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I competely agree! It’s so fun to make my own palettes, or dupe other palettes with existing shadows. I like to take shades I don’t care for and mix them with other shadows to see if I can make something I will use.

No, I don’t enjoy making my own palettes versus finding ones pre-made that suite my tastes, only because it takes too much time finding, ordering or taking apart palettes to make my own. I have three eyeshadow palettes I’ve made and I do like the color schemes I come up with; however I still end up going to my pre-made palettes more often. I don’t know why, habit I figure, but I’m going to make an effort to trust my own style better and us them. Also, I think I’m an order freak (thanks too my mommy!) and it just makes me feel uncomfortable deconstructing pretty palettes. Can you imagine trying to remove Pat McGrath or Natasha Denona (or even Urban Decay) shadows to put them in a black Makeup Forever (the only palettes I use again for uniformity and travel protection sake) simple to make mu own color schemes??!!! I cringe at the thought! And I know there are plenty who would, and I say you go for it you artiiiiiststas!!! 😉

I would, but my process of dividing mattes and non-mattes into two different master palettes kind of puts a damper on that. I do put together a mini version when I travel, but when I go places, I keep it very neutral, so no real opportunity for creativity. I guess I create palettes “in my head,” when I pull together an eye look.

Maybe I should pull out my travel palette and start just playing around with it — inventing a personal-palette-a-week just to experiment with.

Absolutely! While I might not have the eye of those who assemble palettes for a living, so that all of my self-made ones come out a bit on the tame or boring side, I love being able to customize easily the shadows in a palette. And I really like having palettes that don’t contain “dud” colours since I’ve been able to skip over colours that don’t work for me.

I have a bunch of Z palettes with MAC, Colourpop and ABH shadows but it’s all random and not in any means a curated palette. I love my single shadow but I don’t have thought our palettes. Just cases that store shadows. I do take an empty MAC quad with me if I travel and put together shades that will compliment the clothes I’ve brought. I guess I do enjoy putting together those combos!

I have lots of Zs or Z style/freeform palettes. Due to the uneven numbers of shades, I find it easier to organize by brand. By brand just makes for more memory demands. The exception is the Zoeva En Taupe extension Z, which is by color. I got an Ofra stand up easel blank palette, and pick out shades from various mfgers that I want to use, pop them in. It’s good for that, but so often it is easier to pull out a premade…usually s.t. rather new and on hand. I only think when I have time! Some of the older palettes (BOS 4, UD, anyone?…arrrrgh) were so bloated, I started going down the depotting road. It takes up so much less space.

Not really. I usually find it overwhelming, expensive, and time-consuming. It can be really irritating when single versions of popular shades I want are always sold out. Plus, I just really kind of love seeing what someone else puts together, and the pretty packaging.

The only two palettes I recall enjoying putting together are: 1) My SugarPill Pro Palette, because it was easy to get most of my favorite shades, and it turned out to be a really pretty, colorful palette. 2) My Coastal Scents 28-pan custom Hot Pots palette. I wanted to round out my mattes with some autumnal shades that I needed, but wouldn’t use enough to warrant paying more for. I put it together during a 98-cent sale, plus I i got the empty palette half price. It was inexpensive to get so many shadows. Some shades I wanted were sold out, but CS has such a huge selection, I was able to find other similar shades most of the time. I had enough spots left over in the palette to throw in some shimmers and purples I’d been eyeing.

Yep! I do love to choose my own shade combination to put together that is based on personal shade preferences, what works with my coloring, and perhaps filling some gaps along the way.
I’ve done so with ColourPop pressed e/s’s, plus, I own many MAC singles that are currently housed in those old e.l.f empty quads. Those really need a much larger palette that works with MAC Pro Pans. Bought one from CP, but it didn’t work with MAC, so if anyone knows of something other than a Z-Palette, please let me know!

Tarte has pretty sturdy magnetic palettes. As does MUFE. I watch a youtuber who uses a magnetic case from Joanns to store her single shadows. I haven’t visited a store to see if they carry it but I guess it’s pretty affordable

Thank you for those, Erica! Yeah, I had to throw it out there because I had bought that XL ColourPop empty palette thinking it would be the answer, but not for MAC singles, unfortunately. The ones you mentioned from Tarte look quite nice.

Oh yes, I love it! I have one e/s palette I created where I put some peachy & other summery shades from Inglot (combination of monos+ their rainbow e/s = three colours in a single pan). I also added some random MAC, ABH singles and Lorac (depotted). I use a large MAC Pro Palette and magnetic strips under the pans that are not MAC. There is no cohesion between these e/s, as they represent shades I love and which are missing from the pre-made palettes I already have.

Absolutely. I love that my custom palettes have only colors I’ve chosen. I love being able to change the pans around, whether it’s for travel, a season change, or just whim. These days I’m strongly preferring custom palettes over pre-made.

I have thought about it but no I’m happy with how they look in their pretty cases and too time consuming. Besides, if I accidentally I would brake an eyeshadow I would cry. Lol!
I love you (eyeshadow palettes) just the way you are. 🎼

I LOVE it!! I only use my custom made palette, or modern renaissance!!

I have very specific (read picky) needs in a eye shadow palette, so I just make my own!!

I have a palette of singles that I’ve collected over the past couple of years, but I have a problem that I have to arrange things in rainbow order, so that makes it more difficult for me to create a cohesive palette. But it does keep things organized in my head, so I know exactly what I want when I reach for that singles palette.

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