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.
- Acrylic Drawers | An Overview & A Few Comparisons
- ByAlegory Organizers
- The Container Store Luxe Acrylic Modular System
- Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Drawers / 2-Drawer Acrylic Drawers
- SherrieBlossom IceBox Wide
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
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. The rug is by Safavieh and is part of the Cedar Brook Collection.
Temptalia’s Makeup Room
I keep the majority of my makeup in customized Ikea Besta two-column bookshelf units (I removed the shelves and put in 16 drawers instead), but it does not appear that any of those things are sold anymore, though you can certainly build some variation. (They have a single bookshelf unit here, and then the drawers are here with drawer fronts here.) They are, effectively, tall dressers with pull out drawers that are tall enough that I can store most glosses vertically but do not have a lot of wasted vertical space either. If I were to do it again, I would probably get more of a TV wall unit with a mix of drawers, shelves, and glass doors (or open shelving).
I always have Linus Shallow and Linus Deep Drawer Organizers on hand for organizing within drawers. (I use them everywhere, not just for makeup, but these make up 95% of the organizers for my “archives.”) You can check out this post to see them in action and get more insight into what each size holds from my experience. The sizes I use the most these days are: 6″ sq. (Shallow), 3″ x 12″ (Shallow), 6″ x 9″ (Shallow), and 4″ sq. (Deep).