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Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Drawers for Makeup Organization Review & Photos

Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Drawers
Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Drawers

Muji 5-Drawer Acrylic Drawers ($27.95) is a single unit with five drawers that pull out completely, so you can take out a drawer and set it down like a tray, which gives you greater access to anything you put into it. The unit measures 10.2 inches / 26 centimeters wide, 6.9 inches / 17.5 centimeters in depth, and 6.6 inches / 16.5 centimeters in height. The interior space of each drawer is 9.4 inches / 23.9 centimeters in width, 6.5 inches / 16.5 centimeters in depth, and 0.9 inches / 2.3 centimeters in height. These drawers are shorter than the 2-Drawer system by 0.85 inches / 2.1 centimeters, and while you can stack this on top of the 2-Drawer unit, it is a tiny bit wider and slightly deeper.

The weight of your products help to keep the drawer from falling out, even when extended quite far, but you can also fully remove the drawer to access anything stored in the back. I prefer this, personally, as it means you can really maximize every inch of the drawer. It’s also a nice way to store lipsticks with labels facing outwards so you can read them quickly, rather than having to pick up, read, pick up, read to find the right one. The 5-Drawer has a moderate thickness on its exterior sides, while the drawers themselves are slightly thinner. The unit sits comfortably on counter tops without sliding around as it has rubberized feet on the bottom to prevent slippage. The drawers sit on “tracks” so they pull out easily without rubbing against the drawer above or below it.

The shorter drawers won’t allow you to hold products like foundation bottles, larger tubes, and cylindrical loose powder containers (among other things!). The short height is ideal for someone who only wants to have a single layer of product per drawer, as it wastes very little in vertical space as a result–too tall drawers often waste space unless you plan to layer or have specific products that are tall enough to fill it. These drawers fit eyeshadows, lipglosses, lipsticks, blushes, bronzers, pressed powders, slim palettes, eye brushes, eyeliners, eyeshadow primers, and things of that nature very well. It has a decent footprint, where it’s not going to fit for everyone’s play space, but it is a good option for those with a vanity about two to three feet in width or on top of an Ikea Alex drawer unit.

What each drawer can hold…

  • 23 x Urban Decay Eyeshadows | four rows of five each, plus three offset on the side, one layer maximum
  • 23 x ColourPop Eyeshadows | five rows of five each, plus three offset on the side, one layer maximum
  • 8 x MAC Blushes | two rows of four each, with a fair amount of space, one layer maximum; the two rows fit more comfortably in this unit than the 2-Drawer unit due to the greater width
  • 2 x URban Decay Naked Eyeshadow Palettes | fits two next to each other with space along the right and bottom of them (could fit
  • eyeliners along the bottom, possibly eyeshadows on the right)
  • 20 x NARS Lipglosses | two rows of ten each comfortably, one layer maximum
  • 14 x ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks | three rows of five each, two offset on the side
  • 6 x MAC Powders | two rows of three each
  • 24 x MAC Lipsticks | two rows of twelve each
  • 9 x NARS Blushes | three rows of three each with some excess space on the right OR stagger them slightly and get four rows of three each with labels facing up; if laid flat, you can get two layers in
  • 29 x Marc Jacobs Eyeliners | single row, single layer; two layers possible
  • 29 x Sephora Eyeliners | one column of 18, one row of 11; two layers possible
  • Brushes | fits brushes of various length; round or fluffier face brushes may have too large of a diameter to fit well but will work for eye brushes and smaller/flatter face brushes

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Muji 2-Drawer Acrylic Drawers for Makeup Organization Review & Photos

Muji 2-Drawer Acrylic Drawers
Muji 2-Drawer Acrylic Drawers

Muji 2-Drawer Acrylic Drawers ($25.25) is a set of two, clear, acrylic pull-out drawers. Each drawer full extends out, and it is on a “track” so it doesn’t rub against the drawer above or below it, so it is also less noisy. The acrylic is thin along the interior drawer edges with the exterior edges being slightly thicker. The unit itself is 10.2 inches / 25.5 centimeters in width, 6.8 inches / 17 centimeters in depth, and 3.75 inches / 9.5 centimeters in height. Each drawer is 9.6 inches / 24.4 centimeters in width, 6.25 inches / 15.75 centimeters in depth, and 1.75 inches / 4.5 centimeters in height. There is a slight pocket of empty space between the edge of the organizer and the top of the drawer, so you have a little margin for error.

I like the slightly taller drawers, as it gives you some room to play with and layer products if you get a little overflow, though with this type of system, it is ideal to use single layers so that you can see what you have. You can also get the same version with a clear lid (here) for $26.75, which would enable you to keep it open to use the top drawer as a standing area for taller products. For a moderate size stash, I would recommend getting four drawers with one set having a lid, so you can keep foundation bottles, setting sprays, larger powder containers, and so forth there. If you have a makeup room-sized stash, this type of system is best for storing essentials or everyday products, but it’s not space or cost efficient otherwise.

It has moderate weight; enough not to feel flimsy, and it sits on slick surfaces without rattling around, especially once you’ve loaded it up with your stash. The acrylic used isn’t quite as crystal clear or as thick as top tier price ranges would dictate, but I think it would be sufficiently clear and streamlined for most. It seems more prone to picking up scratches and visible smudge marks from dirty fingertips (hey, it’s makeup!), but I don’t tend to notice either unless I’m really looking. Once you put your stash into the drawers, the weight of the products keeps the drawer from falling out even when extended by 75-80%.

What each drawer can hold…

  • 3 x Urban Decay Naked + 2 x Naked Basics Palettes | fits two of the full-sized palettes stacked on top of each other
  • 20 x Urban Decay Eyeshadow Singles | five per row, offset, one layer maximum
  • 22 x ColourPop Super Shock Shadows | five per row with two fit in the “notches” of the rows, one layer maximum
  • 8 x MAC Blushes | two rows of three each comfortably, with room for two more offset; one layer maximum
  • 20 x NARS Lipglosses | two rows of ten each, vertically maximizes space; two layers possible; easier to remove glosses with two rows of nine glosses
  • 8 x NARS Powder Blushes | two rows of four each, two layers fits most comfortably, three layers comes right up to the edge (doesn’t seem to scrape, but it is very close)
  • 24 x MAC Lipsticks | two rows of twelve each, labels facing outwards makes it easier to read from either end of drawer
  • 6 x MAC Large Powders | two rows of three each, six fit comfortably, one layer maximum
  • 14 x ColourPop Super Shock Cheeks | three rows of four each, two fit offset to the side, fit comfortably, one layer maximum
  • Makeup Brushes | fits various makeup brushes, including longer ones (like Chikuhodo) as well as fluffier ones (like Chikuhodo Z face brushes)
  • 22 x NARS Audacious Lipsticks | two rows of 11 each, labels facing outwards for readability, one layer maximum
  • 29 x Marc Jacobs Eyeliners | single row fits approximately 29, but easily could have three or four layers
  • 28 x Sephora Eyeliners | arranged in column of 17 and a row of 11 for maximum capacity (fits about 25 in a single row across)

Today is all about acrylic organizers, and next up, we’ll take a look at the Muji 5-Drawer system, followed by Container Store’s modular acrylic system and Sherrieblossom’s Icebox, and we’ll conclude with a round-up and comparison of what’s best and for what and how to maximize these systems.

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Storage Solutions: How I Organized My Eyeliners

Eyeliner Storage
My Current Eyeliner Storage

I love peeking into others’ storage solutions for their makeup, because I am always on the hunt for new ways to organize my own stash.

I would love to feature YOUR storage solutions and ideas here on Temptalia. If you’re interested in sharing photos and a brief description of your storage solution, send a few high quality images and the details to me.  It could be your entire vanity set-up, how you store palettes, where your lipsticks are, or how you arrange your perfumes.

I’ll start if off with a recent reorganization project I did! A couple of weekends ago, I reorganized my go-to eyeliners, which I keep separated out from all my other eyeliners. I keep them out so I can easily reach for a particular shade on occasions when I’m not testing any eyeliner. In the past, I had them organized by color, but I found that I would often think of a specific shade and brand, so I decided to instead organize by brand. I have four favorites for eyeliners: Sephora Contour Eye Pencils, Tarina Tarantino Hyperliners, Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliners, and Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliners. I also have a fifth glass that I store some Stila Smudgesticks a few one-off shades in.

I was thinking of glasses, because they’re clean, affordable, and can always be used as drinkware if I change my solution (yet again). I originally considered blue-tinted Ball Mason Jars, but I felt like it didn’t suit my personal style (I like the aesthetic, but nothing I have in my own home really matches it). I picked up glass tumblers from Target (similar options here and here) that are just under six inches tall and three inches in diameter. I bought mine in-store, and I couldn’t find them online, but if you love the exact ones I have, I recommend checking out your local store, because they were $3 for 4 glasses (no joke!). Otherwise, any discount home stores (Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Ross, etc.) are good places to check out for options. You might also check the office supplies section for actual pencil cups/holders.  If you only need one or two, vintage glassware can be incredibly stylish and useful, and it’s not difficult to find two that coordinate/complement each other.

I ended up liking the way these looked on the counter that I ended up buying eight more glasses and storing my brushes in them, too! You could also use shorter glasses for storing things like lipsticks, lipgloss, and mascara.

Eyeliner Storage
Eyeliner Storage

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How to Organize Your Makeup – My Tips & Tricks

Makeup Organization
NARS Lip Pencils in 4″ square Linus Deep Drawer Organizer

Over the years, the key to finding organization solutions that work has been finding ones that are scalable, not too expensive (as affordable as storage things can be, which is always a challenge!), and enduring–something that will continue to be made over the years.  I use large chest of drawers as the general storage system, and then I use individual drawer organizers to keep everything under control inside.  I’d also love to hear how you keep your stash organized! 🙂

So, if you’re interested in what I’ve found to work best after years of trying… 

How to Store Jewelry — Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Rings


How to Store Jewelry — Earrings, Necklaces, Bracelets, and Rings

A few weeks ago, I went looking for some sort of storage system for my earrings (and other jewelry, but the earrings were what motivated me). I want something that would put them on display and easily accessible, because then I’d actually wear different pairs more often, rather than reaching for whatever pairs I left on my desk. Etsy seller Jewelry Holders For You had some lovely compact and sleek-looking holders, but what I loved about them (and Etsy in general) was how customizable they were. Whether you’re a fiend for earrings, bracelets, necklaces, or rings, you can find a holder that works for you.

I’m an earring gal, and I thought I had far too many earrings (turns out, I have plenty of room to grow!), so I decided to go for one holder that was almost entirely for earrings with a row of pegs on the bottom (to hold necklaces/bracelets). It can hold anywhere from 90 to 180 pairs of earrings. There are two types of holders–little open slats, which are where post earrings fit best, as well as circular holes, which anything with a hook-like backing fits well in. The open slats can also accommodate hook-like backings, though. Underneath all the rows to hang your earrings, there are eleven pegs for necklaces that are staggered on the bottom.

The second holder I bought was the “jewelry combo plus ring storage,” which has three rows for earrings, one row for bracelets (with five pegs), ring storage (up to 20 rings, depending on the size of the rings), and eleven pegs staggered on the bottom for necklaces. I bought both in a black high gloss finish (because it would match my makeup storage units), so they were $54.95 and $74.95 respectively. They’re available in several other (cheaper!) finishes, so prices would range from $39.95 to $54.95 and $59.95 to $74.95. There are additional styles (check their policy page) designed for a combination of jewelry, just earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and you can even get ones that sit on a table top, rather than ones that hang.  Each unit I have is 21″ x 14″ in size. You can also get the holders without the curved top (just a straight edge) if you desire.

Hanging these was ridiculously easy. I think it took me about two minutes each, and I was making sure they were level and that the two of them were even. They give you a template, and you hammer two small nails into the wall, and the holder hangs from the heads of both. The holder isn’t too, too light, but it isn’t heavy either, so it’s easily held up by the two nails. I ended up putting these on a wall in my makeup bathroom, since that’s usually where I’m getting ready (and it was where my jewelry was housed previously).

I’m a nut for organization, so I could not resist sharing this particular new find with you, especially after the encouragement via Twitter and Instagram to make a post about these 🙂  I don’t like to make a lot of non-beauty related posts, but hopefully, there’s enough overlap between beauty enthusiasts and jewelry enthusiasts to make it useful!

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Temptalia’s Beauty Closet – Brushes, Foundations, and More

Temptalia’s Beauty Closet – Brushes, Foundations, and More

Based on your requests, I filmed this additional video that shows the area where I actually do my makeup, which is where I keep things like brushes, foundations, concealers, etc. 🙂