Best Design-Your-Own-Palette System

What's the Best Design-Your-Own-Palette System that you've tried?

I like ones where you actually get a discount for purchasing the products and/or discount plus the palette to put them in, so ones like Anastasia, Inglot, theBalm, etc. work well.

Thanks to Audrey for today’s topic!

— Christine

We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!
Explore Temptalia

We're here to help you make better beauty purchases that you'll enjoy and love! We recommend signing up to take advantage of personalized features like tracking products you own, viewing dupes that you already have, and more!

Here are some useful resources for you:

Compare Any Two

Curious how two shades compare to each other? Type in the shades below to get instant side-by-side swatches!


Comments that do not adhere to our comment policy may be removed. Discussion and debate are highly encouraged but we expect community members to participate respectfully. Please keep discussion on-topic, and if you have general feedback, a product review request, an off-topic question, or need technical support, please contact us!

Please help us streamline the comments' section and be more efficient: double-check the post above for more basic information like pricing, availability, and so on to make sure your question wasn't answered already. Comments alerting us to typos or small errors in the post are appreciated (!) but will typically be removed after errors are fixed (unless a response is needed).

We appreciate enthusiasm for new releases but ask readers to please hold questions regarding if/when a review will be posted as we can't commit to or guarantee product reviews. We don't want to set expectations and then disappoint readers as even products that are swatched don't always end up being reviewed due to time constraints and changes in priorities! Thank you for understanding!

Comments on this post are closed.
We hope you'll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

I’m still a fan of MUFE’s. I like the discounts and the $1 mini-palettes are great for travel. Their metal palettes are quiet durable and reasonably priced too plus they don’t need inserts or diy magnets to work!

I don’t really like any of them to be honest, unless buying Makeup Geek pans counts. I do like when there is a discount, but it never seems like enough of a discount. I will say I don’t like the UD create your own palettes, they are so bulky!

I like MUFE’s the best because you get such high quality product at such a hefty discount, but I usually still put them in a Z palette anyway, and then use the 3-palettes for travel.

I’ve never used a system like that. So far all I’ve done when it comes to palette customizing is buy those cheap e.l.f. quads and then fill them with MAC pro eyeshadows.

Haha!!! Me too, Melissa! I have a virtual truckload of my e.l.f. “mystery” MAC palettes myself! My daughter taught me about that little trick quite awhile ago, been doing that ever since.

I have only tried MAC’s. I have a custom 15-pan and a 4-pan palettes. I do love that every color in them are colors that I like and actually use, unlike pre-made palettes, where some colors go untouched.

Oh, and I did have Stila palettes back in the day… I think I still have them somewhere. I do love that Stila’s palettes had mirrors in them, making them easy to use on travels or on the go.

I was (& still am) pleasantly surprised by Buxom’s new customizable palettes! I know there are some duds amongst the shades, but I thought the range was pretty fantastic to suit my needs & wallet.

Not to mention No Faux & Room Service are two of my favorite green eyeshadows.

I was going to say MUFE because the pans are quite large and there’s over 200 shades and finishes. However, my choice is Buxom because it’s better value and the quality is just as good (except for the matte shades).

Only tried Zs, good enough. Love the MUFE trios, due to the discount on shadows, primarily, but they are easy to rearrange, and fit into the bottom of the studio case. Don’t travel, so for me it’s an issue of getting the most product into the least space, and depotting. Zs are fine for that.

As of right now, all I’ve ever done is buy MAC Pro Pan eyeshadow singles and put them into the empty e.l.f. quads. However, I have quite the wishlist of MUFE Artist Shadows to make a few trios for myself, too. Definitely look forward to that, but I always get sidetracked and the plan winds up back on the proverbial backburner. Buxom also has at least 6 I like enough to do one of those!

I like Zpalettes best. I can put whatever I want wherever I want, and I can have more than one brand in my palette.

If that doesn’t count, I’ll say MUFE. The discount is nice, plus the pans are easy to take in and out.

MUFE — without doubt. The mattes are intense, blendable and are available in so many colors. The other formulas are also nice, but I live in the mattes for the most part. I wish they’d even expand their color range to include a true charcoal, off black and other cool-toned colors besides brown. But, for quality, I love my MUFE shadows. I’m done with palettes, most especially those that don’t include matte crease, transition and highlight shades. With all the glowing products for foundation, blush, cheek highlighters, finishing powders, etc., matte eyeshadows are a necessity for me.

I haven’t tried any of them! I only really got into beauty last summer so I’ve only got palettes and single eyeshadows/blushers in their own cases.

I only have two custom palettes from Nabla – you should try this brand, they have a really unique color selection!

I love that I can use every shade and none of them are ignored. But I find that buying the shadows individually is more expensive than getting a premade palette.

For eyeshadow I’m very impressed with ABH. Larger ones would be nice! I do not use them unless filling MAC palettes with singles. Don’t like things touching mixing. If I want Surratt together, Surratt system etc. Do like MUFE system! Keep them in studio box easy! Not a NARS blush fan But that one looks nice for NARS. I grew up buying product getting package/ palettes free with handful samples. This design your own is fine if free or with deal. Any brand.

I love my Nars custom blush palette. I have 7 blushes and I added my Cle de Peau gold highligher and a ABH highlighter I took out my Glow Kit. Next I want to get a Z palette and add eye shadows.

I like Inglot, their products are reasonably priced & the palettes are sturdy plus each item is spaced (I have 3 of the empty old round pan palettes and I love that I can use them for MAC, ABH & makeup geek shadows). Inglot now has a palette similar to the Z Palette except that it is not made out of cardboard, I dislike cardboard palettes.

I think z-palettes are great for people who aren’t OCD. Sadly, I got tired of constantly removing all of the pans in order to clean the palettes. Now, I buy empty magnetized palettes that hold twelve eyeshadows from a variety of brands — UD, ABH, MAC, MUG. I still use the z-palettes for items I use less frequently.

I love what Buxom has come up with but their shadows don’t work for me.

If Make Up For Ever made a six-pan palette like their three-pan palettes, then I’d say that one! I really like the strong magnets and the ease of re-arranging. The larger palettes that they do have are just a bit clunky, IMHO, and it seems like you’d really need the foam insert if you were going to travel with it, which you then have to pry out when you want to use it.

I’m going to “cheat” and say Z Palettes. (does that count as cheating?) I love the versatility. I love that I’m not restricted to a particular size or shape of pan, allowing me to mix brands and products as needed.

As far as products go, I am always a fan of brands that offer products without the packaging. It saves me the time of depotting. If they offer a discount for purchasing that way.. even better.

Even though they are comparatively expensive, I think my custom MAC palette is my favorite among the ones I have tried (z palettes and MUFE as well). I like that they have the insert to keep mess minimized as opposed to the z palette, and although I love the few MUFE shadows I have and would like to splurge on more eventually, they are so big – which makes sense if they are intended for pros but for home use, I would rather pay less for the smaller pan.

So far the Mac customized palettes with the inserts for eyeshadow or blush is my favorite customized palette. I don’t use my Mac shadows as much as I used to, but the palettes keeps everything nice and neat. First runner up is the MUFE trio palette. I like the “see through” bubble packaging on the MUFE duo/trio palettes. I did buy the extra large palette to store all my MUFE shadows, but its too clunky for my taste. It would be really awesome if MUFE came out with a six shadow palette.

We try to approve comments within 24 hours (and reply to them within 72 hours) but can sometimes get behind and appreciate your patience! 🙂 If you have general feedback, product review requests, off-topic questions, or need technical support, please contact us directly. Thank you for your patience!