ones that I know I will get a good amount of use out of.

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I actually find myself choosing not to purchase many premade palettes if there are a few shades in it I wont use. I have actually started investing in more Z Palettes and have depotted a large portion of my eyeshadow collection to make my own palettes. I love how I can condense a bunch of different palettes into one.

Premade palettes are a great value, but being able to pull everything out to make your own is the best 🙂

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