I am a serious eyeshadow palette addict, and I store my huge collection of palettes within my Ikea Alex drawer systems but I really don’t like how I end up overlooking palettes even though I’m very conscious about rotating my makeup on a daily/weekly basis. Over the last month or so, I’ve become obsessed with depotting and I’ve depotted so many of my large and bulky palettes and condensed them down into smaller palettes which not only frees up a lot of extra room, but it also means I’m more likely to use the shadows I’ve depotted.
When you think about depotting shadows/powder pans, the majority of us will possibly think of the Z Palette which I was guilty of as I assumed it was the best option for holding my depotted makeup items but I’ve since discovered that the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette is considerably better so today I wanted to do a comparison post between the two.
The Z Palette is available in a number of sizes from a small palette which holds 9 pans which costs £8.95, all the way to a double sided palette which holds 28 eyeshadow pans on each side and costs £34.95. I have a few Z Palettes and I like that they’re lightweight and they have a window on them but I’ve found them to be quite flimsy and the magnetic base isn’t particularly strong so pans can tend to slide about which isn’t ideal.
The Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette is also available in a number of sizes but is considerably cheaper; the smallest size is the small palette which is just £3.95, then there’s a medium, large and extra large too with the extra large palette costing just £6.95 but it can hold upto 45 eyeshadow pans.
So £34.95 for a Z Palette which holds 28 eyeshadow pans or £6.95 for a Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette which holds 45 eyeshadows – shocking difference right?! You can purchase the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palettes from Precious About Makeup as only a couple of UK retailers stock them.
This is the Extra Large size of the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette. They have a matte black exterior and are a tin, with a extremely strong magnetic sheet on the base which holds my pans in place without them moving whatsoever.
There isn’t a clear window on the tin like you get with the Z Palette but it really doesn’t bother me, and I simply use a silver Sharpie to write on the front or base of the palette to let me know what’s in the palette; i.e Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, Depotted Zoeva Shadows etc so the window isn’t necessary in my opinion. Even though the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette is a tin, it’s still slim and relatively lightweight, and is only a tiny bit deeper than the Large Z Palette.
These are some of my Makeup Geek Blush Pans, and I wanted to show the difference between the two palettes. The Extra Large Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette can fit five large blush pans along the top and three down the sides so it could hold fifteen blush pans, whereas the Large Z Palette only fits four blush pans along the top and just one down the side so only eight blush pans.
I really didn’t think there would be such a massive difference between the two palettes, but there really is and I can’t imagine I’d buy any more Z Palettes as the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palettes are so much better.
Pro’s; Variety of patterns available, Clear window on the top of the palette, lightweight and come with some free magnetic stickers for non-magnetised pans.
Con’s; Flimsy cardboard, the magnetic base isn’t very strong, the palette isn’t very protective of its contents and are expensive compared to the MUFE palettes.
Makeup Forever Magnetic Palette
Pro’s; Lightweight, very protective of contents, very strong magnet, nice and thin, comes with a foam sheet to protect powders, sturdier packaging, holds considerably more pans and is MUCH more affordable.
Con’s; No window but can easily write on them.
There is no doubt whatsoever which is the best palette in my opinion.. I really cannot recommend the Makeup Forever Magnetic Palettes enough, they really are the best option and I absolutely love them and I cannot recommend Precious About Makeup enough either as they have amazing customer service and they stock so many sought after brands and products.