Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Z-Palette - Absolutely wild!!!

I purchased my (first) large Z-palette from MakeupGeek.com/store/ for $18.99, plus $6.89 S&H. There are 3 different sizes available: small, large, and the recently released, pro. The palettes come in a variety of colors and prints, including black, red, pink, leopard, and zebra. 

Photo credit: www.makeupgeek.com/store/palettes/empty-palettes/z-palette-leopard.html
Let me first say that I was REALLY impressed with my experience with Makeup Geek. I ordered the palette on March 19, received my shipping confirmation on the 20th, and received my parcel on the 30th. Wham-bam-thank-you-'mam. My palette came in a small cardboard box, filled with pink packing peanuts. The palette was individually wrapped in a clear plastic case, and finally wrapped in bubble wrap. It arrived in pristine condition. I will definitely be repurchasing from MUG.

Apparently, Z-palettes are available for in-store purchase, and if you check out www.zpalette.com/shop-retail/uslocator/ you can find the nearest retailers to your location (in the US, sorry Canadian beauties!!) On the bright side, us Canadian chicklets can purchase Z-palettes from a variety of online retailers. Z-Palettes are available (obviously) from www.zpalette.com, for $20, but you're looking at about $14.60 for S&H (eh... I'd skip on this one). Devu Cosmetics markets the large Z-palette for $20 CDN, and S&H is a flat rate of $6 (my second choice to MUG). On Amazon, the palettes are more expensive at $23.99 a pop, and that's excluding S&H (pass...).

The dimensions of my large Z-palette are as follows:
Outside: 8.06" long x 4.875" wide x 0.50" deep
Inside: 7.43" long x 4.12" wide x 0.20" deep
Online, this palette looks a lot larger than it is in person. I will admit I was a little surprised when I took it out of the shipping box, but it is definitely suitable.

The Z-palettes are constructed of eco-friendly recyclable materials that will not break or crack, yet offering the strength and durability of a plastic palette.  It includes a clear window so you can see your shadows inside - very practical and convenient. The base is magnetic so your shadows will stay locked in place, until you decide to replace or change them. The lid folds completely around underneath the palette, as a space-saving feature. The top clips shut via a magnet, so you don't need to worry about it flipping open in transit.

My palette came with 20 (new) metal stickers, that you can adhere to the bottom of your depotted shadows to keep them in the palette.

So far, I've been able to fit 19 (round) NYX eyeshadows (depotted from my trios), and 1 NYX single eyeshadow. I still have room for another 2 single eyeshadows (the square ones) and another couple round NYX eyeshadows. Pretty fantastic, if you ask me.

I freaking love the leopard print that I chose. It's really cute and spices up my makeup collection. It's unique - how many people do you know of that have leopard palettes just kicking around on their vanities? I'm interested in checking out the pink and zebra print now... muahahaha.

The palette is of a good weight. Not too heavy, but not too flimsy either. It seems incredibly durable, and the shiny finish of the palette's exterior makes it seem resistant to liquid spills and easy clean up of powder residue. The clear window also appears fairly durable. Not invincible, mind you, but not flimsy either.  It's really convenient to be able to see all of my shadows through the case right away. 

I'm not sure how I feel about the metal stickers that came with my palette. They seemed very crudely cut, and I've already got some scrapes on the bottom of my palette where the metal edge of the sticker has gouged the surface of the palette when I moved one of my shadows. Next time I'll probably find some cheap magnets from WalMart or Michaels to use, as this gouging of the palette does not really thrill or entice me. However, they are really convenient to use, and it's a nice bonus with the palette. Plus, you can write the names of your shadows directly on the metal disks with a permanent marker to serve as a constant reminder. Handy dandy, if you ask me. It definitely diminishes the need for purchasing extra labels to adhere to the bottom of your shadows as well. 

All-in-all I'm really digging this palette. I hear that the depth of the Pro palette allows you to travel with brushes, though the dimensions otherwise do not significantly different from the large palette. I'm very interested in purchasing another one or two of these palettes to keep my Wet N' Wild and Annabelle eyeshadows in. These don't take up a ton of space, and they're really practical for cleaning up your collection and creating a more convenient, one-stop-shop for your beauty needs. Would highly recommend to everyone and anyone!

Overall, 5 out of 5 stars.
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Let me know - what are your thoughts on the Z-palettes??

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