How do you organize your eyeshadow singles?

I organize by brand! If the brand has enough eyeshadows, and I am diligent, then I also organize by finish (matte vs. shimmer) and then in rainbow-color order.

— Christine


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kjh Avatar

I’m on your train, but still might get other adepts and give the Zs away. One for CP, one for SG (with more greens than all of Massachusetts needs), one for Viseart, and one for grays/taupes/ cool light browns. For home storage, nothing beats their ability to consolidate. Sturdy, but too heavy for some.

Z Avatar

Color and formula. The singles I like and would use on a more regular basis are kept together. Colors I rarely reach for or formulas that are kinda poop but for some reason I can’t part with are in a palette at the back of the drawer.

Alice Avatar

By color! I have 5 magnetic palettes for de-potted/”pro-pan” singles and an acrylic tray for loose powder/cream/baked shadows.

Magnetic palettes are (1) blues, teal, silver, white (2) gold/copper, orange, yellow, greens (3) pinks, mauve (4) purples, berry, burgundy, red (5) brown/beige, taupe, gray, black. Acrylic tray is in rainbow order with black/gray at the end.

Valerie Avatar

I have mostly MAC singles and cannot figure out how to depot without breaking them. Otherwise I would organize in a Z palette by color order.

Brenda Wheeler Avatar

Do not be scared! Depotting is so fun. I have a kit. I use a soldering iron, very thin magnets, a small screwdriver.
With the screwdriver pop the plastic pan out of the compact. Push through the back of the plastic pan & the metal pan drops out (NEVER force it! If it doesn’t drop out, heat it again.)
I like to use the original label, so I wrap a piece of foil over my flat iron, set the compact on that for a few seconds & the label lifts off.
I stick a magnet on the metal pan. Stick the label on that.

Nichole Avatar

I have many large Adept palettes that are organized by color. I separated out matte brown/crease shades. I have another Adept palette where I shop my stash and pull out some from each color family to use.

kjh Avatar

I do them by color, too…except… there’s a column of SG mid tone mattes for transition and crease. Since they are close to one another both in shade and location, it’s easy to see which one leans toward which color family, like Thunderbird for blues/slates, etc. Makes it so easy for a standard, non-editorial look.

Christy Avatar

I use mostly dual-sided Adept palettes; the 70-pan ones are my favorites. I try to keep them organized as follows:
1. 70-pan Adept: Neutral-ish mattes I’m most likely to use, warmer on one side, cooler on the other, organized in a combination of light to dark and colour families
2. 70-pan Adept: Inner corner highlights in lots of shades, then other favorite shimmers/metallics in roughly rainbow order
3. A large Sydney Grace palette, usually empty but it’s for traveling or for keeping new shades separate before I add them in to my main organization. If I went somewhere I’d be likely to take 1 and 2 above, plus pull some colorful mattes and other things into this palette from the ones listed below.
4. 70-pan Adept: Colour pop depotted palettes with the smaller-size pans, rainbow order, mattes on one side, shimmers/metallics on the other
5. Two of the 95-pan Adept dual-sided palettes with space for most of my standard-sized shimmers and metallics–I move things between this and #2 above depending on what kinds of looks I’m doing most often
6. One of the huge Adept single-sided palettes–I think it’s also around 95 pan? With more colorful standard-sized mattes, plus neutral mattes that aren’t in #1 above.
7. Older Make Up For Ever large palette, large Z-palette, and Colour Pop palettes for odd-sized pans (Old MUFE, Nabla, etc.) and for older pans I’m really unlikely to use but can’t bring myself to throw away
8. A tiny MUFE palette in my purse with eight little Colour Pop shades that can give me a warm neutral and a cooler neutral look. I think mostly from the Bare Necessities palette.

Kami Avatar

I organize by brand and then by rainbow color order as well. I don’t worry about the finish when I organize them. The ones I can’t depot or are scared to, I keep in the smaller three tiered drawer storage bins by brand. I am glad others share a flare for organizing eyeshadows, LOL!!!

Helene Avatar

I organize by brand. I have mostly MAC singles and I need to sit down and re-organize them as I have added to the collection and just put new ones by themselves. Organizing eyeshadows are fun, I think. Other brands I have organized just by brand as I don’t have many eyeshadows from any other brand. I try to organize by finish and then colour.

Nina Avatar

I can only wear MAC eyeshadow because my eyes are sensitive. I have 22. I buy them still in the black single case. I hate palettes because of kickback. I put mine in ice cube trays with a tiny printed out name tag right next to the shadow. This has been working for 18 years.

Jen Avatar

The ones with a case have their own drawer in my storage towers but beyond that it’s a free for all. At least I don’t have that many so what I’m looking for isn’t hard to find. The others that are just in the pot are in a giant magnetic palette, but again there’s no real organization going on there either, honestly.

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