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Best Makeup Organizers & Storage Solutions 2017

The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System
The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System

Last year, I reviewed a few different makeup organizing solutions, which I’ll recap below, and I thought that it would be a good time to check in on my personal favorites and how I organize my makeup presently. It hasn’t changed much, but I received an email alert from The Container Store about their Luxe Acrylic system being on sale (and as a long-time shopper at the store, sales are not always as frequent as one might like–I can’t be the only one who loathes having to spend money to contain things that I spent money on!), which made me want to pass the word along.

So, first: storage sale alert! The Container Store has my favorite Linus Shallow / Deep drawers (25% off) along with their Luxe Acrylic Modular System (20% off) on sale.  The modular system is great for someone who wants an acrylic system that is very customizable as you can build it as you please (though now, you can also select from a pre-made combination!). I have too much stuff to store, but I love the way it looked and worked overall–I still use what I bought for the original review to hold products-to-review (see my full review here).

Makeup Organizer Reviews

Check out the posts below for more images and detailed information about each system, pros and cons, and the like.

My Most Used Makeup Storage Solutions

My vanity (Ikea Besta Burs, 70″ is no longer sold, but they still have a 47″ version) is a larger, two-drawer “desk-like” piece of furniture with a separate mirror mounted on the fall just above it.  I love the way it works for me, as it is very wide but has a narrow depth, and the high gloss finish has held up beautifully (never seems to stain or scratch); my only complaint is the drawers do not pull out all the way, so accessing anything in the very back is annoying.  My vanity drawers hold basics like my favorite, everyday kind of cheek colors, concealers, foundations, primers, and the like.  My chair is clear with a chrome-plated frame (Ikea Tobias) and is comfortable enough–and I saw Ikea has it in a translucent gray and bluish-teal (swoon!)–but very easy to clean (my main concern).

Temptalia's Makeup Room
Temptalia’s Makeup Room

I have all of my brushes in glassware (just tall, drinking glasses) with round, glass beads (here) to keep the brushes in place on top of the vanity along the back edge.  I also store my eyeliners similarly but in more decorative glasses (Rosanna Jazz Age Old Fashion Glasses).  The wall-mounted mirror (Ikea Ronglan, no longer available, try Hovet) gives me a good “at a glance” or “from a normal viewing distance” view of myself, while the table top mirror (Simplehuman Rose Gold Pro) is magnified so I can see details but doesn’t feel distorting.

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Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette

01/17

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Eye Contour Palette

Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details

Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details

Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details

Kat Von D Glimmer Palette | Look Details

Glimmer

Kat Von D Glimmer Shade + Light Eye Contour Palette ($49.00 for 0.63 oz.) includes 12 eyeshadows in shimmery finishes with varying amounts of shimmer from a more satin-like sheen to glitter. Per the brand, the “velvety powder is blendable and buildable” with “long-wear.” The palette features “Glimmer Topcoats,” which are the most sparkly shades in the palette. The brand did not mention anywhere in the online marketing that they could be used with a dampened brush, though I saw no ill-effects of doing so within my own palette.

Two of the “Define” shades (Bronze, Jasper) had stronger base powders but were more sparkly, so with five of the twelve shades having noticeable sparkle or glitter, this palette is going to work best for someone who likes exactly those things–sparkle and glitter. There was fallout throughout wear with the more sparkly shades, and a glitter adhesive would certainly help keep more of those sparkles in place.

The formulas for the “Base” (described as Satin, includes Porcelain, Dusk, Dune) and “Contour” (described as Metallic, includes Copper, Cinder, Rust) shades was particularly lovely to work with–if one wanted intense pigmentation! There were only a couple shades in the palette that were buildable in coverage; the others were quite pigmented.

Kat Von D Eye Contour Palette Glimmer
Glimmer
Glimmer
8.5
Product
8.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8
Longevity
4.5
Application
84%
Total
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They’ve come a long way since I’ve started using makeup,
but there are still some products that are lacking (I think powder eyeshadow and blush are the two that immediately come to mind–there are some winners but a lot of losers!). I wish there was a better selection online (or was more consistent)
as it can be hard to track down limited edition products in person (at least for me!).

— Christine

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

01/06

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set

Filmstar

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set ($78.00 for 0.80 oz.) includes a bronzer and blush housed in side-by-side pans. Per the brand, it includes a “natural bronze hue” while the blush adds a “limitless glow.” The two worked well together, but the bronzer is quite light and was subtle on my skintone so this might be more suitable for lighter complexions if wanting to use the bronzer as a bronzer. (I liked the bronzer as a soft highlighter, which would work on light to medium skin tones.) The duo was lovely overall, but I wish the brand thought to include a deeper version or had gone with a more medium-hued bronzer that might work for more complexions. There was a brush included, which was serviceable but nothing noteworthy and not something I’d use as it was somewhat scratchy and prone to shedding.

Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Blush Glow Set Filmstar
Filmstar
Filmstar
9
Product
9
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
8.5
Longevity
5
Application
89%
Total

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Bite Beauty Caramelized, Whip, Cava Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks

01/06

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick

Caramelized

Bite Beauty Caramelized Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24.00 for 0.25 fl. oz.) is a medium, peachy brown with warm, yellow undertones and a cream finish. It had rich color payoff with a lightweight, lightly tacky texture that felt smooth and was easy to maneuver across the lips for even coverage. The lipstick stayed on well for five hours and was lightly hydrating but there was a bit of color in some of my lip lines–the shine helped camouflage that for most of the wear.

The Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is supposed to be “moisture-rich, high-pigment” in a “liquified” consistency that has a “creamy, comfortable application.” It’s a lightweight, fluid consistency that was neither runny nor thick on the lips. It does not dry down and feels mostly like a liquid-form of a lipstick (and not so much like a gloss). The majority of the range was incredibly pigmented and spread evenly across the lips. Some shades had a bit of color that sat in my lip lines, which was noticeable from a normal viewing distance with a few but not all. It had a lightly tacky feel on the lips, which helped to adhere as none of the shades I have tested have feathered on me. The formula was lightly hydrating, wore for four to seven hours, and had a light, herbal, lemony scent but no discernible taste.

If you’ve been following Bite for awhile, you might remember the Cashmere Lip Creams from a few years ago, which were also a liquid formula. Unfortunately, I had a couple leak on me and ended up tossing all of them out of fear, so I couldn’t do a true comparison, but from my memory, it was slightly thicker and less tacky while both had a more natural shine after initial application.

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick Caramelized
8.5
Product
9.5
Pigmentation
8.5
Texture
9.5
Longevity
5
Application
91%
Total

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B+

Whip

Permanent
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A-

Cava

Permanent
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